After standing amongst literally hundreds of people openly talking about buying/selling C3 exclusives last week just to make a few extra bucks, I hear ya' Jess. That was rather disgusting, and one of the few disappointments with the convention there.
I hear this, and heard it WAY too many times at C3. When I finally got up to the registers at the C3 store on Wednesday there was a guy smiling and laughing about how it was all "money in the bank" or something. What a dick. Also, what a fool.
Think about it just from the standpoint of being at Celebration 3. You spent $100+ to get into the show, and most likely spent one entire day on line to get into the C3 store. So it's costing you 25% of your admission right off the bat. Then factor in your time spent on line. 7 hours in my case. In my line of work I do alright when it comes to hourly pay. But let's say for the sake of argument that you make double the minimum wage and you get to maybe $10 an hour. So right there, before you've spent a dime in the store, your admission and time have cost you in excess of $100. THEN you still have to fork over $18 per figure if you want one in a Star Case, and you would be foolish not to get the maximum of 4. So those total up to $72.
That brings you to a grand total of approximately $172 in expenses for the 4 Vaders. And that's not even factoring in your travel and lodging expenses. And these fools on eBay think they're actually making money on the C3 Darth Vader? What an utter group of financial morons.
As for the other scalpers, it's all been said before. Try getting a real job guys. Lord knows with the time and expenses you put out there to get a few figures as quickly as possible you cannot be turning anything approaching a profit. You need to be able to do some serious volume to make anything approaching real money. At that point you might as well try to be a legit dealer. Flea markets can't be paying the bills that well.