The Value of Damaged Goods

Two people were having a conversation on a recent television show. One makes the (paraphrased) comment “Everyone wants something that’s in perfect condition.” The other person counters the notion with “Sometimes, it’s the damage that makes something unique and often increases its value.”

What an interesting thought, especially since they may not have been talking merely about antiquities.

Still not sure what I’m saying here?

In the scene, the characters seem to be talking about a valuable object, something that would fetch a high price at auction due to it history as well as material value. At the same time, there is a character who’s ability to do their job has been called into question due to being a captive and enduring torture while imprisoned.

So, an etched shield from the first crusade bearing the marks of battle would be valuable to a historian or collector because it retained authentic marks of history. But a person who has endured and survived an ordeal may be considered by some to be “damaged goods,” but the trials they have endured may have given them a unique point of view or changed their inherit sense of what’s really important in life.

You don’t usually see that kind of brilliance summed up in a prime time television script. Good stuff.