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Old November 24th, 2005, 04:12 PM
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Every year I manage to get qualified for a local radio contest as a finalist but as yet, I've never won the grand prize. You have to punch out numbers on a punch board from 1 to 120 and they're giving away two $10,000 shopping sprees at the mall (where the contest is being held) and one cruise for two. The catch with the shopping spree is; you have to spend it from about 2 PM to 6 PM, when the mall closes and you can't go buy gift certificates from a store, it has to be merchandise. Well, this new mall in our city has just about every kind of store you can imagine. It also has a travel agency where, (if I could just get lucky this time) I could go to and buy an expenisve cruise. It would probably be my first stop if I were to win the $10,000. I've always wanted to cruise to Australia and New Zealand, but haven't been able to afford it as yet.

I was just wondering....WHAT WOULD YOU BUY IF YOU HAD A $10,000 SHOPPING SPREE? If you don't get it spent by the time the mall closes at 6PM, you lose the remainder of the money. I know this wouldn't be a problem for the ladies....we could probably get it spent in an hour or less. Also, this mall has a wonderful new jewelry store that has the most fabulous things in the world. I guess you know where my two stops would be....where would yours be?

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PS My DH doesn't agree with me, but he's not in the finals for this contest.
For the guys, the mall has a very big sporting goods store called Scheels.
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Well, I'd probably hit that agency and buy several cruises !

However, I think I'd buy a 2'ish carat solitare mens diamond ring. I keep looking and just don't do it! For some reason, with all the jewelry I have, I have always wanted a single stone diamond (that is 'large').
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since I live in New Orleans and have been blessed by not losing my home, I would see if they would let some families that are still in the shelters do the shopping spree

having said that, I would buy stuff I could resell on e-bay for more money and pay for a couple cruises
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I would give it all to charity, saves on the taxes. I don't have to decide on what to buy. simple and fast. I know of a group of nurses that won 13 mil. in the florida lotto. They kept there jobs and gave most to a worthy cause.
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Trekker, I see you've done away with the need for accumulation of weath and material items, I will call my law firm and let them know that I'm alive and well, my stock will have split enough times to buy a cruise ship (all of you SERIOUS trekkers out there will know what that means)

Seriously, I would buy a 2 ct. Vs1 G colour diamond for wifey, or, I would go to the travel agency and put deposits on 5 cruises.

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Old November 24th, 2005, 09:49 PM
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Old November 24th, 2005, 10:18 PM
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Probably take all of my extended family/friends on a cruise!

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Old November 24th, 2005, 11:00 PM
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Old November 24th, 2005, 11:10 PM
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Well: The taxes are going to kill me. Everything is in merchandise and none of it is cash so I would have to purchase a number of items that I could sell or return for the cash to pay the taxes.

If the cruise price is based on "brochure" price then I will have to sell about all of my $10,000 of merchandise to cover the taxes on that and the cruise.

The reality is often not as good as the dream.

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I would buy my debts off.
The good thing about this would be, I have less tan $10,000 worth of debts!
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I guess I would head to the electronics store in the Mall - and update all our old, ailing equipment, and add a little bling from the jewlery store.
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Hi:

I love all your responses. Does anyone have a lucky number between 1 and 120? I'll share if I use it and you're right (wink wink); but I will let you know how it turns out.

Thanks....

Happy Cruising....Buddy
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"12" my grandson was born in December (12th month) on the 12th of the month at 12:00 o'clock midnight
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Liam,

Loved the book, hated the movie! How about you?
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Fern,

I dont read much.
So I loved the BBC TV series and was ok with the movie as there wasn't much time to explain the whole book series.

Where can you find a telephone cleaning person when you need one eh?
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Hi Liam,

Unfortunately we haven't gotten the BBC series! I'd LOVE to see it. You really MUST read the books!

My DH wanted to see the movie. He hadn't read the books, so had no idea what was going on. Even though I've read them, the movies are NEVER as good as the books!
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I would go to the bank in the mall and buy a CD for the $10 grand. Let it mature and grow.

Many people mistakenly believe buying diamonds is a good investment. Ha! They want to tell you how the resale value of diamonds is so good that it's a good investment. But the reality is: the huge majority of diamonds are not resold! They are passed down through the generations so the value is lost. And the others are traded in on larger diamonds that won't be resold either. In order to get cash for the diamond one would take them to a pawn shop where you'll get, maybe, 30 cents on the dollar.

I find it often troublesome when people use resale value as an argument for investing in something. It's only a factor if there is an intention to resell.

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My lucky Number is 21. I would buy for my husband and kids. Like Mike, I would also buy things that could be taken back, just to pay the taxes.

Thomas, I understand what you mean about value, but passing a diamond down from one family member to the next, has a value. It's just a different kind of value.
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Between the parking lots and the gangs of roaming teens I equate malls with hell on earth, so I'm not sure I'd even know where to go if I won a spree...probably the travel agency to book one of those month long cruises, the change would probably go to tatts if there was a shop nearby.
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