Heh, start collecting McFarlane sportspicks if you really want to see what scalping is all about. Ebay dictates price, even on that board. Quite lovely, I must say, particularly since I can't always get to stores at 7 am. Oh well, lots of contacts in the SW world to help me out.
I guess with respect to the sponsors, depends on how they obtain their figures. If a store had someone out at store opening buying up figures to resell, yep, that's scalping. If, on the other hand, they have product delivered to their door, they can sell it for whatever they please. For every Ephant Mon they send out the door at $20, they probably take a loss on Jar Jar Senator.
You've got the right idea Cory, no support, no business. But I sure see why they have them as a sponsor, because the site costs money, so you takes what you gets. And from what Scott says, for vintage, they're pretty good. Not a bad thing to have redeeming qualities.
Vintage. *shudder*, now there's a road I don't want to go down...