January 26, 2016
In the midst of all the lottery hubbub a few weeks ago, I overheard numerous people discussing what they’d buy if they won the jackpot. I’m not a gambler, so it’s not a topic I’ve ever spent much time considering. But for some reason it got me thinking about what kind of purchases I’d make if I was forced to spend frivolously. For someone who has a tough time coming up with a Christmas list every year, it’s not as simple as you might think.
Of course, anything’s possible when you’re talking about $500 million, so I started to add some parameters to make it more interesting. With inspiration from a Richard Pryor movie titled Brewster’s Millions and a bad ’80s game show called Sale of the Century, I conjured up a hypothetical challenge in my head. It starts with a $50,000 shopping spree on eBay, but there are some strict rules attached. Here goes:
– You must spend exactly $50,000 on eBay within 5 minutes or you get nothing
– You get no time for advance research
– You must make a minimum of 5 purchases
– You can’t duplicate items
– You can’t resell your purchases or buy gift cards
I failed miserably in my first attempt. My second try yielded the following:
Think you can do better? Feel free to judge me, but you have no time to hunt for deals or look for the perfect purchase in my silly little made-up challenge. If you need a fun break in your day, try to spend “$50,000 In Five Minutes” yourself and share the results in the comments. Enjoy.