It was a peaceful early evening at the Fake Cheap homestead. There was a knock on the door. It was a youngster selling tickets for his sports team, so they could travel to a tournament. Fair enough so far. And then came the shocking part of this whole exchange. I asked “How much are the tickets?” His reply “$20 each, or 3 for $50.” I had to fight to stay on my feet as the staggering amount of these tickets was processed in my head. “Wow, um, sorry not interested, good luck though.”
Even now, a few days later, I’m still in shock. Expecting someone to shell out $20, a good chuck of change in my books, on a moments notice for some sports team’s draw is a bit much, in my opinion. To me this would be an amount I might be asked for at a charity event or somewhere that I might be attending where the hosts know that I support that cause. This is also an amount I give to a few charities on an annual basis.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m not angry at the kid, he needs to sell these tickets. I would love to speak with the organizer of this fundraiser and ask “What were you thinking???” What is wrong with $2 tickets/3 for $5, I could even see maybe $5 tickets, or 3 for $10. To me $20 is a planned amount of money to spend, I certainly don’t whip out twenties at any chance I get. Maybe that is the idea here. Maybe they are taking advantage of the people who can’t say no, sorry kid, or the people that don’t have the financial wherewithal to realize that $20 isn’t just an amount you spend on a moments notice. It sounds horrible to say, but maybe that was the intent here. “Who would say no to a 10 year old kid asking for $20 for his sports team? We’ll have the $10,000 we need for our trip in no time.”
I read a post on another blog a few months back that also spoke about this topic. This person was talking about all the fees that are asked for from sports teams and schools, to summarize, he/she basically said was “Hey, if I didn’t need to pay all these fees and make all these donations so others peoples kids could play this sport, or go here, or do this activity, then I could easily pay for my OWN daughter/son to play any sport and also fund her own way on ANY school or team trip.” Well said.
The last thing I want to add, because the Fake Cheap doesn’t just present problems, but also offer solutions; is that if you feel you are one of these people who would almost certainly give $20 without much thought, or just simply because you feel bad about not giving, you have choices. You can let the person know that you would like to help them out, however you want to make sure you have the money first, and take the contact information from the individual, then proceed with your purchase/donation after you review your finances. If you don’t want to be that open, ask then to leave some information with you because you don’t have time right now, and you will review it and decide if you want to buy a ticket at a later date. You can then take some time do decide instead of being put on the spot, if you are not good under pressure. Lastly, you could say something like “Sorry, I’m not interested in buying a ticket, but here is $5 or even $2, you can take as a donation to put towards your trip.” Hopefully these tactics may help a few of you out there.
Fake Cheap out.
*As you can see I’ve brought back The Fake Cheap Rating. What is it? Explanation below the picture. I’ve gotten away from adding these ratings for a lot of my posts, simply because I’ve mostly forgotten to include them. I hope to get back on track with these.