Scalpers ruining Pokémon TCG by making it difficult to get Shining Fates cards

Pokémon TCG scalpers Shining Fates

Recently, McDonald’s launched its Pokémon Happy Meals in the United States. This collaboration saw the introduction of exclusive Pokémon Trading Card Game (TCG) cards, which are only available through these Happy Meals. We reported about the scalping situation regarding these cards and how it’s detrimental to those who are fans or collectors. Unfortunately, this has started to effect the entire range of Pokémon TCG cards, but you may already be aware of the problem if you are into card collecting, as it has been happening a lot these past few months. Pokémon TCG: Shining Fates is the latest to get hit by scalping.

Pokémon TCG: Shining Fates launched on Feb. 19. In my opinion, this is one of the best TCG sets we’ve had in a while. There are some amazing cards, with fans having their eyes on the Shiny Charizard VMax card. All of this is exciting, except for the fact that you can’t find them anywhere.

Shiny Charizard VMAX shining fates
Shiny Charizard VMax card in Shining Fates, courtesy of

Scalpers are ruining Pokémon TCG

Throughout my daily rounds of exploring Twitter, I’ve noticed a huge number of complaints surrounding the TCG. Since Shining Fates launched a couple weeks ago, the cards have been impossible to find. Unlike other sets, Shining Fates isn’t available in standard booster packs. It is only available through promotional card boxes. This includes things such as Elite Trainer Boxes, Special Box Sets, and Limited Edition Tins. Therefore, just like with anything popular, the scalpers have gotten their hands on these cards and are selling the packs separately for a huge profit.

I’ve seen various photos of empty shelves in stores, with retailers being unable to keep up with the high demand. YouTubers and Twitch streamers have also started to influence the TCG’s popularity, through various pack openings. This surge in popularity is the biggest the TCG has seen in years, with newer sets providing more incentive for collectors to return.

Hopefully stores will be able to restock Shining Fates, as many fans have been unable to get some for the normal RRP. Earlier this morning, I saw an Elite Trainer Box bundle of 10 going for £1,000 on eBay (roughly $1400 USD). The Pokémon Company will surely need to manufacture more to ensure that collectors are not paying more than they should.

Jaimie Ditchfield
Freelance Writer. Work seen on GGRecon, Zelda Universe, and BackToTheGaming. Studied Games Journalism and PR for three years, and is relentless at spreading his love for The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask.