I won a washing machine and dryer that I can't use, and it's turning into a bit of a nightmare. How on earth can I get rid of it? I live in Washington, DC. Special soap-bubble details inside.
About 9 months ago, I gave away my full biography while printing off a grocery coupon, which included a checkbox indicating that I'd like to be entered into a drawing to win a washing machine and year's supply of laundry detergent. After all, why not? Here's why:
Lo and behold, about a month ago, I was contacted by the prize company informing me that I'd won the prize. After confirming that everything was legitimate, I gave my information to the fulfillment company, specifically mentioning that I live in a small apartment, and could only accept the prize if the machines were compact and stackable, and they acknowledged my concern, and told me that they'd relay that information to the vendor.
After that, I heard nothing more until last Friday, when a truck showed up at my house to deliver a gigantic non-stackable washer and dryer. Shit.
Against my better judgement, I accepted the delivery.
Given that the prize vendor, ePrize
, is basically impossible to contact, I'm assuming I'm stuck with these things, and want to get rid of the gigantic, heavy crates that are currently occupying about a third of my apartment's floor space, before my roommate kills me:
- Ideally, I'd like to sell these things, and attempt to recover as much money as possible. Ironically, I need a new washing machine. Also, I'm on the hook for paying income tax on this "prize," and at least need to minimize my losses. (So, no leaving it out on the curb)
- Posting to Craigslist for 25% below the list price (about 50% below MSRP) has yielded no hits thus far (not even scammers!). I don't think that Craigslist is the right channel for selling a new, high-end appliance, and for some reason, my post doesn't seem to be showing up in search results. Transportation could also be an issue.
- Are there people who buy used appliances who would give me a fair price for a brand-new, and unused appliance?
- Are there any charities who could take this off of my hands? Would this allow me to escape the tax burden of the prize winnings without forcing me to give up the standard deduction?
Specific advice appropriate to the Washington, DC area would be appreciated, and apologies for the long backstory!