|Ethical dilemma! tl;dr!
||[Aug. 19th, 2008|04:01 pm]
The Question Club
TQC, I have a bit of an ethical dilemma. I was thinking of ways to get some more money, but could really only think of the guitar that my grandma got me when I was 11. She gave my dad money to buy me and my brothers all guitars so we could learn, although I had NO desire to learn the guitar. At the time, I begged to be able to trade in the guitar for a different instrument, but my dad said I should keep it. So, I did.
Flash forward to now. I'm living with my SO, trying to make ends meet, and was thinking of anything I could sell. I have had no desire to learn the guitar. I *am* learning the cello. The guitar came to mind. My dad's been using it all these years. It's a pretty black acoustic with a good tone.
I e-mailed the 'rents to see if they'd let me sell it.
My mom called today to say my dad would pay me $125 for it.
Ethical dilemma: do I take much-needed money for a guitar he's been using all along, while I wouldn't be losing anything?
I feel wrong "selling" a guitar to me dad...when he's been the one using it all along. :/ My mom says she totally sees what I mean when I said this, but she can understand my need for money as well.
My parents aren't well-off. Am I right in feeling this would be ethically....wrong?
edit E-mail sent to mom just now:
I've already thought about it, and I'd feel really, really crummy asking dad to pay me for a guitar that's basically been "his" for so long anyway. Tell him it's okay, and to keep it, with my blessing. :) I'd feel tremendously guilty asking for $125 from you guys for it, and really, the more I think about it, I'd feel guilty taking the money when he'd just be using it same as always.