To get on a list simply so that you can turn around and sell the bottles puts you in the same category as those that wait in line just to buy an Apple product to turn around and sell.
Actually the Apple thing is simply flat out dumb. There's not going to be a shortage, so there's no logical reason to pay extra for something you'll be able to buy. So you get it a week or two before anyone else. That's worth something? After the 2 week period, or whatever it is, your product is worth less than ever - it's a used product and it doesn't matter that you had it a couple weeks before someone else.
But because there are such suckers, I think it's an opportunity. The way Apple gets their stock over $1000 a share is by making some limited runs of their popular items. For example, instead of the silver casing on their Macs iPads or whatever, they could so a very very very subtle metallic shade, say lavender, blue, green, orange, etc., and only make a few thousand in that color.
That would artificially create scarcity and the boneheads who stand in line waiting for the new Apple products would then be able to justify doing so.
And of course, the coloring should be all Apple, in other words, so faint as to be nearly impossible to notice unless you set two devices next to each other. That keeps their whole minimalist aesthetic going and ensures that the scheme appeals to those who are deeply addicted to the Kool Aid.
Flipping wine is completely fine by me. It's what anybody in the business does - you buy a few pallets of something, sell it for more than you paid (hopefully) and buy some more to repeat the activity.
If you buy wine for $100 and someone is willing to pay you $200, why not? He's happy, you're happy, everybody is happy. I think it's entirely possible to enjoy it in exactly the same way one enjoys anything else one collects. That's the whole point of those cellars with custom redwood racking and mood lights isn't it? To say "look what I have!"
And frankly, flipping provides a service. It can be like insurance.
Maybe somebody didn't buy a wine because it wasn't reviewed. But you bought it for $100. Then it gets a high score and the person who didn't buy it needs it. How else will he get it? He wasn't going to buy it if it didn't have a high score because then he'd be stuck with something low-scoring. So he waits until he's certain and pays a little extra. But now he has no risk - he knows he'll like the wine. It's a bit like insurance - you pay a little more for certainty in life.
While I don't object at all, I've never sold any wine as one private individual to another. I keep planning to dump some stuff that I just don't like all that much, but somehow never get around to it.