Scalpers are selling Pokémon-themed limited-edition Oreo biscuits for absurdly exorbitant rates on the internet. Scalpers are far from the first to advertise expensive items on sites like eBay, but advertising Oreo biscuits take scalping to a new level of absurdity.
The partnership between Pokémon and Oreos began in September, with the sale of 16 distinct varieties of limited-edition Pokémon Oreos. Classics like Pikachu and Squirtle, as well as starters from previous generations like Piplup and Grookey, are among the Pokémon on these Oreos. Others, such as Sableye, Lapras, and the legendary Pokémon Mew, are featured as well, with Mew being one of the most precious Oreo cookies.
Because these cookies are so rare, some scalpers have turned to eBay to sell them for exorbitant rates. Prices for these cookies range from approximately $10 for the cheapest to up to $25,000 for certain listings at the time of writing.
Several people have listed the Mew Oreo with a $25,000 price tag, and while some randomized packages are available for roughly $15, Mew is also available for $5,000. The fact that certain advertisements, such as the $25,000 listing, state that the cookie is utilized do not help these listings. Even though it’s ludicrous, it doesn’t appear like Oreo scalpers will stop selling these cookies at exorbitant prices anytime soon.
Pokémon Oreos aren’t the only memorabilia being sold on the internet. In 2021, there has been a huge increase in the number of Pokémon cards being sold online for exorbitant rates. McDonald’s Pokémon cards were selling for $500 or more per on eBay in February. Pokémon cards have grown in value as a consequence of scalpers, and some retailers have had to remove them off shelves owing to scalpers stealing them.
In some ways, seeing these pricey Oreos seems like a reasonable line of action, given the history of how far scalpers would go to get Pokémon items. However, comparing selling used cookies for $25,000 to selling Pokémon cards adds another degree of ridiculousness and grossness.
It demonstrates that anything, whether a piece of paper or a bit of a cookie, may be viewed as a collector’s object, for better or ill. Scalpers are likely to offer more precious Pokémon collector’s items in the future, but the major question is how far they can go beyond selling cookies that are arguably more expensive than they should be. With these exorbitant prices, it’ll only be a matter of time before scalpers advertise the next trendy Pokémon item for $100,000 or more.