Jack White is busy making $$$ by auctioning off rarities from his Third Man record label via eBay, sparking a backlash against him by his own fans. White had apparently become incensed at people buying up his limited edition releases and selling them for a huge profit on the auction site, and has instead decided to take matters into his own hands.
“We sell a Wanda Jackson split record for 10 bucks, the eBay flipper turns around and sells it for 300,” he wrote on the Third Man message board. “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 thought we’d let you decide how much they cost this time.”
Some of White’s exchanges got increasingly heated: “If you don’t want [this record], DONT BUY IT,” he said. “And if you do want it, don’t act like you DON’T want it. Get in line like anyone else … It’s you and others wanting them that dictates the price and the entire nature of the idea.” Yikes. You can read most of the exchanges between White and his fans over on this Antiquiet post.