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mlyonsd
06-08-2012, 01:49 PM
Fans willing to pay 400% markup for Kanye West sneakers

<!--/template[storyWell_inside_body]--><!--container source: name[] layout[story] filePath[/money/_common/layouts/story.xml]--><!--template[storyWell_inside_body] filePath[/money/_common/templates/story/storyWell_inside_body.xml]-->By Zlati Meyer, Detroit Free Press

ROYAL OAK, Mich. Outside Burn Rubber, a sneaker boutique that plans to sell Kanye West (http://content.usatoday.com/topics/topic/People/Celebrities/Musicians,+Composers,+Singers,+Rappers,+Groups/Kanye+West)'s highly anticipated Nike Air Yeezy II Saturday morning at a 400% markup, a secondary economy flourishes amid the colorful camping chairs lined up on the sidewalk. The two dozen people mostly young men sell their spots in line or pay others to hold their place.
Some have been there since last Friday, waiting for the chance to pay $1,000 for $245 kicks.

Dariante Dubose, 21, a student who lives on Detroit's west side, arrived Tuesday and is fourth in line because he bought someone's spot for $400 to ensure he'll be able to buy his size, 9.

"My mom stays in my spot when I go home to shower for an hour," said the expert sneaker-waiter, who came equipped with his computer, iPhone and headphones, along with a zebra-print Snuggie, gummy bears and the book "A Feast for Crows." "I decrease my water intake. I've been here three times before, so I know what to do."

If people don't have proxies to stand in for them during a needed break, the group will often simply make note of the departure and hold the spot. For example, a man was allowed to leave to administer anti-seizure medication to his nephew. But others, like Keenan Hastings, who ironically works at Footlocker, weren't taking any chances; the 21-year-old Auburn Hills (http://content.usatoday.com/topics/topic/Auburn+Hills) resident took the week off work to wait in line -- and is No. 3 in the queue.

"It's a democracy," said store co-owner Roland Coit.

And it's capitalism. On eBay, a pair was pre-sold for $90,300.

Sneakerheads camping out before a new shoe "drops" isn't a new phenomenon. What makes this run of kicks new, though, is that it's a limited release and that the name on it doesn't belong to an athlete a la Jordans and LeBrons.

The Burn Rubber sneaker strangers have bonded. The store which has never sold a $1,000 pair before, a price dictated by the marketplace, according to manager Jay John Henry -- allowed the people in line to hang out in the air-conditioned store and charge their electronics. (Plan B (http://content.usatoday.com/topics/topic/Plan+B) involved running an extension cord off a city lamppost.) Bathroom breaks are taken at the nearby Coney Island (http://content.usatoday.com/topics/topic/Coney+Island) or the restroom in the parking structure. Gemmayze Lebanese Kitchen dropped off free chicken, steak and falafel sandwiches.

"I want to make sure the boys get some chow," explained Justin Nellis, a line cook, who was helping promote the local restaurant's new lunch menu.

Henry has seen only the sealed box in the store that contains an unknown number of pairs. He plans to buy a pair for himself -- with no employee discount.

And they won't stay in the box or on display.

"I'm going to wear them and destroy them," he said, personally motivated by his love for sneakers and a collection of 200+ pairs. "Some people like designer shoes, how limited it is. Some people are Kanye West fans. They want everything he puts his hand on."

Bianca Deramo, a 20-year-old model from Detroit's east side, was one of two women in the gaggle. Because of some disagreements about the line, she could only estimate that she's 15th in line.

"I'm not going to be like other people and never wear them," she said. "I'll wear them, but keep them clean, in case I want to sell them. I'm not a big Kanye fan, but I like expensive shoes."

http://www.usatoday.com/money/media/story/2012-06-08/Kanye-West-Nike-Air-Yeezy-II-sneaker-launch/55459428/1

kepp
06-08-2012, 01:51 PM
Idiots

notorious
06-08-2012, 01:54 PM
I wouldn't pay the regular price.


Hell, I wouldn't pay half of the regular price.


****, I wouldn't wear a Kayne West product if someone paid me.

rockymtnchief
06-08-2012, 01:55 PM
Hell no.

