TwoFlowersLuggage wrote:Maybe I should buy as many as I can for $18, spray paint the handles zombie green, and then sell them on ebay as a "rare factory special order" for $200.
Can't tell you how many times I have considered doing just that...and not even altering the knife, just buy it and flip it...catch & release, like so many people are doing with every new Northwoods and many new GEC releases. If you've been paying much attention, you know the profits can be ridiculous, 100% and greater...it's obscene. Don't get me wrong, I understand the workings of free-market capitalism, but when it comes to knives, for some reason I find this practice disgusting and reprehensible. Perhaps that's because as a collector, I am more passionate about knives than some other product (widget) or commodity (pork bellies) where it's a common and acceptable practice to buy low and sell high. I also find the mad dash blind lolly scramble that has become the norm and practically the only way to get a new Northwoods for the dealer's retail price from KSF to be absurd and undignified. However, if you've ever visited the NYSE on Wall Street, this is business as usual; a lot of yelling, pushing & shoving, etc. It's like Black Friday at Walmart every day...or, at least it used to be...the last time I actually visited the NYSE was over 30 years ago when floor traders were still scribbling notes on scraps of paper and dog-piling in a scrum of crushing shoulders and jabbing elbows like teenagers rushing the gate at a Who concert every time a particular stock price suddenly did something that got them foaming at the mouth. Humans are a strange species, indeed, and all too often cause me to question if the "sapiens" suffix of "homo-sapiens" isn't somewhat of an egotistical, undeserved misnomer.