Lockdown has had an incredible impact on many industries, with video games (and related sectors) benefitting massively from the fact that people haven't been able to leave their homes for months. One of the more unexpected beneficiaries of the Covid-19 pandemic has been the world of Pokémon trading cards, many of which have seen their value skyrocket as bored fans look to bolster their personal collections.
It's not just vintage Pokémon cards that are in demand, either – when McDonald's ran a promotion recently which featured exclusive cards, scalpers were quick to snap up as many Happy Meals as they could in order to sell on the cards for a massive profit.
It was this event that proved to be the catalyst for FandomSpot's new 'Pokémon Card Hunters' campaign. Bristling at the unfairness of the recent McDonald's campaign which saw dedicated fans missing out simply because they weren't able to get to a local restaurant, FandomSpot decided to take positive action:
That’s why we’ve decided to launch a new service, Pokémon Card Hunters, where we will connect people who have the time to do the hunting, with people who are willing to pay for it.
The process seems simple enough; you sign up on FandomSpot's site by providing a photo ID for registration, provided you are 18 years of age. You also need to be willing to travel to several stores in your local area or around your state (this is exclusive to the U.S., we should add) or, if the customer prefers it, sit on your computer and trawl the internet for Pokémon card bargains.
FandomSpot also advises that "a contract is written up between the customer and yourself to agree on the transfer of any cards you find or purchase. As well as the hourly rate, professional Hunters can negotiate any travel expenses, as well as an option for you and the customer to agree bonuses should a valuable card be found or purchased."
It sounds like a noble venture, but it's worth noting that FandomSpot doesn't seem to be all that invested in the actual mechanics of the process, beyond connecting people – hence the fact that it recommends both parties agree to a contract before any hunting takes place. With this in mind, we'd recommend caution before signing up, as it seems like FandomSpot is offering very little in the way of support when it comes to ensuring each transaction runs smoothly.
Perhaps we're just being negative, though – have you already signed up to the program and had positive results? Let us know with a comment below.
So basically they are professional scalpers.
All that comes to mind is the Salt & Nuts factory from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, being put to work unwrapping chocolate bars to find that Chariz- uh, golden ticket.
What a world ! Not sure what to say about it.
Wait! wait! I first have to complete my collection. Argh, too late.
Yecch... It’s already hard enough to find product in stores because of scalpers and braindead hypebeasts buying up stock without consequence. The LAST thing we need is journalists publicizing services like this or, worse yet, painting them in a positive light (something that this article thankfully DOESN’T do to some extent).
And all of this horror started due to a nasty mix of Logan Paul being Logan Paul, COVID-19 slamming TCG production, and Pokemon’s 25th Anniversary.
Got excited there for a moment, then I saw it's only happening in the US.
Won't somebody please think of the children?
It's funny that the month I find all my childhood Pokemon cards in good condition (a few 1st edition cards in there that as a 10 year old I had no idea was a thing haha), it's now all kicking off again with buyers, scalpers, and the TCG being a big deal again.
Yeah found all my First Move promo cards (including the obligatory Ancient Mew's in there), 1st edition base set cards (Holo Machamp, Holo Dark Alazakam), and even an original set of Japanese "Pocket Monsters" booster set cards... was cool to go through them again.
Well, I will have mine up on auction in July! Pretty excited. Msg me if you are interested etc. Don't want to post an ad here but figure someone might be interested. 1998 Demo Pack with all the press release gubbins to boot!
For scalpers too lazy to do it themselves. Shameful. The state of the TCG since last August is dreadful. There are even reports of some stores no longer selling trading cards because scalpers have become so problematic.
Examples: literally stalking vendors as the restock shelves, following known supply trucks from store to store, pushing and harassing regular customers, setting up tents outside stores at night, getting into fist fights with other scalpers and bringing their entire extended family to stores in order to bypass purchase limits.
And those are just some examples.
Then they sell those cards for 50%-400% over RRP.
@eltomo This listing is for the Team Rocket of Pokemon card collectors.
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