Scalpers, to me, are Jesse's definition above + anyone who places ANYTHING they just bought at retail onto Ebay... regardless of starting bid. I think that needs said, as a lot of scalpers try hiding behind the veil of "Well I put this on Ebay for $.99 starting bid... I'm a good guy, see!?"
That's bull****, plain and simple, and I've had fun calling people out on scalping at other boards in the past. Mostly because other boards SUPPOSEDLY lay claim that they too will enforce rules against that kinda stuff. It's a collecting community so anyone caught scalping on it should be drummed out, plain and simple... Otherwise it's not a "community" at all.
I agree with you Matt, that they're more abundant now than ever. I run into people 50% of the time in aisles right now, easily, and I'd say of the 50% I run into that the vast majority are there because of $$$. I got the last Clone Pilot at a store the other day (missing out on all the OTHER figures of that wave), and the guy who came in behind me, pushing in where I was looking, was obviously visibly irritated that I had that figure.
I've been hearing more and more of the, "Hey man, do you know what the rare figure is?" speak, even from employees (at Target). I've heard a lot of the, "Hey, are you looking for stuff to put on Ebay too? I just cleared them out of the rares", kind of speak as well... That is just a slap in the face to a collector like me who IS looking for stuff for himself or others...
There's a lot more of these guys, and how chatty they can be is really mind-boggling... It's like they think you'll be their buddy.
I've always known that our local collecting group in Pittsburgh has to be wary of scalpers in our midst... They're good about fishing those guys out and basically calling them on it publicly. I'm lucky to have a good group of guys around Pittsburgh to help me... Sadly, there are bad eggs who do their damndest to sneak into that clique too, for the advantage.