Dear readers, you may or may not be familiar with a certain type of subculture among "collectors" that engages in an activity I find to be particularly loathsome.
Are you familiar with the idea of limited-edition releases? I am referring here to companies that offer only a pre-defined number of a certain type of product; the number is set and announced in advance. For example, there was recently a limited-edition Blu-ray of John Carpenter's Christine released by the specialty label Twilight Time. They made 3000 copies, and only 3000 copies, and the Blu-ray sold for $30.
All 3000 copies evidently sold out within about seven hours. Yours truly was lucky enough to snag a copy.
A decent number of copies were obviously sold to people who purchased them strictly so that they could then turn around and flip them at a profit.
As I type this, there are at least 35 copies up for sale on eBay, most of them with bids currently approaching (or, in some cases, well over) $100.
I find this to be utterly despicable behavior, and it is a persistent problem with limited-edition releases of this nature. It isn't a new problem, and since the people perpetuating it -- both sellers and buyers -- are clearly happy to continue the problem it's one that is in no danger of going away.
That fact, and the fact that the people doing it have every right to do what they are doing, does not change another fact: that the activity is loathsome. It's not illegal to drop a deuce in a public toilet and then not flush it, but people do that all the time, too; sometimes, they even drop the deuce not so much in the toilet as in it, on it, and around it. It isn't illegal, but it's certainly despicable.
Here's the thing. Every time one of the people who purchases a copy (or more) of a limited-edition -- be it a movie, a book, a soundtrack, or whatever else receives such releases -- with the express purpose of reselling it at a profit, that's one (or more) fans who are being deprived of being able to get a copy for themselves. Or, if they choose to purchase a copy from a reseller at an inflated price, that's a fan who is being taken advantage of.
It isn't rocket science to understand that.
My point is this: if you, dear reader, are one of the scumbags who engages in that type of behavior, I'd like to cordially invite you to take a few moments and ask yourself if the world might not be a better place if you stopped doing what you do. You're sure to answer "no," and that's your right. But the fact is, you are either screwing fans out of things they love, or you are taking advantage of their weakness to scoop money out of their wallets, money that you did absolutely nothing to earn. You might respond that you are merely providing a service. You are not, as there would be no need for the "service" to exist if people like you were scooping up multiple copies of these limited releases.
In other words,