After reading a few threads about scalping, and reading some of the comments within, I came up with an interesting (to me) thought: In any discussion regarding free-market capitalism, many people claim that the price of a commodity is whatever the highest-paying consumer is willing to pay. Therefore, if an object is sold my the original seller for $50, but someone might be willing to pay $80 for it, then the price SHOULD be raised to that price. Some even take it upon themselves, and believe it's their duty, to buy the item at the lower cost and sell at the higher cost. All items MUST be sold at the highest cost possible, and it's unreasonable to think otherwise. But when it comes to taxes, the same people will say it is unreasonable for the fee (tax) to go up to cover the commodity (government services). THAT is considered stealing. Instead of raising costs to what is required to cover the service, the service should instead be dropped. I'm guessing the reasoning here is that in the first situation, people have a choice and in the second they don't really? Still, I find it an interesting perspective.