You may have already come across this story today, but if you haven’t then prepare yourself – you will get choked up.

A ‘thank you’ note from an eBay customer has gone viral – for all the right reasons.

eBay seller, Matt Shoukry recently sold a video cassette recorder (VCR) to a buyer – a simple transaction and something he does regularly – however this time around, the exchange of goods was a little different. Shortly after selling the item he received a letter of thanks explaining just how important that purchase was.


The letter said:

“I found many old VHS tapes recently and wanted to see what is on them and realised I had no player. So I went to eBay for the first time and discovered your offer.

“I bought your (VCR) and you shipped it within a few days. The (VCR) looks new and unused. Amazing. I had some issues getting it going which were mine and not the player. I am 86 and perhaps not up to my game but I do get there eventually. And I did, and discovered the (VCR) works perfectly.

“Thank you so much for your care, your efforts, and your promptness.”

And now for the bit where you need to prepare yourself.

Image: ©Matt Shoukry

The letter continued:

“I watched tapes of 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 (VCR) player.

“I thought you would appreciate how much someone has enjoyed your offer.”

(Source: BBC News)


The letter was shared on Reddit and has since gone viral.

What a lovely story and a simple ‘thank you’ that demonstrates how the most unlikely of exchanges can mean so much.

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