Scalpers try to cash in on 3D All-Stars
Mario’s 35th anniversary celebration is over, Nintendo has pulled Super Mario 3D All-Stars from sale and now the scalpers want to cash in.
Super Mario 3D All-Stars was only for sale until April 1st but you can still redeem retail codes if you have them, and they're the ones flooding online auction sites now. The scalpers want exorbitant prices, and some auctions have Buy Now prices as high as $2600.
All-time high: Some opening bids are as high as $1000, so the scalpers are either bidding on their own auctions to create the illusion of interest, or there are desperate souls out there who only became aware of Super Mario 3D All-Stars a week after it went off sale.
Voodoo economics: PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X and recent GPUs from AMD and Nvidia have also been popular with scalpers, who use bots to buy as many units as they can and then sell them on auction sites for many times the retail price. Nintendo has dropped hints that Super Mario 3D All-Stars might become available again at a later date.