I don't have an issue with this. My DH actually makes a living doing this selling video games on eBay. He works very hard going to retail stores and doing research on eBay to see what things are selling and buying them. Listing takes forever as well. As does dealing with non-paying bidders, mailing and all the paperwork.
He's not a theif or a scalper. He is providing a product to someone who may not have access to it where they live, hence driving the price of that item up. Its basic economics.
I see diapers as being the same way. I am a terrible hyena. The worst! So basically the only access I have to hyena items is thru the TP or eBay. Because I desperately want certain items (b/c I'm silly or they work for us, whatever!) and they are not available to me I am willing to pay somewhat in excess of the regular retail. I would GLADLY pay the WAHM in excess of her price to allow me to purchase her diapers, but she doesn't operate that way. Therefore, I have to go via an alternate route.
Take if you will supply and demand equilibrium
. This would occur if there were exactly the number of diapers as hyenas. However this is not reality and the demand is much higher on the curve. Notice that if you go higher on the curve, price also increases without supply increasing. A market correction is usually what happens and the supplier makes more at the higher price to satisfy demand. OR the hyenas all become satisfied and demand goes down.
Simple economics of a free market at work here! Now I know some mamas are in favor of a socialist diaper market
where there is one price for all and those will money will not have an advantage by being able to offer a more money for a coveted dipe. However, I think this is an neat example of how laws of economics (supply and demand) will always prevail over a controlled market- whether thru price/supply corrections or via the creation of an alternate market (eBay or TP).
I hope I didn't kill the thread! I'm just a big econ buff and things like this excite my nerdy brain!
Now, people misrepresenting diapers on the TP as new when they are used or seconds. That is a different story. That is called lying and is never right.
Mamas should always be honest when describing the condition of something they are offering for sale.