Profitable negligence and hilarious test answers

If you haven't already heard, Phil Levine is selling his HUGE collection of comic books, TV guides, pinball machines, baseball cards, and pretty much any other collectible you could think of. I won't even try to put it into words. This video says it all:



Seeing 50 years of stuff taking up that much space got me wondering if Americans are holding on to more stuff than they did a few decades ago. Who wouldn't start hoarding junk after after seeing the kind of fuck you money difficult to find antiques can bring nowadays. But is this mentality self defeating? If everyone that purchased Action Comics #1 in 1938 had carefully placed it in protective plastic and stowed it away in a climate controlled, dimly lit room, it wouldn't fetch the astronomical sums it brings today. Instead, each copy that was lost to water, fire, disintigration, or even ape attack raised the value of every remaining copy (think Jet Li in "The One" only more entertaining).

Action #1 is an extreme case, where the difference between supply and demand is unusually large. Modern comics try to replicate this difference on a smaller scale by simply printing fewer issues of a book that is intended to have higher "value". We all know how such manufactured collectibles almost killed the comic and card industries back in the 90's. Most of these limited variants, special signed editions, etc. are flashes in the financial pan. They won't retain any long-term value like older books do because more people are taking better care of them. This is perfectly fine with me, because I don't collect comics to make money off of them later. I collect them, and take care of them because I enjoy them, and want to continue to enjoy them for many years.

Switching gears, if you want to laugh your ass off (marketable weight loss plan?), check out this link. It's basically a collection of test questions answered by people who have totally given up. Go to the restroom first. You might piss yourself.