I bet Dale IS speaking strictly in monetary terms.
eBay doesn't eke out the intrinsic value of anything- it finds the person who wants to trade the most money for it. Said another way, that guy's purchase of that part DOESN'T change the intrinsic value of it- it can't! But he's willing to trade some (a lot) of his cash for it... so what?
I would consider the $20,000 purchase price of a minivan to be "unimaginably high" because I don't value minivans the same as others do. BUT, that doesn't make my stance some sort of "truth".
I have been around a while, and I know that there are a lot of folks who have VERY different values from me. I try my best to accept it and not make judgments about them, such as how much disposable income they have.
This is an awesome group of people on the CR list, and I appreciate that we can, at times, disagree respectfully. Thanks John
John Barron Minneapolis
John Dunn said:
Well, remember the real life rule;
> "Something is worth exactly what someone is willing to pay for it!"
Sorry, but with all due respect, I couldn't be more in disagreement with
this. Unless you are speaking strictly in monetary terms. I watch in awe as some of these parts go to unimaginable heights and am reminded of the
line by Oscar Wilde about someone who ".... knows the price of everything and the value of nothing."
I simply don't believe that because someone out there, with a lot of disposable income, decides that he/she will have something, regardless of cost, adds anything to the intrinsic worth of a bicycle part (or a Picasso, or the Hope Diamond, for that matter). Just my 2 cents.
John Dunn in Boise
> In a message dated 12/15/01 10:08:29 PM Eastern Standard Time,
\r?\n> firstname.lastname@example.org writes:
\r?\n> << No way that der is worth that much >>
\r?\n> Well, remember the real life rule;
\r?\n> "Something is worth exactly what someone is willing to pay for it!"
\r?\n> Dale Brown
\r?\n> Greensboro, North Carolina