Bigmet wrote:centenary wrote:...The problem with EBay is the scalpers who buy up new pre release orders then sell for an inflated price on the platform...
But consider that this is only possible if there are customers willing and able to pay those inflated prices. These two go together like eggs and bacon...
The economically inevitable corrective mechanism is now clearly underway. Those businesses that are the source of these products will increase prices to what the market is proven to bear. Why allow secondary traders to take a large slice of the available profit? In the case of both Kader (Bachmann) and Hornby - both of which have managed large entries in red ink on their trading accounts in the recent past - it would be fair to accuse their respective managements of having been slow to grasp this opportunity.
I agree, it is a classic example of self induced inflation. Supplier produces a limit production run of goods to sustain a high retail price. Scalpers get in on the pre orders in the knowledge they are further reducing availability of a limited production run so can ask a higher price via auction sites. While there are always people looking for a bargain, there's also people who will pay the inflated price for a limited run product they initially missed out on. Pay some extra here, delay another purchase elsewhere.
Seeing their products up for sale at inflated prices, the supplier decides they'll have a bit of that and increase the retail price on their next limited production run item. And the scalpers get in again and we go full circle again. Net result, prices go up including 'pre owned.'
The obvious answer is for suppliers to increase the size of the production run but getting that number right is extremely difficult to predict, means a higher retail price cannot be sustained, probably doesnt encourage full take up of the production run and probably doesnt dissuade scalpers from selling via auction sites.
As with almost any item, lack of sales \ demand results in increased discount and reduction in selling price. That's probably the reason I got my BNIB sound fitted WCR Class 37 for £195, nobody else wanted one (the shop had 3 in stock).