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This might sound selfish, but I would keep it. I spend more time on Webkinz then all of my 4 kids combined and alot of times we buy enough cards so everybody has a few packs to open so everyone has the chance of getting the special pet. I also let my kids play on my account at times, so they can play with different pets.
Actually we had a very similar situation the other day. My mother in law lives with us and is just as addicted to Webkinz as me. We bought some series 3 cards and divided them up between us all (me, her and the kids) Well Grandma got a Magical Retriever! It was in her pack that she picked so she got to keep it. The kids (and me) were jealous (of course) but it wouldn't be fair to make her give it up.
Another idea, we have started doing Chore Wars Chore Wars :: Claim Experience Points for Housework it is a rewarding system for doing chores around the house. You could save the Panda and give it to who ever got the most points in 1 month. Actually, I think the next mystery pet I get, I will save as a Chore Wars reward
Congrats on finding the card! How lucky!!!
But I think you also need to take into consideration that this card and pet are virtual, not tangible. Fun as it may be, it is still virtual. If it were mine and I had more than one child, without a doubt it would be sold, now, while the price is still up there.
Then you all can share the wealth and eveyone can reap the benefits! Good luck with your decision.
My husband always likes to equate things, like, the $300 from the sale of the mystical panda could maybe pay for a day of vacation to a neaby park?
In this economy, I would probably sell it but if I wanted to be nice I would save the code for Christmas or a birthday. The birthday is better because none of the other kids can complain if it's a birthday gift. They will just think that it's the best gift in the world.
I'm not sure if anyone has suggested this yet - but could you make a shared account and set up a timer of 15 minutes a day with that account or something? More then likely, after a week or so the "excitement" may ware off for some of them & sharing it may not be a big deal.
If you want to keep it, it could work out that way. But if it is not a huge deal, I would sell it.
That's just how I would look at it. good luck~ hard decision.
Just my two cents, but if your gut tells you to sell it, then sell it. Whatever you think is right because Mommies know best! If your girls are old enough, you could let them in on the decision-making process a little bit. Explain that you found the card, and ask them if they'd rather:
a) Have it put in on your account (with visitation rights for all of them) or
b) Sell it, and you all split the profits to buy whatever you want, webkinz or otherwise.
Giving it to one of them is not even an option because that would be totally unfair to the others. Put it to a vote, and my guess is that they'll lean toward selling it, also, since that way they get something out of it, too.
This is a fascinating thread, and many people have posted well-considered and creative ideas about your dilemma.
Personally, I think that deception is a dangerous course to choose, especially in a family. Wanting to avoid a potential conflict doesn't make you any more honest, and keeping this secret would deprive both you and your girls of the opportunity to deal with the situation in a manner that is fair, truthful, and mature. It is my personal belief that, without challenges such as these, we would never even discover the better parts of ourselves.
You *are* the parent, and you *are* the owner of the card. As such, it is entirely appropriate for you to decide what is to be done with the virtual pet (unless you have built the kind of family where all such decisions are made communally). You can decide to sell it on ebay, keep it for yourself, or put it in a shared account... but then, imo, it is time to call a family meeting, tell the kids about the card, and explain what you have decided to do and why. It may not go easily, but you will never have to worry about being "found out", and you won't have to live with the secret.
As for the panda... we have two Webkinz players in our household. Even with just us two, I think that if I would value the $300 over any single pet, no matter how cute or rare. There are so many sweet, loveable Webbies, and I would be thrilled to sell the panda for the chance to buy a few new pets and some cards or clothes for what felt like "Free."
Best of luck with your decision. Remember, life is an adventure, and this is just one day along the way.
Last edited by sydnah; 03-12-2009 at 02:48 PM.. Reason: mis-type
I am a mom of three and wow ! ,I would have to sell it the two girls of mine would be so upset if I didnt share lol but how can you split it?? lo there would be a nuclear disaster if I had to split it lol,awesome for finding it though
1. Congratulations! That's a rare feat!
2. That's gonna be at toughie. Well, one thing you can do it hold a contest. When my parents only have one ticket to the game, sometimes they have us pick a number between one and fifty, and who ever wins gets to go to the game. So, you can do something like that.
3. You could also just watch your girls and see who deserves it the most.
4. Selling it on ebay sounds like a good idea! If you can't resolve this with your girls then ebay is a good idea. I heard they're going for around $300!
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