When a Man Sold His VCR On eBay, He Never Expected This Heartwarming Letter

When Matt Shoukry decided to sell an old VCR on eBay, he had no idea that one of the most heartwarming events of his life would follow.

Shoukry is a frequent seller on eBay. He likes finding items that are older and in rare supply so he can find them good homes. He receives orders, ships the products, and hopes for a positive review from customers.

So it certainly wasn’t out of the ordinary when he received an order for a VCR, and he quickly shipped the order out to Pheonix, Arizona.

There is a need for VCRs out there because it’s something you cant go to Best Buy or Walmart and get,” Shoukry says.

When Shoukry packed up the VCR and dropped it in the mailbox, he thought that order was done and done. Until he got a message back from the customer.

Except the message wasn’t an angry email or a review on his eBay profile. It was a letter addressed to him mixed amongst a pile of mail his girlfriend had brought in. It immediately stood out, because of the handwriting on the envelope.

“It caught my eye because it had a hand-written address on the outside,” Shoukry has since revealed.

Inside the envelope was an incredibly soul-moving, tear-jerking letter from the customer he had sold the VCR to:

The handwritten note started by explaining why the customer, an 86-year-old man, wanted a VCR in the first place. He told Shoukry that he had some old tapes he wanted to watch, and after just a little bit of “user error,” he then described how the VCR worked perfectly.

Then, suddenly, the letter goes straight for the feels.

“I watched tapes from my retirement party from 25 years ago which I had never seen before. Jeez, were we young. Then a tape of my wedding with all the family and friends, many of which are no longer around. Then skiing trips, kids growing up, travels, and most importantly the gentle maturing of my family. Each one more fun than the last. All thanks to your generous selling of the VHS player.”

Shoukry isn’t ashamed to admit that by the end, both he and his girlfriend were on the verge of tears (me too).

Im going to frame (the letter) and put it next to my desk in the house because it means a lot to me, Shoukry said. He also shares that he plans on corresponding with the man, and offering to digitize all his tapes so that the man doesn’t have to worry about having a working VCR in the future.

In response, other eBay sellers started sharing their own tear-jerking stories of customer interactions:

With so much negativity in the news, it’s easy to overlook the small acts of goodness that happen every single day. There was nothing inherently monumental about this story, just everyday people doing everyday thingslike buying and selling a product. But when the old man sent his tender, vulnerable letter, suddenly the whole internet had something to gush over.

People can be good.

Photo Credit: YouTube via FOX 2 St. Louis

54 comments

Leanne K
Leanne K11 days ago

Its true, time passes too quick. To look back in amazement and wonder.

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Thomas M
Thomas M17 days ago

tyfs

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Clare O'Beara
Clare O'Beara17 days ago

Older folks tend to write letters and say thank you. We called it manners.

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Clare O'Beara
Clare O'Beara17 days ago

th

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Janis K
Janis K18 days ago

Thanks for sharing.

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Joanna M
Joanna M18 days ago

I'm a little confused about why the man would say you can't buy VCRs anymore...because you can. True, they are now dual VCR/DVD players, but you can still watch VHS movies on them, which is the point...

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Beryl Ludwig
Beryl L18 days ago

Thank you for sharing.

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Leo C
Leo C18 days ago

Thank you for sharing!

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Tania N
Tania N18 days ago

Thanks for sharing.

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Tania N
Tania N18 days ago

Thanks for sharing.

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