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Pee-wee Herman’s Bike Sells For $36,600 On eBay

pee-wee-bike
Fom HuffPo –

The bike sold for more than three times the $10,000 reward offered for the return of the bike in the 1985 film.

(It should be noted that Pee-wee had no intention of paying the reward since “whoever returns the bike is obviously the person who stole it — so they don’t deserve any reward.”)

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Myth-making

Seth Godin explains that we need a narrative to make sense of and feel right about the world around us.

The media needs a narrative

In fact, The War of the Worlds did not cause mass hysteria when it first aired. It was a story fanned by radio-fearing tabloid newspapers.

In fact, Pam (eBay founder Pierre’s wife) did not need a place to buy and sell Pez dispensers. This is a tale invented by a PR person and repeated by tech-phobic journalists eager for a simple story.

In fact, Columbus wasn’t surrounded by flat-earth believing denialists before he ‘discovered’ America. This was amplified by Washington Irving (!) in a book that was largely invented without much research.

And George Washington didn’t cut down the cherry tree and Robin Hood didn’t do all those cool tricks in green tights.

The media isn’t the one that needs a narrative… we do. We need to make sense of what’s around us, not just the true things that really happened, but the fictional ones that we know didn’t.

All this myth-making reminds us just how strongly wired we are to believe in things that both make sense and feel right. They feel right because of who told us, and when. Culture creates reality.

Why the My FedEx Rewards program isn’t worth it

I sell things on eBay throughout the year. As a seller I have lots of options to choose from when it comes to shipping. Typically, if I have a larger or heavier item to ship I will use FedEx over the U.S. Post office because the price is usually lower for my customers.

Awhile back, I enrolled in the My FedEx Rewards program offered through FedEx. I was excited about the opportunity to earn points and then claim them for things like gift cards to Target or Amazon.com. I figured that I give my business to FedEx to ship my bulkier items rather than UPS or the U.S. Post Office and star earning points. I chose FedEx over the competition for more than a year spending hundreds of dollars in shipping costs to exclusively use FedEx and earn those points.

I guess it was all for nothing. They informed me that my FedEx rewards points were going to start expiring if I didn’t start cashing them in on their “rewards.” I looked at their catalog and found I wasn’t eligible for any gift cards and could only choose between the following trade show crap shown below.

Why the My FedEx Rewards program isn't worth it

The crap I was entitled to after spending hundreds of dollars on shipping with FedEx. THANKS FEDEX!!!!

Since I didn’t need another water bottle or have any interest in a FedEx keychain, I sat back and watched more than 3,000 of my hard-earned FedEx points expire. Another 700 are set to expire before the end of the year. I don’t ship enough to ever make this up, so what’s the point. Why did they ever let me in their program in the first place knowing my shipping history? Why give a loyal customer a reward only to take it away because they aren’t shopping with you enough?

I should have known that points expired. I’m sure I read somewhere that they did when I signed up. So don’t worry FedEx, I know it’s my fault. You don’t really want to reward your small customers anyway. I get it. I’ll take my lumps and see myself out of your “rewards program.”

If you are an occasional eBay seller and use FedEx to ship, think twice about signing up for their “rewards program.” It is nearly impossible to save up enough points for anything good unless you are shipping A TON of items. You’re likely to see points expire before being able to use them on anything someone would actually want. Instead, shop UPS and the post office for a better rate and pocket the savings.

By the way, here are some good deals on shipping supplies if you need them.