I could buy some new cowboy boots, hiking boots, work boots, a keg and still fill my tank for that much.

alnorth
06-08-2012, 01:56 PM
A good pair of Nikes will pay for themselves by lasting much longer than cheapo Wal-Mart sneakers, but this is insane. I wouldn't pay too much more than $100-120 for a good pair of shoes with just the swoosh and no one's name on them.

edit: if that sounds high (since Nike does make plenty of $70 shoes), I prefer basketball high-top shoes as my everyday sneaker because they are terrific for making sure that you never seriously sprain your ankle.

Buehler445
06-08-2012, 01:57 PM
Do they give good head?

Micjones
06-08-2012, 01:57 PM
Air Yeezy's are ugly. I wouldn't pay $100 for those.

Buehler445
06-08-2012, 01:57 PM
Oh. Hell. They're actually shoes. Hell no.

Bwana
06-08-2012, 02:01 PM
Hell no.

I could buy some new cowboy boots, hiking boots, work boots, a keg and still fill my tank for that much.

Exactly!

seclark
06-08-2012, 02:01 PM
i buy fairly cheap sneakers. just wear them to the river, or casual. wife buys expensive ones because she runs all the time...buys a new pair every few months. it's important that she wears good shoes for running because i'll need her to push me around in my wheelchair one of these days.

who the fuck is kanye west?
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Buehler445
06-08-2012, 02:03 PM
i buy fairly cheap sneakers. just wear them to the river, or casual. wife buys expensive ones because she runs all the time...buys a new pair every few months. it's important that she wears good shoes for running because i'll need her to push me around in my wheelchair one of these days.

who the fuck is kanye west?
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Is he the one hammering Kim kardashian's twat?

kepp
06-08-2012, 02:03 PM
i buy fairly cheap sneakers. just wear them to the river, or casual. wife buys expensive ones because she runs all the time...buys a new pair every few months. it's important that she wears good shoes for running because i'll need her to push me around in my wheelchair one of these days.

who the **** is kanye west?
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Yeah, the only shoes I'll pay more than $40 or $50 for are my running shoes, and those are at least $100 a pop because of my flat feet.

Frazod
06-08-2012, 02:04 PM
Hell no.

Of course, if you'd asked me 25 years ago if I'd ever pay $5 for a cup of coffee.....

jd1020
06-08-2012, 02:06 PM
Are they crafted with Taylor Swift tears?

Pestilence
06-08-2012, 02:06 PM
Fuck no.

http://rollingout.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/05/nike-air-yeezy-2-france-release-info-00-e1338440562493.jpg

jd1020
06-08-2012, 02:08 PM
Would you pay $90,300?

http://newsfeed.time.com/2012/06/08/kanye-wests-245-air-yeezy-ii-sneakers-sell-online-for-90000/

notorious
06-08-2012, 02:09 PM
Velcro


Just in case the idiot owners don't know how to tie their shoes.

BillSelfsTrophycase
06-08-2012, 02:58 PM
Fuck no.

http://rollingout.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/05/nike-air-yeezy-2-france-release-info-00-e1338440562493.jpg

That's them?

Jesus those are butt ugly

vailpass
06-08-2012, 03:00 PM
Is he the one hammering Kim kardashian's twat?

Just like her daddy, making a career of getting black men off.

Pasta Giant Meatball
06-08-2012, 03:28 PM
No wonder so many people are broke.

Guru
06-08-2012, 03:31 PM
pocket change

Phobia
06-08-2012, 04:26 PM
I would wear those shoes one week if somebody paid me $20. Other than that, you can have them. I don't even know what team Kayne West plays for.

Saulbadguy
06-08-2012, 04:46 PM
pocket change

EXCELLENT!

mdchiefsfan
06-08-2012, 04:51 PM
Is he the one hammering Kim kardashian's twat?

one?

whoman69
06-08-2012, 04:56 PM
Hell no.

I could buy some new cowboy boots, hiking boots, work boots, a keg and still fill my tank for that much.

I think you'd still have enough left over to buy a suit.

Fruit Ninja
06-08-2012, 04:57 PM
60 bucks for a pair of vans or 40 for some Chuck T's. Simple.

Jerm
06-08-2012, 05:13 PM
...and people wonder why every other country in the world hates us. :facepalm:

KC Tattoo
06-08-2012, 05:17 PM
**** no.

http://rollingout.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/05/nike-air-yeezy-2-france-release-info-00-e1338440562493.jpg

fuck no.

