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it's great the community spirit is alive and well on the forum. mods i'll take the wrist slap for commenting on this but seriously....
And Kempo, you very obviously wanted a whole bunch of these to resell and turn a profit, expecting me to do all the work for you for free. Your harassment and insulting comments in private messages were bad enough, but for you to take it public crosses the line. You are being reported.
I think we're putting too much into the "100% markup".
For all I know this kind bricksetter got out of bed, left his family, drove for 2 hours, dealt with moronic TRU staff, put up several dozens of his own dollars, which he won't recover if these don't sell, drove 2 hours back home, will drive another half hour several times to mail them to his customers... lets say packages, tax & paypal fees set him back a buck and change.... is this really that horrible a markup to ask to cover his time? Let's say, for example, that he makes minimum wage in the US and to make the math easy let's round it up to $8/hr, then let's say he drove an hour each way and spent an hour at the store... there's 24 dollars of his time... is it wrong to break that down for the half dozen he might sell? why would it be any different if he sold 2 dozen? What if he went to a LDC and bought 50 Shirtless Darth Mauls for $4.99 and was selling them for the bargain basement price of $10? would everyone be freaking out? You can get these on ebay for $20 each if you buy 10... he's selling them for 60% off the going rate.
I really think we're getting a little too nit picky about price gouging on this sale. Have any of you ever done this kind bricksetter a favor? I haven't, but if I were desperate for a Gandolf poly I wouldn't feel too bad about getting it sent to me for $8 plus actual shipping (which shouldn't be high, polys are very lightweight.
Please take economy of scale and people's time and effort into account before you go chomping at the bit to denounce another bricksetter. If you see someone getting something for $4 and they offer to go get some for you then you're in the free to offer a price BEFORE they go and do it. If you had said "hey this kind bricksetter, do you think you could get me 5 of them? I'll give you $25 plus the actual shipping cost?" to which this kind bricksetter could have said, oh no i've got to get more to make it worth the trip, and maybe you could have worked out a deal.
I'm sorry @kempo81 i understand where you're coming from here, but still disagree. I hope anyone who gets these from this kind bricksetter enjoys them, i'm sure several people will jump on the deal.
The post looked like it was just a sale thread, take it or leave it. I am sure that the price could have been jacked up a bit more given the demand for this new polybag, so I will give the OP credit for that. I am not as forgiving as @murphquake, but if the market is there, people will buy them. I would say that he will most likely sell all of these, and everyone will be happy.
Edit:- Actually, was closer to £50's worth of polys come to think of it.
The TRU I went to today is exactly one hour away. Down I-69 and over on I-94 (anyone who has driven I-94 between Detroit and Chicago knows that Mad Max rules apply, so that's about double the distance, really.) My wife grabbed a couple of the bags and was very excited to see them. I made my post here immediately to let everyone know and we went to check out. I also grabbed a couple new hobbit sets for her for the BOGO 50% sale.
I checked out separately, and stood waiting for the clerk to ring up her bags. As all people addicted to their phones do when they're waiting even a minute I checked my phone. On it was a message from the person above asking whether I could get them some. I said basically "sure, how many?" but instead of waiting for a response I headed back to the rack and grabbed the handful that were left figuring maybe he wanted two or three. I then stood in line for 25 minutes while three parties ahead of me got their items (the first one argued with the girl for some time, but I had my phone and was able to spell "watched" on Words With Friends in a game with my mom so I was pretty happy!)
Paid for my bags, then left. In the car I checked and had another message from the fellow above requesting TEN of the bags, (pretty much every one I had bought.) I thought about it, and here in MI we have 6% sales tax so that was $4.23 each and with a 3% paypal fee that would put the final net cost of each at $4.36. Having shipped overseas a bit I know that filling out customs forms takes about five minutes, and the time spent at the PO window is tripled over a domestic package, so I came up with a flat $8 price, and would just absorb the fees and the couple dollar bills would make it worth my time to deal with the shipping. I gave him the price, then by the time we were ordering lunch got a message back telling me what an awful person I am and how I should be ashamed of myself and how I'm what's wrong with the world, etc, etc. (Though quite obviously by wanting ten he simply wants to be the one to profit from them!) I bid him good day, and realized that now I was stuck with all of the bags he expected me to "give" to him, so rather than drive back to the TRU and return them I posted this ad. Then I drove home, only to find he's now hijacked my sale thread because I wouldn't listen to his rude, insulting rant in my PM box.
(I don't even want to think about the gas cost from today, but I got my wife the hobbit sets she really wanted and her squeal was all that mattered.)
Anyway! That is the entire story. Make of it what you will. Make a big deal of how I'm "ripping people off" or realize that in the end if I sell all of the ones that I got stuck with I'll be able to "treat" myself to some taco bell this week. Or offer to trade me some Uruk Hai bags, or offer something else, or just decide that you're not interested in what I'm offering!
The Uraks were secured having left my wife and kids in hotel room getting ready for a family wedding whilst I went to find the nearest WHSmiths in a part of the country completely alien to me.
hashad not been corrected yet. Oh, and to answer the other question; does the second broken rule fix the first?
I'm not saying that I agree with either side, but I think there are better ways to justify kempo's post.