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   Starbucks $450 metal gift cards are now selling for $5,000 on eBay. Apparently people don't mind paying ten times too much for coffee they are already paying twice as much to buy

12 Dec 2012 07:57 AM   |   7647 clicks   |   Zagat
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taurusowner     
I don't even know what to say. America, I am disappoint.

12 Dec 2012 07:58 AM
HaywoodJablonski     
Fools money

12 Dec 2012 07:58 AM
HaywoodJablonski     
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Fools__________________Money

12 Dec 2012 07:59 AM
hbk72777     
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12 Dec 2012 07:59 AM
Phil Moskowitz     
The fark is wrong with your culture?

12 Dec 2012 08:02 AM
enochianwolf     
$50 to make it. Right. That venti peruvian is totally worth $8 too, hey what do you care you're a farking moron anyway.

12 Dec 2012 08:03 AM
ryarger     
They're a status symbol and have as much value as a piece of jewelry or art.

It seems SB or Gilt Pre-sold them without telling anyone so that none were actually available when the sale started.

In one comment I saw, a guy who averaged $500/month at SB cancelled his loyalty account after customer service refused to get h one of these cards. The whole business is becoming a PR train wreck.

12 Dec 2012 08:03 AM
UGOTPZD     
I am selling my used underwear for 500 000 dollars, it doesn't really matter unless someone is willing to buy them at hat price.

12 Dec 2012 08:04 AM
HotWingConspiracy     
Sometimes I hope the terrorists win.

12 Dec 2012 08:04 AM
SockMonkeyHolocaust     
People do the same thing every day whenever they buy Apple products. It's a safety valve, if they weren't buy dumb shiat they'd be throwing money at Stormfront or black nationalist militias.

12 Dec 2012 08:05 AM
abhorrent1     
$5,000 starting bid with zero bids = Selling for $5,000
You can put any price on anything you want. That doesn't guarantee you'll get it.

12 Dec 2012 08:07 AM
Petit_Merdeux     

Phil Moskowitz: The fark is wrong with your culture?


We're just not into hockey riots as much.

12 Dec 2012 08:10 AM
DerAppie     

enochianwolf: $50 to make it. Right. That venti peruvian is totally worth $8 too, hey what do you care you're a farking moron anyway.


The production cost includes design, which combined with a small batch, could theoretically explain the high per item production cost. The material itself is probably just a few cents at the very most.

12 Dec 2012 08:10 AM
dletter     

abhorrent1: $5,000 starting bid with zero bids = Selling for $5,000
You can put any price on anything you want. That doesn't guarantee you'll get it.


I came here to say that...

US $5,000.00
[ 0 bids ]


That doesn't mean they are selling for $5k writer dolts.... wait until one actually SELLS, then report on it.

12 Dec 2012 08:11 AM
ryarger     

SockMonkeyHolocaust: People do the same thing every day whenever they buy Apple products. It's a safety valve, if they weren't buy dumb shiat they'd be throwing money at Stormfront or black nationalist militias.


Most buy Apple products because they are high quality and work well. In fact, unless you're poor or a hardware enthusiast, I don't know why anyone would buy anything but Apple.

But your point is valid that people need their luxuries in life. I don't need to spend hundreds on an old comic book, but I would if it were one that I wanted.

12 Dec 2012 08:11 AM
Nofun     
Apple carbon fiber gift card incoming in 3... 2... 1...

12 Dec 2012 08:12 AM
enochianwolf     

abhorrent1: $5,000 starting bid with zero bids = Selling for $5,000
You can put any price on anything you want. That doesn't guarantee you'll get it.


Yeah, normally. but this is starbucks, they could have a barista vomit into a styrofoam cup and people would still pay too much money for it.

12 Dec 2012 08:12 AM
The Voice of Doom     
And by "seliing for $5000" subby and TFA mean that there's an one week-old ebay auction starting at $5,000 with zero bids.

12 Dec 2012 08:13 AM
valkore     
When you have a line of middle aged, bored housewife cows waiting daily for their $8 half-caf no-foam extra-hot six-pump peppermint mochas while each wearing $500 worth of Athleta jeggings, Ugg boots, and Lululemon sport zip-ups, you now have a market where it's plausible to pay $5000 for a gussied up $450 gift card.

Good on these EBay sellers for taking advantage.

12 Dec 2012 08:13 AM
LordOfThePings     

UGOTPZD: I am selling my used underwear for 500 000 dollars, it doesn't really matter unless someone is willing to buy them at hat price.


The most you'll get is sock price.

