Tylerh1701's Theory of Acceptability in the Field of "Flipping"
Without further ado, here's my opinion on the whole "flipping" situation:
Basically, flipping is 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.
It is 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 deal 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 actually does a pretty good job of not selling to dealers and will usually limit orders or cancel orders of this size). Oh and keep in mind it is super mecha-douchy when you brag about taking advantage of the deal within that thread. Not only is it you rubbing it in the face of others who didn't get to take part of the deal, it's also sure to kick up a shitstorm and run the thread completely off the rails. Please save those kind of posts for specific flipping/bragging threads.
One exception to this rule is how YMMV the deal is. If you randomly see 3 copies of RE Revelations for $5 on the back of a shelf of your local gas station, go ahead and grab them and resell them. Who knows what the hell is actually going to happen to those games, and there's no way real way for many others to take part in that deal. You got lucky, reap your rewards.
It is 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. You're more just taking advantage of a big corporation's mistake.
So yeah, basically 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.
Everyone here has a different morality compass when it comes to flipping, I'm sure there are CAGs who would love to crucify me for what I just admitted about that Kirby game. It seems that 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, as is obvious from the Kirby example. However, I wouldn't be lying if I said I never bought 2 of the same game with the intent to flip.
Keep in mind this is just my opinion on flipping. These are my personal "unwritten rules". I'm sure everyone else subscribes to their own sets of beliefs when it comes to flipping.