Since Kobe Bryant’s sudden death on Sunday, prices for the basketball legend’s shoes have skyrocketed on resale marketplaces. That is expected when a major celebrity figure passes away, but then you have people who are taking it way too far trying to score insane money during tragic times.
The sudden death of basketball legend Kobe Bryant has spurred a renewed interest in his sneakers.
Resellers try to profit off the news that has shaken the athletic community, with pairs of shoes on StockX that would’ve gone for less than $200, but are now being sold for upwards of $1,000 starting on Sunday.
“As is the case for any live marketplace, real-life events have ramifications on market performance,” a StockX representative told Business Insider in a statement. “Following the tragic news of Kobe Bryant’s passing, there was a surge in interest in products related to the basketball legend, including some of his most noted sneaker collaborations. The increased interest is a testament to his impact both on and off the court.”
Jaysse Lopez, the founder of resale company Urban Necessities, recently released a statement that said upping the price on Bryant’s items in the wake of the tragedy would not be allowed.
“Due to the recent passing of Kobe Bryant and out of respect for his family and legacy, we will not allow price changes on Kobe items that are consigned,” read the letter, Complex first reported. “If you have increased prices on Kobe items, we will be reverting the price back to the original listing price.”
Here’s a list of the insane prices that have changed since Kobe’s death.