Erailea wrote:If a $10 toy can fetch $40-90 on ebay, I think it's safe to say they probably stole them too.
If a $10 toy can fetch upwards of $50, there's no need to do the scam they were pulling as they could do it legally. What these people were doing was basically stealing product (more or less) and then selling it, presumably for less than MRSP, but still for far more than they were scam purchasing it for.
You need to think like a criminal.
If you could stick 5-10+ items with better-awesome resale value than retail in a large children's item box and pay $40 or less for the whole lot(and get away with it hundreds/thousands of times?
) you would see opportunity staring you in the face. Toys like LPS are small and have a good fan base, prime targets.
Working with a small team, 2 or more, things can be coordinated for organized criminal activities. Gathering information, staging of products, the guy on the inside. Done by more than one person creates confusion for any Loss Prevention watching cameras.
To be able to pull off such a huge value of cash is amazing.
I don't condone this activity by the way, but have had "conversations" about this very subject though.