American culture is consumer culture. Buying stuff is what we do. And while we can lament that we don’t live in a society that values sharing over spending, it kind of is what it is at the moment. We cop new shit. We cop old shit. We cop shoe shit. We cop gold shit. Y’all remember Dr. Seuss.
The worst part of all this consumption? No, not the system that grinds the majority of our fleeting lives into higher profits for the wealthy. No, not the centuries of abuse of citizens and natural resources. No, not the environmental damage that now threatens our existence.
All right, so yeah, this isn’t the worst part of all this consumption. But you want to know a pretty bad part of all this consumption? Most of what we buy is instantly worth less the moment we buy it. Exactly then. Immediate depreciation. To paraphrase Andre 3000: the newest Mercedes will lose value as soon as you drive it off the lot (lot, lot).
Which is why buying stuff you like that actually increases in value over time is such a smart play. Like sports? Memorabilia and collectables are obviously huge. Like art? People are literally buying percentages of paintings as an investment now. Like sneakers? LOL you already know.
Sometimes being wise with your purchases (and maybe a little lucky) can turn indulging into income. Consuming and profiting all at once? That’s raw, uncut America right there. Here are a few items whose value might actually appreciate after you bring them home.