Quoted from CrisCrow:
why would any company want to do this? what benefit is there for them? if it was me id be happy that my product was next to unobtainable and people were charging and paying double what I initially charged. means I was successful
Because a business will want to make as much money as possible. They can see how much they are reselling for. And the demand is there.
One way to make this settle down would be for the manufacturers to raise their LE prices substantially (ALMOST to the level of the NIB flippers) and substantially increase the number of them. LE doesn't mean it has to be limited to 1000. Why not sell 5000 of them if you can and raise the price 25%?
They only build them once they are ordered and someone else mentioned if they only sell 75% of them then they just don't make the last 25%. They don't lose money at all. In fact the COMPANY makes money instead of the NIB flippers. Which, theoretically, can afford the manufacturer to make better games, more games, pay their employees more money, etc etc. If their biggest margins are on LE's then they will make even more selling less. (less work, less everything, more profits)
The BEST thing would be for the Sterns of the world to make a HIGH number of LE's and jack the price 25-30%. Leave the pros and premiums where they are. Make LE's on an order basis only. This will NOT trickle down to premiums and pros because of the enormous price difference. It will also free up time and workers on the manufacturing line to pump out as many pros and premiums as they can sell. (does this sound familiar? Looking at you Spooky). Then these "elitist", gotta have it, will pay anything for it, people can buy their LE's and pay the COMPANY for them. It will also not price out the normal Joe Shmoe hobbyist that just wants a Mando or Godzilla for his family because his family are huge Star Wars fans or his sons love Godzilla.
Read it all over again and let it sink in.