What’s in MY Wallet? Moths. 3 July 2009Posted by splait in Uncategorized.
I love eBay.
eBay has made it less expensive (as a businessperson) to buy the products I need for my clients and for myself. For most things I use, I can find a price on eBay that makes me happy.
In addition, eBay has made it easier to find things I want that, pre-eBay, were not easily found. Movies, books, filling in my comic collection. I can even buy whatever I am looking for from someone in Australia or England or South Africa. eBay knows no boundaries in that regard.
I hate eBay.
Ever since I was a kid, I have collected things – baseball cards, comic books, scifi books, coins, stamps, comic character figurines. I can’t tell you how many different collections of things I have had over the last 45+ years or so. There were times when I collected certain things because I was pretty certain they would have value in the future. Someone else would want my things and be willing to pay more for them from me than I paid originally so they would become their things. (Bwahaha!)
Only eBay makes it much easier for people to find the things they want now.
I took Economics in college. I know about supply and demand.
eBay didn’t change the demand, it changed the supply.
Now, if some kid wants a copy of Batman #101 (for instance), s/he just has to go to the eBay site and search for it. If there isn’t one available right now, wait a week. Someone will sell one. Or check it every day. It’s easy with the Saved Searches feature.
So, the 12,000 comic books I have in my attic aren’t worth much anymore, and that’s a bummer.
On the plus side, eBay has made it easier to sell, also. Now I have the entire world to sell to instead of just the comic buyers in Atlanta or at a comic convention.
Would I prefer to not have eBay? Nope. It’s just one of those unexpected (by me) results of progress.