Columns for sale! Columns for sale!

Someone wants to buy my columns! Just received this email:

"I am Mr. Marcus Bradley and i am contacting you to know if you do have columns for sale?I will like youWhite_truck to email me back if you do with the types and prices of the columns you have,I am located in California but have a freight company who will come to your location to pick them to my company in Sweden.Also do you accept credit cards as a form of payment?"

I wrote back: "Dear Mr. Bradley: Thank you for your email. I was excited to receive it, as the market for columns seems to have diminished in recent years. Yes, I do accept Visa and MasterCard. I will print out my columns, so you can load them onto your truck and take them to Sweden. I have both humor columns and serious columns. The humor columns are $10 a piece; the serious columns are a dime a dozen."

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  1. Could you share the humour columns with the Time columnist?

  2. Malathi says:

    That’s funny, Raji 🙂

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