What Is “Valuable”?
The basic idea.
Any time your dealing with any type of item, Automobiles, Art, Firearms, or whatever, the appropriate cost of that item is as much as you can sell it for.
This is why most people always THINK their items are worth more than what they can actually SELL them for.
A similar understanding applies to other aspects of ones life, such as animate objects, for instance, people, or animals. What are you willing to sacrifice to insure their presence in your life?
These “relationships” are an excellent example of the way “value” has no finite definition.
“VALUE” is, as a matter of fact, always an individual perspective.
If you are infatuated with something to a severe enough extent, than its value is immeasurable, and there is nothing that can be utilized to “purchase” that “attachment” away from you. One might question “If it was sitting at a shop with another right beside it would someone expect to pay more or less for mine than the other one?” And the answer is; Depends on who your trying to sell it to, and what that specific individual “values”.
But what if I modify, refurbish, or restore it?
In my opinion Modifying, Refurbishing, and Restoring are all the same thing. Regardless of what you do to the item it is going to modify it from its “original” condition. It will never be “new” again, but you can clean it up (which in itself is modifying).
We don’t have access to the exact items utilized at the time it was created. Nor are we sitting upon the actual assembly line where it was created, producing the item from raw materials.
So in essence you are always “modifying” the item when you “update”, “fix”, “restore”, “refurbish”, or whatever other name you would put on it. The real question you have to ask is, do you really care?
What if I want to get out what I put into it?
Forget it. It most likely won’t happen. The only way to really accomplish this is if you find a “buyer” whom values everything that you do, more than you.
How can I say that? Well the truth is if you have gone through any effort to “customize” a particular item than it is already more valuable to you than to someone else. You can never recoup your time and effort. Thats not to say you can’t be “compensated” for your time and effort, but once again, what “compensation” is equal to the “value” you place on your own time and effort.
Not only that but if you at some point made the choice to customize a particular item then it must have had some particular interest to you in the first place, or that choice would have never been made. This initial interest alone adds to the “value” of any item. How many times have you seen an item and said “Oh that would make a great (whatsit)”. Or “I could use that as part of my (thingamabob). At that moment you see a “value” in that item.
So how do I know if its a good deal?
If you have to ask. It isn’t.
You can identify a good “deal” instantly.
You know how much your willing to give up for any given item as soon as you have identified it.
If its more that your willing to give up for it, its not a good deal.
If it has no “value” to you, you don’t need it.
If your only reason for obtaining an item is to sell it later, than it has very little “value” to YOU.
“Financially Investing” in an item, is nothing more than gambling. The initial intention for this type of “purchase” is simply to “hope” that its “value” will increase to “SOMEONE” “EVENTUALLY”.
Even money varies in “value”. After all it is just another “item” to posses. And in my opinion it never really has very much “value” at all.
The most “valuable” things in my life were the things I made my own. Even if some of them were originally “purchased” with money, they are vastly more “valuable” to ME than anyone would ever use “money” to “purchase”.
I’ve spent vastly more “money” on quite a few items that are “infinitely” more valuable to me than the “money” that was used to obtain, maintain, or modify them.
Therein lies the fundamental flaw of “money”. It is intended to represent “value”, but since “value” is a perspective, money is doomed to failure from its onset.
But So&So said.
Hold it RIGHT THERE!
What “So&So” said, doesn’t make a lick of difference when estimating what an items “value” is to YOU.
“So&So” will tell you “keep it original”, because that is what THEY “value”.
“So&So” will tell you “you should put one of those on it”, because that is what THEY “value”.
“So&So” will tell you “you should make it this color”, because that is what THEY “value”.
Every item you have should be made your own. Let “So&So” use their own opinions for their own designs.
So how far does this go? How do I know if something has value?
Again, if you have to ask, it doesn’t.
An item is only as valuable as the amount it would take to exchange it.
“Value” isn’t just about “financial cost” its about what level of physical, emotional, and/or psychological attachment someone has to it.
How much of their own personality do they see within it. Or how much of the items “personality” do they see a value in.
The questions you SHOULD be asking are “How much are you will to exchange to obtain it?” and “How much would it take for you to let it go?”