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05 Sep 2020
Circle the correct letter A-C.
Andrea is feeling happy because ...
A she’s seen Harry.
B she’s finished her exams.
C she can sleep in.
Which of the items below does Harry want to sell?
Where is Harry going to advertise his books for sale?
Andrea thinks it is unlikely students will buy the furniture because ...
Complete Harry’s notes using NO MORE THAN TWO WORDS.
THINGS TO DO:
6 furniture etc. in Trading Post.
7 or sell kitchen things.
Get 8 first from second-hand shop.
Give clothes to 9 shop.
10 fridge and microwave to Andrea.
A conversation between two students, Harry and Andrea, who have just finished their final exams
H: Hi Andrea, how are you feeling now that exams are over?
A: It’s fantastic to have finished, isn’t it, and to sleep in every morning! What about you?
H: Well, I’ve been catching up on sleep, too. But I’ve got a lot to do before I leave for England. Perhaps you could give me some advice? I've got a lot of things I can’t possibly take back with me but I don’t know what to do with them.
A: Well, it depends on what sort of things they are and whether you’re thinking of giving them away or selling them.
H: Well, almost everything - furniture, the fridge and other kitchen stuff that I bought from the previous tenant, but the new people have already got what they need so they’re not interested in buying stuff from me. I can’t afford to give it away but I’m not sure how to sell it all. Oh, and there are some clothes and books as well.
A: Why can’t you take them?
H: The books are really heavy - it’s so expensive if you exceed the airline baggage allowance. And the clothes just won’t all fit in my suitcase, it’s amazing how much stuff I’ve accumulated since I’ve been here. Anyway I don’t think I’ll need as many summer clothes in England as I have here in Australia!
A: I see. Well, there are several alternatives. First of all, you could put up notices around the university about the books - you know on the notice-boards in the student union building, and in the economics department, anywhere second and third year students will see them. People are always keen to buy cheap textbooks.
H: OK. What should I say on the notices?
A: Just put the titles, authors and price you want ... your name of course, and maybe put your phone number on those little tear off tags.
H: That’s a good idea. And what about the furniture?
A: You could try doing the same thing, but usually students are away all summer so they don’t want to buy furniture now. Another place to try might be a second-hand shop. Someone from the shop will usually come around and give you a free quote, and then you can decide. But you don’t usually get much money for that sort of stuff.
A: Another alternative is to put an advertisement in the Trading Post. Do you know that paper? It comes out every week, advertising things people want to sell. You have to pay to put the advert in and then hope people phone. Give them as much information as possible and if they’re interested, invite them to come and have a look. The hard part is agreeing on a price.
H: No, I haven’t seen the Trading Post, but I should have a look at it, and I could advertise the fridge, the microwave, and the furniture. But the kitchen stuff isn’t really that good -you know, old cutlery, a few pots and pans, and some plates and things. What shall I do with them?
A: Well, another option is to donate the kitchen things to a charity shop, you know like the Salvation Army or St. Vincent de Paul. Why don’t you get a second-hand shop to give you a quote first?
H: Yes, I could do that - find out how much they’ll give me and then decide whether to sell them or give them away. But I’ve still got the clothes.
A: A charity shop will take them too, as long as they’re in good condition. And even though you don’t get any money at least you know that someone who really deserves some help has benefited.
H: That’s a good point. I’ll advertise the expensive stuff - the furniture - and donate the clothes and kitchen stuff. Let’s go and buy a Trading Post and you can help me write the advert.
A: Well, ... actually I’m interested in buying the fridge and the microwave, depending on the price of course.
H: OK. Let’s see how good you are at bargaining!