Life of my Vaio
I still remember the day I got my first ever laptop. Okay, to be honest, it is the only laptop I got till date which I can call my own. Office gadgets don’t give that sort of feelings. It was a Sony VAIO laptop which I had selected after a lot of research. It was still the time when Sony laptops were in market and considered good. My best friend was a crazy fan of the actress who was their brand ambassador. So, obviously she thought it was a great choice to buy that laptop. Long story short, I bought it and loved it too. My joy knew no bounds. I remember being so excited about it. I even named it as Vaio! Yeah, I know, so typical of me! But nobody touched my Vaio without my permission. It was like a piece of my soul. I never allowed anyone other than me even wander near it! We (me and my Vaio) had a good relationship for 4 long years.
But as they say, it is perfectly normal to fall out of love. And when it comes to gadget, it is even more easier. See a new and better one, your heart will desire for it. It was a difficult choice. After all, my Vaio had been my constant companion. It had been such a good friend, kept all my secrets, memories and special moments. But it could no longer support my work and I had no other choice but to replace it. So, with a heavy heart, I decided to bid good bye to my faithful friend.
Buying a laptop is not easy if you are not earning. You will have to answer hundreds of why’s of your parents before they can see it really is necessary to get you a replacement. Instead of going through the pain of convincing them, I decided I would sell my Vaio, pitch in some money from my savings and buy a new one. So started the story of Vaio sale. I cleaned my laptop with extra care, made it look shiny, placed it in good light and furiously clicked pictures until I got one that looked right. Afterall, I was finding it a new home. I wanted it to look presentable in front of the new owner. I suddenly felt like those matchmaking aunties! I cringed at the thought, pushed it away from my mind and began to match making process! Oops! I mean selling process.
I first decided to ask among people I know and circulated the picture among my contacts. Everyone was impressed how good it looked considering its age. Some praised its beauty and some praised me for keeping it in a good condition for so long but none spoke about the real purpose! Fed up from not getting any response, I decided to take the matter to the next level. I posted the photo on some site which claimed that they are good at finding new homes for the things we want to sell. I wrote all good things about my Vaio, which ofcourse, were true. (!) Again, I felt like uploading some ad on a matrimonial website. And once I was done uploading, it was time to wait.
I didn’t have to wait long. The responses started flowing in quickly. I was so elated. But my happiness lasted only till I opened the messages. I had put the item for sale on a ridiculously lesser price, almost 5 times less than I had bought it for. And here people were bargaining like they bargain at roadside shops with the vendor. Someone even had the nerve to ask me if I am willing to sell it for 2000 bucks!! Even mobiles get more money than that! Someone else wanted to use my laptop for a week without paying any down-payment and then decide about buying it! Another person asked if I was interested in buying the laptop he had put up for sale because I was selling my old one! I got such a wierd variety of responses I hadn’t even imagined.
After waiting for two long months to find a genuine buyer and failing miserably, I decided to give up. I could no longer handle these people who were making me lose my mind with their amazing (!) responses. I was no longer interested in selling my laptop. I could handle it. It was a little slow but a lot better than these people! Thus, I and my Vaio got back together and last month we completed 6 and half years of togetherness. Yeah, by together I mean Vaio lying in my wardrobe only to be opened when it is absolutely necessary. But still, it is there, always present when needed!
Do you have any weird or funny experience while trying to sell your gadgets? Do share in the comments below.
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