Solo wrote:Scalpers are just an easy scapegoat because they're profiting from the collectors. But at the same time, if they didn't supply an aftermarket option, there would be a slim chance of ever getting a sold out set you desperately want. Once in a blue moon you'll find someone that doesn't mind letting one go for retail, but they're really selling it at a loss. As much as they're loathed, they provide a valuable service to the community. It just sucks that they charge for it.
twentythree wrote:I think your examples have shifted my thinking. It is scalping if someone is selling a product when a deadline (birthday, holiday, etc.) is a factor that forces people to pay higher than retail prices. The item may end up reappearing at retail outlets or online after the sudden rush dies down and backorders arrive. It is about timing. Now, if someone has surplus stock that they choose to sell after an item is retired, then it is supply and demand that dictates prices and not a deadline. The seller may have intended to offload the merchandise much later than when they bought it but that is not scalping. It is in fact a gamble. Scalping is created by taking advantage of an extenuating and immediate circumstance where the intent is to gain an unreasonable and guaranteed profit.
zithy wrote:Forgot to mention, I think a better title would be a Reseller, not scalper.
Solo wrote:Thanks. You'll note, however, that I never said I supported or endorse them - which is why I keep changing your signature whenever I notice you've decided that you know my intentions better than I. There's no "rewriting history" here or even something as common as a change in perspective. I was just presenting an alternate point of view, and nothing more. I've told you this before. Get over it.
Solo wrote:I was showing neither.Solo wrote: I was just presenting an alternate point of view, and nothing more. I've told you this before. Get over it.
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