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Alice, My Boyfriend Broke Up With Me and Now He's Stiffing Me On Our Shared Furniture — Ask Alice: Advice for Life at Home

by LiveModern Webmaster last modified Apr 03, 2015 01:05 AM
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by Ask Alice last modified Apr 02, 2015

Dear Alice, My boyfriend of 3 years (we lived together for 1.5) recently broke up with me. Currently, we are still living together in a two-bedroom apartment. Our agreement when we broke up was that we'd live together for awhile until I could afford to move (I recently switched jobs, so I'm not making a whole lot of money). Four weeks later he told me he's moving, which means I have to move, too, because I can't afford to stay in our two bedroom. When we moved in together, we bought a number of furniture items, and split the cost equally. One of the items was a couch, for about $2400. I asked him if it was okay to sell the couch, and that was when he told me he wanted to buy it off of me, less the cost of any furniture items I was keeping that we had purchased together. Half of the cost of the couch minus half of the cost of everything I will be taking is $1015. He is unwilling to pay that to me because the couch isn't "worth" that. I explained to him that "worth" is different when you're splitting stuff up, versus when you're selling it to someone who doesn't already own it. He told me I was being petty and he's willing to give me $750 for it because he doesn't think we'll be able to sell it to a third party for more than $1500. So, Alice: am I being petty or should I demand the full half of what it cost us, rather than taking what it's "worth?" Thanks, Broke and No Boyfriend READ MORE »






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