12 Dec 2012 08:14 AM
Mike_LowELL    [TotalFark]  
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IF YOU CALL IN DURING THE NEXT TEN MINUTES

WE'RE GONNA GIVE YOU

THE STARBUCKS 450-DOLLAR GIFT CARD LIMITED EDITION METAL HOLOGRAM

GRADED IN THE GEM MINT 10

AND WE'RE GONNA DO IT FOR THE LOW PRICE OF FORTY-NINE NINETY-NINE NINETY-FIVE

WE'RE GIVING THESE THINGS AWAY, KENNY

THIS GIFT CARD HAS A BOOK VALUE OF OVER ONE-HUNDRED-THOUSAND DOLLARS

THE T-206 STARBUCKS METAL HOLOGRAM GIFT CARD JUST WENT FOR OVER TWO MILLION DOLLARS DURING A PRIVATE AUCTION

WHO KNOWS HOW MUCH THIS WILL BE WORTH SOMEDAY

12 Dec 2012 08:17 AM
Queensowntalia     

UGOTPZD: at hat price.


That'd very greatly, I should think.

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12 Dec 2012 08:17 AM
MrHappyRotter     
$450 "Luxury" Gift Card
$5,000 starting bid on Ebay
Pull some strings with your friends (or pay for services) at a media/Internet firm
Ridiculously overpriced item might get sold, even if not, get lots of exposure for yourself, company

In other words, whether anyone actually bids or buys this card at $5,000 or not, the money is just the icing on the cake. This is more about viral advertising bullshiat.

12 Dec 2012 08:17 AM
kitsuneymg     

valkore: When you have a line of middle aged, bored housewife cows waiting daily for their $8 half-caf no-foam extra-hot six-pump peppermint mochas while each wearing $500 worth of Athleta jeggings, Ugg boots, and Lululemon sport zip-ups, you now have a market where it's plausible to pay $5000 for a gussied up $450 gift card.

Good on these EBay sellers for taking advantage.


I have no problem with them buying that shiat, as long as they don;t call it "coffee"

12 Dec 2012 08:18 AM
Fluorescent Testicle     
People are, by and large, dumb as dog shiat. Ric Romero reports.

/Yes, I know that nobody's bid yet.
//But I've seen empty cardboard boxes sell for thousands on eBay.

12 Dec 2012 08:18 AM
Nofun     

ryarger: SockMonkeyHolocaust: People do the same thing every day whenever they buy Apple products. It's a safety valve, if they weren't buy dumb shiat they'd be throwing money at Stormfront or black nationalist militias.

Most buy Apple products because they are high quality and work well. In fact, unless you're poor or a hardware enthusiast, I don't know why anyone would buy anything but Apple.


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12 Dec 2012 08:21 AM
The Voice of Doom     
Since my job isn't delivering quality journalism, I can afford spending 30 seconds on "research":
It looks more like those cards are going to sell at $900 to $1000:

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12 Dec 2012 08:22 AM
Deep Contact     
I bid 10,000 quatloos.

12 Dec 2012 08:22 AM
Marine1     
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Nowhere near as metal as these guys.

/and screeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeam
//for your creeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeam

12 Dec 2012 08:22 AM
Lt. Cheese Weasel     
Beyond stupid.

12 Dec 2012 08:23 AM
bikerbob59     
And the coffee really isn't any good....

12 Dec 2012 08:23 AM
o5iiawah     
Completed listings show that they are selling between 800-1100 Bones.

Which given that there's $450 already on it, it isn't too unreal of a markup for something thats going to be popular from a company that has its super-fans.

12 Dec 2012 08:24 AM
Arthur Jumbles     
None of them are selling for $5,000. However a lot have sold for close to $1,000. Just look at eBay's completed listings

/Tickle me Elmo's, Cabbage Patch Kids, unlocked iPhones, etc...etc... I'm never able to bring myself to take advantage of people for quick money.... stupid!

12 Dec 2012 08:24 AM
jtown     

abhorrent1: $5,000 starting bid with zero bids = Selling for $5,000
You can put any price on anything you want. That doesn't guarantee you'll get it.


Actual bids are in the range of $900 so there's plenty of room to be disgusted.

12 Dec 2012 08:24 AM
enochianwolf     

DerAppie: enochianwolf: $50 to make it. Right. That venti peruvian is totally worth $8 too, hey what do you care you're a farking moron anyway.

The production cost includes design, which combined with a small batch, could theoretically explain the high per item production cost. The material itself is probably just a few cents at the very most.


They made 5000, so at $50 a card that comes to $250,000. The steel used was maybe $100? I'm thinking $500 is feasible for labor hours. Not sure how much they would pay for the design but I'm sure at that price it must be generous, not that it's even particularly interesting.

/meh
//I need coffee

12 Dec 2012 08:24 AM
DerAppie     

Mike_LowELL: IF YOU CALL IN DURING THE NEXT TEN MINUTES

WE'RE GONNA GIVE YOU

THE STARBUCKS 450-DOLLAR GIFT CARD LIMITED EDITION METAL HOLOGRAM

GRADED IN THE GEM MINT 10

AND WE'RE GONNA DO IT FOR THE LOW PRICE OF FORTY-NINE NINETY-NINE NINETY-FIVE

WE'RE GIVING THESE THINGS AWAY, KENNY

THIS GIFT CARD HAS A BOOK VALUE OF OVER ONE-HUNDRED-THOUSAND DOLLARS

THE T-206 STARBUCKS METAL HOLOGRAM GIFT CARD JUST WENT FOR OVER TWO MILLION DOLLARS DURING A PRIVATE AUCTION

WHO KNOWS HOW MUCH THIS WILL BE WORTH SOMEDAY


Free for just 99.99.99!

