Having spotted that selling limited-edition vinyl records tends to see them turn up on eBay, and going for exorbitant prices, Jack White has hatched a cunning plan. He's cut out the middlemen and just released the new
Wanda JacksonWhite Stripes reissue through eBay.
Perhaps understandably, the fans aren't thrilled by this - under a normal release, you at least stand a chance of getting hold of a record at normal prices. This way, it's all overpriced.
Jack doesn't see it that way, though:
"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 thought we'd let you decide how much they cost this time."Or you could produce enough of them that there's not an artificially small market forcing prices upwards - that's a bit of a thought, isn't it? And it would deal with the other problem of a fan who can afford a tenner, but not three hundred.
The world responded to White's suggestion that somehow it's a treat to be ripped off when it's him doing it with the sort of abuse you'd expect. Apparently, he hadn't expected it, though, and threw a hissy fit:
"You would go so far as to say f--- you to us? For what? We didn't do anything to you but give you what you want ... If you don't want [this record], DONT[sic] BUY IT. And if you do want it, don't act like you DON'T want it. Get in line like anyone else ... It's you and others wanting them that dictates the price and the entire nature of the idea."It's your own fault for feeling ripped off as if you didn't desire the record, it wouldn't be expensive.
Who, exactly, asked Jack White to sell these records for the highest price he could? Does he really believe that manipulating a supply to create huge demand and then creaming off the profits is really acting in anyone's interest other than his own?