Before everyone gets mad at me.. the image for this blog post is meant to be satire.
|BUY NOW!"NO FLIPPING TEE"|
|Flippers Behind Me. lol|
But, that only lasted until their friends showed up. And I don't mean just one friend, it was an entire group of people who thought they could get in line with their friends and cut in front of us. So, I made a comment about what was going on and they told me that they were being nice and going to let us in front of the group who just arrived. I said enough!! You will not be cutting in front of us at all. Then this one guy (you know it's always one) asked what the problem was with them getting in line with their friends. I kindly told him I didn't care what he thought his reasoning was but he would not and could not go in front of us. This was a group of flippers.. They were organized (same shirts and hats) and committed to get as many exclusives as they could. They had set up people all over the convention in different areas so when they were done with one experience they could leave and go to the next and not wait in those SDCC 4 to 6 hour lines. I over heard them talking about how they were already selling things that they had obtained (for free) and making hundreds of dollars.
So, what do we do about flippers? Can we coexist? Can we still enjoy the hobby without being outsmarted and at times left at the mercy of price gouging aftermarket online. Do we blame the stores for allowing for the purchase of more than one exclusive to a person? Or do we blame the conventions for not maintain line ettiquette? I think we just have to be as aggressive as they are and we have to help each other. I have joined a local group of collectors that help each other obtain and find the exclusives that we want. That's a step in the right direction. But, lastly, we are going to have to be the Early birds getting those Funko Worms until either the Funko market crashes or people start being decent. I won't hold my breath for either.
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