by Ron Chatham
|So I had to do it ... I had to figure out the total worth of my gift points relative to real life. I don't know why I did it - I just had to.
So far, up to this writing, I have reviewed about 25 items and averaged around 372.92 gift points per review. Don't get me wrong, I enjoy reviewing ... the gift points are just extra to me (actually, at first, I didn't even realize where they were coming from ... pays to read the instructions sometimes, I guess).
At any rate, I guessed that from this point it will take me another 120 reviews to get that fancy box of writing.com pencils I was looking at (I didn't figure out the shipping ... work with me here). I guess anyone else would have stopped right there, right? - but not me. No, I had to know more.
So basically, I first found out that I could buy a one grain bar of gold (the smallest bar available ... about the size of a grain of rice) for only - now get this - around one hundred and seven reviews. That is, of course, if you buy it near the market value and not from Ebay where you can expect to pay two to three times more. But I digress.
Now considering how much time I have already wasted doing this, one would expect that I should be happy and stop there. But as things go, (especially when you are bored) things progress to ridiculous heights, so to spare you the gory details - and since you probably already know where I'm going with this - I will just go ahead and tell you what it would take to get that gold Krugerrand you were looking at.
It seems, based on the average, I would have to do about 40,286 reviews to get just one ounce of gold (again at market price and not at E-bay). Wow, I'm thinking to myself - about how long would that take? Again sparing the painful details - around 73.5 years - roughly. So now that box of pencils is looking pretty good.
And since WDC doesn't seem to have Krugerrand coins in their catalogue anyway, the box of pencils seems like a more attainable goal.
And so now, I march on, reading and reviewing for a box of pencils - that I will probably never use anyway because I mostly type. At least now I can go forward knowing that I'm not just wasting my time. I get the enjoyment of reading some great material along with a box of pencils.