When the educational system fails you, try ebay.
When a mother is forced to resort to creatively funding her daughter’s college education by selling over priced fashion items on Ebay, it is time to rethink the price of a higher education.
According to GOOD.com Tammy Lyn of Tulsa, OK is selling a pair of the extremely popular Venetian Missoni rain boots for Target (size 10) on Ebay in order to pay her daughter’s overwhelming college tuition bill. The boots originally sold for $34.99. She is selling them for $31,000.
When Lyn saw that people had gone nuts over the boots, she felt it was the perfect moment to usher in a miracle, the miracle of actually being able to pay for college and give her daughter the gift of living debt free after graduating. Though Ms. Lyn saved for years in order to fund her daughter’s education, she still finds herself coming up short due to the rising costs of tuition.
Why should it be an act of magic or voodoo to live debt free?
Perhaps you are the parent who is struggling to find a way to send your son or daughter to college, but you don’t own a pair of Missoni rain boots. What then? Look around, what could you sell?
It brings to mind the image of a traveling sales man from days gone by. He pulls into a new town, unloads his shiny wares and proceeds to coax and tickle a few pennies from the passersby. Now we find ourselves on a middle class auction block called Ebay, where we still unload our wares and in the hopes of tantalizing a distant, faraway buyer . We place our valuables on the table and begin to auction off our dignity.
Is this the only option left to parents who, albeit are hardworking, simply cannot afford college? Are we returning to a time when education is only for the upper class? If so, then get the diamond engagement ring ready to hock. Prepare grandmother’s clock for The Antique Road Show. And don’t forget to buy a lottery ticket. You have just as good a chance of picking the winning numbers as you do of sending your kid to college on the money you have worked to earn and toiled to save.
I grew up understanding that education isn’t a privilege. Every child has the right to an excellent debt free education. Education needs to be affordable and accessible, not dependent on Missoni rain boots, shower curtains, pillows or scarves, all of which Ms. Lyn will be selling in order to fund her daughter’s sophomore through senior years of college. Happy Bidding.