Value vs Worth

gdazegodgdazegod Posted 6 months ago
Value vs Worth There used to be a time when I would watch Ebay auctions and see what people were bidding for. Especially back in the 90's and early 2000's when rare CD's were being fought over. I'm sure many of you will remember those days. And then along came Napster, Bit Torrent and Peer To Peer networks, and soon - filesharing was born.

Since those heady days, the price of CD's has dropped through the floor. LP's still remain cheap, but shipping anywhere across the globe will set you back a small fortune. Sellers have jumped on the bandwagon by ramping up postage, offset by international parcel delivery services such as UPS who are raking in the dollars though it's hard to tell whether the cost of their service (not their volume) has gone up, or do they just have a monopoly and exploit it?

You would think that with automation, streamlining and efficiency, that packaging and postage would see a decrease in costs. That doesn't appear to be the case.

So back to filesharing. With the generosity of so many folk around the world, hard to find records are now just a router/modem signal away. Yes, we can talk about all the ethics about filesharing until we are blue in the face, but the activity won't go away any time soon. All that has happened is opportunists now put a fixed price on their 'for-sale' items (Buy Now); so that there is very little opportunity to participate in an auction, because the returns would be so low to the seller, due to the proliferation of the item as a fileshare.

Which leads me to my story lead. How does one compare worth to value? Obviously, a seller will place his/her perceived value on an item, while the buyer will place a perceived worth on the same, and decide upon a course of action. Typically, never the twain shall meet! This 'dance around the fire' has been going on forever, but in the 21st century, value and worth seem to have taken on a new meaning.

This is apparent in just about all aspects of our online and offline lives. Let me give you a couple of examples to illustrate my point:

1) Wikipedia is a voluntary online service with an army of volunteers. I myself have occasionally gone online to correct a few articles, usually those associated with back links to GDM. They have huge online costs, but they don't have a sponsor, so occasionally they have to fund their operation through a donation drive. All they ask for is a nominal amount ($3.00) through a nag page, but it seems many just consider them to be a free service that will go on into perpetuity. Surprise surprise when Wikipedia has to close their doors because they can't afford to keep the lights on. We'll all be worse off if Jimmy Wales and his team are no longer around.

2) I use Linux as my choice of computer operating system. Just about all of the software is free. Let's say 99.9% of it. Many platforms are run as small businesses and survive on users contributions. Some of the larger Linux systems like RedHat are owned by IBM, Ubuntu/Canonical have a millionaire owner and some wealthy contributors, but users have to spend very little if anything to use a full-blown Linux system in lieu of paid solutions like Apple/Mac and Microsoft Windows. This is definitely a case where value and worth are closely aligned.

3) Then we go into retail. What a minefield. This brings into play the value and worth placed on service, among other things. If you live outside of the USA, tipping is something that is not usually done. I've heard and read some horror stories about tipping, especially where service has not been great. Would you tip if the service was poor? For me, I don't think I've ever tipped in my life, so I don't have any examples to draw upon.

Retail also goes into areas such as product quality and after-sales service. Using the Restaurant model as an example, there are issues around pre-booking, late cancellations, hygiene, meal choices, waiting service, food and presentation quality and.. online feedback. Businesses are on a hiding to nothing, with ungrateful customers using social media like a weapon. Who would want to be a restaurateur? The 'customer is always right' motto has swayed too far in favour of the customer. One day when restaurants and food operations cease to exist will people start questioning why. People will just have to feed themselves. Uber Eats anyone?

4) What about employment? Yes, a dodgy one. It's another 'never the twain shall meet' scenario. Personally, I've had enough of the corporate nonsense that goes on in the workplace. I've been out of the fulltime corporate system for a year now, and though not being in it anymore presents some financial challenges, overall I'm a much happier person as a result. My recent blog article on Bullshit jobs being an example. Not having to deal with drones, clones, egos, personalities, travel-time, and the boring work these entities undertake is a huge relief. To me it just wasn't worth it. I placed a higher value on my own achievements.

