Landfills are busting seams, the bottom of oceans have deep channels cluttered with refuse, the Himalaya’s have Coke cans and zip lock bags at the bottom of their crevices.

On television, ” Storage Wars ” is a cable entertainment about scavengers who buy items left in storage lockers by people who can no longer pay to keep their stuff there.” Pickers ” is a show featuring two men buying relics and memorabilia for resale at a higher price. ” Antiques Roadshow ” assesses value to items that are brought into the television studio.” Las Vegas pawn ” shows a seamier side of the glitzy gambling town.

Throwing away stuff you paid for is not easy.

How, in a world of plenty, does most stuff end up in the same few hands?


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