I'm not much of a writer anymore, but here we go with a journal.
|I hate it when there's an obvious way to make a ton of money, and the only reason I can't do it is some stupid little thing like honesty.
Used copies of McElligot's Pool are currently selling on Amazon at $250 and up. I mean, way, WAY up. In fact all the discontinued Dr. Seuss books like If I Ran the Zoo and To Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street, are going for over $200 each. This is looking like the hottest investment since GameStop. That $250 copy will probably be gone next time you look.
Meanwhile, our local public library system, which stocks fifty copies of McElligot's Pool, has gotten so accommodating in the past year that they don't even charge overdue fines anymore. Heck, the last time I needed a photocopy of my tax return, they refused to take my thirty cents. And the librarian gave me two copies to boot.
So other than an irrational love of the American public library system and an outdated devotion to quaint moral standards, what's to stop a person from reserving all those copies of Dr. Seuss books and selling them online for $300 a pop? And then when the library comes looking for their couple thousand books just saying, "Um, sorry, I guess my five-year-old lost them?"
The only satisfying thing about this is that the people who run the libraries are far from stupid, and would probably shine the flashlight pretty hard on any cockroach who actually tried to get away with this scam. But aside from my irrational love for the public library system and devotion to quaint moral standards, I can't help but think, Lemme see, $300 time 100 is........