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Boston marathon stuff selling for crazy money. (Read 352 times)

    I didn't buy the Boston Marathon sweatshirt at the expo and now I'm regretting it.  Thinking I might get lucky, I typed Boston Marathon shirt into ebay....what I found blew me away.

     

    There are finisher shirts going for over $250 with 15+ bids and days to go on the auction, I saw one of the space blankets bid up over $25, one of the check bags for $26.  However, far and away the best was this medal.

     

    Funny enough, even at those prices there is no way I would sell my shirt and medal, but if you want to seems like you could pay for your next 10 or so Boston entries.

    Whatever my lot, thou hast taught me to say, It is well, it is well with my soul.


    I'm back!

      Geez. Stupid me, I threw away my space blanket. I do have two extra bags, though!

       

      Seriously, that's screwed up.

       

      I am glad I bought the jacket this year; usually I don't.

        Ya ebay is insane right now

         

        For all you locals: I spoke to a friend that works at the City Sports on Boylston Street this morning. They have a lot of gear left still at regular price. They have been open on and off the last few days so call before.

        mab411


        Proboscis Colossus

          I'm ashamed to admit, among the thoughts I had on that terrible day was, "I bet those finisher items are going to be worth their weight in gold after this."  Then I started thinking about all the fraud that would happen along those lines.  Then I started getting even more depressed, and tried to think about something else.

           

          I'm also steeling myself for a lot of overpriced items with the BAA logo, or at least the blue/yellow ribbon, on them at the OKC Expo.  Items which I'll probably still be tempted to buy, particularly if they claim the proceeds will go to some charity or another (which I also expect).

          "God guides us on our journey, but careful with those feet." - David Lee Roth, of all people

          northernman


          Fight The Future

            Hard for me to understand this. What value would a finishers medal or a metal blanket be for someone who was not involved in the race at all?

              Hard for me to understand this. What value would a finishers medal or a metal blanket be for someone who was not involved in the race at all?

               

              My guess would be that not everyone involved in the race, particularly this year, crossed the finish line.....or was even a registered runner.  I don't know that I would pay 300 for a shirt or 1200 for a medal but I guess can see it being worth that much to certain people on Boylston st Monday if they had the money to spend.

              Whatever my lot, thou hast taught me to say, It is well, it is well with my soul.

              mab411


              Proboscis Colossus

                Hard for me to understand this. What value would a finishers medal or a metal blanket be for someone who was not involved in the race at all?

                 

                The somewhat noble answer is, to have some sort of tangible connection to the event, even though they weren't there.

                 

                And some people just like to collect memorabilia from terrible events like this.

                "God guides us on our journey, but careful with those feet." - David Lee Roth, of all people


                Imminent Catastrophe

                  Geez, I need to put my Boston bling in a safety deposit box.

                  "Able to function despite imminent catastrophe"

                   "To obtain the air that angels breathe you must come to Tahoe"--Mark Twain

                  "The most common question from potential entrants is 'I do not know if I can do this' to which I usually answer, 'that's the whole point'.--Paul Charteris, Tarawera Ultramarathon RD.

                   

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                    My guess would be that not everyone involved in the race, particularly this year, crossed the finish line...

                     

                    I thought I'd read that all runners were given their medals this year regardless of finish.

                    "Don't feel like running today...suck it up and run ...you're an athlete." (John Stanton, founder & owner of The Running Room)

                     

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                    A Sweetheart

                      There is always a big market for the Disney medals. People who accumulate that crap love getting their hands on medals for races they didn't complete. I don't get it, and definitely don't get why someone who isn't a runner would want stuff from this race.

                      I want to do it because I want to do it.  -Amelia Earhart


                      A Saucy Wench

                        people are sick

                        I have become Death, the destroyer of electronic gadgets

                         

                        "When I got too tired to run anymore I just pretended I wasnt tired and kept running anyway" - dd, age 7


                        just a simple cat

                           

                          I thought I'd read that all runners were given their medals this year regardless of finish.

                           

                          If you knew about it and were still in town to get it.  I didn't get mine, but a buddy in the Shamrocks is going to try and see if they will give him mine

                           

                          Running is stupid

                            Ilene, I would imagine that even if your local friend can't get your medal the BAA would mail it to you later, if you asked them once things settled down a bit.

                            Runners run.

                              people are sick

                               

                              Yes.  I don't know who I'm more disgusted with, the runner selling his/her stuff or the buyer collecting this stuff for potentially the most wretched of motives..

                              - Joe

                              We are fragile creatures on collision with our judgment day.

                              JVazz29


                                People have their interests, albeit, some strange ones.  There is a market for serial killers stuff.  Now there seems to be a market for this and/or terrorism related memorabilia.  I like to collect stuff from time to time, sure, but stuff like that, if used outside of education purposes, exploits the incident.  I agree with what someone said regarding people feeling 'connected' to this event.  This event captured the nation's attention.  Our hearts went out to the victims, and we rooted for law enforcement like we would our favorite sports team.  I'm in law enforcement, and I know, all I wanted to do was run up there and jump in the fray, do whatever was needed.  Hell, even people who aren't law enforcement probably felt the same way.  Our nation became unified against a common foe.  I mean, this event and the days that followed played out like drama to folks watching it.  When was the last time an act of terror occurred on US soil and an intense manhunt immediately followed for the perpetrators?  Let alone one being broadcast almost 24 hours?  9/11 perhaps, but that one seemed...different.  It didn't take long for us to realize this was an international act by an extremist group, plus, the actual actors were the hijackers.  Boston, it didn't take long to realize these suspects were probably still on US soil.  Timothy McVeigh & Oklahoma City?  That may be the last time, but how many tweets went out about that.  How many people caught video of the incident or aftermath on the cell phones.  It wasn't that long ago, but it was certainly in a different age.  People now are connected more than ever, and whether you live outside of Boston or in California, social media makes the world feel smaller and makes people feel more connected to the events occurring within it.

                                 

                                So, that's my incredibly over the top and way to long way of saying:  People feel connected to the event, therefore, they want the stuff.

                                 

                                And while I could really really really use the money right now, but there would be no way I could possibly part with my medal (note: I didn't run it, just stating if I had).  I don't like to think I would promote the exploitation of this event, but to be completely honest, I need the cash. The blanket?  Sure, why not.  I'd like to think any of the medals being sold were taken by some volunteer or race worker who are looking to exploit this terrible event and not the actual people earning it, but that's their perogative...maybe it's for charity, I don't know.  I missed out on the Adidas 'Boston' shirt the put out to raise money for the victims.  I hate to see what they are going for and I hope people realize they should just hope and wait for a reprint of them so their money goes towards a cause.

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