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Should You Buy To Flip? (Not as easy as you think) adidas Yeezy Boost 350 V2 

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adidas Yeezy Boost 350 V2, three pair on one day! Release date is Nov. 23, 2016 at a retail price of $220.

Yeezy just aligned himself with Donald Trump… It doesn’t matter one bit and unlike New Balance people won’t let that stop them from picking up the Yeezy 350 V2. With the shoe dropping in three different colors it means for the first time there will be more to go around than on any other release. It’s really hard to nail down how many are dropping at each location, but a simple Google of release locations gives an extensive list. I mean in my city alone there will be at least 100 pair which is interesting considering Memphis is a Nike city to its core. Times have changed and it might be silly to do Should You Buy To Flip because let’s be honest, most of the people getting the shoe will be flipping it. It’s a natural and this won’t take long, or will it? Let’s get to it.

Since I do 3 checks before my decision I will weight them on a scale of 1-9. The max points on a scale = +3

*** New addition to the rating system: 0-25% = +1    26-55% = +2     56% and up is +3

First check: Adidas doesn’t have an early release problem like Nike. Which has always led me to believe that Nike intentionally allows their product to be dropped early to get an idea on when and how to shift its release dates. Think about the early release of the Cyber Monday 3 and how poor sales online led to a shift in the release date and the replacement of the Cyber Monday 3 with the Dr. Doom Foam. Yep, conspiracy theory, but it can be seen a lot in the last few years. FC does not have the Yeezy available in many colors. They don’t even have pictures, but they do have a listing and it’s at 1500.00. This is an obvious top shelf flip shoe. Keep reading though.

Rating = +3

Second check: My second check is always on eBay. Maybe I was a bit wrong about the early release thing and adidas. Team Early is rolling on eBay already, but the prices aren’t where you think they will be. Last pairs sold = 750 + 880 + 880 + 700 + 750 + 900 + 1000 = 5860/7 = 837.00  While FC has one pair up at 1500.00, eBay is already selling them at an average price of 837.00. There is a reason for this and I will get to it, but there is a lot going on here that has to be addressed. The eBay rating is an easy +3, but I’m starting to get a strange feeling here. A while back I said that the NMD would begin to drop in value. I also said the Ultra Boost as great as it has been would drop because the shoes are getting restocked often. I’m getting ahead. My eBay check is a

Rating = +3

Third check: My third check is now a combination of Twitter hype, launch locators and StockX. For the first time ever the list of locations for the Yeezy is so extensive it requires me to list the links:

http://unlocked.footlocker.com/launchlocator

http://blog.footaction.com/releaselocator

http://www.hibbett.com/new-releases/

http://blog.finishline.com/features/

http://www.citygear.com/blog/yeezy-boost-350-v2-raffle-entry-rules/

I could keep listing individual shops, but this will be the most extensive Yeezy release ever. Not to mention that the shoe is releasing alongside some powerhouse Footwear from Nike and the buying community will have options. Yeezy releases have never had to compete with the full repertoire of Nike’s muscles, but consider that the 12 Soles campaign, Doom Foam, A black Flyknit Racer, the Space Jam pack, Ronnie Fieg’s Asics pack, Staples Pigeon Ewing (I know, just go with it) and the endless supply of new tech drops that are arriving (did I just say tech? Yep), and the options available to people will create a situation that is already showing itself in the difference between FC and eBay. If FC is at 1500 and eBay is at 800 already and there are so many options available, could this be the Yeezy that fails to be a big time flip? Let’s hit StockX. Since there are multiple listings on StockX I’m only sharing one: https://stockx.com/adidas-yeezy-boost-350-v2-core-black-red?children=6582916f-b711-4c21-b712-a12389a95196,9579073a-5dda-446c-881b-0e865e9917fc  This link shows that there are several pair already listed. The bids are ranging from 500 to 700, but none of the offers are being met. I have a feeling that the price will drop. This doesn’t make it any less of a great flip, but what I know for sure is that to get the shoes there will be a lot of back door wheeling and dealing jumping off. If you get the shoe for 250 after tax, I can almost guarantee that the buyer who doesn’t win a raffle will be dropping off a minimum of 100 to the plug. That means the shoe is at 350/pair. If you sell it for 800, you can expect fees at 100. That makes the shoe 450 + 20 for shipping so you are still going to do well, if the buyer bites which I have a feeling that there are so many releases dropping the buyer may feel like they would rather have the Bape NMDs, Packer NMDs, Ultra Boost, TB3s, Dooms, Space Jam pack, and they won’t pay.

Rating = +3

My final ruling: +9 with a caveat. This will be the first Yeezy to barely break 550 per pair resale. This is still a great flip if you get them for retail, but if you don’t you may find yourself holding on to a pair of Yeezys. Be careful out there and really consider the amount you drop into the kicks. For collectors this may be the golden age of kicks.