Last Updated on 9/3/2005 by bidz

Collectors, unplugged

As eBay celebrates its 10th anniversary, many treasure hunters still do it the old-fashioned way.
By Teresa Mendez | Staff writer of The Christian Science Monitor

“In a digital age, where finding the ridiculous and obscure is as easy as typing ‘Google,’ Wohlers and collectors like him are throwbacks. As online auction house eBay celebrates its 10th anniversary Monday, much will likely be written about the way it has revolutionized commerce, especially collecting. Before, a person could spend a lifetime searching for an original boxed Barbie or Mickey Mantle rookie card. Now those items might appear on eBay, in triplicate, at any given time.

But for Wohlers and others, collecting is about more than amassing tchochkes.”

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