Dear readers, you may or may not be familiar with a certain type of subculture among "collectors" that engages in an activity I find to be particularly loathsome.
Are you familiar with the idea of limited-edition releases? I am referring here to companies that offer only a pre-defined number of a certain type of product; the number is set and announced in advance. For example, there was recently a limited-edition Blu-ray of John Carpenter's Christine released by the specialty label Twilight Time. They made 3000 copies, and only 3000 copies, and the Blu-ray sold for $30.
All 3000 copies evidently sold out within about seven hours. Yours truly was lucky enough to snag a copy.
A decent number of copies were obviously sold to people who purchased them strictly so that they could then turn around and flip them at a profit.
As I type this, there are at least 35 copies up for sale on eBay, most of them with bids currently approaching (or, in some cases, well over) $100.