Ebay challenge, $250k. See, that’s more challenging than three mil. Right?
Here’s a condition: You can’t just go get eighty Miatas. That would be a nice idea, actually, but, um, yeah, for this exercise I am going to arbitrarily set the condition thusly:
Each car must have a minimum asking price, and, it would go thusly:
The first car’s minimum price is thirty grand.
The second car’s minimum price is sixty grand, that is, double that of the first.
The third car’s minimum asking price needs to be double that of the second car, $120k. See?
NO I don’t like that.
First car’s minimum asking price: $15k.
Second car’s minimum asking price: $30k.
Third car’s minimum asking price: $60k.
Fourth car’s minimum asking price: $120k.
Essentially, if you want to get four cars, they have to cost at least $225k altogether.
You could of course get one car for $250k.
You could get one car for $23k and the other for $225k.
Ideally, you ought to spend at least $225k versus claiming that all you need is a 1985 Saab 900 Turbo and the material world can diddle itself. Let’s not pretend to be virtuous paupers for this exercise. Come on, we like our toys. There is nothing wrong with that.
If you insist on giving one to your brother or another loved one, fine. FINE. Be that way. Be the superior one, you smug fake-thoughtful halo-polishing swine.
So, $15k, $30k, $60k, $120k, minimum prices for each of your chosen cars.
Or a pair of late-model Panamera Turbo S cars, one black, one white. See if I care.
Okay: You are allowed ONE car (one, 1) that doesn’t adhere to any minimum. One. That means you can get say several cars or one car that adheres to the structural condition blah blah and one “Rosebud” that doesn’t. There.
Masochists may feel free to read below, but you don’t have to.
If it were three mil, I would feel a need to say, “each car minimum price eighty thousand,” or something more arcane, like, “each car minimum priced thusly: minimum eighty grand for the first car, then for the second car at least $160k, $320k minimum for the third car, and so on, $640k, $1.28M, etc.” See, with the arbitrarily set escalating minimums, there’s no sense of obligation to pack the hypothetical yard with dozens of sentimental faves/sensible purchases/lovable cheap cars. It keeps a list down to a reasonable size.
Note that it is a minimum, not a limit! So there could be several cars, and as long as the third car is at least $320k, the other two can be totally off the wall, at least $160k and $320k respectively of course.
Now I’m kind of nauseated. I don’t want a Bugatti. Not a recent or classic one, maybe an EB110...
Okay. So, with $250k, to avoid the temptation to cram a dozen Fiats onto my list, it’s first car minimum $40k, second car minimum $80k, third car minimum $160k and no no no no no that doesn’t work.
Maybe minimums $30k, $60k, $120k? That’s $210k total, limit to three cars... But that’s bullshit. I wouldn’t do that to myself.
OKAY. Um. $15k, $40k, $90k, no. Say, $18k, $36k, $72k, total $126k so far... $126k plus the subsequent $144k would be over $250k. Fifteen, thirty, sixty, one-twenty... total $225k minimum with a touch of room for back and forthing about.