I'm sure this has been mentioned before but this really bothers me. I realize that we're not all "friends" here but we do have a common passion for photography. So, it really bothers me when I see some folks come here and try to take advantage of others.
To be specific the Lee Big Stopper 10-stop 4x4 ND filter scalpers. These filters, when you can find them, sell new for $155 shipped. Yet some people think it's just fine and dandy to "scalp" them for $240 each in the "Sell" Forum. That's an $85 mark-up over the brand new price because they are in short supply. Yes, I understand supply and demand and "yes" I know I don't have to buy one from them (I won't) but why would someone think that's "ok" to do that to a photography college and fellow POTN member?
One thing some of these scalpers are doing that makes it even worse is they are buying them in sets of 3 (or more). Why a set of 3 you ask..? well it's all math. You buy 3 for $465 and sell 2 of them for $240 each plus PP fees ($480 + 3%) so after shipping costs you get yours for free (it's no coincidence that they're asking ~$235 - $240... do the math). So, not only are they taking advantage of the short supply situation but they're also making it worse by buying more than they need thereby reducing the supply even further to others who want one at the fair market price but can't get one because they're "sold out" due in no small part to scalpers overbuying.
To me doing that to a group of people that you "hang" out with because of a common interest you share is just plain wrong. I know the vast majority of the members here are trying to help each other out with getting good deals (like the Market Watch, etc.). And, I've also seen the rare case were someone sells one for the fair market price too without taking advantage of others. But some people on the other hand... well, I'll let you decide.
Ok, I'm done feel free to tell to MYOB (or worse)...
p.s. As soon as my 3 Lee Big Stoppers get here look for me in the "Sell" Forum scalping... (Edit: I'm kidding I didn't buy three... lame attempt at humor)