Scalpers snap up Happy Meal pack-ins
The Pokémon Company and McDonalds recently announced that Pokémon trading cards would be included with Happy Meals to mark Pokémon’s 25th anniversary, which presented a new and lucrative opportunity for scalpers.
Scalpers have started selling complete sets of anniversary cards on eBay, with one box reportedly going for $800. The set features 50 unique cards.
McTheft: It's unclear whether the sets have been stolen at some stage during manufacturing or transport or if McDonalds employees are making off with them to supplement their burger-flipping salaries. Either way, the cards are turning out to be a hot commodity.
Scalper's delight: Scalping has gotten a lot more attention lately since shortages of next-generation consoles as well as recent CPUs and GPUs have sent prices skyrocketing, with thousands of units ending up on auction sites like eBay and StockX, often marked up several hundred percent from retail price.