I Can't Buy a New Car Because I Still Have Books to Read



It's getting time for me to think about buying my next car. This one is 13-years-old. It has served me well, but if I want to get anything for it in trade, I need to act. Unfortunately, I still have books to read.

I shouldn't say read, I should say, I still have books to listen to. On tape. My car has a tape player which a new car will not have because the medium is quite obsolete.

Why do I have books on tape? Well, since the medium is obsolete, books on tape are easy to obtain! At garage sales and estate sales they are very inexpensive. In fact, I just got an unopened copy of "The Life of Pi" by Yann Martel at a moving sale for less than $1!! How could I possibly pass that up?

Books on CD are also readily available at such sales, though not as cheaply. In my experience, folks charge the most for books on CD, then print books, then books on tape. Which is why my tape library is growing.

I know the tapes won't last as long as the CDs or the print versions. (My personal library has all formats.) I also have an MP3 player which I enjoy, so I am not hopeless. I just like a bargain. And the ability to rewind when I've been daydreaming.  

--Julie C., Headquarters


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