Tuesday, October 13, 2009

the selling power of words

Food for thought. There's an interesting experiment going on on Ebay right now. A series of 100 objects bought from junk shops have been put up for sale under the project name Significant Objects. 100 writers have each been assigned one object, and asked to write a compelling story about it, in order to make it, well, significantly sellable. So far the sale has totalled $2,141.62 on an original value of $90.97. A nice reminder of the objective vs. subjective value of things.