This sign appeared at the intersection of Clark and Golfside today, near Washtenaw Community College. My friend Kristin sent it to me and some other folks. Our mutual friend, Monica, then did some online detective work, finding the following about the woman likely responsible for the sign.
Rachel Rounsifer, Ph.D., Behavioral Scientist, is a full-time Internet Entrepreneur and Business woman. She is the niece of business mogul, Dr. Leonard Silk, former Financial Editor of the New York Times/world renowned Economist. Rachel coaches and mentors other Internet entrepreneurs from their homes in the methods to earn multiple six-figure incomes.
I’m not sure what the angle is, or, for that matter, whether the sign says $10 or $1,000. As a box of 50 can be had on Amazon for a little over $20, I’m guessing that the sign says $10. But, I suppose by “box” they could mean “crate.” It’s confusing. I’m also not clear as to whether or not she’s looking for used or unused strips. I can’t imagine that she’s looking for used ones, but you never know. Maybe used strips can be smoked or something. And, it doesn’t seem to me as though this is the kind of thing that someone would have extra of, if we’re talking about unused ones. Wouldn’t you need them until you were dead, if you were suffering from diabetes? My only guess is that maybe this has to do with insurance. Maybe people who don’t need them are having them prescribed, and then selling them at below market value for cash. Or, more likely, they just don’t use all the ones that their allotted before they expire, and there’s an underground economy for these extras. One would imagine that folks without insurance would, after all, rather buy a box from someone for $10 than buy a new box for $22. So maybe the person who put out the sign, whoever it is, is hoping to be a middleman, maybe making a few dollars on each box in the process. It seems like a lot of work, though, for $5. It doesn’t surprise me, though, in this economy.