I don't get how scalpers can do it during such a tough time of year...

#1DarkECOJakPosted 11/18/2012 9:44:10 PM
I mean morally, how can these people not look into a mirror and be disgusted at themselves? The economy (in the US) is still in a sorry state and people are struggling just to make ends meet, let alone be able to get Christmas presents for their kids. The fact that scalpers are willing to take advantage of others by charging double or sometimes more for consoles just to make a profit for themselves is sickening. Yeah, money is important and necessary to survive, but if these people really needed the extra cash they wouldn't have the money to purchase a Wii U in the first place, let alone sit around waiting for an eBay auction to end.

I work in electronics for a retail store and managed to get a deluxe set reserved when they came in, a lucky break since I could only get the standard one reserved at Gamestop. With the intention of taking my reserve off at Gamestop, I first ended up meeting a couple at my job who desperately wanted the basic standard edition to give their daughter as a Christmas gift. Although I knew I could make quite a bit selling the extra Wii U, I took it upon myself to offer it to them just so their daughter could wake up on Christmas with something to look forward to. The look of shock on their faces was priceless, but worth way more thank a few extra hundred bucks in my pocket.

I fully admit that it's rare for me to do many selfless acts. I look out for myself as much as the next guy. But the feeling I got seeing how happy that couple was made me realize just how sick this scalping this really is. I saw the desperation firsthand and thought about how I'd feel in the same situation. The same feeling I got trying to find the original Wii all those years ago.

Scalpers, you're going to do this regardless of what some guy on the internet thinks. But I hope the next time someone does a random act of kindness for you, you question whether or not you're deserving of it.
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#2HShadowPosted 11/18/2012 9:45:03 PM
Same way the CEO of major companies do it. Same way the government does it. Greed is greed, not that hard to understand lol. Some people are greedy.
#3MinistryCallPosted 11/18/2012 9:46:41 PM
You make scalpers seem like nazis. You have a seriously skewed perspective of the world. By the end of the day, no one is holding a gun to people and asking them to pay a billion dollars for a wii u. Get off your high horse.
#4DarkECOJak(Topic Creator)Posted 11/18/2012 9:51:32 PM
MinistryCall posted...
You make scalpers seem like nazis. You have a seriously skewed perspective of the world. By the end of the day, no one is holding a gun to people and asking them to pay a billion dollars for a wii u. Get off your high horse.


So what is the big difference between the two? Whether it's mass genocide, terrorism, or just taking advantage of people who are desperate, it's still a despicable thing to do. It's taking away someone's opportunity for their own financial gain. It's as much a form of exploitation as anything else.
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#5chaos_sage0265Posted 11/18/2012 9:53:37 PM
DarkECOJak posted...
I mean morally, how can these people not look into a mirror and be disgusted at themselves? The economy (in the US) is still in a sorry state and people are struggling just to make ends meet, let alone be able to get Christmas presents for their kids. The fact that scalpers are willing to take advantage of others by charging double or sometimes more for consoles just to make a profit for themselves is sickening. Yeah, money is important and necessary to survive, but if these people really needed the extra cash they wouldn't have the money to purchase a Wii U in the first place, let alone sit around waiting for an eBay auction to end.

I work in electronics for a retail store and managed to get a deluxe set reserved when they came in, a lucky break since I could only get the standard one reserved at Gamestop. With the intention of taking my reserve off at Gamestop, I first ended up meeting a couple at my job who desperately wanted the basic standard edition to give their daughter as a Christmas gift. Although I knew I could make quite a bit selling the extra Wii U, I took it upon myself to offer it to them just so their daughter could wake up on Christmas with something to look forward to. The look of shock on their faces was priceless, but worth way more thank a few extra hundred bucks in my pocket.

I fully admit that it's rare for me to do many selfless acts. I look out for myself as much as the next guy. But the feeling I got seeing how happy that couple was made me realize just how sick this scalping this really is. I saw the desperation firsthand and thought about how I'd feel in the same situation. The same feeling I got trying to find the original Wii all those years ago.

Scalpers, you're going to do this regardless of what some guy on the internet thinks. But I hope the next time someone does a random act of kindness for you, you question whether or not you're deserving of it.


See, it's funny. A few weeks ago, I broke down in the middle of the hood in the cold/pouring rain. A homeless guy with no jacket, only a short sleeve shirt and a blanket, was huddled under a rafter trying to get warm. I had a bunch of extra warm clothes in the back seat of my car so I got out and gave them all to him. We got to talking and then walked to the nearest food joint and I paid for his meal. We sat and talked for an hour while I waited on AAA to tow my vehicle. Imagine walking into a diner and seeing a prep sitting with a bum talking over burgers.

I reserved two Wii U's with the sole purpose of reselling both of them. Who are you to judge me on whether or not I'm a good person?
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#6I_am_who_amPosted 11/18/2012 9:53:41 PM
So what is the big difference between the two? Whether it's mass genocide, terrorism, or just taking advantage of people who are desperate, it's still a despicable thing to do. It's taking away someone's opportunity for their own financial gain. It's as much a form of exploitation as anything else.


Please don't tell me you are equating mass murder of innocents with upcharging a videogame console 30%.... please.
#7NicodimusPosted 11/18/2012 9:53:56 PM
Because it's a luxury item. Only people with good money are going to pay scalpers in the first place.
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#8Hyper Knux522Posted 11/18/2012 9:56:27 PM
DarkECOJak posted...
So what is the big difference between the two?


Scalpers aren't ****ing killing people.
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#9shadestreetPosted 11/18/2012 9:57:00 PM
I assume this is a joke topic...right?

People that are financially strapped for money have absolutely no business buying a Wii U for $300 in the first place.

In some hypothetical scenario - where there is a family down on their luck, but they scrimped and saved the money to buy their child a Wii U, they would have stood in line, or just wait until 2 weeks from now when they are plentiful to get one.

The only people the scalpers take advantage of, are 2 types of people:

1) People with large disposable incomes, who don't mind paying a temporary premium on something they could get for regular price in a few days/weeks soley to have instant gratification

2) Idiots
#10crowkillersPosted 11/18/2012 9:57:51 PM(edited)
My buddy just lost his job at Hostess and people are selling the twinkies that his company made for $5 a pack on Ebay, meanwhile my buddy has to collect unemployment until he finds a new job...

Now if my buddy bought a Wii U for his kids and decided it would be best to sell it because of his "Tough time of the year" is he wrong..?
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