Majora's Mask Limited Edition Is A Scalpers Dream
Nintendo NEW 3DS XL - Majora's Mask Edition sold out
- Update 1-23-15: GameStop is taking pre-orders! They are taking walk-ins and you must be ready to pay full price. An GameStop Employee confirmed that the Nintendo New 3DS XL: Majora's Mask and the Limited Edition [Skull Kid Figurine] are available for pre-order. You cannot pre-order online so call your local GS and check to see if they have any in stock. GOOD LUCK!
Once again Nintendo has surprised fans by announcing another Zelda title near launch date. I expected nothing less from Nintendo and this could be pretty bad news for fans across the globe. In the USA Nintendo recently released Hyrule Warriors Limited Edition. There were two major issues. The first issue being that you could only purchase the game in New York from the Nintendo World Store. The second issue being that there were roughly 300 copies released in NA. Obviously gamers were frustrated with Nintendo of America.
Now Nintendo's NEW 3DS XL: Majora's Mask Edition and the LOZ:MM Limited Edition Bundle, which includes a Skull Kid figurine, has been sold out within 15 minutes. Best-Buy sold out within an hour and took their page down. Unsurprisingly in this day and age Ebay was filled with thousands of listing for the Majora's Mask Edition and the Limited Edition Bundle. The resellers who have been called every name under the sun continues to cash-in while fans of the series get left out. At the moment the only way to potentially get your hands on the items will be to purchased the items from scalpers. The biggest problem with this is that all of the massive sales are merely pre-orders. There is NO guarantee that the scalper will even be able to receive the merchandise.
Every time I see new and unreleased gaming merchandise sell for well over 100% and not limited to going beyond 200% of the original MSRP, it really makes my blood boil. Due to both, resellers\scalpers and the actual gamers who keep buying it from the scalpers. Scalpers are never reasonable. For collectors this definitely will definitely help kill the hobby over the years. It's going to take the big companies like Amazon, Wal-Mart, Target and GameStop to step in and handle some of the obvious issues when it comes to popular merchandise. Fans of the merchandise always ends up with the short end of the stick. Personally I refuse to support the scalpers habit and never purchase the overpriced and\or unreleased items on Ebay. Online pre-ordering makes it far to easy for scalpers so I've decided to explain a few of my ideas to combat this massive problem. So here are a few of my ideas.
First of all, the Limited and Special Editions are aimed at fans of any series. Scalpers\re-sellers are clearly taking advantage of the fanbase that the items were intended to target and of course this isn't limited to The Legend of Zelda franchise. Some people might not agree with my ideas, but you can feel free to drop a comment below if you have your own opinions. I'll keep this simple:
- There will be no full payment requirement that applies to only 1 pre-order
- If you decide to pre-order more than a quantity of 1 [e.g 2, 3 etc] you must pay FULL PRICE for each addition LE\SE item at the time of pre-order.
- If you pre-order online the rules above apply.
- If you pay via Paypal then you will have Pay FULL PRICE by gifting the funds for orders that contain more than 1 pre-order.
At this point I believe my ideas above would make scalpers think twice before taking all of the pre-orders. I know some people will say that the scalpers would simply get family and friends or make multiple accounts. Even so this will make it more difficult for the scalpers in the long run. There could be other measures that can prevent multiple shipments to the same house. This would be hard to implement since the big companies exist solely to sell and make as much money as possible. I'm hoping at least a few companies take this stand against scalpers since it would give them great PR.
Another reason that I'm not supporting the scalpers is that I believe that there will be plenty of "Nintendo NEW 3DS X: Majora's Mask Edition" at launch. I believe Target and Wal-Mart will get a few of the NMajora's Mask Edition as well. Don't quote me on this since this is solely my opinion. TLOZ: A Link Between Worlds 3DS Edition was available at many retail stores well after the GameStop pre-orders sold out. I expect more of the same from Nintendo.
I'm unsure about the The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask Limited Edition Bundle that comes with the Skull Kid Figurine. This one could be gone for good, but I'm staying optimistic about it. It's worth noting that Play-Asia has posted the Majora's Mask Edition on their website last week. You can check it out by clicking here. Play-Asia hasn't started their pre-ordering process yet so stay tuned. There are other sites were you can import the MM Edition, but after the price conversion and the shipping you'll be paying just as much as Ebay prices in most cases. In other cases you'll be paying roughly $75 more than the MSRP. If something comes up I'll update with links. Feel free to leave comments below on the situation.
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