onions wrote:...you will never know with 100% certainty what the intent is unless you meet the buyer face to face and he tells you truthfully what his/her intent is. EVEN THEN, if the intent is to resell, what are the motivations behind that? to have a little extra cash flow, breathing room between paychecks? what's wrong with that? ...
i guess my point is you can never really be "right" in your assumptions behind other's actions, especially if you're just witnessing the aftermath i.e. staring at empty shelf space. i think labeling people and making assumptions about intent is to just make one feel better about missing out. this goes for 99.9% of the time.
I completely agree with you, there is absolutely nothing wrong with trying to make extra cash. And true, I am making some assumptions on intent. I guess I'm just not a big fan of scalping a hard to find product to make a quick buck.
For example, I had the ability to purchase 2 PS2s and 2 Wiis on their respective release dates. I didn't, but I could have bought the extra ones and posted them on Ebay to cover the cost of my Wii or PS2. Passing the cost of my Wii or PS2 on to some other person in the form of a markup just because I was at the right place at the right time doesn't seem right to me.
This goes for Lego as well. I just view Lego purely as a fun hobby and not as "every man for themselves" or "must sell to survive, eat or collect". Ace, I believe you said you missed out on the Tumbler and if I found some in a store today, I could not in good conscience turn around and sell one at a markup to you just because I was again at the right place at the right time. Nothing personal against anyone who does and I'm definitely not telling anyone they can't, just not my thing.