A Michigan company is paying top dollar for vintage sneakers that will be resold in Japan for up to
Her grandfather, James Brown of Baltimore,cheap jordans
sold his big, rather goofy looking blue and black basketball sneakers, which to Rachel's giggles had once doubled as uproariously funny clown shoes.
Guess a kid has to find out sometime what a grandfather will do for a quick $150.
Brown surrendered the shoes, a pair of 1985 Nike Air Jordans, to a company that will sell them to kids in Japan who are trying, in desperately expensive ways, to be cool. Dozens of people did the same thing as Brown yesterday, lining up in the Sheraton International Hotel in Linthicum to trade their old, sweaty basketball shoes for cash.
"Rachel, God bless her, she's a smart little thing, and she knows things don't remain static," her grandfather attempted to rationalize after counting his money. "We're talking a highly intelligent baby here."
The company that bought the shoes, Small Earth Inc., travels around the United States, holding buying sessions about every three weeks. Based in Grand Rapids, Mich., Small Earth buys the shoes, photographs them and sends the pictures to dealers in Japan, where particular shoes are all the rage. The dealers then order the shoes, which are sold at a considerable markup.
"The Japanese kids wear blue suits to school," said Andy Drasiewski,cheap jordans free shipping
president of the company, trying to explain the inexplicable fads of youth. "See, the only way they can show how cool they are is by what they put on their feet."
That, of course, only partly explains why some of these basketball shoes are sold in Japan for up to $1,500. What Japanese kids want are old shoes, specifically old Nike shoes, and more specifically, old, uncommon Nike shoes. A new pair of Air Jordans are unwanted, but an old pair can sell for $900 if they're black and white and not red and white, which brings in only about half as much. A 1985 pair of Nike University Dunks can sell for $1,500. An Adidas brand or two will also sell, but are not in as high demand.
Drasiewski estimated he will spend $30,000 on shoes turned in at the Sheraton by the time he leaves town, after buying sessions today and tomorrow.
He doesn't buy every pair of Nikes that walk in the door. Newer shoes just won't sell in Japan. So,Cheap Jordans For Men
while some people were paid $250 for a pair of shoes they bought 12 or 13 years ago for $60, other people were offered $10 for shoes that cost them $130 a year ago.
Still other people were told their shoes were worthless in Japan and to keep on walking.