Fans Criticize Online Sellers For Massively Hiking The Prices Of ASTRO’s Moonbin Items Following His Passing

“It’s so disrespectful.”

Fans in online selling communities have begun criticizing merchants and sellers for increasing the price of ASTRO Moonbin‘s album versions and photocards following his untimely passing.

ASTRO’s Moonbin

On April 19, ASTRO‘s Moonbin passing was reported by various news sources before being confirmed by the group’s agency, Fantagio, in an official statement.

On April 19, ASTRO member Moonbin suddenly left us to become a star in the sky.

Although we cannot compare our sorrow to to the grief that the bereaved families is feeling, losing a beloved son and brother, the ASTRO members, fellow Fantagio artists, company executives, and employees are mouring the deceased in great sadness and shock.

— Fantagio

K-Pop fandoms came together to mourn the tragic loss of the talented idol, gathering online and in person worldwide to honor his life.


¡Amor Eterno para MOONBIN! Despiden al integrante de ASTRO en el Monumento a la Revolución con mariachi #moonbin #astro #kpop #parati #MILENIO

♬ Music In Your Heart (Instrumental) – BLVKSHP

Fans of the singer have increased their efforts to complete their collections of items featuring Moonbin, including albums, photo cards, postcards, and other album inclusions. Usually, this would be done by purchasing an album and attempting to trade its inclusions for the desired member, although other fans will sometimes sell to others.

| Fantagio

Unfortunately, fans looking to complete their Moonbin collections have run into an unexpected roadblock in the form of price hikes.

Since his passing was announced, some sellers online have used the opportunity to increase prices on Moonbin items to take advantage of grieving fans. Items that sold for one price before his passing have increased exponentially.

| Mercari


Same photocard as above was sold on April 25. | Mercari
| Mercari
Photocard from the same album as above was sold on April 25. | Mercari

This sort of thing has been seen with celebrities’ passings over the years, but fans are not pleased, calling out sellers for these predatory prices.