Jack White has struck back at eBay users flipping limited-edition vinyl releases from his Third Man Records label, as well as critics taking him to task for selling the records directly on eBay to the highest bidder. On a fan message board (registration required), White defended his attempt to undercut flippers’ efforts to profit off releasing his label’s records, explaining, “We sell a Wanda Jackson split record for 10 bucks, the eBay flipper turns around and sells it for $300. If $300 is what it’s worth, then why doesn’t Third Man Records sell it for $300? If we sell them for more, the artist gets more, the flipper gets nothing. We’re not in the business of making flippers a living. We’re in the business of giving fans what they want.” He continued: “Don’t be spoiled, don’t insult people who are trying to give you what you want … Seriously stop all of the whining, because what you communicate to us is that all of the trouble we go to isn’t worth it because nothing we do will make you happy.” He could at least offer free shipping.
Jack White defends Third Man Records eBay auctions [Guardian UK]