12 Dec 2012 08:26 AM
itsfullofstars     
what my Starbucks card looks like.

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It costs exactly $0 over what the coffee actually costs.

12 Dec 2012 08:26 AM
MindStalker     
In before some guy walks into Starbucks with this card..

"Sir the balance on your card is now $380.00"

"$380? What do you MEAN!?!? I paid $5000 for this gift card".

12 Dec 2012 08:27 AM
lewismarktwo     
All gift cards are stupid. Just write them a check or give them (gasp) cash. It actually shows more forethought since you can use it anywhere.

Exception for Visa gift cards for people who don't already have a debit or credit card.

12 Dec 2012 08:27 AM
nburghmatt     

ryarger: SockMonkeyHolocaust: People do the same thing every day whenever they buy Apple products. It's a safety valve, if they weren't buy dumb shiat they'd be throwing money at Stormfront or black nationalist militias.

Most buy Apple products because they are high quality and work well. In fact, unless you're poor or a hardware enthusiast, I don't know why anyone would buy anything but Apple.


yes, that's it. we're poor.

12 Dec 2012 08:27 AM
SockMonkeyHolocaust     

Marine1: [th06.deviantart.net image 850x850]

Nowhere near as metal as these guys.

/and screeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeam
//for your creeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeam


My South Philly Neighborhood has Grindcore House. They are so metal you can't even read their logo.

Grindcore House

12 Dec 2012 08:28 AM
Zaltec     
Ended: Dec 07, 2012 18:03:52 PST Price: US $1,249.99
Ended: Dec 07, 2012 18:53:07 PST Price: US $1,300.00 [3 sold]
Ended: Dec 11, 2012 06:45:48 PST Price: US $1,200.00
Ended: Dec 07, 2012 23:22:15 PST Price: US $1,150.00

Might not be $5k, but the actual paid buying price seems about $800-1300, which will only go up over the short-term...

this is my favorite posting though:
This card is for the Starbucks collector with everything!!! There isONLY $5 on the card NOT $50 only $5.00 , it will be mailed between dec 20-23 depending on how soon it is shipped to me.
This card doesn't even come with the $400 balance, and it's already at $500+ with 6 days remaining, sketchy seller and all!

12 Dec 2012 08:29 AM
SirDigbyChickenCaesar     

o5iiawah: Which given that there's $450 already on it, it isn't too unreal of a markup for something thats going to be popular from a company that has its super-fans.


That all well and good until Starbucks starts making more $450 versions of it...

12 Dec 2012 08:29 AM
untaken_name     
I always enjoy the warm glow of superiority that infuses my being every time an idiot co-worker shows up with a $tarbucks cup. I'll just drink my Circle-K coffee and bank my savings. By this time next year, I'll finally be able to afford that yacht:

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12 Dec 2012 08:31 AM
Jesus Burnt My Hotdog     

SockMonkeyHolocaust: People do the same thing every day whenever they buy Apple products. It's a safety valve, if they weren't buy dumb shiat they'd be throwing money at Stormfront or black nationalist militias.


You mean like here?

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12 Dec 2012 08:31 AM
Doubleodoug     
By any chance does the Ebay seller go by "Kelly Dobkin"

12 Dec 2012 08:32 AM
untaken_name     

SockMonkeyHolocaust: Marine1: [th06.deviantart.net image 850x850]

Nowhere near as metal as these guys.

/and screeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeam
//for your creeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeam

My South Philly Neighborhood has Grindcore House. They are so metal you can't even read their logo.

Grindcore House


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12 Dec 2012 08:33 AM
Englebert Slaptyback     

Starbucks $450 metal gift cards


\m/__O__\m/


*nods to Marine1 and SMH*

12 Dec 2012 08:33 AM
Jesus Burnt My Hotdog     

ryarger: Most buy Apple products because they are high quality and work well. In fact, unless you're poor or a hardware enthusiast, I don't know why anyone would buy anything but Apple.


Spoken like a fully paid-up member of the iFlock. Keep sucking that cock! Go on, ram that big scaly pecker down your gullet! Suck Satan's cock! SUCK IT!

12 Dec 2012 08:36 AM
ryarger     

nburghmatt: ryarger: SockMonkeyHolocaust: People do the same thing every day whenever they buy Apple products. It's a safety valve, if they weren't buy dumb shiat they'd be throwing money at Stormfront or black nationalist militias.

Most buy Apple products because they are high quality and work well. In fact, unless you're poor or a hardware enthusiast, I don't know why anyone would buy anything but Apple.

yes, that's it. we're poor.


You could be a hardware enthusiast, there are a lot of them on Fark.

Or I suppose you could be a deluded, hipster sheep that believes everything he reads. Those people exist, too.

12 Dec 2012 08:36 AM
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