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Boy delivers Shark Tank-style pitch to parents for Christmas presents

His mom said: "On the outside, he is 13 and on the inside, he is 50."



By Lydia Patrick via SWNS

This boy, 13, dressed in a suit and tie to deliver a Shark Tank-style Christmas pitch to his parents – to convince them to buy the presents on his list.

Shelley Jackson, 49, was "in awe" of her son, Cooper, who donned his smartest outfit to tell his parents what he is hoping to find under the tree this year.

Cooper, of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, ordered his mom and dad to come to his room for a family meeting 'ASAP' in November 2022.

He then delivered his Christmas list in the form of a PowerPoint presentation - asking for 16GB memory for his PC, a new mousepad and a gaming gift card.


Before tax and shipping his list amounted to a reasonable $124.94 - which, according to Cooper, his parents "can split with Santa."

Cooper said: "I decided to make a presentation instead of just handing a paper list of what I wanted.

"I thought it would increase the chance of my parents buying them."

(Screenshot via SWNS YouTube)

Shelley, who works in insurance, added: "I was in awe of what he was doing, I can't do links or PowerPoints or anything like that.

"He was in a suit and tie without a dress shirt, he really cracks me up."

Impressing the sharks of Shark Tank

During his presentation, Cooper stated he would be sure to send the linked presentation to his dad so they can find the gifts easily.

Instead of opting for a pricier 32GB RAM for more space for his games, Cooper asked for 16GB to save his parents some money.

He said: "These ones are most appealing to me and look the nicest - and only 16GB because 32GB is like $120."

Next on the list is a Lockness or 'Nessi' mousepad from Apex Legends, Cooper's favorite video game, for $35.95.

He said: "It's really appealing to me - the price is only $35.95.

"You can even help the environment by buying this because they plant a tree with every single order."

Last on his Shark Tank pitch was a Steam gift card - a gift card for gamers - he linked the $20, $50 and $100 but insisted his parents should go for the cheapest option.

He said: "Steam is what I buy games for on my PC, and I really want Spiderman."

Finally, he announced the grand total of $124.94 - to be split 50/50 with Santa.


Mom-of-five Shelley added: "On the outside, he is 13 and on the inside, he is 50.

"I'm amazed by his vocabulary and the way he speaks.

"He has never asked for more than the bare minimum and is such a good kid.

"People have commented on the video if we don't buy the gifts, they will.

"I think it's completely reasonable what he's asked for, but Santa needs to go 50/50."

As an "old soul in a young body", Shelley added: "Cooper had some bullying issues at his old school and now he's flourishing.

"So many people have taken to him and have said to protect him at all costs."

As Cooper delivered his pitch, the family dog, Lola the beagle, scurried around unimpressed.

The mum and son revealed their family Christmas isn't a traditional celebration.

Cooper said: "Christmas for me is going to the movies, opening gifts and watching Elf."

Shelley added: "All of our family are eight hours away in New York State.

"We have made our own tradition now it is just the three of us - the others have all grown up and live far away - we open our presents in the morning, go out for Japanese food and then to the movies."

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