What’s this about all the reality shows shifting over to collecting junk? Between all the treasure hunting, antique collecting, rare item scamming one another shows on tv and on the Internet we’ve lost focus as to what we should be doing. Working to create jobs.
If you watch any of the pawnshop or antique shows (and I’ve stated in the past that I am just as guilty as you are) you see people trying to wheel and deal over buying and selling collectible items. It is interesting but only to a point.
Maybe it is my attention span getting shorter or the fact that I wish the television producers would try to express a little more creativity. I am tired of seeing people at pawnshops getting snarky retorts about how their junk isn’t worth the full price and then they sell it for fifty percent of the value. I get it. It is entertainment and some of it is scripted but what next?
How about a tv show where paint drys and we watch that? Same holds true for antique road show collector types who go to people’s farms and try to lowball them out of their items and then they smirk and wink into the camera “look how much money I made”.
At least in the auction unclaimed storage shows some of them admit they are recreations. Wonder how much of them are scripted.
Then we get the tv shows about hoarding which are the other side of the coin. We have been brainwashed into thinking everything is collectible. It can be if there are markets but right now, people are tight on cash except for those who are very well off or have great income streams. Are we being groomed to be a nation of people now with no material goods and super low expectations but great bargaining skills? Let me know your thoughts.
Okay, I am done for now. Stay comfortable people and please write your Congressional leaders and the President and tell them we need jobs at a local level and fast!
Aug 25 2011
Kim Isaac Greenblatt
One Nation Under Junk Collecting