KC Tattoo
06-08-2012, 05:18 PM
Velcro

Just in case the idiot owners don't know how to tie their shoes.

80's want there shoes back

Frazod
06-08-2012, 05:30 PM
Fuck no.

http://rollingout.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/05/nike-air-yeezy-2-france-release-info-00-e1338440562493.jpg

Ugly as shit. Mint green and orange? :Lin:

Dr. Facebook Fever
06-08-2012, 05:51 PM
I won't pay $50

cabletech94
06-08-2012, 06:25 PM
I won't pay $50

i've made a $30 pair of walmart work boots last 3 years.
momma told me tonight it was time to get a new pair.
she won't wake up for a few more hours.

Frazod
06-08-2012, 06:27 PM
Yeah, I got some $18 Walmart specials last week.

Made by 100% authentic Chinese slave laborers! :thumb:

cabletech94
06-08-2012, 06:28 PM
Yeah, I got some $18 Walmart specials last week.

Made by 100% authentic Chinese slave laborers! :thumb:

and, they were all under 12! 'MURICA!!!!!!!! love it, errr get ouuuuuuuuut!

Dr. Facebook Fever
06-08-2012, 06:32 PM
i've made a $30 pair of walmart work boots last 3 years.
momma told me tonight it was time to get a new pair.
she won't wake up for a few more hours.

I usually go to a discount store and find a nice pair of all white tennys for $20-$30 and they last about a yearish and I'm happy with that.

BossChief
06-08-2012, 09:00 PM
I wonder if I've spent a thousand bucks on shoes during my whole life combined.

If I don't count boots, I bet I haven't.

(I did spend over 100 on a pair of reebok pumps when I was 16, though.)

KC Tattoo
06-08-2012, 09:47 PM
I wonder if I've spent a thousand bucks on shoes during my whole life combined.

If I don't count boots, I bet I haven't.

(I did spend over 100 on a pair of reebok pumps when I was 16, though.)


http://i1260.photobucket.com/albums/ii574/KCTattoo58/PUMP-PACKERSHOES-SIDE-1.jpg
A pair of these huh. Me too, wasn't cool in school unless you had them.

Reaper16
06-08-2012, 09:53 PM
No, I wouldn't. Not interested in Yeezys.

Mind you, I'm the guy who owns over 100 pairs of sneakers. If you aren't interested in footwear as fashion, that's totally fine. Some people are. That's totally fine, too.

ThaVirus
06-08-2012, 10:01 PM
Ugly as shit. Mint green and orange? :Lin:

Umm, that would be red there, boss.

Reaper16
06-08-2012, 10:05 PM
Ugly as shit. Mint green and orange? :Lin:

Umm, that would be red there, boss.

And it's not a mint green outsole, it's glow-in-the-dark.

Deberg_1990
06-08-2012, 10:15 PM
How in the hell can a 19-21 year old afford such things?? I know when i was that age i didnt have that kind of disposeable jack.

Phobia
06-08-2012, 11:16 PM
No, I wouldn't. Not interested in Yeezys.

Mind you, I'm the guy who owns over 100 pairs of sneakers. If you aren't interested in footwear as fashion, that's totally fine. Some people are. That's totally fine, too.

Have you ever kissed a girl you didn't overpower first?

Baconeater
06-08-2012, 11:28 PM
How in the hell can a 19-21 year old afford such things?? I know when i was that age i didnt have that kind of disposeable jack.
I'm a bit more baffled about how someone from Detroit can afford such things

Phobia
06-08-2012, 11:30 PM
I'm a bit more baffled about how someone from Detroit can afford such things

Their priorities are jacked. Let's see,... should I buy the house on the corner or a pair of Nikes? Hmmmm.

Iowanian
06-08-2012, 11:31 PM
I would absolutely pay $1000 for a pair of sneakers.....if I knew there were $600 tucked in each one.

Frazod
06-09-2012, 06:16 AM
And it's not a mint green outsole, it's glow-in-the-dark.

That's good. Makes the wearer easier to track at night when being chased by the cops.

scho63
06-09-2012, 06:28 AM
It always amazes me that every time some new sneaker goes on sale, all the stores in the ghetto with all the supposedly poor people in poverty have lines of thousands of people paying $300-$400-$500 or more for a pair of sneakers!

I have NEVER paid more than $60 or $70 for a pair of sneakers and I doubt I ever will.