With everything going digital, is it worth collecting physical media these days?

Technology has advanced so rapidly in such a short period of time that what was unthinkable just a decade ago is now commonplace and a part of everyday life. A modern smartphone, for example, can be used to take (high-quality) photos, to listen to the radio, and even to order food. Other marvels include the ability to do internet banking, stream music/movies, and use super-fast non-modem powered internet connectivity, to name a few.

Having said that, and because the world has become so digitised, many people would rather get rid of their older analogue items, not realising how valuable they could become in the future. The cool thing about ‘old school’ items is that they will never be manufactured again, making them rare and vintage.

There is also a certain piece of nostalgia attached to something produced in a certain era/generation -think comic books or antique toy – and can still fetch large profits, especially if it is a special edition or kept in pristine condition throughout the years.

Many people buy or collect antiques for a variety of reasons. Furthermore, collecting great antique pieces can be a wonderful experience as well as have a distinct appearance in and around the home.

To emphasize just how pricey some older artifacts are, Gumtree lists 3 of the most expensive ones ever sold:

Pinner Qing Dynasty Vase – This is not your average vase, and it sold in London in 2010 for a whopping $85.9 million (approximately R1.3 billion). The intricate piece of pottery features bright colours, fish decoration, and the Chinese imperial seal; originally, 18 of them were made in the world.
Patek Philippe Supercomplication Pocket Watch – The watch is aptly named after its creator Patek Philippe in 1932 Despite its largely ordinary-looking appearance, this particular one sold for $24-million (about R375-million) at an auction in 2014.
Ru Guanyao Brush Washer Bowl – The blue-green glaze porcelain dish was primarily used to wash brushes but this specific one was made between the year’s 960 and 1127. The extremely rare item sold for $37.68 million (about R578-million) in a Sotheby’s auction in Hong Kong.

You might not even know it but there could be a piece of history just gathering dust in the storage space(s) inside your home. Not all old things are considered cheap or useless.

Now that you’ve got the knowledge, it’s time to shop! Head to gumtree.co.za or your Gumtree app (click for Apple & Android) and don’t forget to use your location settings to find local service information close to home.

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