buriedbybricks wrote:Fact: I do not think that word means what you think it means...
Umm.. I don't get it. Lego makes more and the price goes down. Lego makes less and the price goes up. I'm not sure how those are not facts. They certainly aren't opinions.
My whole point is you can't say Lego doesn't control the price. They do. This isn't a product that has been retired for years. It's a product that goes for 200x it's worth the very day it is released.
dWhisper wrote: Make no mistake, LEGO cares absolutely nothing about you as an individual consumer. They are under no pressure to market sets to individual people, and they owe us absolutely nothing. They are a toy manufacturer, and they're out there to make a profit.
This pretty much runs contrary to every Lego corporate guideline I've ever read and I've read quite a bit of their literature. I'm not saying your statement, or some form of it isn't true, but you'd be hard pressed to find anyone working at Lego who agrees with it.
Also to say that corporations can do whatever they want to make money and it has nothing to do with ethics?
dWhisper wrote:But to think that because you spend money on a product, you deserve the right to buy everything you want from them, no matter the circumstance is just flat out wrong. Economics and ethics have absolutely nothing to do with it.
Am I annoyed? sure. Do I feel entitled? That's a tricky question. I've seen plenty of Lego sets made for other markets or promotions that I didn't feel entitled to own. The difference here, with these sets, is that Lego is actively marketing them to me. They are doing press releases.
Look.. I will certainly grant you that on the scale of corporate ethics, artificially inflating the toy market is pretty insignificant. I didn't mean to say it was on the level of, per se, creating chemical waste. I simply mean to say it's a crappy practice.
onions wrote:responsibility and corporate ethics has NOTHING to do with supply and demand
Totally disagree. Sorry. Again, price gauging on toys is pretty low on the list, but pricing and ethics unrelated? No. Overcharge for gas after a hurricane? Unethical and illegal. If Lego charged $200 straight up for the figures there would be a lot of problems. A lot of ethical problems. Instead they create an environment in which others can do it. You say this relieves them of responsibility. That's fine. That's where we can disagree.