The eBay Rule

Summit Life with J.D. Greear | 11/20/2019 | Staff
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They say the value of something is shown only by what someone is willing to pay for it.

Joby Martin, a pastor in Jacksonville, calls this the “eBay rule.” You may have something in your house that you feel is really, really valuable. But when you put it on eBay, you may find out it’s worth about $6 to everybody else. That collector’s edition of the Rambo VHS you think is such a prize? Not really worth much.

Scenario - Time - Shows - Pickers - Antiques

This also applies to the opposite scenario: The only time I find shows like “American Pickers” or “Antiques Roadshow” interesting is when somebody has an item they got at a yard sale for $3 and then they’re told a collector would be willing to pay $10,000 for it.

This actually happened to my family when my grandmother died. A pretty ordinary-looking lamp that had sat in her living room for 40 years turned out to be worth $25,000—at least, that’s the amount one antique store owner offered to pay for it. My grandmother had no idea. We had no idea. (Though it was conspicuous how many people suddenly remembered that Grandma had said she wanted to leave that lamp to them.) My first thought was of all the time we kicked a soccer ball around in that room. I had no clue I was inches away from breaking something that valuable every time I went to see my grandparents.

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