Friday, January 31, 2014

Kubota Gets Schooled in Economics

Kubota has discovered the joys of pawn shops.

Lansing, Michigan has an outstanding pawn shop named Dicker and Deal.  Kubota is learning about liquidating stranded assets, broken dreams, buyer's remorse, planned obsolescence, drive time, transaction costs, buyer-seller spread, cost-per-mile and entropy.

His latest acquisition is a set of Midland GXT-757 handheld radios.  He charged them up.  I printed off the Owner's Manual. We cannot get those suckers to work.

Yesterday, they had a Mossberg 500 with a polymer stock in good condition for $139.  We are likely to make another trip today. 

The plan is to have him do a few chores around the house to get me in a good mood.  He will ask the guys behind the counter if they can get it to work.  If not....he will either find some other rapidly depreciating gadget or, maybe, I will get his in-store cash and buy a shotgun.

The 12 gauge, 2 3/4" shotgun shell was pretty much standardized in the early 1900s.  I think they will not be rendered obsolete for the remainder of Kubota's natural lifetime.

I plan to snap a few pictures if we go today...if they let me.

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