I was trying to describe to my s.o. what went down yesterday with the Covert Coup release and subsequent sell-out 20 secs later and I haven't been able to find something that fully describes that event and what's been happening more generally. It's something akin to the real-estate game resulting in gentrification. Is it morally wrong that Al sold that album for $50+ shipping? or that flippers are taking the opportunity away from the people that really want to own the album because they care about the music on it? The economist says no and the human being says yes? One person's flipper is another person's entrepreneur. One person's slum landlord is another's real estate mogul. It's frustrating for sure and I don't have any solid answers. I'm part of the problem. I buy these things.... just like I'm trynig to be able to afford a home in a neigborhood that isn't too dangerous. My intentions are to own that vinyl to listen to it and own that home to live in it...not flip it so I'm behaving as I see fit, but I'm still contributing to the inequality. I'm happy to pay the artist for their product, but I'm not sure that's really what's happening here anymore. Cutting-out the industry middle-men has had a multitude of benefits, but it hasn't resulted in any less haves and have nots. The sellers are only moving 500 units (maybe that's false scarcity? - not unlike the real estate market) and the buyers are paying too much for the limited stock. The rents just keep going-up.