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Exactly what I was thinking. Really for limited edition merchandise, it wouldn’t be hard to setup the registers to require ID to be scanned or entered and refuse to sell to the person if they have purchased more than allowed. It would eliminate the problem, but greatly reduce it. Same goes for AP/CM discounts, simply refuse to allow the sale if they have already purchased the allowable quantity.
Additionally, Disney could add to the terms of sale that you agree that you cannot resell on eBay for more than the purchase price plus actual cost of shipping for at least a year after purchase, then they would have the legal right to tell eBay to remove certain items. Again it wouldn’t be perfect, but it would go a long ways towards solving the problem.
If someone takes the time to research what’s hot and takes the expense of buying and reselling, I don’t see the problem. That’s capitalism. Supply and demand. Nike doesn’t get pissed when some of their Jordan’s resell for hundreds of dollars. Sometimes those resellers get stuck holding the bag if those items don’t sell. It’s a risk.
I know a man who makes an excellent living in Orlando doing this exact thing! He is at Disney purchasing the Dooney and Bourke purses every time a new one comes out. I agree with a limit on purchases… and those shop managers need to be fired!
If you were waiting in line for 20 minutes with your child to buy a limited edition popcorn bucket for them and a idiot in front of you buys every single one, then you would understand. Trust me, it happened to us. I hate people like that.
Resellers always find a way to get the merchandise to sell. If you actually think this will stop them from getting those highly coveted items, think again. Take for instance one reseller in FL, Pixie P******** with A****. She has herself, her husband, and her child doing purchases. She, then, has her friends recruited to do purchases, and she now has people who purchase from her offering to do purchases while they are on vacation. She, also, has connection in Tokyo and Paris for those parks, too.
So, if you think checking yourself out is going to fix the problem, you are completely fooling yourself. There will never be a fix for making profits on Disney products. It’s just a fact of life.
no doubt an opportunist Puerto Rican
Sounds like a bunch of haters to me if I want to buy something I buy it either from a reseller or the original merchant. It’s a free country you don’t have to buy from a reseller it’s all up to you.
Agreed. Seems like salty people all over. How about those PS5 ? Capitalism at its finest 🙂
You are missing the point. Ppl who buy multiples of highly sought after items keep others from purchasing the items if they are sold out before getting the opportunity. I have an AP, live 5 miles from AK, and STILL find myself unable to purchase even ONE is done items because resellers buy multiple quantities before I can even reach the parks.
I’m not sure I totally agree with this. I don’t live near FL and alot of items I want are only available at the park. I use a personal shopper and I am okay paying a shopping fee for them picking the item up for me. Just because a person is buying alot of one item doesn’t mean that they are flippers. Alot of people use personal shoppers like I do. They charge the amount they pay for the item, plus a shoppers fee, and then shipping. Paying a shopping fee is totally understandable when they have to drive to the parks and pick up the merchandise for you. If personal shoppers weren’t around alot of people who use them wouldn’t be able to get the items from the park that they want. They are helping to spread Disney magick to people who can’t go to the parks.
Why does Disney not limit these purchases in store physically, bottom line!!! Because they are as greedy as the flippers. No one is faulting Disney for allowing the flippers from leaving the parks with bag loads of mdse. They know damn well the sold mdse. is going straight to EBAY. Why did Disney allow Splash Mountain mdse. to be sold by the bag loads to these flippers??? Because Disney would rather make those guaranteed sales, than wait for the guests that want to buy 1 or 2.
Reselling has been around for quite some time. Quit whining. All that time to write up this article. Sounds like someone didn’t get what they wanted. Here’s some pixie dust for you
It doesn’t matter how long reselling has been around.
What matters is that the Disney AP agreement does not allow for reselling.
I know a divorce attorney in Stanton who makes an easy extra $90,000 a year reselling Disneyland Pins and other Kitsch..
She has some minions who help her with buying out stuff..
The new limitations of using a AP will definitely put a crimp in her business..
Disney should just put park only items on the website for purchase a month after release in the parks. If someone wants to pay an ungodly amount to get the item a month early, so be it. That would put a crimp in the resellers style. They wouldn’t buy so much knowing they only had a month to sell it, because then they would be left with all this merchandise that is now readily available worldwide.
I think Disney needs to limit purchases on exclusive items that they know will attract resellers to allow other park guests access to the items. As for personal shoppers that people pay to pick up items for them they should wear badges stating they are Disney Personal Shoppers so they can be easily identified and obviously excluded from the restrictions since they are purchasing items for customers.
These are all non-essential items. Disney has no problem with overpricing their parks, merchandise, food, and hotel rooms. Disney has no problem with kids who’d like to go can’t because their parents are priced out of ever being able to go. Disney can suck the big one.
I don’t have a problem with it for the most part… Blame the buyers demands instead of the sellers. No one is making them buy after market.
As for how much things are being sold for, I would easily at at least $20 to anything I sell. I have to shop for it, carry, sell, pack, ship and then there’s eBay and Paypal fees and you wouldn’t believe how little a $20 retail popcorn bucket sold for $50 brings the seller.
Most buyers are grateful they don’t have to spend the time in lines, for gas or for park admission to get some of the items they want. Also keep in mind that the majority of fans don’t live near a Disney Theme Park.
A huge thing I have issues with is all these stories showing prices that eBay sellers are ASKING for items, not what they actually sell. Mentioned is a Funko Pop for $2000 and tho I know that has to be tongue in cheek, it’s how these stories list these things. Sellers can ask insane amounts… I’ve seen it, but what they end up selling for is very different. Look into it yourself. ALL items sold on eBay will take offers, even if “best offer” isn’t noted. Good buyers know this.
Please Disney, find a way to help those of us out that don’t live anywhere near a Disney park collect limited edition merchandise!! The Minnie Mouse main attraction collection was beyond frustrating for those of us COLLECTORS! To wait in a virtual waiting room to find out a loungefly bag was sold out in less than 5 minutes is insane. Either that same day, or a few days later I see either a TON released at WDW for sale (for many of us, the closest park is 6 hours away and is CLOSED), or especially on eBay they flipped a $90 bag into a minimum of $200 asking price (and have MULTIPLE available). To be clear my problem is with flippers, NOT personal shoppers. I agree with a comment above that personal shoppers should be identified with a name tag or something of the sort. Maybe have them go through some sort of a process to certify them as a personal shopper to keep track, and not allow those people who do (not all do) use their AP to charge extra. I don’t see a problem with personal shopper fees, after all they put in a lot of effort and time into purchasing the items for us, but some do need to be limited to how much they can “resell” for.
I just spent 3 days in the parks, hoping to find a graduation magic band. They were in stock when I got there at the Emporium at the Magic Kingdom. By the time I got there, they were gone. The cast member told me people bought them 10 at a time. It took me 20 years to get
my life together and graduate, and my program wouldn’t allow me to work, so I can’t afford to pay more than the $35 retail price for them. Lowest price on Ebay is over $100. I’ve asked every single seller for a reasonable buy it now offer. These items should be there for the guests that want them.
There should be a limit of 1 LE price item per person. I don’t see why the magic bands shouldn’t have to be activated to buy them. That would be one way to make sure they go to the people who really want them.
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