Nick Brown wrote:
adogranonthepitch wrote:I am telling you boys (and girls) ... this bottle needs hoovering up.\ I t will be £150 to £200 in twelve months. Buy it all costs!
Sorry, I'm coming at this late but I find this attitude very offensive. You advocate buying whisky to hoard - for what purpose? Just so you can make money for nothing from people who actually want to drink the stuff. Yet you then gaily post hoots of derision when people buy the stuff from speculators at higher prices on ebay.
I've tried before to reconcile the fact that this forum is home to people with agenda's that may differ from my own (I class myself as a whisky drinker who has built up a collection through buying too fast and drinking too slowly!). However to a certain extent I agree with Nick on this one. Giving advance notice of an interesting new bottling is one thing (e.g the F+M Ardbeg that many here would have otherwise missed out on). But advocating hoovering up (buying in bulk?), then hoarding to further limit supply and drive up the price is something else.
I managed to get my hands on two bottles, one to open straight away and the other to save. This tends to be my normal policy with limited releases of things I think I might like. If it turns out I'm not that impressed by it, I probably will try to sell the other bottle (this doesn't happen too often!). I don't think this makes me a speculator - though some might disagree. The more likely outcome is that Ill love the Longrow 18 and drink both bottles. This should please the speculators as it will mean two less bottles in the world!
I've been a long time supporter of Springbank and what they do, and from their point of view they must be really happy that they can sell out a relatively expensive bottling so quickly. I really enjoy the Springbank society bottles (which are I think always really fairly priced and nearly always excellent whiskies!). However it really does annoy me when society bottles sell on the auction sites for many multiples of the original price - sometimes before I've even opened my bottle. As Springbank society bottles (for those that aren't members) are often, depending on the outrun, limited in the first instance to 1 per member, these people are clearly only buying them to sell on at profit and not interested in the whisky at all.
Finally, I wonder if anyone can clear up the following. My understanding of eBay rules is that buying items on the open market to sell at a higher price in the short term makes someone a "dealer" requiring an eBay business account (all eBay users were recently required to clarify the status of their accounts as "private" or "business"). This sort of account will surely in the future attract the attention of the Inland Revenue? Is the profit from this sort of speculation classed as "income"?
Anyway, just my opinion.