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You make some great points I hadn't considered.
Using a third party for evaluation of both items to be "traded" might be a good compromise. Of course, you'd have to find an entity that all parties trusted (the tricky part, I think).
Once you enter this realm, would the third party entity (TPE) act as a broker? In this case the swapping service would be just that: a service with its own costs etc.
I have no idea how the mechanics and finances of that would work. Does something like that even exist in an organized fashion online? If not, could this be an opportunity or a money sink when accounting for start-up, overhead, etc.?
Perhaps others have considered it and decided against it because they felt it was not feasible. Perhaps no one ever really considered it and this presents and amazing opportunity. Is this an offshoot direction Massdrop could (or would want to) go?
The idea of third party "value validation" is fascinating.
Hopefully, I'm not wandering too far afield as I ponder such things. Is this just an academic exercise or could this become a reality in some way?
Personally, I'd love to spend my time learning why different enthusiast groups are passionate about certain items.
I know a bit about stuff from the writing community and about what makes for (and bad) wet shaving gear. I'm learning about ties and am curious about watches.
A question for the audio file community (perhaps best as another thread): for about a dozen years I was a full-time freelance musician. I had the privilege of making three published CDs and, before changing my career path enjoyed a fair bit of success. I learned a TINY bit about audience engineering and producing and know that good professionals can hear minute differences in sound reproduction. At what point do the limitations of *most* consumers ears and hearing ability (I know way more about hearing than audiophile stuff) significantly diminish value of the super-fancy set-ups?
I listen to everything from classical (chamber and orchestra), jazz (big band to small combos), folk, rock and "world" music. I know my tastes. I don't care about a if thumping bass, but I can discriminate mid-levels (eg. I can pick out the violas in an orchestral piece).
Well, so much for staying on (one) topic. The first part of my response nose is relevant. The second may be better suited to its own thread.
Would love to hear your thoughts.