eBay is often used to scalp, er, overcharge buyers when something comes out in extremely short supply. Witness what happens to iPad sales on the site after a launch, with those who persevered and stood in line for hours — or more — reaping 2x or more the value of an iPad. The same began happening on Friday, as a new set, or rather a retro set of Air Jordans went on sale for the first time.
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The demand was sky high for the Nike Air Jordan XI Retro “Concord” sneakers, which retail at $180 and are based on a design that first went on sale in 1995. Folks were so wild for them they jumped through hoops (pun intended) to get them.
In Richmond, Calif. a man was arrested after he fired his handgun into the air, in an attempt to scatter the crowd of 2000 – 3000 people, so he could get the shoes. He didn’t get them. Most of the people in line didn’t get them either, as the stores in the mall were already sold out before he fired the gun.
In Seattle, a man was arrested for assault after he pushed a police officer. Needless to say, he didn’t get his Nike Air Jordan XI Retro “Concord” sneakers, either.
Other examples of bad shopping behavior include:
Lithona, Ga.: up to 20 squad cars responded to a mall after a large crowd broke down a door to get inside before a store opened.
In Dayton, Ohio, shoppers began fighting while in line outside a store. Some people sold their spots in line.
In Indianapolis, Ind., hundreds stampeded a store, and one girl was nearly trampled. Another shopper said she “was able to be the first one in, but I kinda hit my hand on the door. I was bleeding but it’s all good. It was worth it.” [the Nike Air Jordan XI Retro “Concord” sneakers were more important than the woman’s health]
Nike issued a statement on Friday afternoon saying, “We are extremely concerned to hear of the reported crowd incidents … Consumer safety and security is of paramount importance. We encourage anyone wishing to purchase our product to do so in a respectful and safe manner.”
All these incidents make you wonder if you should buy online. That’s one thing folks have been doing instead of struggling with similar incidents on Black Friday, right? The problem is that you’re not going to find these shoes at ShoeBuy or Amazon.com. You’ll find them on eBay, but priced as high as $600.