The exclusive product was gone in minutes.
It’s no secret that Pokémon merchandise is incredibly popular with fans, both in Japan and around the world. Following the arrival of Pokémon Centers around the country, exclusive limited-edition releases have become hot commodities, and locals have no problem with queuing up in front of stores to buy products up in bulk, despite the immense criticism they receive online.
Now with Pokémon’s Sun and Moon games and anime TV series just released, fans are looking forward to more new merchandise appearing on shelves, but if yesterday’s exclusive release is anything to go by, they might have to push, shove, and elbow their way to it. These crowded scenes below come courtesy of a customer at the Nagoya Pokémon Center branch, and show just what happens when one of Sun and Moon‘s new characters makes an appearance on a limited-edition product.
ポケモンセンター名古屋の開店の様子 押し合いや怒号飛び交い、リーリエスリーブ以外は床に落ちて踏まれてたりして破けたりする事態に https://t.co/jtvakBe274—
大和@冴えカノ♭ (@yamatonadeshi20) December 09, 2016
The character at the centre of the crush was the blonde-haired girl, Lillie, and the product being sold was a Pokémon Center-exclusive “deck shield”, a sleeve used to hold game cards. While it’s not out of the ordinary to see fans going crazy for such a unique item, when it’s resellers buying in bulk like these people were, you can expect to see a barrage of criticism from fans online.
▼ These bags filled with Lillie deck shields is just one customer’s haul.
君らリーリエのスリーブ何個買えた？僕は70個しか買えなかったよ… さて、転売したろ！ https://t.co/LhnxjKakJv—
ぽむぽーぽむちゃん (@pomupo_) December 09, 2016
According to this Twitter user, the resellers had no regard for any of the merchandise, stepping all over the goods as they fell onto the floor.
ポケセンやばいね？ 押し合い、怒号、罵声、みんなほしいはずのリーリエが踏まれ破られ… しかもこれが転売目的の汚い大人達ってのが腹たって仕方ない https://t.co/Cteqr5GqO7—
まっつー (@allmaity9) December 09, 2016
This Twitter user was also appalled by the behaviour of the bulk buyers.
リーリエスリーブに群がる転売ニートキモすぎワロタ 一人で70個抱えてレジ行く奴 メルカリに1枚づつ1000円で売る奴 落とした商品踏みつける奴 色々います https://t.co/FrWg2f5U6f—
もなよ@ポケモン垢 (@_monapoke) December 09, 2016
▼ In three minutes, all the Lilie sleeves had gone.
ゆゆゆ (@yu_3_855) December 09, 2016
The result of this excessive buying soon became apparent on online market sites like Yahoo Auctions, where hundreds of Lillie deck shields began appearing, selling for up to 3,600 yen (US$31.21), which is way more then the 720 yen retail price they sold for in-store.
今日からポケモンセンターでリーリエスリーブが限定発売 →5分で完売 →その後のメルカリの様子がこちら https://t.co/quRyy7x9XI—
こらっぴ (@colappy) December 09, 2016
With so many fans eager to own an exclusive Lillie product like this, it’s surprising that Pokémon Centers have yet to impose a limit to the amount that customers can purchase at a time, as other stores often do. If nothing changes in future, we hate to think what scenes of chaos we’ll end up seeing, and how high prices will skyrocket once the glamorous Lusamine appears on an exclusive item.