Seems like it's spread rapidly, with side effects of greed. How so? Reminiscent of the Tickle Me Elmo dolls that people bought for the sole purpose of selling for twice as much as they paid for it.
The Tamagotchi version 3, just come out, is selling like the proverbial hotcakes. Toys R Us in Windsor got 300 in on Friday, were sold out by Saturday.
Stunned? Not me. Disgusted maybe, knowing that some of those sales were for people who hadn't the remotest interest in the child's toy. Their interest lay in the almighty dollar they could make by paying $16.99 plux tax, then trying to sell it for over $30 on ebay.
One example: check out item # 6039051756 on ebay. Starting bid $34.42 Candian (Buy it now for only $37.65). Plus a meagre $11.99 US shipping within Canada. Includes insurance. Wanna know a secret? Ship expedited, under $7 Canadian for that small of an item, even with stuffing!, and insurance is INCLUDED. So the seller is making a profit if anyone is gullible or desparate enough to buy from him/her.
Can we say SCALPER??? I strongly believe toy scalping should be illegal. Toys are for kids. If you don't have a child, don't know one, won't use the toy and don't need it for a gift, hands off and let some parent buy it for THEIR child. After all, that's what toys are made for. Taking advantage of parents wanting to buy the toy for their child is immoral. Not that the ebay re-sellers give a crap. As long as someone will pay over $50 for a $17 item (maybe $24 with shipping), they're happy.
If you're interested in a Tamagotchi, and don't want to be ripped off, check out legitimate online sites. We found some available at Toys R Us online (Canada) for $16.99 each. I bought one for each daughter (that's two), for less than I could buy item #6039051756 on ebay. Or, wait till they stopped selling out at Wal-Mart and Toys R Us!
Please note, not ALL ebayers are immoral like that! And I'm sure that's not the only online site where you can get ripped off: check out http://www.toywiz.com/tamagotchiboyversion3v3.html. Only $27.99 US. Plus shipping.