The upcoming batch of Pikachu Van Gogh promos are already being scalped in the Netherlands — weeks before they’ve released.
We’ve uncovered extensive evidence that local gaming stores are pre-selling the promos under the table. As we previously reported, TPCi intends the promos to be given out by stores to customers who buy 30 euros of Pokemon product; each store will receive 100 copies.
Yves Bruynen, the owner of Flash-Cards, told PokeBeach, “I’m seeing many stores selling the cards in large volumes. Scalping is at high levels. This promotion is going to be a big problem.”
In one popular WhatsApp group, we found dozens of conversations referencing pre-sales of the card.
“Ooo yea I already bought 50 from a shop,” announced one reputable collector. Another said, “I ordered mine from [a chain] for 3,000 euros. 100 copies will be coming to me.” A store owner proudly announced, “A lot of them are going to regular customers of the shop. And a lot of them we’re going to grade.”
On Cardmarket, the “European version” of TCGplayer, some stores are pre-selling the card to ship in 4-6 weeks (when the promotion is expected to start). They are charging over 100 euros per copy. Other stores have placed their listings on Marktplaats, a popular auction website, for similar prices.
Bruynen told PokeBeach, “This week I asked Asmodee, the distributor for Pokemon in the Netherlands, how they’re going to enforce this promotion. They told me it’s not their problem. They said they can’t check if their clients are playing fair.”
“The cards are worth at least $100 each. Imagine offering stores $10,000 to give away,” said porschedesign, a longtime Dutch collector. “A lot of stores see this as free money from TPCi. I don’t blame them.”
In regards to stores promoting this giveaway, he stated, “Some stores have announced [on their socials] they’re doing this promotion. It’s public now. But a majority are keeping quiet. You can imagine why.”
It’s currently unknown how many stores will receive the promos.
Judging by the amount of stores that have been contacted by Asmodee, some of our sources estimate it could be around 100 to 200 local gaming stores. If larger chains like Mediamarket, Intertoys, and Top1Toys also offer the promotion, this could add a further 350 stores. Larger chains would be expected to follow the rules of the promotion, which could alleviate some of the scalping from smaller stores.
With these speculative numbers, we could see anywhere from 10,000 to 50,000 copies of the card injected into the supply. This is currently pure guesswork, though.
The price of the card has seen a noticeable dip on Cardmarket since news of the promotion was first revealed: