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Moonshot 08-10-04 09:26 AM

livestrong band ripoff
 
Can you believe $22 for a piece of yellow synthetic rubber?

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll...&rd=1&tc=photo

Mtn Mike 08-10-04 10:20 AM

I bet that guy is making big bucks! Smart business person, silly buyers. What a foolish thing to buy. Another thread asked if the band was a fashion statement, and I'd say this definitely proves that it is. I'm sure the seller won't be donating a portion of his earnings to the foundation. Geez, I support cancer research, and have given to LAF, but I would never wear a yellow band, especially not an overpriced one.

Retro Grouch 08-10-04 11:03 AM

How about a reverse auction? I have one that I'd be willing to part with for less than $22.00. Mine's even been worn by a celebrity whose been quoted in Bicycling magazine.

duracann 08-10-04 11:04 AM

It started at $.25. can't believe it's at $22.

ngateguy 08-10-04 11:08 AM

how silly eh, or is it sad :(

timmhaan 08-10-04 11:13 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Mtn Mike
Another thread asked if the band was a fashion statement, and I'd say this definitely proves that it is. I'm sure the seller won't be donating a portion of his earnings to the foundation.

yep - i agree with you on both points. whoever is buying this should know that the money at this point has nothing to do with cancer research.

Astra 08-10-04 11:23 AM

How bizarre! I've just mailed the seller asking if he gave the proceeds of the sale to the charity...

roadfix 08-10-04 11:35 AM

I was at a local bike shop in Pasadena last Sat and saw two boxfull of them at the counter.

scubagirl 08-10-04 11:41 AM

A few weeks ago some one mention ebay and the yellow bands. I checked it out and saw a seller call it "RARE". Come on there are 6 million of them!!! How rare is that. Buyer beware.

Mtn Mike 08-10-04 11:52 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Retro Grouch
How about a reverse auction? I have one that I'd be willing to part with for less than $22.00. Mine's even been worn by a celebrity whose been quoted in Bicycling magazine.

okay, I'll give you -$1.00

roadfix 08-10-04 12:03 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Mtn Mike
okay, I'll give you -$1.00

I'll underbid that......I bid 75 cents.

KevinmH9 08-10-04 12:06 PM

Goes to show how far people will go to make an "honest" buck. I have found a PBJ sandwich on EBay once, I think the price was up to $10. One person was selling a pile of snow for $.50. Just goes to show what is happening.

Guest 08-10-04 12:07 PM

How 'bout you give me 3 bucks, and I promise not to re-sell it on ebay to some fool for $22? :D

Koffee

timmhaan 08-10-04 12:18 PM

looks like it went for $26. the buyer could have saved himself the trouble and just put his money directly in the toilet.

scubagirl 08-10-04 12:32 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by timmhaan
looks like it went for $26. the buyer could have saved himself the trouble and just put his money directly in the toilet.

Or gone to LAF and got 20 of them (the six bucks would have more than paid for postage)

Ebbtide 08-10-04 12:38 PM

I would be happy if Lance issued a statement that he would prefer not to have people buy them of e-bay, or make more bands available. Good Morning America had a small peice touting how "fashionable" and rare the bracelets have become.

Personally, I'm going to e-mail the sellers and give them a peice of my mind. Or better yet, buy the damn thing and give them negative feedback.

Guest 08-10-04 01:17 PM

GMA is a piece of trash anyway... wow, glad I didn't go for the hype.

I'll drop a check for the foundation in the mail. No need for me to make a "fashion statement" when I can send a check for so much more money and not ask for any silly rubber thing for the wrist in return.

Not knocking anyone who does wear the bracelet who are doing it for the cancer cause. Good for them. But those fashion idiots... God. Why does GMA consistently take the good stuff and turn it into something soooooo bad and cheezy?

Koffee

Astra 08-10-04 01:17 PM

That's alright then!

"Yes, proceeds will be going to charity. I will be making a significant contribution to the Lance Armstrong Foundation. I do appreciate the email and concern, as I have the same for other people who are selling the wristbands and may not be making a donation. I do not know what the amount will be at this time, but will be a fair share for sure. I am an avid cycling fan and have been a fan of Lance's for a long time and have followed his career since he became world champion in '93 prior to his diagnosis. The inspiration he gives to everyone, including myself is amazing. Regardless, I am glad that I can let you know that there will be a significant donation made, as well as happy that I can make such a donation. "

Guest 08-10-04 01:27 PM

What's significant?

After ebay costs paid, it should ALL go to the foundation. How about if I take the March of Dimes calendar they put together on ebay, sold it at a significant higher price and only gave a part to the foundation? It's not a good scene- it's their product, it's for charity, and it helps people in need. Any scumbag making money off sick people is truly a low piece of dirt.

Dumbass slimeball.

Koffee

timmhaan 08-10-04 01:33 PM

it's a nice gesture to email that, but it sounds like a canned response to me. maybe i'm just being too skeptical, but given the circumstances i wouldn't trust that a donation would be made.

bab 08-10-04 02:00 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by timmhaan
it's a nice gesture to email that, but it sounds like a canned response to me. maybe i'm just being too skeptical, but given the circumstances i wouldn't trust that a donation would be made.

I agree. Typical slime blowing smoke..

Kestrelman 08-10-04 02:03 PM

Agree entirely with Koffee. A "significant contribution" means nothing. All of it should go. Jeez, I'm struggling to find 20 of them - to benefit LAF and also because my sister died 3 months ago from cancer :( and she was a big LA fan. When I see things like that, I want to beat that person like a piece of cheap veal for a long, long time.

duracann 08-10-04 02:09 PM

I noticed that tons of people are selling these things on ebay at very high prices and telling you you are supporting LAF. yeah right. how would they like it if I resold girlscout cookies? bring me some of that cheap veal! time to bring the pain.

g3ck0 08-10-04 07:25 PM

hey guys, at least the selling them bought it off LAF so LAF gets at least $1 from it. In a way, why didn't LAF sell more than 6 million? Then there's would be ebay. It's all supply and demand.

Imagine I paid $1 to LAF but now I want to sell it, for $1 but then everyone wants it, it's only natural that prices are bound to go up

MKRG 08-10-04 08:36 PM

Almost makes me want to stop wearing mine.


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