Originally Posted by mexicutioner
the value of thrifted items within this thread
is not what you are making it out to be.
Mexicutioner took a few words to convey my inner sanctum perfectly.
I use the terminology thrift rather loosely, since in one word it wraps up 3 distinct concepts
- item old
- item used
- item cheap
Of course there are occasions where recent or NWT stuff is picked up, but that is the exception not the norm.
Thrifting prices/valuations within the thread are an area which perhaps could be worked on, not the thrifted item or its perceived value outside the thread.
What an item sells on eBay, Craigslist, or down some dark alley amongst working ladies and crack fiends is not my bugbear. People pay for blow whatever the going rate for blow is.
But within this thread, in a forum where all of us know each other in some capacity, in many cases forming friendships, I find it odd that so many are hung up on the going rate and skewing all prices this way. At the end of the day, a $30 jacket from Goodwill is still a $30 jacket. If it has a $400 value on eBay, great, but you still paid $30. If you get $150 for it, friends prices, I think that is pretty damn cool. If you can stretch yourself to sell it for $100, even better, that other person will know you did him a favor and will likely return the favor one day. Such business sense will not work for those that actually supplement a significant portion of the gross income on flipping, in these cases, I understand that flipping goods for cheap will not make the wife happy. But I do not get the impression that most here look at thrifting as a hobby and are in it to get a great wardrobe for cheap. Maybe I am wrong on this count though.
However, for those that are purely business, I am not entirely sure how posting finds here fits within that business plan unless they sell at near eBay with a bit skimmed off the top (i.e. get same gross amount if sell for less but avoid eBay and Paypal fees).