eBay Scalpers - The Grinch That Stole A Philly Special Christmas?

Liz Morton
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Philadelphia Eagles fans were disappointed when a special charity Christmas album was sold out in minutes, snatched up by scalpers who then turned to reselling the $75 record for an insane markup on eBay.

Vinyl edition of Eagles linemen’s holiday album, ‘A Philly Special Christmas,’ sells out instantly
Sales of the limited-run physical copy, benefitting the Children’s Crisis Treatment Center, were cleaned out in two minutes online on Friday

On Friday morning, the limited-run vinyl edition for the much-anticipated "A Philly Special Christmas," the album by Eagles linemen Jason Kelce, Lane Johnson and Jordan Mailata, went on sale for $75 and sold out almost immediately, raising over $100,000 for the Children's Crisis Treatment Center, per former Eagle and the album's executive producer Connor Barwin.

"Your support is helping thousands of children have a Philly Special holiday season," Barwin said in a tweet after the sale ended. "We could not have done this without you."

As soon as sale went live on the album's website, the queue clogged up, and many never even had a chance to click checkout before the inventory was wiped clean. Copies of the album already have been listed on eBay at asking prices upwards of $250. Two listings are selling what appear to be albums with covers autographed by Kelce, Johnson and Mailata, priced at $2,300 and $4,300. And another listing – for $595 – promises the sale "benefits charity" but does not indicate any connection to Barwin of the Children's Crisis Treatment Center.

Check eBay today, I still see many well above $200, plus several that violate eBay's presale policy which states:

  • The date the item will be available to ship must be clearly stated in the listing
  • Listings must clearly indicate in the title and description that the item is being offered for presale

Former Eagle and executive producer of the album, Connor Barwin, took to Twitter to apologize to fans who were unable to make a purchase before they sold out.

To those who logged on today and tried unsuccessfully to make a purchase, we are so sorry. No one likes this, and we do care. But we want to make it up to you. We are releasing additional behind the scenes footage of the album recording, which will be available in the coming weeks on our website and Instagram.

We ended up selling six times the number of albums originally anticipated, and this final batch sold out in 120 seconds. Unfortunately, due to timing and production reasons, we are unable to make any more albums before the holidays.

A Philly Special Christmas is slated to arrive on streaming platforms Dec. 23. Two tracks are already available.

The apology didn't stop unhappy fans from airing their discontent about the inflated eBay price across social media, prompting a follow up Tweet up from Barwin urging fans to stay tuned and "don't buy on eBay!"

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Liz Morton is a seasoned ecommerce pro with 17 years of experience in online sales & marketplaces, providing expert commentary, analysis & news about eBay, Amazon, Etsy & more at Value Added Resource!