Man Who Sold VHS Player Gets Unexpected Gift From Buyer
ShareTap Staff 3/1/2019
Memories are important. Without them, we wouldn't know where our lives would head. It's why cameras are such a must these days. The days can fly by so fast that you wish you could record every moment of your children growing up.
This story is about preserving those tender and emotional memories. When one man, who sold an old appliance online, got an interested buyer he didn't think much if it after he sold it off, but a few days later he got a very tear-jerking surprise from the buyer he never saw coming.
Matt Shoukry put his old VCR on eBay one day. The St. Louis resident priced it at $40. He always knew someone would buy it because it was something one couldn't get at the local department store anymore. Many old houses still have VHS tapes. Unfortunately, you can no longer get a VCR from Walmart.
Matt was right, though, because one man did buy the old electronic. It was an 86-year-old man whose first eBay purchase was Matt's VCR. The man, Don, was from Phoenix. Matt didn't think much of the purchase since it felt like just an ordinary transaction.
He was pleasantly surprised after a few days however. A letter had arrived for him during the weekend. Matt's girlfriend brought their mail in on Saturday, and he saw the letter from Don, the buyer. What surprised him was that there was a handwritten address outside, so it felt more personal.
When Matt opened the letter, he immediately called his girlfriend, saying they had to read it together. In an interview with WGN-TV, he said:
"We read it together and we're both on the verge of tears reading it."
Matt shared the contents of the letter online, and it was truly touching. Don, the buyer, wrote that, because of the VCR, he was able to watch VHS tapes of his retirement 25 years ago. He also got to watch footage of his wedding and his children growing up.
Matt couldn't believe how much his VHS player had helped Don. Because Don was able to finally see the home videos he was able to relive the happiest moments of his life. Matt later promised to frame the letter because it touched him so deeply. He also planned to write Don back and offer to digitize his videos so that he could watch them anywhere.
Don's letter went viral and touched a lot of people. It certainly made many look back on their wedding day, graduation, and other important moments in their lives that were caught on tape. Although selling the VCR was never a big deal to Matt, what he did certainly made a huge impact on someone else's life.
May this story inspire others to always treasure and preserve the memories we have of the people in our lives.