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I was at Borders tonight, after my guitar lesson, picking up some chai before heading home to do more tech-editing.

A quick detour through the RPG section and I spy sealed boxes of Yu-Gi-Oh! Strike of Neos (1st Edition) boosters. I don't normally see those in that section, and I know Borders occasionally screws up the price on stuff they don't quite understand. So, I flip over the box and sure enough, it's marked $3.99.  This is the price of ONE booster. A sealed box of 24 boosters goes for around $96.00 retail.

Honestly, I don't give a damn about Yu-Gi-Oh! but the former game store in me knows a good value when I see one, and I do enjoy making a quick profit on Ebay... so I grabbed a box and headed to the register. Being a basically ethical person, I even made an honest attempt to inform the person about the pricing error. (Of course, had the price been corrected... I probably would have passed on the purchase... not such a great deal anymore.)

The clerk didn't care. That might even be an understatement, if possible. So, I figured if their own people can't be bothered by it, why should I be?  So I went back and cleared the shelf... and bought them all. $23.94 plus tax, for roughly $576 worth of cards.

Further info... these boxes go on ebay for between $48 and $62 per box. So while I won't get the full retail value, it's still quite a markup from $4 each.

Unethical? Fair Capitalism? I'm interested in your opinions. Posted on Tuesday, April 22, 2008 11:13 PM General Interest | Back to top


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Its pure manipulation of markets. The retail market has no concept of a collector market. Furthermore, they don't care. I don't see the problem here. If you want to be completely honest about it, you could have probably spoken to the manager and explained the situation. Either way, I don't think anyone can put the blame on you.

Good score!

Left by Tobin Titus on Apr 22, 2008 11:23 PM

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Not unethical at all. You knew that the price was potentially a mistake, and you confirmed the price with a store employee and they let it go.

Further, *all* of them were marked at the same price?! That's just bad management, training, employees, etc.

Now if you put a 3.99 sticker on all the boxes from another product and tried to pass it off, that would be unethical. But if its their mistake, and you try to tell them that and they ignore it, you've done your due-diligence.

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Left by D'Arcy from Winnipeg on Apr 22, 2008 11:24 PM

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Heck you tired to fix it any they didn't want to listen... really the amazing thing is that in this day and age head office should be able to match the bar code to the price they paid and notice this.

Of course ethics is a weird thing and you wouldn't ask if it wasn't bothering your basically honest mind... so sell half on ebay and donate the rest to a few local kids who couldn't afford it.... show up at gamer nights and just hand one out randomly. Or sell them all and use the money to send to a friend in Seattle who needs to buy a higher class of hooker once in a while ;-)
Left by Zman on Apr 22, 2008 11:54 PM

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That is AWESOME! lol, great story to wake up to this morning.
Left by George Clingerman on Apr 23, 2008 9:05 AM

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agreed George. But, at the same time, I hate Chris for it. Lucky punk :P.
Left by Jason Olson on Apr 23, 2008 1:40 PM

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