I met the local "eBay lady"

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  1. PaladinVance

    PaladinVance Watch your step.

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    I always hoped, somewhere in the back of my mind, that people like this were a myth.
    In the past, when I've asked if certain new products were in stock (MP Grimlock if I recall) the one girl at the register mentioned a woman who bought tons of new stuff, and even had eBay 'business cards'. At the time, I brushed it off as a 'get out of the store, it's not on the shelf, just go away' kind of thing.

    Then... today, I met this *wonderful human being*
    The new Marvel Legneds, cleared the pegs
    TF : P Cyberverse Legion and those crash and battle things? cleared the pegs
    Monster High 3-4 of each from the new wave
    and the rest of her cart was almost overflowing with Skylanders

    Looking at her cart reminded me of the old Nickelodeon TRU runs from back in the day.

    Has anyone else ever actually encountered scalpers like this while out hunting for stuff? How'd you handle it?
     
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  2. seeker311

    seeker311 The Collector

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    The ones Ive seen are the mexican nationals; they come to the toy shows and also shop at local stores; they cram their carts full of stuff so they can sell it back in mexico
     
  3. Matty

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    :lol  I hope I never run into that person. You know, if it actually did happen to me and I ran into the ebay guy, I'd probably just ask him if I could get what I needed and he could have the rest. I'd try to be polite about, but who knows?
     
  4. TWINTURBO

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    To me it is not a big deal, I have seen them in CT before. I figure if they ask high prices and they don't sell they will have lost money. A lot of people do this to make a living so you can't fault them, but it dose suck if they get the thing you want and you see them doing it i guess.
     
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    Tenebrouser Craft...or is it crap?

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    There's too much work involved to make any decent money in scalping.
     
  6. DethPike

    DethPike Master of Sinanju

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    This doesn't even sound like scalping though - if she was scalping, wouldn't she only want the HOT toy? Like - instead of clearing the pegs, she'd have a cart full of like the ONE hot figure.

    This sounds more like she's stocking her eBay store - at that point, why not just get a website and a distributor? It's not hard to do. And she'd save money buying cases that way rather than paying retail.

    Not trying to defend or help her, just saying. The "scalpers" I see don't buy everything - they're REAL precise. They buy FE Prime stuff then mark it up, for instance. Just saying.
     
  7. VictoryLeo19

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    A real issue with this, is that people are getting around income tax. We've been discussing this in Fed. Inc. tax classes for sometime now. Paypal will soon have to provide W2's and also notifications to the IRS. So this lady and all other "ebay" living people may want to live it up while they can. Not only will they be contending with ebay fees and paypal fees, but now paying income tax as well. Which technically they should have been doing all along, "income broadly conceived" and all that.

    Not that I agree with income taxes. But I dislike people who use toys to make money, I've always felt it was.....creepy.
     
  8. PaladinVance

    PaladinVance Watch your step.

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    well, she did have a list with her. And I did still see a lot of Skylander's on those pegs, but I'm guessing those were older/less popular ones. (I have no clue with that line) Everything else was stuff that had just been put out today
     
  9. Strarf

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    So are like Hasbro and Mattel creepers?
     
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    I once met a scalper at my local toy store. I wished him well and hoped aloud that he would sell all the items in his cart for the prices he was aiming for. We parted on very amicable terms.
     
  11. doomboy536

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    It's refreshing to see someone telling of a civil encounter with a scalper, rather than pretending that they got all Internet Tough Guy.
     
  12. Satomiblood

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    I always thought that collectors were considered creepers.
     
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    Nothing in his cart you wanted I take it?
     
  14. MisterFanwank

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    ^ Or perhaps he doesn't have an overblown sense of self-entitlement.
     
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    but was she hot
     
  16. PaladinVance

    PaladinVance Watch your step.

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    did give off kind of a MILF-vibe now that you mention it......
     
  17. Tripredacus

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    They already do. On another forum someone posted that Paypal sent them a tax form, but he was in Canada so I'm not sure what the form is called. It has something to do with $20,000 if anyone knows.
     
  18. Kuma Style

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    Win.
     
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    yes there was a tax law change for those filing 2011 taxes.
    You can check it out on paypal's website.
     
  20. RKillian

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    People like her should get a distribution account somewhere like a real business.
     

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