The world of sneaker reselling has become a big business. Even The New York Times took notice and attended a recent SoleXChange event in Manhattan to find out what all the buzz was about. From their story, "For Young Traders, a Market Where Air Jordans Are Blue Chips," nothing was more surprising than learning that someone at the sneaker event turned down a $98,000 cash offer for a pair of "Red October" Air Yeezy 2s autographed by Kanye West onstage at a "Yeezus" show in New York.
If the scenario of Kanye signing a pair of Yeezy 2s onstage sounds familar, it should. Jonathan Rodriguez was the lucky concertgoer who got his sneakers signed when the "Yeezus" tour made a stop at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum in NY and is the same person that turned down the $98K offer mentioned in the The Times piece.
The reason for turning down this large sum of money? He's simply a big Kanye West fan. “I know I could buy a house with this kind of money,” said Rodriguez. “But I’m a huge Kanye West fan. I can just work to get the money. The only way I’m selling them is if there is a reason that I need to sell or I’m offered life-changing money.”
[via The New York Times]