Culture: Website
eCovet   (+21, -4)  [vote for, against]
It's mine and you can't have it!

We need a web service like eBay where folks can post pix and descriptions of their most cherished objects so that others may wallow in covetousness and envy. After all, shopping, which drives the internet, is about emotions, not objects per se.

Got a new car? new camera cell phone? Brag about it! Look upon my camera phone and weep! Look upon my new car and know that you will never drive its equal! Ha! Ah-ha ha! And ha!

Advertisers would pay to have their ads inserted into related item descriptions.
-- luxlucet, Jan 12 2005

Ha! Ah-ha ha! And ha!
-- reensure, Jan 12 2005

off to think about this... +1
-- po, Jan 12 2005

"Hey, everyone, envy my new braces!"
-- Nemmy, Jan 12 2005

Other people could post descriptions of "what they would give to have that", enabling you to better appraise the value of your possession.
-- phundug, Jan 12 2005

better still, publish your address, or email so thieves can track it down easily, and insurance companies can shun you.
-- neilp, Jan 12 2005

This is halbaked on the halfbakery with coveted ideas like this.
-- FarmerJohn, Jan 13 2005

Thou shalt not covet thy neighbours e.
-- 2 fries shy of a happy meal, Jan 13 2005

...Nice ass, though!
-- gnomethang, Jan 13 2005

Another stellar idea, Lux.

I'd like to include intangible assets as well.
-- millionthMonkeyTyping, Jan 13 2005

This would be fascinating - I expect most people are more interesting than to put up a picture of a Porsche or a Rolex. Mine would probably be a 1970's Akai reel-to-reel tape machine that is so special in more ways than I have time to say. Most people would think "What would I give to get that out of my house?" which would probably be my reaction to most peoples' treasured possessions.
-- wagster, Jan 13 2005

Another lovely time-wasting website, that would be. Love it!
-- Machiavelli, Jan 13 2005

-- bristolz, Jan 13 2005

<adopts schoolteacher tone of voice> I hope you're not suggesting that the Halfbakery is a waste of time. Are you? </astov>
-- wagster, Jan 13 2005

Um, no sir...<gaining confidence> Did you see the mention of the 'bakery in my anno? Didn't think so!

Wow, that was hard even as a joke--I've never been one to talk back to teachers. Still a little nervous. Please don't send me to the principal's office! :D
-- Machiavelli, Jan 13 2005

Sounds biblical. Follow logical next link to...eConfessional?
-- robinism, Jan 13 2005

"Look. I've got this great home-made neutronium-powered in-law attractor in the basement. Gets the old lady's mum out of my hair real quick when she drops in with that leaden pound cake, I can tell you. And it's just perfect for those awkward family gatherings. Got a bit overloaded at Thanksgiving, though. I think it needs a bit more unobtainium in the J-windings."
-- phlogiston, Jan 13 2005

Have professional appraisers give each item a dollar value (good for antiques, like on "Antiques Road Show").

People from all over the world would show off their most prized posessions. We would get to see cultural differences and affluence differences in a new way.

For many, their proudest possession is their own body, or part of it. There are already sites for sharing that.
-- robinism, Jan 13 2005

Wow, I'm actually coveting [scout]'s travertine floors.
-- Machiavelli, Jan 13 2005

If only I could think of a clever anno, suitable to this very fine idea.
-- sophocles, Jan 13 2005

Even clever annos are coveted.
-- FarmerJohn, Jan 14 2005

Good on ya [scout] Fun eh?
-- 2 fries shy of a happy meal, Jan 14 2005

Maybe its just the grizzled attitude I have gained over the last while, but it seems plain to me that this would encourage a rival site.
This site would be dedicated to helping the jealous and spite-filled people of the world form a network to track down these objects of desire, wreck them and display pictures of the remains:
" eTakeThisYaSmugBas**** "
-- Jinbish, Jan 14 2005

uhm, excuse please. the link is about taking care of pet animals.... Something in the line of "look at the lovely dog I have"?

But I do absolutely love this idea. Croissant!
-- Susan, Jan 14 2005

I covet your sense of humor. (WTAGIPBAN)
-- krelnik, Jan 15 2005

I don't know what covet is but I wish I had your people’s powerful sense of product knowledge, wit, and humor. It seems so abundant, and yet, I can't (wont because of my beliefs) take it, and use it as my own.
-- athome, Jan 16 2005

I like it. And I can say "covet"! I think such a site could be powered by advertisers. It would be photo-heavy. It would tap into the religion of stuffism. It would allow thoughtful commentary, offers for purchase, one-upsmanship, critical appraisal, and maybe even some humor.
-- bungston, Dec 28 2005

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