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The Barbie dilemma

I collected Barbie dolls when I was a kid. Many people who know me are surprised to hear it, but it's true. I've accumulated around 120 dolls over the years, ending sometime during my early teens, and they've sat on shelves in my room over the years, all unopened. (Okay, a few of them have been opened for me to play with. But most of them are unopened.)

Since I don't plan on taking them with me when I move, I decided to sell them on eBay during the most recent free listing period. Unfortunately I didn't think of this during the first half of the free listing period, so I had to get a move on during the last weekend of it. I took pictures of all the dolls and started listing them on eBay, making the auctions end on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Out of exactly 100 items I listed (98 Barbie-related), 32 of them sold. This is slightly below the 40% average I've been reading. I've already relisted the unsold items that had watchers but have held off on the other unsold items for now since the free listing period is over. I'll crunch some numbers this week to see what day (Friday, Saturday, or Sunday) fared best before continuing to list; those listing fees add up. According to what I've been reading, ending an auction on Sunday is best. This goes against everything I've noticed about online activity on Sunday.

But that's not where the fun begins. See, my mother now knows that I'm selling my collection, and she wants a cut of the cash. I know, right? She thinks that because she bought me all those dolls as holiday gifts, she should get the money when I sell them. Talking to her has revealed that she primarily bought them for me so she could sell them when I got older and get the money herself. Uh, no, Mum. You bought them for me as a gift. You know, that thing you give without an expectation of anything in return. If you wanted them so badly, you should have bought them for yourself, even though you never would have done so in the first place. Even if they weren't so-called gifts, you don't do that to a little kid who doesn't know better. That makes you a manipulative git.

As for the money I'm getting from this? It's going toward my moving out fund. Is that revenge or justice?



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Feb. 14th, 2011 02:58 am (UTC)
Justice. *nods firmly*

Good luck with the re-auctions!
Feb. 14th, 2011 04:11 am (UTC)
Thank you! And justice it will be.
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Feb. 14th, 2011 04:12 am (UTC)
It's possible that she's joking, but as often as she brings it up now that she knows... yeah.
Feb. 17th, 2011 03:36 am (UTC)
You know, any situation wherein one EXPECTS anything in return for a gift is tacky. This one? Well, besides that, I'm honestly kind of in aw of your mother's convoluted scheme here.

There is no emoticon for what the situation makes me feel. I'm not sure there is a word. Maybe in German.

Revenge and Justice can be the same thing. Doesn't happen often, but...

Perchance have you any play-grades with the belly button torso mold available? We're in the market for a fit model around here.
Feb. 24th, 2011 06:05 am (UTC)
Sadly I have none of those, but if I did, I'd be glad to hand it over.

And yeah, besides the economics behind dolls being a terrible investment in the first place... yeah. I have no words. Luckily she hasn't said anything since, so I'm hoping she was either joking or is getting over it.
Feb. 17th, 2011 06:49 pm (UTC)
It's rightful justice, and a springboard to independence. I have a mother who runs in much the same vein, whereby everything she does for someone has an end that will eventually help her out. Unfortunately it's a trait i picked up, and am struggling to get over, before i become too mercenary.
Sell those dolls, and detach yourself from her company as quickly as you can.
Feb. 24th, 2011 06:13 am (UTC)
Those traits tend to pass themselves from parent to child, unfortunately. I seem to have inherited stubbornness from my family. My entire family is so stubborn. And I'm definitely selling the dolls to fund my independence.
Feb. 24th, 2011 04:13 pm (UTC)
I've noticed that Koreans seem to have a strange preoccupation with making 돈. Perhaps, that applies to this situation as well?

That reminds me of a song....
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