CAGs of Kindness (A Must Read!)
I have been having a very crappy month due to many things in my life. I am not trying to make anyone feel sorry for me, I am simply prefacing this with that I have not been in the best of moods as of late and did not expect CAG of all places to thoroughly cheer me up. I however was very wrong in that thought.
I noticed The Darkness II and Deus Ex:HR were both on sale for $25 and ~$10 respectively for the computer. As a soon to graduate college student, my bank account is extremely low. (Low as in $50 and no source of income) I posted on the Steam Trade Thread that I had a $15 iTunes GC and a few random other things I could trade if anyone was willing to purchase one of those games for me. I did not expect any responses but I figured I would try!
Lo and behold I get a response from JKimrey. I traded with him a couple years back when he was on a hunt for an original copy of Ico on the PS2. My Gamestop oddly enough had one in stock for only $20 used (they were going for upwards of $75 on eBay at the time). I gladly drove out there, picked it up and sent it out to him merely at cost. I was simply hoping to help out a CAG in need.
Well, I was asked if I was still looking for The Darkness II, of which I responded that yes I am and listed the few things I had available to trade. The response I got from JKimrey shocked me. He said he did not want anything that I had but wanted to give me a copy of the game because I went out of my way before to help him. I was awestruck by this kindness and thanked him many times. I told him that I now owed him and that when the time came I would return the favor yet again.
Not only was this act extremely kind, but it lifted my spirits and put a genuine smile on my face which I had not had in quite a long time. On this high of kindness, I saw on the Steam Deal thread someone posted all of their coupons to give away because they were not going to use them. I figured I would do the same seeing as I would not be using them and would rather they be appreciated/used by someone!
So onto the thread I go and I post a picture of my inventory. Almost immediately I received multiple messages asking for different things. One such individual asked for my 50% off Black Ops coupon and a Super MNC invite. Upon looking at his account, SuNaSuN, he is very new to CAG with no trade feedback. I at first thought 'darn was hoping to give it to a vet' but then realized who cares, everyone is new at some point and I would be happy to spread any sort of good will!
So I add SuNaSuN on Steam and send him the items. He asked me if I wanted any coupons in return but I told him that I did not have the funds to buy anything right now. I mentioned how Deus Ex:HR at merely $10 was too much for me at the moment so I did not need to be tempted by other coupons! I thought nothing of the trade and simply was glad someone would use my items. I was told to hold on a moment, which I did. When SuNaSuN returned he gifted me a copy of Deus Ex:HR! I told him that it was not necessary and that I was glad to just give him my items but he insisted that I still saved him money on Black Ops and that he was grateful for my kindness.
Now, I must say I am literally glowing with happiness. Yes it is nice to get new games but it is even better to be reminded of how kind people can be. I have friends that make fun of me for being so active on this site, but in the end it is not simply about getting good deals, it is about fostering a community of individuals who gladly look out for one another and show kindness whenever they can.
I wanted to give a special thanks then to Jkimrey and SuNaSuN for putting such a smile on my face. Your acts of kindness mean more to me than you can probably imagine.
Also just a general thank you to the CAG community. You guys are a fantastic family and I want you all to know that.