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Your spouse is an enthusiastic cook, who longs for a Kitchen Aid standing mixer. These are rather pricey, particularly with your family budget, which tends to be tight because you have several children. You’ve indicated willingness to splurge on this coveted item, but your spouse just can’t justify the cost with so many more pressing expenses.
Your oldest son, Ernie (age 15), loves to tinker with things and shows a lot of promise as a mechanical engineer. He is always pulling things apart and putting them back together. He is also the go-to person when some small appliance around the house needs fixing. One weekend he accompanied your spouse on a round of yard sales and estate sales. At one of these, your spouse looked with regret at an ancient Kitchen Aid standing mixer. Many of the attachments were missing, and its price tag warned it didn’t work. Its price was $15. Ernie insisted on buying it with his own money, as he thought he could use the motor for some other project.
Weeks later, Ernie presents the now cleaned up, refurbished, repainted mixer to your spouse. He has invested over $100 of his own savings in it, which is still a fraction of what a new mixer would cost. He insists it’s a gift, but your spouse insists he must either sell it at a profit or accept reimbursement for the money he spent. Both of them appeal to you. How do you think this should be resolved?