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Jack White responds to "whining" record club fans after eBay sales
Rocker Jack White's Third Man Records label sold five copies of extremely limited edition colored White Stripes vinyl on eBay. They were something like $500. Some fans in TMR's Vault records club were miffed that, instead of selling the records for a standard price on the label site that they were auctioned, and complained in its chat room.
White had some choice words for those who felt cheated out of cheaper records.
The multi-talented singer/guitarist/businessman concluded saying that "flippers" -- folk who buy limited records on the cheap and then flip them on eBay for a much higher price -- was not Third Man's target audience.
"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’re not in the business of making flippers a living. We’re in the business of giving fans what they want.”
He actually gets into a beautiful retort to "f*ck yous" with a fan who insists that he gets nothing out of his membership to the vault. Antiquiet has it in all its glory.
He concluded in one recent, last mighty post, which included: "there’s been a lot of positivity lately about our special releases and what all goes on at third man. glad you are digging what’s happening, hope you all get the records you want, and remember all these releases are on black vinyl, and most of the time digital as well, and if enough of you want it on 8 track, we’ll look into that too, matter of fact if an 6 year old walks in to the store today and asks for an 8 track of consolers of the lonely, i’m going to get him one dammit, and i’ll see him in hell too! (that’s a joke people, let’s all take it easy)"