I am a Hello Kitty fan... loads of stuff around my house is Hello Kitty. My current favourite items are my Tokidoki Kitty wallet and my iphone5 case. But I've never collected the Hello Kitty plush dolls from MacDonald's ever. Quite frankly they're not appealing. (Also, I'm not a plushie sort of person.)
All over the internet in Singapore, people are talking about re-sellers of these Macdonald's Hello Kitty "collectibles". (Erm... I don't mean to offend you but if something is indeed limited edition and a collectible they need serial numbers, and production quantity is like less than 100 pieces.... not some mass produced toy from MacDonald's. It's a marketing gimmick).
People are enraged that the prices of these toys are pushed up to like A HUNDRED THOUSAND BUCKS on ebay.
Hello anutie uncle... you never use ebay before is it? Those are obviously fake bids. People drive the prices up on purpose.... they are not really buying so don't get your panties in a knot over it. You don't want to pay $100K for that black singing bone kitty, then just click the BUY NOW option and get that same thing from that same seller for $45 lah. -_-
You don't want to pay $45? Then don't buy but you cannot insist that the re-seller is a crook and should sell it without a profit. NewsFlash! If it were selling for $10 or what... you still would not get it... the demand is much higher than the supply at that price. Simple as that.
That's the price the seller has set because he has the kitty, and he wants to sell it for that price. Maybe if people only want to pay $10 for it, then he would rather keep the kitty for himself instead.
I don't know what the seller went through to get it (queued for 2 hours in the haze or whatever)... but that's what he thinks it is worth now. Profiteering? yes. Selfish? Perhaps. But is it a crime? No. Is he obligated to sell it to you for like $4.90 (or whatever Macdonald's is charging) after he went through the trouble to get it and you didn't? Fuck No.
Hur hur hur... nice try.. person who wanted to scare the re-sellers.
At the end of the day, it's just a Hello Kitty Doll from MacDonald's. Your kids love them so much they HAVE to have them? Well, too bad... perhaps it's time to teach them that simple lesson about life. Don't worry, they won't cry until die.
You want to complete the collection? Then buy them from MacDonald's or buy them from a re-seller at a price you think is worth completing that collection of yours. To me, I don't think it's worth queuing up hours for, or paying extra for.
P/S - over the past couple of weeks, I've had readers offer me their spare Hello Kitties from MacDonald's because they know I'm a Hello Kitty fan. Aww... thank you for your kind thoughts, but I'm not collecting these plushies.