Need some help on an essay about Toy Scalpers

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  1. Phorpus

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    I'm currently in the research phase of analyzing the "Toy Scalper" subculture. Specifically their effect on society and the economy but also how they act as a whole and what they do.

    But other than articles about shortages of Tickle Me Elmo and Furbies I' having a hard time finding official sources.
    So I'm currently looking for:
    -Toy Scalper message boards
    -Personal interviews with a parent, a transformers toy collector, G.I. Joe toy collector, and a toy scalper (Any volunteers would be nice)
    -Any articles on the popularity of current Transformers

    But anything you know about toy scalpers would be greatly appreciated, official sources or personal opinions are both great but please try to be impartial.
     
  2. Triformis

    Triformis Insecticon Fanatic TFW2005 Supporter

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    Dude, if you actually find an "official", all-scalper message board, lmk! I'd like to, uh, "talk" to them. ;) 
     
  3. Moonstreaker

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    There was a thread running not too long ago where TFW members were harassing scalpers on one of their boards and posting excerpts here.
     
  4. Ruination04

    Ruination04 8 Years Old Since 1984!

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    Scalpers are scum. End of essay.

    Seriously, yes, Moonstreaker is right. There is a mesage board on eBay, if you can believe that. :rolleyes2 
     
  5. smkspy

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    While I think you are over estimating the effect that toy scalpers have on society and the economy, its a very interesting idea for a paper.

    I think a documentary on scalpers would be great.
     
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    The scalpers I've seen tend to not really be attractive enough to be filmed.
     
  7. ckhtiger

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    keep in mind scalping of event tickets. that's been going on for decades. that may help pad your essay.
     
  8. Sol Fury

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    Yes, ticket touts are also a great example of this kind of thing. If you're writing about it, you could address the big issue, and use toys as a case study, an example of the effects on a small scale to then relate back to the bigger overall picture.

    Good luck with this. It sounds like it may be an interesting read.
     
  9. Reeds

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    When you're done, pitch it to Morgan Spurlock. Maybe he'll make a condescending documentary about it.
     
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    I have had my run in with scalpers and they are the lowest of the low. I would really like to read this when you are done.
     
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    So what subject is this research for Phorpus? Sociology? Psychology? Either way, i wonder if there is really that much to be said about scalpers of any kind. I mean, most of them are probably scalping for similar reasons of profit and greed. And as to their effects on society and economy, well, generally negative in terms of both responsive attitudes from other potential buyers and for store shelves.
     
  12. Johnator

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    Sounds really interesting.
     
  13. Phorpus

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    Well it's an English class but the prompt is based on various subcultures and their effects on society and their stereotypes.

    And I am going to focus on toy scalpers mostly but also how there have been various scalpers over time and how each kind relate to each other, including ticket scalpers. The only main problem is finding proof that scalpers actually "meet up" and socialize or if it's just a bunch of random individuals who happen to do the same thing but don't meet with each other...which would also be interesting.

    I'm trying to see this issue as impartially as possible but even my teacher hates them. Basically when she read my thesis it went:

    Her: "Are these people why I can't find a Wii?"
    Me: "Yeah, pretty much."
    Her: "Those bastards. Good topic."
     
  14. smkspy

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    I suggest the ebay forums is one of the more common places to find scalpers talking to each. Thing about scalpers is that they'll never call themselves scalpers.
     
  15. Moonstreaker

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    Very true. They claim that they are doing the world a service by providing goods to people they can't track down. Forgetting the fact that by buying up the item in question they artificially boosted demand for the item in question. People can; and will, rationalize anything.
     
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    I used to work at TRU and have some toy scaler stories or insight if you want. I have another recommendation on who you can contact here and how to phrase it but shoot me a PM for that as i don't want to mention names here.

    Also, I'll see if I can find that scalper board we had linked here a while ago.
     
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    I dunno. To tackle this topic you'd have to delve into a lot of economics and the pros and cons of a free market as well.

    Have you taken any economics classes?
     
  19. Phorpus

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    I haven't taken any economics classes but I never really planned on analyzing it to that extent.

    But what would be some basic pros to scalping other than for the seller?
     
  20. Prowl_Delta_31

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    Do a google search on economist Steven E. Landsburg. He has wrote some great stuff on scalping.
     

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