Excess Capital (Lowest Bid Accumulations)
2013 - ongoing
Used copies of Karl Marx's "Capital" purchased for minimum bids on Ebay.
I regularly search Ebay for copies of this title that are up for auction. I place just one bid. If I am outbid, I don't win. If I win I am forced to buy it. This works to create an automatic "demand" for the books and gives me a chance to accumulate used "Capital." I do not use the "Buy It Now" feature because that is responding to the seller's value system and not the market's evaluation of the item.
The idea is that one day the collection can be sold individually in a vending situation, with the price of each book being the cost of purchase plus any handling and shipping fees incurred in the Ebay transaction. The cost of each book depends on it's demand and material handling. The books vary by being published at different times and different formats, creating variety within sameness.
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