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Do you know how many Jelly Belly Beans I could buy?

From: Jim
Date: Wed, Jul 21, 2010
To:
Subject: HUGE Japanese Maple (about 10 foot wide) – $50

Since, when dug up, it may well die I’m not willing to pay anything. However, if you have no takers and simply want it gone I’d be willing to do the work and remove it on Saturday.


From: Me
Date: Wed, Jul 21, 2010
To: Jim
Subject: Re: HUGE Japanese Maple (about 10 foot wide) – $50

It’s so nice of you to offer to take something for free that we are *selling* for a not quite insignificant amount of cash money. Give yourself a pat on the back! While your waiting to to see if we have any “takers” might I suggest that you browse the freeloader section of Craigslist.

thankyouverymuch,

Me


From: Jim
Date: Wed, Jul 21, 2010
To: Me
Subject: Re: HUGE Japanese Maple (about 10 foot wide) – $50

Not a problem… actually ‘Buy’ a lot of things from craigslist and also sell and give away a lot … truly thought I might be doing you a favor. Sorry you took offense… it was not meant that way.I hope you have a blessed day anyway.


From: Me
Date: Wed, Jul 21, 2010
To: Jim
Subject: Re: HUGE Japanese Maple (about 10 foot wide) – $50

No, offense taken. But… If I wanted to give my plant away for free I’d probably of posted it in the free section. In your first reply you tell me point-blank “I’m not willing to pay anything…” It strikes me as a bit audacious because clearly my intention is to sell my plant, not give it away.

Would you walk into a super market and tell the checker “I’m not willing to pay anything for this loaf of bread… but I will save you the trouble of having it in your store by taking it home with me”?

Maybe it was your choice of words that rubbed me wrong: “I’m not willing to pay anything…” gives me the impression that you feel entitled to get my plant for free. There are a number of people I would gladly give my plant to for free. Since I don’t know you, I think it’s safe to assume that you are not one of those people.

In any case, I am *practically* giving my plant away for free. Considering the asking price for one of comparable size on Craigslist is $3000 (and the buyer has to dig it out). Do you have any idea how many Jelly Belly Beans I could buy with $3000? Nether did I, so I looked it up on Amazon. I could get 440lbs of Jelly Belly Beans with $3000, I’d even get free shipping. Could you imagine 440lbs of Jelly Belly Beans? Gosh, if only life were that good.

There is one thing that does offend me though. In your last reply you used the font Comic Sans. Comic Sans offends me. You’re writing an e-mail, not a comic. I don’t think your 5 either. Maybe it’s time to pick a font that’s more appropriate for the medium and your age.

Peace,

Me


From: Jim
Date: Wed, Jul 21, 2010
To: Me
Subject: Re: HUGE Japanese Maple (about 10 foot wide) – $50

You are entitled to your opinion… and I do pray the rest of your day is blessed and you are not bothered again by people like me


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To Jeffery

UPDATE 11/16/2010: Amway agrees to pay $56 million, settle case alleging it operates a ‘pyramid scheme’

Dear Jeff,

If your reading this then you have received the CD I sent back to you with a link to this post. I’d first like to start this letter with a couple of quotes from Wikipedia:

A pyramid scheme is a non-sustainable business model that involves the exchange of money primarily for enrolling other people into the scheme, often without any product or service being delivered.

Pyramid schemes are illegal in many countries, including the United States…

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