Yes, you read it correctly!
Brothers Roody Lee, left, and Thierry Mofo, right, of Montreal, Canada have a judge’s ruling in their favor as a decision to sue eBay over an auction involving the Nike Air Foamposite One NRG “Galaxy” has been upheld. As this very sneaker attracted a cult following last year, we’re sure that many of you remember hearing about this exact eBay listing that fetched a price tag of $96,750 before being cancelled and stopped in its entirety by eBay.
So here’s how the story goes:
Roody and Thierry, students of Vanier College, attempted to sell a pair of “Galaxy” foams on eBay February 21, 2012. After noting that they’d only have them available on the 24th, eBay cancelled their auction twenty minutes later after the top bid reached $96,750. Why? Apparently, “as first-time sellers they didn’t qualify to sell them.” Ouch! That’s got to hurt, right? Well, it did, but that didn’t stop these brothers from seeking justice. When a lawsuit was filed in a Quebec Superior Court, eBay would ultimately oppose the action stating that any such cases would have to be filed in a California court. As the Quebec court disagreed and found eBay’s claims and policy “unreasonable”, it appears as if the Montreal brothers could have themselves a slight chance at victory and justice when their case goes to trial.
As the brothers’ lawyer puts it:
“It’s a small step for my clients, but it’s a giant leap for consumers across Quebec.”
With a trial that is expected to occur in 2015, what do you expect to become of this case? Will the brothers be rewarded? Will eBay take note and tailor their processes? In all actuality though, who would’ve payed $96,750 for one pair of sneakers? Is that immoral or what?
As crazy as it sounds, even we’re left scratching our heads at it all.
via Montreal Gazette