The Got Sole sneaker convention took place in New York City last weekend, with rapper Meek Mill in attendance to add to his shoe collection. One particular purchase he made sparked attention due to the way the transaction was conducted.
In a video, Meek is seen negotiating over a pair of “Pine Green” Nike SB x Air Jordan 4’s with a reseller. While these shoes are typically available for around $300 per pair on StockX, depending on the size, the reseller was asking for $500. Despite his objections to the price, Meek ended up buying the shoes.
Meek expressed his dissatisfaction with the pricing, stating that he could buy the same pair at a store for $300. He criticized the reseller’s decision to charge him more, suggesting that he should have offered a lower price to gain potential future business from him.
However, not everyone agreed with Meek’s approach. Some criticized him for leveraging his celebrity status to try and get a lower price, arguing that it was predatory. They pointed out that he could afford the asking price and that it was in line with what others were charging.
Others argued that the reseller had every right to set his own price and that Meek should either accept it or move on. They compared it to luxury brands like Louis Vuitton, which don’t offer discounts and still manage to sell their products.
Some people sided with Meek, suggesting that the reseller missed an opportunity to establish a long-term business relationship with the rapper by offering him a better deal. They argued that while he may have made a loss initially, he could have potentially become Meek’s go-to supplier for sneakers in the future.
Regardless of the differing opinions, the incident resulted in free publicity for both parties involved.
Note: Meek Mill is an artist under Warner Music, while Uproxx is an independent subsidiary of Warner Music Group.