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Reasons to love Dr Wheel #81 - he tells me when I have things stuck… - Tactical Ninja

Jul. 11th, 2013

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Reasons to love Dr Wheel #81 - he tells me when I have things stuck on my face.

*ahem*

Anyway.. last night we sold rugs from our house. Well, a rug anyway.


So we had this rug. You know the one, folks who've been to our place. The big shaggy white wool one that sheds all over your Wellington Black clothing and makes small food items disappear like magic when you drop them.

Dr Wheel bought the rug before we got together, for $100. It's big enough to roll around on and worked really well with the generally-black-or-white colouring of the Geek Mansion Bachelorliness. Much fun was had on said rug. It could tell some stories, oh yes it could.

And then Dr Wheel moved to Hong Kong and I bought the rug off him for $100, and it languished first on my Crofton Downs floor and then on the lounge floor of our apartment.

After the cats left in May, we got the whole house steam cleaned, and paid an extra $80 to have the rug done. But while it was lifted and drying, we decided we were over having white fluff stuck to everything we own and that the lounge looks more spacious without it, so we decided to sell it.

Someone was willing to pay $180 for it on TradeMe, and they came and collected it last night. The YoT walked in just as we were gloating over our cash, and was all o.O when we said it was rug money.

I am trying to work out whether we profited or not. Realistically I think we are $100 down, because Dr Wheel was out $100 and so was I, plus the $80 for cleaning. Which makes $280 and we only got $180 back. However, Dr Wheel got his $100 back when I bought the rug off him, so maybe we broke even. And if you count it as a half-ownership in which we each had $50 equity in the rug, we are up by $80. It's all about perspective. Yup.

Anyway, I think a fancy dinner is called for with the money. In which I will try not to get things on my face.


Bottom line, we probably shouldn't become full time rug dealers.

Also, an exciting thing happened last night, which is likely to lead to more exciting things. At least, in my tiny neck of the woods. The question then becomes, just how many exciting things (read: commitments) does one woman need in her life?

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From:richaarde
Date:July 10th, 2013 10:29 pm (UTC)
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If you just count the money, you're out $100. If you add in the aggravation of getting rid of a rug that sheds all over the place that you don't want anymore, then you're ahead of the game.
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From:pombagira
Date:July 10th, 2013 11:06 pm (UTC)
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yay exciting things..

*skips about*

:)
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From:t_c_da
Date:July 10th, 2013 11:19 pm (UTC)
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I reckon you're up the fun and games that have been had on said ex-rug, plus the lack of aggro of white shedding all over your Wellington-black.

In strict economic terms you've come out even (less any commission to TradeMe), which makes it a win all round, I reckon...
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From:rivet
Date:July 11th, 2013 01:33 am (UTC)
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I think you paid $100 for 5 years of rug services and then onsold the depreciated capital of reduced hedonic value. That's <$0.06/day of services, which is a pretty sweet deal!

Edited at 2013-07-11 01:33 am (UTC)
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From:clashfan
Date:July 11th, 2013 02:00 am (UTC)
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Oh, you wacky economists!
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From:rivet
Date:July 11th, 2013 02:50 am (UTC)
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If the math ain't broke, don't fix it!
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From:tcpip
Date:July 11th, 2013 04:15 am (UTC)
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Ah yes, but you'd have to apply regression analysis for the opportunity cost as well.

This said, I do believe that people should carefully cultivate a rug habit.
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From:tatjna
Date:July 11th, 2013 04:25 am (UTC)
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I am starting to think we should have floated the rug on the market.

Or maybe sold rug futures...
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From:thesecondcircle
Date:July 11th, 2013 03:06 am (UTC)
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Oddly interesting question about the rug. It really depends on whether you calculate household expenses jointly or separately and when you started doing so.

From a 'joint expenses' point of view, you're even: - $100 + $100 - $100 - $80 + $180 = $0

From an entirely separate expenses point of view it looks like this:
He spent $100 and got $100 originally.
You spent $100.
You each spent $40 on cleaning.
You each got $90 for selling.

So you're out $50 (-$100 - $40 + $90) and he's up $50 (- $100 + $100 -$40 + $90). -- unless he gives you $50 in which case you are both even.

However, let's say you start calculating finances together from the point where he moves back from Hong Kong. Then it looks like this:
He spent $100 and got $100 originally.
You spent $100.
So he's even and you're down $100.

Then you both spent $80 and got $180, so as a couple you are up $100.

And they say rug dealers are just stupid criminal thugs! ;-)
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From:meathiel
Date:July 11th, 2013 07:13 am (UTC)
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You lost me somewhere along the way ... ;-)
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From:t_c_da
Date:July 11th, 2013 09:12 pm (UTC)
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It all depends on the selected point of origin...

/mutters something about damn lies and statistics...
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From:nessaneko
Date:July 11th, 2013 07:39 am (UTC)
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Amusingly, I had that rug on my watchlist but forgot to bid (and $180 was above what I could have bid, anyway). Wellington really is too teeny.
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From:subtle_haven
Date:July 11th, 2013 02:00 pm (UTC)
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Ah, Real Life Cash Flow. Your rug dealing story would have tickled many an Econ professor's fancy.
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