And the people who sell these products, and the owners of Val-U-Mart, become rich. And your life is all the richer for the enjoyment of the pet rock or the slippery green pan or the watch that does what the phone in your pocket does, just six inches away.
Of course, the problems come in when someone gets in the middle of the food chain. Normally, the producer sells his product to the retailer and that's how they make their money.
But, let's say someone goes to the store the very minute they open and buy up all the pet rocks. You rush to the store to get yours, only to be told that they are all sold out, but you can get one online, no problem. So you go online and buy your 1975 novelty item for 19.75 times the store price. The person who bought up the supply is scalping you!
That's why fans of Adele, the singer from England, are rolling in the deep these days. Right after tickets for her North American tour went on sale to the public, they were immediately bought up, causing an emotional Skyfall for thousands of fans who wanted a seat.
Originally, I believed this to be a picture of people getting
in line for Adele tickets. Turns out, these are people
who went to a concert hall to hear music,
and Maroon 5 showed up and
Adele and some other artists concerned about making tickets available to all fairly and at reasonable cost deal with a website called Songkick, which is set up to help do that just that. Smart performers should all want to do whatever they can to stop greedy re-selling agencies from making a mint off someone else's talent and popularity.