Buy Low. Sell High.
This is the mantra to live by. Criticism is often aimed at our pursuit of profit as if making money is the nature of evil. Remember, money is not the root of all evil. That is a misquote of a biblical teaching.
According to the King James Version of the Holy Bible, the true quote is, “For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil.” (1 Tim. 6:10, italics added for emphasis)
It’s important to make a distinction here. The love of money is the cause of much distress in the world, often at the expense of human suffering. We place currency above the human condition and worship the almighty dollar as if it will alleviate all of our problems.
Which isn’t a bad way to think, I should add.
But the problem here is that when we place money before God we replace divinity with earthly substances, knowing full well the danger that entails.
Let’s be honest: Money can alleviate problems.
It can lift us out of poverty. Provide comfort and shelter. Put food in the belly.
It pays the electric bill. Provides gas for the oven. Purchases a cab ride on a rainy night.
Money is not the root of all evil. Nor is it the love of money. A passion for it is “a” root of many evils, but not “the” root of all evil, though many evil”s” can come of it. That is a distinction worth making.
Which is why I write to make this important note. Selling on eBay isn’t an evil cause worth destroying. The nature of our job can be selfish and vain. Many go down its path in pursuit of greed and profit and think nothing of the customer they’re selling to, nor the seller they’re buying from.
That can be an evil cause.
But the pursuit of profit isn’t something that should be avoided or scorned at for there is goodness in placing value on something that many deem trash.
A 25 cent coffee mug that is about to be destroyed because no one wants to purchase it can be salvaged and sold for 15 dollars online to a customer who collects vintage oddball collectibles.
A tie that is torn, raggedy, and most likely ugly can find a home with someone who collects and perhaps even wears ugly, torn, and raggedy old things.
Isn’t that worth something?
I propose this short manifesto in defense of a career many Christians find distasteful.
Reselling: A Short Manifesto
Are we to merely buy and sell for profit, or find a home for something that isn’t loved in our high consumption culture driven by capitalism and cheap beauty?
That is the nature of our job.
That is the pursuit of perfection.
That is love.
How to make money on eBay: Buy low. Sell high.
And please, give that used trash a home worth having. Someone will love it.