scouts-l Mail Archive for February of 2000: ebay
Fri Feb 18 2000 - 10:14:33 CST
I wanted to make an observation about ebay. Mike Walton, whose perspective I
always appreciate, made a few accurate remarks about trading versus
purchasing. Then he went forward to comment that many of the items sold on
ebay were sold wildly higher than their "actual value" because the buyer and
seller were uninformed. There is truth to that. There are plenty of current
issue neckerchief slides offered on ebay for $10, and plenty of current issue
belt buckles for $15.
But, for an informed buyer, ebay is a treasure trove of items they may never
otherwise see. I am a tax attorney. The only local Scout memorabilia show
in my area occurs during tax season. I have been once in the last 15 years
(and that about 10 years ago). If you have ever been to antique store
looking for old Scout stuff, you know how hard it is to find. If you have
ever been to a garage sale looking for old Scout stuff, you know how hard it
is to find.
I even have an antique dealer looking for stuff for me, and she can find
stuff, but just not the stuff I collect: official neckerchiefs, canteens,
buckles, and a few other items.
The point is very simple. I enjoy ebay, and am willing to pay an occasional
premium, for one reason, I get a chance to see stuff that it would take a
whole lot more effort on my part to see than what it takes to click on line
at ebay. My time is worth something these days. I do have to go camping
with the troop too you know.
Yours in Scouting,
G. John Marmet
Troop 156, Glenview, IL