Art Faculty urges against profiteering as resellers pounce on dino pouch's popularity

A sign telling customers that the dinosaur pouch designed by Pathlight student Seetoh Sheng Jie has been sold out, at the school on Aug 4, 2016.
A sign telling customers that the dinosaur pouch designed by Pathlight student Seetoh Sheng Jie has been sold out, at the school on Aug 4, 2016. ST PHOTO: MARCUS TAN

SINGAPORE - Some online resellers have attempted to make a quick buck off the dinosaur pouch designed by See Toh Sheng Jie, an autistic youth from the Pathlight School. This follows a high demand for the pouch, after Mrs Lee Hsien Loong was seen sporting it during her and Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong's recent visit to the White House.

The Art Faculty, which sells artworks and merchandise by Pathlight students and alumni, including the dinosaur pouches by 19-year-old Sheng Jie, admonished the profiteering in a Facebook post on Saturday (Aug 06).

An excerpt from their Facebook post read: "We are aware that there are some resellers trying to profit from the shortage of our Dino Pouches. This is very disrespectful to the artist, Sheng Jie's, unique artwork. Our artists earn royalties from the merchandise we produce. We take a dim view of profiteering and we encourage those who want the pouch to wait for our new shipment."

The post was accompanied by a screenshot, which shows two different users selling the pouch for $22.80 and $99 on the online marketplace Carousell. The original pouch retails for $14.80 and is currently sold out, but available for pre-order on The Art Faculty's online store.

The two posts on Carousell have since disappeared. Instead, a new post titled "Stop The Profiteers!", which discourages people from purchasing the dinosaur pouches off resellers, is the top result for the search - "dino pouch".

Netizens, commenting on The Art Faculty Facebook page, called the actions of the resellers "disgusting", "ugly" and "unethical" and called for respect and support for the original artists and their artwork.