Scalpers have found a new target, beyond just next gen consoles, as they cause a run on McDonald’s Happy Meals in the US.
The word of the year so far for gaming has to be ‘scalpers’, those universally hated ne’er-do-wells that use bots to buy up all the stock of PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X consoles and then sell them at inflated prices on eBay.
But scalpers exist for almost every hobby and product you can imagine and that includes Pokémon cards from McDonald’s Happy Meals.
Said Happy Meals contain exclusive cards that collectors are willing to pay considerably more for than the $2.49 (£1.80) price of the meal and so scalpers have taken to buying Happy Meals by the cartload just to get the cards and sell them at a profit.
The Pokémon cards are currently only available in America but the problem has become such an issue in the US that McDonald’s has begun limiting the number of Happy Meals you can buy per person.
It’s all deeply unpleasant and we’re not even talking about the food when we say that, which we have a horrible feeling just gets thrown away by the scalpers.
Although there also seems to be evidence of insider trading, with some eBay auctions being for whole boxes full of the cards – implying scalpers are obtaining them from employees before they’re put into the meals.
Complete sets, and even some individual cards, are going for hundreds of dollars online, which becomes even more expensive once you factor in postage and packing to the UK.
Pokémon cards in general have seen a sharp rise in value in recent months, after a number of prominent YouTubers began buying up unopened boxes of original cards, reigniting the speculator market.
The McDonald’s cards are to celebrate the 25th anniversary of Pokémon this year, which only makes them even more desirable to fans.
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