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Old 04-29-14, 12:17 AM   #1
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Segway or $3,000??

A local TV station has a contest. The winner gets a brand new Segway or $3,000 cash.

Which would you take?

Edit: The question was rephrased in Post # 7:

At what cash value (if any) would you take the Segway instead of the money? And I'm throwing in that you can't sell the Segway if you take it.
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Old 04-29-14, 01:02 AM   #2
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The ca$h.
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I hear Segways suck in snow. I'll take the EUR2260, thanks.
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The cash. Buy me a sweet roadie with $3000. I'd have no use for a segway.
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$3000 ... that should cover at least one of the Bike Fridays we've got our eyes on.
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Cash needs no maintenance.
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Ok, everybody (including me) is saying take the cash. So let me rephrase the question to get some diversity of opinions:

At what cash value (if any) would you take the Segway instead of the money? And I'm throwing in that you can't sell the Segway if you take it.
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Cash, and no amount would persuade me to take the Segway.
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Ok, everybody (including me) is saying take the cash. So let me rephrase the question to get some diversity of opinions:

At what cash value (if any) would you take the Segway instead of the money? And I'm throwing in that you can't sell the Segway if you take it.

Not interested in a Segway ... at all. Not even if it was gold plated ... unless, of course, I could sell it.

Bring on the cash.
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A local TV station has a contest. The winner gets a brand new Segway or $3,000 cash.

Which would you take?

Edit: The question was rephrased in Post # 7:

At what cash value (if any) would you take the Segway instead of the money? And I'm throwing in that you can't sell the Segway if you take it.
If I'm not allowed to sell the Segway I'd probably opt for cash.

If the cash dropped below maybe $100 I'd probably take the Segway. For me it would be an interesting curiosity rather than having any particular use. As I understand it (I'm not a lawyer so could be totally wrong) Segways are a curious legal exception where I live where they aren't supposed to be on the road or on the path.
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Probably a few hundred dollars. The Segway batteries would have some uses that would make them worth that much to me. And the motors and other components could also be useful in other projects.
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If the cash dropped below maybe $100 I'd probably take the Segway.
I had the same number in my head. I have no desire to try out a Segway.
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Segway seems a nice concept, though how would you park it on the street without being stolen?
I don't know if I wouldn't take the segway!!
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As is, the range might be adequate for a small town or urban center. If I could fold it and carry it on a bus, then I'd have some use for it in suburbs. With some modification it could be a bike trailer with electric assist.
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Ok, everybody (including me) is saying take the cash. So let me rephrase the question to get some diversity of opinions:

At what cash value (if any) would you take the Segway instead of the money? And I'm throwing in that you can't sell the Segway if you take it.
I don't need a Segway, so I cannot think of a situation where I'd take the Segway over, say, $20. If I did get it, I'd have nowhere to put it, it would be in the way, and I would rarely if ever use it.

However, we don't live in a world where I could not sell a gift Segway, so... lowest I saw was BIN of $1100 on ebay for used model, I'd accept $1500 instead of the Segway itself just to have to not deal with selling it. If it's worth $3k new, someone could probably make money flipping it at that price, so it should sell quick.
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Someone would have to pay me money to take a Segway off his hands. I've got enough unused junk in my garage already, and don't need any more.

Side note: I just sold the second car today, since I only used it for picking up pizza every now and then for the last two. Down to just the one my wife uses.
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Someone would have to pay me money to take a Segway off his hands. I've got enough unused junk in my garage already, and don't need any more.

Side note: I just sold the second car today, since I only used it for picking up pizza every now and then for the last two. Down to just the one my wife uses.
Couldn't you store the Segway where you used to put the car? I bet you're happy to get rid of it--more storage space and you never have to think about it again.

I would probably take the Segway in lieu of $400. My son and grandson would love playing with it, and I would too. Then maybe I'd give it to the little kid next door because it's so silent. He could play quietly with the Segway instead of bouncing up and down for hours at a time on his noisy pogo stick.

My son's mother-in-law (who lives with us) drives everywhere because she can't walk very well due to health issues. I wonder if a Segway would be useful for somebody like that?
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I would take the Segway. They are a marvelous feat of engineering. Whether I kept it for transportation purposes or for entertainment it would still be fun. They also cost a lot more than $3000.
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I think Segways are a nice piece of engineering as well, but for what I have noticed the mobility problems we face nowadays do not involve technical solutions, but political solutions. Politics comes from the Greek work "polis", city, urban area!

The problems we face nowadays for transports are political, not technical
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Segways are entirely to dorkish for me. I'd take the money.
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$3000 ... that should cover at least one of the Bike Fridays we've got our eyes on.
Yeah, I got a bit of sticker shock when I ordered mine (2007 or so) - they advertised it as "starting at $1200" or something and it ended up being more like $2500 after selecting the options I wanted like drop bars, triple crankset, 165 mm cranks, fenders, rack, etc. Of course I haven't bought another so I know nothing of current options and packages.

Is there a big transportation or import duty penalty to getting it delivered to Tasmania? Or will you pick it up while travelling?

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You couldn't give me a Segway. To me, just the cost of storing it would be more than it's worth. But then again, I'm paying for my housing...
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Segway looks like it would be cool to rent for an hour, one time. After that, I have no idea what the point would be.
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Couldn't you store the Segway where you used to put the car? I bet you're happy to get rid of it--more storage space and you never have to think about it again.
I'm in a get rid of unneeded/unwanted/unused stuff mode; not a get more useless stuff mode.
2 days ago I gave to the Salvation Army a 29" tube multi-system (PAL and NTSC) multi voltage TV that was working fine. I was glad to find anyone who would take it off my hands for free, as it was just taking up space.
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