Most of us will know that there are many obstacles to negotiate and hoops to jump through just to become a suit in a cubicle. Thankfully, many young workers are seeing this corporate trap for what it really is, and are opting out early to live their dream and to build their passion, whatever that may be.

They have placed worth and value relative to their personal aspirations rather than being dictated to by some middle management clone stuck in a 9-5 rut. Somehow the thought of a 30-year mortgage becomes the nightmare of a never ending financial prison.

Worth vs Value - Less is More
These days, I subscribe to the 'less is more' statement. I'll be offloading much of my household to reduce clutter and the emotional burden of holding onto things as attachments. This process can also morph into your personal domain; around things such as thoughts, beliefs, relationships, unnecessary engagements (a la social media) and conflict. As above, so below.

I find great value in having fewer possessions. There's an old saying: 'only when you have absolutely nothing, will you be absolutely free'.

Thankfully this doesn't apply to GDM, as there is much of value and worth written in our hallowed halls by not only myself, but all the valuable contributions made by many of you here.

As in the words of Matthew and Gunnar Nelson: 'Peace out'.

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I am the Super Administrator of GDM, and I currently live in Melbourne, AUST


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  • gdazegod
    Most of my house is about to go into long term storage, before I prepare for my return back home to New Zealand later in the year. One thing that won't be disappearing is my CD collection.
    Reply · · - January 08 2019 07:13:21
  • Nick C
    Nick C
    Yeah...I used to love t'internet too. It was like the wild west, so many fun home made sites, some were great, some less so but it was entertaining and overflowing with enthusiasm. These days I find it so boring, similar layouts, endless adverts. I barely spend any time on these days apart from a handful of sites like this one obviously. Every so often I go exploring but end up kind of reinforcing my view. With regards my buying I can almost feel the time when I'm going to be stopping buying things, I've already slowed down and there's only a handful of CDs/albums currently available I want to get...a couple of Stackridge, the new Pavlov's. I've also been casting my eye over my collection and wondering if it's time to maybe get rid of the excess and sell off a few rarer things. I've been at this stage a few times....6 months down the line I'll probably be back to having a huge wants list that I decide I need, but then again how much more do I need to hear? I think I might like to listen a bit closer to the some of the more "passed by" stuff I have sat on my shelves and get to enjoy them properly, I think there's about 20-30 CDs to one side I bought over the last 6 months that I still I haven't got around to listening to properly yet apart from a quick spin.
    Reply · · - January 09 2019 00:07:07
  • jefflynnefan
    I truly miss the internet of the 1997 - 2003 era . It was new, fun and exciting - the best thing was connecting with people who had the same interests as you . The crazies were not on yet because not everybody had the internet. You didn't have sites trying to trace/follow your every move. You didn't have places trying to build a profile on you either. You really could have some meaningful discussions. And there were no adverts. Sadly, all of my favorite places to go are now gone ( except for GDM of course) . And my want lists were fulfilled in no time thanks to places like Ebay. Yes, I was one of those who watched the prices of cd's , comic book art, fanzines, riaa awards, PKD, REH, ERB, etc... I was into everything. I agree that right now has the best prices for cd's, dvd's , etc... you can get stuff really cheap if you have patience. I changed over from vinyl to cd's so I'm good with cd's. I don't want to go digital with my music. I'm afraid I'll lose it all by mistake or somebody with wreck my computer (it happened once ) and besides I don't enjoy listening to it that way. It's not the same. I have cut down on my cd's and collectibles over the years. I was smart enough to sell when the prices were high. But the things I love, I have kept & I'll never sell unless I absolutely have too. I figure when I retire I'll have my favorite stuff to occupy me. But I agree a guy can have too much stuff. Right now I'm putting my money into my house having recently paid it off.
    Reply · · - January 09 2019 00:36:40


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