In don’t think anything that gets the average Joe or Jane to start looking closer at paper money in circulation is a bad thing. Yes, the article is over over the top and creates a false sense of “here’s all you have to do to make money without working for it”, which is the fantasy of a lot of people, especially entitled younger people. But if a small portion of those average Joes/Janes starts looking at paper money in circulation and/or sold values on eBay, there is always the possibility, although remote, that they may see something that plants a seed of curiosity or piques their interest. Such as, while looking on eBay, “why does that note have blue serial numbers and talk about exchanging it for silver”? Or, “I didn’t know there are $2 bills with red ink, instead of green, and a different back...I’ve only seen the green ones that Grandma gives me on my birthday”. Or, “wow...look at how big that note is...and the designs are like artwork”!
Granted there may be one out of every 1000 people that get curious to start looking into the hobby and don’t get mad when finding out the worn out $1 star note they got in change from Walmart isn’t worth a fortune. But I think any visibility into paper money for the average Joes/Janes can’t be considered a bad thing. We need new blood in the hobby...and it’s has to start somewhere.
My interest in coins and paper money started by looking through my change when I was young. And developed slowly years later when I started looking on different types of notes eBay and other internet sites. And while I don’t spend nearly the money that most people on that forum do, I’ve spent far more money on notes over the last three years that I ever imagined. And I love the hobby. And my kids now love the hobby. Maybe another average Joe like me sees that article and starts to develop that same interest I did. Or some younger average Janes like my daughters. Who knows?!?
Enamored with VF-35 and lower grade PPQ/EPQ notes!