Buying things of real value.
May 11, 2012 8:20 AM Subscribe
I would like to buy things that have a money value based on their actual utility. For example, I think gold is something that is overvalued since the shiny, soft metal doesn't have so many practical uses to justify its value. The second criteria is that the value of the thing would not go down much over a span of about 30 years, even if the economy went in the tank. Thirdly, I've a preference for commodity-like items that can be sold without much work.
posted by ErikH2000 to Work & Money (40 answers total) 14 users marked this as a favorite
A shipping container if not in use and stored correctly will not wear out. It would not retain its value well in a bad economy with low shipping activity, but the scrap metal value is at least 25% of its full value, and containers have other purposes than shipping. so that would be some consolation. It can be sold without effort to demonstrate its features, which are standard and commodity-like. Points off for being a bit difficult to take delivery of and store.