Wall Street - Economic inflation has pushed the price of "your thoughts" to nine and a half cents ($0.095) and most investment experts agree that it is usually an extremely bad investment yielding not only no actual positive return, but it has the potential to deteriorate thoughts you already have.
According to the Wall Street Journal (WSJ), at the cost of a penny, it was often worth the risk to ask someone for their thoughts. Used to be at worst the investment would yield information that the investor could simply ignore. But that has all changed.
The price of someone's thoughts has risen to nine and a half cents, and on top of that the information you may receive could be so completely without logical and reasonable merit, that it could cause you to leak out some of your own worthwhile thoughts. One investment analyst called it "the black hole of stupidity" when referring to the risk of asking someone to share what they're thinking.
"You nonchalantly ask them what they're thinking, you even offer to pay them, "Nine and a half cents for your thoughts", and what you get could be so utterly inane that it literally sucks some of your intelligence and reasonable thought right out, to disappear into the abyss of their infinite lack of insight and common sense."