There’s a morbid curiosity in assessing the prices of everything you want to keep. It’s usually 5¢, 10¢, 23¢, but what happens when you strike a goldmine? Does their unexpectedly exorbitant buying price influence your owning something? Is that the time to bring it into a store to make even more money? For me, if I value something, only significant amounts of money could influence my decision, otherwise, I have conviction: If I like something, I’m keeping it!
That’s not to say I’ll consider it.
As an extreme example, if a humble CD of mine were worth a few thousand dollars, then why would I keep it? Unless perusing its hallowed liner notes and listening to it in the car or whatever brought me such joy that vestiges of an untold reality would unfurl in such ways so frequent that parting with it would cause vicissitudes indescribable, then, perhaps, maybe I would consider keeping it.
More likely, I’d redirect my financial investments elsewhere.
As a less extreme example, if that same CD were to go for, say, the former zenith of purchasing excess – a cool mid-2000 $20, or $29.25 today – would I sell it? Probably. How many times could I listen to the same CD for it to be worth more than that amount?
Things are meant to be experienced but not elated.
The chemical smell of a new CD will always return me to a relaxed state. I still enjoy the experience of interacting with CDs, probably as people are experiencing with records and cassettes. For me, I find owning these objects to be more worthwhile than bottom dollar prices.
I don’t want to abstain from owning any possessions.
At the same time, I am OK with selling off a majority of my possessions. I don’t know where I’ll live in early 2020, but it won’t be in the apartment-mansion. It’s a nice enough place but with my current income, it’s barely affordable, and all because I collected too much once-treasured stuff over the years that I now look at indifferently.
My first keep box of CDs is nearly complete.
I downsized probably half of this set from a few months ago and it feels great. I don’t even need to listen to most of the CDs anymore to have that honest mental conversation about whether I’d want to keep something anymore. Between holding the CD and remembering its music, I am becoming quicker at deciding if any of its latent market value is seductive for anywhere between 5¢, 10¢, 23¢, or even more.
This is helping me think faster elsewhere.
They say the more things you have around you, the more decisions you need to make. When I was a hoarder, I didn’t believe it, but as I moved into the apartment-mansion, I realized all the subtle ways a fridge full of magnets or sprawling spice rack distracted and confused me. It feels better having just my favorite CDs, too. It’s easier to pick out some driving music.
Hopefully learning that didn’t cost me too much money…
|Sources: My personal experiences.|
|Inspirations: The more I look over the first website I found, the more I realize that they’re buying for perhaps 10% of the value of an item, versus the 50% that an in-person store might, but there are certain conveniences about the process, including the democratization of prices across the board. In person, you’re more likely to get deals buying or selling, but online a scanned CD is worth that amount based on their market algorithms. I’ve had plenty of CDs rejected because they probably have too many in stock. For those, and the “do not resell” CDs I once collected, they’ll probably end up in the next thrift store run’s collection since they have limited appeal. For others, I’m curious to see how difficult the process is – and, as I was scanning my collection, I thought of how seedy it might be for me to go to a thrift store and scan all the CDs and books. From all this, all I want is to clear out enough space in my life so when I move, I can move somewhere cheaper and closer to work, so I can focus my time on writing fiction. I can’t get into that headspace much with my limited time and the overwhelming amount of possessions that possess me.|
|Related: Other Selling Zeal essays.|
|Photo: The return of lazy photos of CDs in boxes.|
|Written On: June 18th [24 minutes, mobile]|
|Last Edited: June 19th [Minor edits; otherwise, first draft; final draft for the Internet]|