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"I missed out on a deal! That means an evil flipper STOLE it from me!"

Posted by Rozz, 16 October 2013 · 751 views

Can we stop the consistent whining about how “flippers” are stealing all of the deals? It seems like every day in certain threads when something sells out someone throws a hissy-fit over how some evil “flipper” bought the game and stole the deal from them. Hell, Madden 06 can sell out and some douchebag will cry and complain about how some “flipper” bought it and is going to make big bucks selling it somewhere.

If a game is in stock all day long and you finally log on hours later and discover that it’s out of stock, it could be that you are just too slow. Also, no one “owes” you anything. If someone does buy a game to flip, that’s their money and decision and they can do whatever the hell they want with it. Furthermore, there are thousands of members on this site and even more lurkers, so you have some steep competition in getting to some deals. Stop crying if you’re too damn slow, you entitled jackass. No one owes you a deal, especially if you wait all day to get in on it just to complain how some “flipper” stole it from you despite the fact that it’s been in stock on GameFly for the past two weeks and you just didn’t realize it until it was too late.

Also, it was just going to sit in your backlog unplayed anyway, so these mysterious, badass, evil flippers are probably doing you a favor because by the time you would get to the game to “play” the game will be sitting in Gametop’s dumpster for free (or at least their $4.99 and under bin).




I agree with you that blaming the "boogieman" flipper is cause for eye rolling from me.  But there are also CAGs who blatantly post "grabbed 6 of these to trade in to Best Buy!" and when that pops up frequently in a thread then I don't care as much when people blame flippers.

 

My opinion on flipping is that it's kind of a douchey thing to do when it's a deal that you know other CAGs would want, but not as bad if it's not on a good deal.

 

For example: 

 

It's douchey if you bought 6 copies of RE Revelations from Gamefly during this sale just to resell them on ebay or Amazon. There's technically nothing wrong with that and that's why you're allowed to do it.  First come first serve.  But it's definitely a douchebag move since you know that is a big first-time price drop and you've now deprived 5 other gamers from taking part of the deal and enjoying the game because of your own greed.  (Note that this example is hypothetical because Gamefly does a pretty good job of not selling to dealers and will usually limit orders or cancel orders of this size).

 

It's not douchey if you bought 10 copies of Happy Feet 2 from GameStop a few weeks ago and flipped them in to Best Buy for a profit.  Yeah, you're basically doing the same thing as in my first example, but this time you're not depriving anyone of a great deal, nor are you depriving them of getting their hands on a great game.  

 

So yeah, I judge flipping on a case by case basis.  I also subscribe to the "everybody's entitled to one" theory.  So if you see a sale pop up you're entitled to buy one copy of that game if you'd like.  Whether you own it already or not, plan to play it or flip it or whatever, you're entitled to one copy.  Any more is greedy, but you can have one.  

 

For an example of this, Best Buy had the Kirby Dream Collection on sale for $8 a while back.  It traded in to Amazon for $19, which was a super easy flip since you can lock in the Amazon price.  I already owned the game, but I still bought one with the intent to send it straight to Amazon.  Which, according to my comfort level of flipping, was okay with me.  I was up late Saturday night, I caught the sale right at the beginning, and I was entitled to one copy of Kirby Dream Collection from this sale, regardless of my plans with it.  

 

So yeah, everyone here has a different morality compass when it comes to flipping.  From "reselling any game is evil" to "I don't even need a job because I can live off of flipping", everyone falls somewhere in there.  I'd say I lean closer to the former myself, but I'd be lying if I said I never bought a game just to resell/flip it.  I wouldn't be lying if I said I never bought 2 of the same game with the intent to flip.

 

Also, thanks for the idea, I think I'll turn my response into its own separate blog post.

Personally, i don't really care, you have to take care of yourself. If you can flip a certain game for $20 and you got it for $5, why not right?  However, do it and do it privately. Why the hell do you need urge to go out and say what you did. If you got money from flipping a game -- well kudos to you. But don't go on to a deal thread and say " i just bought 3 copies "x ", and flipped at bb for $30 a pop"  that makes you look like an asshole. 

 

I feel there should be rule in the deal section about "bragging and flipping discussions" that type of talk should be in there own respective threads.

Personally, i don't really care, you have to take care of yourself. If you can flip a certain game for $20 and you got it for $5, why not right?  However, do it and do it privately. Why the hell do you need urge to go out and say what you did. If you got money from flipping a game -- well kudos to you. But don't go on to a deal thread and say " i just bought 3 copies "x ", and flipped at bb for $30 a pop"  that makes you look like an asshole. 

 

I feel there should be rule in the deal section about "bragging and flipping discussions" that type of talk should be in there own respective threads.

 

When mods are actually doing some modding, they do remove a lot of flipping talk.  I just don't think there's a whole lot of modding going on at times.

Two per person, per day.  That's the universal rule for any deal that everybody should TRY to abide by.

 

It's really hard to pass up on LEGO Ninjago White Ninja Polybags that are unmarked and secretly 90% off. (39cents instead of $4).  I bought 20something and left about 4.

 

When I was picking up my $13 Disney Infinity yesterday as a gift for my Amazonian friend, I passed by the display of them and noticed there was ONE missing from a full stock display.  The one being held for me.  I am literally the only person in my town who got in on that deal.  Probably the only CAG in this town, period.

The problem is when people whine about flipping when there is no clear proof that the game is out of stock because of a "flipper". It seems like everyday someone on the Warehouse Deals thread whines about a flipper "stealing" their deal when there was only one in stock for hours (and it's some shitty ass game that is like $1 or $2 below normal value which means it has no flip value to begin with).

The problem is when people whine about flipping when there is no clear proof that the game is out of stock because of a "flipper". It seems like everyday someone on the Warehouse Deals thread whines about a flipper "stealing" their deal when there was only one in stock for hours (and it's some shitty ass game that is like $1 or $2 below normal value which means it has no flip value to begin with).

 

Ah I see.  I never frequent the Amazon thread, but Warehouse deals are pretty random and something being in or out of stock has almost nothing to do with flippers.  So yeah, blaming flippers in that thread would be rather lame.

I agree 100%!

I thought this blog was about a dolphin.. boy is my face red!!

I remember people complaining about people NOT flipping the portal guns, lol