There are currently 64 listings for the Anthony Davis poster on eBay. Yeah, that same poster UK gave away for free last night at the game. Some of the auctions are going as high as anywhere from $100-$150. Again, the poster was free. It cost exactly $0.00 if you were at the game.
Here’s my problem with it:
(A) People were stealing posters. I arrived to the game about 30 minutes before tipoff and one scan of the crowd told me posters were getting jacked. Entire rows were empty, waiting on people who hadn’t arrived yet, and the row was missing all of its posters. UK didn’t intentionally skip that row or any of the other rows that didn’t have posters. No, someone arrived early and went through and scooped up as many as they could before the fans arrived to their seats.
That’s not right. And you know it. I hope all of your 20+ posters were wrinkled up when you got home, asshole.
(B) eBay sellers are making outrageous money on these things. I’m not upset with the people who listed their posters on eBay. They own it because they attended the game; do as you please. It’s just upsetting to see the exchange of money (a ridiculous amount) for a free product like this. Chances are, the people bidding on eBay are just diehard fans who don’t have the means to attend a game in Rupp Arena, so they want this limited edition poster to feel like an elite fan. Now their wallets are getting robbed over it.
Again, I don’t hate the player; I hate the game. Which brings me to my next point…
(C) Anthony Davis made nothing off these. That’s just how it goes. UK printed these to honor his outstanding season, gave them out for free to his biggest fans as a tribute to him, and now there is a profit being made.
That’s college athletics for you.
(D) People are paying a hundred dollars. Be disappointed in the sellers all you want, but it’s only happening because there is a demand. I might be in the minority here, but I see that poster of Anthony Davis for what it is — a poster. It’s not autographed, it doesn’t play music, it doesn’t dispense John Wall shots; it’s a poster. I got mine, admired the photography, and couldn’t even tell you where it is now. Assuming it’s in my backseat, I’ll give it away to whoever wants it.
If you’re a UK memorabilia collector and have the money, bid on it. I get it. It is cool. But if you just want it because it’s Anthony Davis and it’ll look good in your garage, move on.
(E) See A. You should be ashamed.
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