Thursday, January 05, 2006

Economics 101

Three and a half years ago I bought a snow blower for $400.00. Good deal I thought, they're around $1200 new and the guy selling it fixed small engines so it ran beautifully and it's always started on the first pull. I've only needed it three or four times a year becaude it's a waste of time for anything under an inch and a half.

I've got four motorized devices with two stroke engines. This year I used the wrong gas can to fill the snow blower (4 stroke). It wouldn't stay running. I flushed the carb. and filled the tank with good gas and cleaned the spark plug and now it won't start at all.

I just gave my new best friend Archie a $20 bill after he plowed all of the snow from the last two storms, off of the seventy foot drive leading to my place. I even have ample angle parking and it only took him ten minutes. It used to take me over an hour.

I never studied economics but that shouldn't matter. What was I thinking? $400.00 in 2002 dollars, some gas and about five hours of my life per year. From this I conclude;

IT MAKES NO ECONOMIC SENSE TO SHOVEL SNOW.

If I'd flagged Archie down three years ago I'd be ahead $280.00 and would have had at least ten hours of time for home study.

Italics Mine

p.s. For Sale: John Deere 71/2 HP snow blower, 3 sp fw + rev. $350.00.


It would be PERFECT for one of you people.

2 Comments:

At 10:11 AM, Blogger happyandblue2 said...

Hey I've always wanted a snowblower. And such a good price....hey, something isn't right here..

 
At 4:24 AM, Blogger TonyGuitar said...

It's good for longevity if you can do it in a semi - relaxed no deadline manner.

Meeting a deadline can deadline some people however. TG

 

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