Tuesday, September 05, 2006

Ebay Kills Collection Values

I have understood something:
Large parts of the monetary and ideological value of collector items used to stem from the fact that they were hard to get and that they were usually associated with a story of acquisition.

Ebay - in the first place - tried to connect collectors and to provide a platform to trade collector items. However, it thus also killed this important hard-to-get part of the individual value. And since difficulty of acquisition (and thus emotional value) and pecuniary value are closely linked, it destroyed most of the impetus to collect things.
Paradoxical, isn't it?

...and so I can't get rid of my nice Spiderman comic collection... thanks, ebay!

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