With the release of shining fates I’ve been inspired to start this blog. Not over excitement but disgust. This morning I saw a tweet that showed shoppers leaving their carts behind in the middle of isles after realizing the store wouldn’t let them buy out the entire stock. Disgusting.
My experience was a bit different but still discomforting none the less. I woke up around 6:30am to drive to my local Wal-Mart to get there just in time to be 4th in line for the 7:00am open.
We walk into the store and a girl lags behind what looks like her boyfriend or cousin or maybe both who knows I’m not judging but he quickly went ahead of her. She had stayed back to grab a cart. I could see the panic in her eyes. I notice this collaboration and immediately felt embarrassed and hoped anyone in the store did not associate me with these people.
The girl walked behind me with her cart to the trading card section where her cousin friend was waiting with another old guy who was also extremely disappointed to see they didn’t even have it stocked. Seriously you should have seen the look on these peoples faces. Since I only wanted one I wasn’t nearly as disappointed.
I immediately walked up to a group of employees and asked them when they would restock—while the other group just sat around and waited—they told me they had no idea when but if I wanted anything I should wait. Because the other group was certainly waiting—apparently they do this all the time.
I left the store after waiting about 10 minutes. I wasn’t going to be that guy waiting around 4 hours for no reason. Which after browsing social media this morning seems a lot of people waited around a lot longer than that for nothing.
This was my first time waking up for a release and will be my last. I don’t have the desire to stand at the trading card section during the end of a pandemic as an adult and wait for them to restock Pokémon cards.
Once we realize that these scalpers who are only capitalizing on fomo will move on if we stop buying from them, things will change.
Scalpers are in it for a quick flip. They want to get rid of product as quickly as possibly. Not everyone who buys in bulk is like this but the majority of the products you see for sale online are from scalpers.
Do the community a favor and hold out. Don’t buy right away. You can drive the price down.
This is, at the end of the day a kids game and the scarcity that is being created by predominantly grown men is concerning and we can only hope that the Pokémon company fixes this.
What do you think can be done to fix this?