QuoteOriginally posted by: farmerQuoteOriginally posted by: Traden4AlphaIt's impossible to tell if someone buying of an old XXX for restoration or collection perceives the romance of the thing or perceives that others might perceive the romance of the thing. The canny speculator wonders more about future buyer's perceptions than their own perceptions.I disagree that people can quantify beauty without experiencing beauty. Someone made a web page where the text was scattered at random vertical positions, and the margins were too narrow. I told him the problems. But without a specific formula for how wide margins should be, how can he know what size margins people will find pleasing?I am good at doing fancy lettering. If you make an unbalanced set of letters, it looks wrong. If you make a letter that is too narrow in some spot, it looks wrong. If you make letters that combine curves and squares and textures in an excessive way, it looks wrong. I theorized that the mind has a crude way of judging the quality of physical structures, which it applies to letters.If you are not equipped with these same instincts, you will not be able to guess what other people will accept or reject based on these instincts. Just as it is easier for a guy to know what girls men will find attractive, and harder to know what guys women will find attractive.It took me a long time to make sense of Victoria's Secret models who look like men. My best guess is that most of their customers are girls. So they attract them with things they find attractive, which is going to be things that look masculine. But I don't know what the right recipe is, I cannot just put a man in a bra and imagine girls will think it looks hot.You don't need instincts to figure out the basic rules for what people like or don't like (shiny red sportscar with a throaty engine, nostalgic crap from the 1950s, "rare" anything mint in box). A good salesperson has instincts for the customer more so than the product. It's just like the cold reading techniques of psychics. You figure out what people want by their reactions and you give it to them.