Thursday, February 17, 2011

"Car Scalping": Selling Chevy Volts Above List Price

AutoBlog -- "Even though some Chevrolet dealers were warned not to sell the Volt above the MSRP, there is a distinct trend around the country where some dealers are trying to make a few extra (thousand) bucks off the popular plug-in vehicle. In fact, Ward's Auto found a dealer in Florida that is listing a Volt at $65,590. That's a wee bit more than the car's $41,000 suggested retail price."

Here's an example of the "car scalping" taking place now on Ebay (selling a car above its "face value" or "list price") - a "Buy It Now" listing for a Chevy Volt, offered at $47,700.

HT: magilson

Note: The same kind of "car scalping" happened a few years ago for the 2010 Chevy Camaro; and "coin scalping" happens every day throughout the country when coin dealers sell rare coins above "face value."

7 Comments:

At 2/17/2011 2:56 PM, Blogger morganovich said...

what's next?

accusations of stock scalping when you buy and try to sell later at a profit?

this is what traders have done with every item and commodity since before time.

 
At 2/17/2011 3:20 PM, Blogger bob wright said...

Ah, but flipping real estate or hot stock IPOs is just being shrewd.

I'm shocked, shocked I tell you, that one would consider such behavior "scalping."

... the nerve of some people.

 
At 2/17/2011 3:38 PM, Blogger juandos said...

Someone is pulling someone's leg here!!

I mean what kind of fool would stand in line for a Volt?

 
At 2/18/2011 8:20 AM, Blogger niknaknoo said...

By my calculations you'd have to do half a million miles for this to be cost effective. And that's assuming you have a free electricity supply!

I thought the main benefit of electric cars were that they are cheaper to run than diesels.

 
At 2/18/2011 8:29 AM, Blogger geoih said...

Quote from niknaknoo: "I thought the main benefit of electric cars were that they are cheaper to run than diesels."

Only if the subsidy is high enough.

 
At 2/18/2011 2:28 PM, Blogger Ron H. said...

morganovich,

"what's next?

accusations of stock scalping when you buy and try to sell later at a profit?
"

Yes. And, I suspect that your business actually tries to protect these filthy stock scalping scum from potential losses.

 
At 2/18/2011 2:38 PM, Blogger Ron H. said...

juandos

"I mean what kind of fool would stand in line for a Volt?

What are you talking about? Do you really hate our planet that much?

I'm so thrilled by this opportunity to lower global temperatures, I'm going to buy two of them. And, to help our limping economy, I'm going to seek out the highest prices I can find.

My only concern is how I will charge them on cloudy days when the wind doesn't blow, after our Dear Leader closes all those filthy coal burning power plants.

:-)

 

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