Car Scalping? Camaros Selling Above Sticker Price
AOL Autos -- Do you want a 2010 Chevrolet Camaro? You'd better be prepared to offer the dealer more money than the MSRP requires, and you'd better be willing to wait. Various reports have indicated that General Motors can't build the reborn bow tie pony car fast enough to quench public demand. The Camaro was originally built from 1967 to 2002; the 2010 model marks the brand's rebirth.
Dealers have already booked about 25,000 orders for the Camaro, yet only half have been delivered to date. Analysts reportedly told Bloomberg that dealers are getting $500 over sticker on average, too, and at least one dealer is guessing that he won't have a Camaro to sell in stock for at least a year.
MP: If selling a ticket to a concert or sporting event at a price above face value is "ticket scalping" and potentially either illegal or unethical, why isn't selling a Camaro above sticker price considered to be "car scalping," and potentially either illegal and/or unethical? In other words, is there really any significant difference between a concert ticket and a car that would make any material difference when one or both sell above the stated "face value" or "sticker price?"
Update: NoWhining's comment is exactly correct and worth reprinting here: "MP's intent wasn't to discourage the right of car dealers and car buyers to set the price that each is willing to accept for the transaction to take place. The post pointed to the hypocrisy of decrying Ticket Scalpers as being unethical for freely exchanging something they own and therefore have the right to sell, at a price that a buyer wishes to freely give allowing a transaction to take place. Same principle."
And see related CD post here on "coin scalping."