If you have an old Pez dispensers from the 1960’s or 1970’s you’ll want to take good care of them. Bless my mom for throwing my 8 or so from childhood into a box where I recovered them a few years ago after checking ebay pricing on my Casper Pez Dispenser, which is worth about $150.00-$200 http://search.ebay.com/search/search.dll?from=R40&_trksid=m37&satitle=casper+pez&category0=
I’m not sure but I think these values are up from a few years back, so Pez dispenser investment may be better than the alternatives? I’ve got several and although Casper is worth the most I think they’ll fetch over $1000 total. This might be a fun way to give to charity via auctioning these off, though I kind of like the idea of keeping them around.
Hot Wheels or Matchboxes? Before you put them out in the garage sale you better price them at Ebay….
Wasn’t ebay founded simply as a place to buy and sell Pez dispensers?
Here is a good entrepreneurial idea making use of Artificial Intelligence and Web Programming: a site wherein the “collectible-ignorant” could learn the value of an item without having to be able to describe it too precisely or completely.
And something that would “price scrape” so as to get a range of current values, not just ebay “quotes”.
E-bay, courtesy of James Gosling, programming theorist, Java Guru, and E-bay coder (it’s not only how clean your code may be, but what it does). Let’s all give thanks to Herr Gosling for E-bay, the e-flea market of the world.
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FG an interesting idea. Ebay has a very solid program interface as do some other auction sites, so the “valuation” site could be done I think without a huge amount of programming….
No RE: Pez Ebay connection, but I thought it was and may have even written about this in the past:
Here is, I think, the truth from WikiPedia:
The very first item sold on eBay was a broken laser pointer for $14.83. Astonished, Omidyar contacted the winning bidder and asked if he understood that the laser pointer was broken. In his responding email, the buyer explained: “I’m a collector of broken laser pointers.” The frequently repeated story that eBay was founded to help Omidyar’s fiancée trade PEZ Candy dispensers was fabricated by a public relations manager in 1997 to interest the media. This was revealed in Adam Cohen’s 2002 book and confirmed by eBay.
I collect pez, and yes many are worth quite a bit. Make sure you keep them in good condition. Broken pez are not very collectable.
Thx Jake – I’ve actually lost track of them…better find those PEZ!