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I do not provide information on where or how to buy them.

Any recast information on this blog is for information purposes only, for identifying recast products on the second hand market.

Monday, July 15, 2013

On Scalping

There is something in this hobby referred to as "scalping"…usually this is someone complaining that the seller is charging a higher price for an item than that someone thinks they should. 

Take this recent confession:

Firstly, anything that is rare, limited, or sold out is bound to go up in price as the demand for that item exceeds the supply. It's simple economics.

Secondly, why would someone charge lower than market value or nothing at all for such an item? Aren't they entitled to receive the value of the rarity of that item?
Thirdly, the market dictates what an item is worth. You can post a doll all you want but if the price isn't what the market is looking for it will sit there for months, even years, waiting to sell until you lower your price.

Fourthly, this is what scalping is defined as: "Someone who purchases large quantities of goods (usually tickets) early with the sole intention of re-selling them at a higher price at a later date (closer to the event)." [Urban]

Still not scalping...
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Scalping is not owning a Fairyland Juri '08, possibly the single most sought after Fairyland sculpt and one of the most popular rare sculpts out there, and charging $900 bucks for her. 

Sucks to be the one who wants her and has to pay that. Sorry, it's still not scalping.

It really sucks to see Volks Lorina going for like two grand- it's still not scalping. It's economics and capitalism.
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Scalping is buying all fifteen of a limited sculpt, so no one else can have it, and then charging far above the market price for that sculpt.

So when someone is charging more than you can afford or want to pay for a doll, don't go screaming about scalping. If you really want it badly enough, you'll pay or you'll wait for the prices to drop. Some people will just buy recasts. In any case, stop whining about it.

End rant.

As always, thank you for putting up with me and happy collecting!