The Target-exclusive six-pack from Animal Crossing: New Horizons Sanrio Amiibo tickets went on sale at 9am this morning and sold out almost immediately. Moments later, the six dollar packages began appear on eBay for over $ 100Is anyone surprised?
Despite Target limiting online orders to store pickup and limiting sales to two per customer, the usual bullshit happened. Customers put packages in their online shopping cart to be told they were out of stock when they went to checkout. Some Twitter users reported successful purchases after many minutes of refresh. Many successful buyers turned around and immediately put their purchased packages up for sale at a high price. The whole affair made many people very sad.
There is good news, however. The cards, each of which unlocks new Hi Kitty-themed villagers and items in it Animal Crossing: New Horizons, are actually reprints of maps released in 2016. That means the market for illegal Amiibo cards on websites like Etsy is filled with, we call them DIYers, who sell working tokens that unlock the same content for low, low pricesAnticipating this morning’s cluster fudge, I placed an order a few weeks ago and got a nice little set that works fine and even came with bonus stickers.
So there is that. Gamestop is also currently selling the Action Replay Powersaves, a device that can write Amiibo data to NFC tags (these are pretty cheap itself) for only $ 15. I also ordered one this morning just to try it out. I mean, it couldn’t be a bad thing if they sell the thing at Gamestop, right?
Plus, I’ve heard from friends that while online orders were limited, many Target stores in their area also sell the card packs on store shelves today, so you can still get lucky. And if you’re not lucky, get tricksy. Just don’t give bot-using scalpers any of your money. They shouldn’t be paid for being assholes.