Something you seem to have overlooked when you call me a hypocrite--I profess not to be one for a good reason: I am not
an AFOL, I'm only 15 years old. As such, my Lego collection began once the SW Lego line was produced, not before then, and almost every single set I've ever purchased was for my LSW collection. I have never bought sets in bulk (battlepacks excluded, as that is their purpose), and have opened every box I've ever bought--nothing reserved to sell later. All sets were purchased brand new from big chain stores, or received as gifts purchased in the same manner--I don't peruse Bricklink and Ebay to buy old sets, because even though I feel the markup in price is warranted on an old product, I don't want to splurge to buy it.
People who do agree with you, such as even me to a certain extent, say that selling sets at markup is not wrong. I completely agree with this. If you own a set that was once highly sought-after and hard to get, and now want to sell it, why shouldn't you make a profit for keeping this rare, awesome set in such good condition for so long? You certainly should. Let it be known that this is not scalping! It is investing, like you have said. Good point. I must emphasize something you seem to have overlooked from some people who rebut your points:
What I say and have been trying to get across is that buying these sets in bulk, to sell later on to the same market who would have bought and had been able to buy this product when it was available and MSRP in stores is not right--it takes away their chances to purchase a set at a lower price while they have the money for it. I don't take sympathy on adults who complain about this (as much); these are children's toys, and the way I see it, they should have the first chance to get a set they want, over the people who want to stock their shelves full of a set that this kid wants to get. That being said, if there's this one set you've been wanting, nab it before some grubby, ungrateful 4 year old walks into the store with his over-pampering parents who promise to buy him whatever catches his eye. Summarized: selling sets at markup is not scalping and is not reprehnsible IMO, but it isn't right to buy a ton of sets and hoard them to influence how quickly they disappear from store shelves.
And what is it about communism and socialism that you keep bringing up? This is ridiculous to be putting in this thread. No one is proposing solutions to scalping because it can't be stopped--no one's suggesting socialized Lego building as a a solution, dude. And I don't like the fact that you act all innocent about insulting and singling out individuals who don't agree with you. I may be 15, but I know what I'm talking about and I'm not daft.
Which brings me to another point: I'm not singling you out because you're Tyrant; I'm singling you out because you have been the most frequent and detailed poster here, and the most vocal for the party opposing my opinion. If thepatient and Thinkingimpaired had been as passionate about this as you, I would feel the need to debate them too. This is getting too in-your-face for a friendly debate, and if you look back, you and you alone
are the cause of that. I also single you out because you keep harping on single issues that you rehash from your own previous arguments--I don't pick on people who share my opinions because there aren't as many individual members who have said posted like you--it is simply and overwhelming majority with like-minded opinions about the moral reprehensibility of scalping.
@ your hobbies that died off: Gee, I wonder why. You said you debated the scalping issue like this with people about those hobbies, maybe you received similar responses?
So you don't post this again: scalping is immoral because it is intentionally done to take away MSRP sets from people who would buy them, solely to sell them at a higher price.
Scalping may be smart--I don't argue about that--but I don't feel that hoarding items for yourself, only to sell them later once their price has gone up, is morally gratifying. If it is, then wonderful for you...
Adn bringing this back to capitalism--scalping is not capitalism. You compare yourself to stock brokers and claim if I don't like scalpers, then I must hate them, and if I don't I'm a hypocrite. That's preposterous. Stock brokers are making a living informing clients about the fluctations and good investments in the stock market--they are no way comparable to scalpers.
I'm not attacking you because you're a scalper--I'm attacking you because your opinions are so rigid and you seem to want to make everyone else out to be your enemy.
EDIT: Just wanted to add for humor's sake that as I was writing this, one of the Google generated ads was for ticket scalpers. It read, "Can't find tickets to the show you want, but will pay what you can to get 'em? Look no further..." Something like ticketscalpers.com, no joke!