Jack White is catching some heat from fans lately—the White Stripes frontman has been selling limited edition releases from his own Third Man Records label “to the highest bidder on eBay rather than through the Nashville, Tenn. label’s usual outlets,” according to Spinner. Gasp! The horror!
“The move is intended to stop “flippers” — people who buy limited edition records to resell at much inflated prices — but predictably the new scheme has left many fans unhappy, especially those who subscribe to the label’s paid service the Vault.”
White then took to the Vault’s message board to respond to his fans/critics:
“Stop all of the whining. We didn’t do anything to you but give you what you want. Don’t want them to be expensive? Then guess what? Don’t WANT them.
“We sell a Wanda Jackson split record for 10 bucks, the eBay flipper turns around and sells it for 300. If 300 is what it’s worth, then why doesn’t Third Man Records sell it for 300? If we sell them for more, the artist gets more, the flipper gets nothing … We thought we’d let you decide how much they cost this time.
“You would go so far as to say f— you to us? For what? We didn’t do anything to you but give you what you want … If you don’t want [this record], DONT[sic] BUY IT. And if you do want it, don’t act like you DON’T want it. Get in line like anyone else … It’s you and others wanting them that dictates the price and the entire nature of the idea.”
While I’d agree with White in this case, I’d also suggest this is a lost cause: you never want to cross angry message board trolls/ hipsters—they call for rock star blood, I tell you.
What do you think of White’s decision to sell the items on eBay?