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07-16-2012, 11:48 PM
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Originally Posted by Goat Boy View Post
Lol this thread reminds me so much of those discussions with people who defend illegal downloading. So much win.

Honestly, the way I see it is that knowingly buying fake jerseys is just selfish. Not cheap, not stupid. Merely self-centred. A product of our entitlement culture. Does it really matter that jerseys are ridiculously overpriced and that corporations like Reebok make hoards of money off something as stupid and useless as replica hockey jerseys? Since when is it up to the consumer to set the price on a product? The seller can set whatever price he so pleases. Supply and demand. If you can afford it you buy it; if you can't afford it, you suck it up.

In the end, though, it doesn't really make a difference to me. I simply have no stake in it. Reebok and the NHL can crash, the market can become swamped with fake knockoffs, the manufacturers of the fake paraphernalia can get rich, and you guys can argue about it the whole way. It's all fun and games to me. IMO, the people who buy fakes are just as silly (no, not dumb, just silly) as the people who throw away money on frivolous expenditures like authentic NHL jerseys. Not for me to judge.

And I probably just pissed everyone off. Yippee kay yay, boyos!
There aren't supply problems that justify $130 for a jersey. The reality is, there's no competition to minimize costs of the jerseys. The NHL's locked into a contract giving RBK exclusivity rights, so RBK can basically set the price to whatever the hell they want and you'd have to pay it to get official NHL jerseys. You pay a premium for a brand, basically.

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