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Message Subject HISTORY CHANNEL****FOR SHAME***AMERICAN PICKERS
Poster Handle Lisa
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There seems to be a profound misunderstanding among many of you as to the "value" of objects & collectibles, as if everything has a universal "face value", like currency.

If a high-falutin' New York shop buys an enamel gas station sign from a farmer in Pennsylvania for $50, then sells it for $500 in their New York store, IT DOES NOT FOLLOW that the farmer was bamboozled out of $450.

The farmer can sell it for $500 too, so long as he:

1) spends years researching collectibles to know what people want to buy

2) rents a space in NY for about $10,000 a month

3) renovates the space for tens of thousands of dollars

4) hires staff

5) obtains insurance and all manner of necessary licenses

6) artfully displays the enamel sign in his shop, tirelessly answering questions about its history, for as many weeks or months or years as it takes to sell it for $500.

See? The world's not so unjust-- you're just too stupid to comprehend the world.

Is it really the dealer who's "greedy", or is it the person who expects to reap the fruits of the dealer's labor for free, just because they found an old enamel sign at the junkyard?
 
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