Wojo’s World®: Caveat Emptor (Buyer Beware)

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Throughout the pandemic, lots of people began buying what they required online.

Some also began buying lots of what they didn’& rsquo; t demand online

. I fell in between both. While we got fundamentals, like groceries, supplied, I didn’& rsquo; t get a whole lot of other stuff for a long while. Certain, I bought a couple of items—– all right, allow’& rsquo; s be honest, mainly books.

However trust me, I looked & hellip; a lot.

And also I’& rsquo; ve found that like in realty, words “& ldquo; relaxing & rdquo; usually implies & ldquo; little, & rdquo; there & rsquo; s a whole language for made use of things for sale

online. My pal, Dan, who lives in England, also has actually come up with is own analyses of certain terminology, so I’& rsquo; ll offer him credit score where it’& rsquo; s due.

Right here we go & hellip;

VintageOnline, the term Vintage usually suggests: I found this is my granny’& rsquo; s basement’, and she doesn & rsquo; t want it any longer. It & rsquo; s really not worth anything, but it will certainly remind you of childhood, so I & rsquo; m uploading it with a cost that is extremely high.

For Dan, that is far more succinct in his summaries than I, Vintage ways: Old and also bedraggled.

For instance, I saw one album of the two-album set of the Saturday Night High temperature soundtrack offering without album cover for $25. Why? They said it was vintage, disco-era songs from an important flick.

It was also scratched up like it had been made use of as a Frisbee.


This word implies something that your parents would certainly have enjoyed, and you may have additionally discovered in your grandmother’& rsquo; s cellar. It & rsquo; s typically adhered to by words “such as & ldquo; vintage & rdquo;(oh yep, sellers discover ways of putting this baby throughout any type of kind of thing summary they can, similar to you would certainly spread food for ducks in a lake) or “& ldquo; traditional & rdquo; or & ldquo; art deco & rdquo;( which in some cases really is art deco and also various other times isn & rsquo; t also close). Dan & rsquo; s interpretation of Retro: 5 years old as well as tatty. Something selling that was “& ldquo; retro & rdquo;? A box of old VHS tapes. Seriously. If purchased them, you’& rsquo;d have to look for a VCR that still functions. Which leads us to our following word & hellip;


Technically, a vintage is something that is more than 100-years old. I recognize that most of right stuff being labeled therefore isn’& rsquo

; t even close.’As a matter of fact, it wouldn & rsquo; t also quality for Social Security. Frequently, the word “& ldquo; antique & rdquo; is used if something looks really old, however it & rsquo; s still not worth anything.

For instance, I understand a good deal regarding old books. Because they’& rsquo; re old, doesn & rsquo; t mean they & rsquo; re worth something. Yet individuals online usually put on & rsquo; t understand this or they put on & rsquo; t treatment. I & rsquo; ve seen & ldquo; vintage & rdquo; publications you can typically buy for a dollar or two valued at more than $100 each. Why? Due to the fact that they were published in the 1800s.

Please note: They sometimes published dreadful publications back then also—– books that didn’& rsquo; t sell. Publications that no person desired

. And also publications that still no person desires. Antique is additionally made use of a lot with words vintage to describe something that is really rustic.

In contrast to stating, “& ldquo; Below & rsquo; s a rustic item of scrap. You can have it for $125,” & rdquo; They write, & ldquo; Vintage antique weather vane that’& rsquo; s gotten on the top of a barn. & rdquo; What they put on & rsquo; t claim is that it & rsquo; s just been there for six years, and also their farmer good friend desired a brand-new one.

Virtually New

This suggests that they may have had it kept in the basement or attic room for a years or even more. Or considering that they relocated right into their residence twenty years back. They neglected they had it, and now want you to acquire it.

Dan’& rsquo; s view: A [crap] Christmas gift that we’put on & rsquo

; t want. Almost New can additionally be in bent, scuffed, filthy packaging, which is so near new & hellip; not.

It can likewise be a present you got for your wedding, however can’& rsquo; t remember who offered it to you, so you & rsquo; re terrified of regifting it. Even if you recently commemorated your Silver Anniversary.


This word is a beauty because frequently collectability is in the eye of the observer—– in this instance, the person who be holding the stuff.

Collectibles can be anything from old playthings when in junk food meals to gaudy things that individuals place on racks in their kitchen areas in the ‘& lsquo; 60s and also &

lsquo; 70s. You may have also located these in your granny’& rsquo; s or parents & rsquo; cellars as well. (Are you seeing a pattern right here?)

If you’& rsquo; re questioning how collectibles can no more have general value, I leave you with 2 words: Beanie Babies.

Smoke-Free House

It’& rsquo; s sufficient to put Dan & rsquo; s sight: We surrendered smoking 7 minutes ago.

No Animal Home

We have family pets, however we wear’& rsquo; t assume you & rsquo; ll have the ability to inform when you get this.

We scrubbed truly tough to get the pee stains off. Dan & rsquo; s sight: We had a canine, yet it consumed the feline and then passed away in/on what we’& rsquo; re marketing.

Upcycling Job

These can be great once in a while, but usually they’& rsquo; re a disaster. As well as upcycling because situation suggests: We’& rsquo; re also guilty to toss stuff into the dump, so we made it right into this horrific monstrosity that we’& rsquo; re now calling & ldquo; art & rdquo; as well as seriously trying to obtain some money for due to the fact that everyone who has actually seen it claims it’& rsquo

; s crap. From Dan: Entirely [screwed up], however if you squint hard sufficient you must have the ability to see what it used to appear like.

I have to stop currently, since prior to this publishes, I need to come down to the cellar. I’& rsquo; ve got lots of vintage, retro, antique, nearly brand-new, collectible, smoke- and pet-free home stuff that I need to upcycle and get it published stat.

Go try to find it. I’& rsquo; ll have it fairly valued. I swear.

Michele “& ldquo; Wojo & rdquo; Wojciechowski, when she’& rsquo; s not trying to review in between the on-line sale lines, creates Wojo’& rsquo; s Globe & reg; & rdquo; from Baltimore. She & rsquo; s likewise the author of the prize-winning humor book Next Time I Move, They’& rsquo; ll Carry Me Out in a Box. You can get in touch with Wojo on or on.

Since Dan Jones added to this, we’& rsquo; ll offer him some love. He’& rsquo; s a savvy public relations guy and also fantastic artist, based in Sidmouth, England. Follow him on. He’& rsquo; s really funny on there too.

Did you understand that Wojo has a newsletter? It’& rsquo; s loaded with enjoyable stories, realities, as well as contests. And she won’& rsquo; t spam you since she doesn’& rsquo; t’know exactly how, as well as it & rsquo; s bad Karma. Email her at Wojo@WojosWorld.com to subscribe.

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