Chain Stores to Receive Up to 250 Copies of Pikachu Van Gogh Promos, Stepping Up Security

As we reported last week, the Van Gogh Pikachu promo distribution will begin this Saturday in the Netherlands (and Game Mania stores in Belgium, for some reason).

We’ve now confirmed chain stores will receive between 25 and 250 copies of the promo to give to customers. The amount depends on the size of the individual store.

Smaller stores will receive either 25 or 50 copies. Intertoys and Media Markt, which are the largest chains, will receive 100 or 250 copies. Both chains have over 260 stores combined.

As expected, some of the stores will be stepping up their security to insure the promotion is handled fairly.

At Intertoys and Media Markt, the card will have to be scanned and listed on your receipt. This means the stores can track how many cards go out. It also means the card can’t be distributed before February 10th.

Game Mania stores will require your membership card before handing out the promo. This means customers will not be able to get a second promo at a different Game Mania store.

Initially, hobby stores were supposed to receive 100 copies of the card. However, TPCi lowered the amount to 10 after incidents of pre-scalping.

While we don’t know how many copies of the card TPCi printed, one objective is clear: the company intends for this to be a large promotion. There are over 1,000 chain stores in the Netherlands that are eligible to distribute this promo card. We previously estimated there could be at least 100,000 copies of the promo injected into the global supply.

Since last week’s news, the price of the card has plummeted in Europe. The American market is taking longer to respond, but should take a hit once the card is released and makes its way to American sellers.

The Binder Guy

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Huh, well that's a bit better than what I expected. Here's hoping the security at these events are better than ones in the past.

Also, having a system like the one used at Game Mania would really help curb scalping in other stores. I know Game Stop has its Pro membership but I've never seen it used in this manner.
 

Yaginku

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For stores that deal exclusively with games I think they'll be able to handle it. For Media Markt, which is a massive European chain, I still expect shenanigans.
Also, there is no proof that TPCi or Asmondee organized this "in response" to scalping. Even if people complained en masse to their support, setting up this kind of scheme with massive retailers isn't a matter of two weeks.
 

Ambassador

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Also, there is no proof that TPCi or Asmondee organized this "in response" to scalping. Even if people complained en masse to their support, setting up this kind of scheme with massive retailers isn't a matter of two weeks.
It isn't? Sure it is. This kind of thing can be done quickly, efficiently, and on short notice.

#TimesUp for LGSes.
 

VitaminD3

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We as humans are at the point of arguing about a piece of cardboard with a electric rodent with a hat… yeah that’s society!
Not only that, plenty of people cry for years about a sequel to a game (such as Valve's Half-Life), and I came across a complete idiot that defended a vending machine. His potato chips hanged inside and never fell. His shook the machine and then gave up. I jokingly told him "want me to tear down the machine?" His response: "uh, the machine did nothing wrong." And there are men who are deeply in love with a virtual girl or anime girls in a trading card. Let's see what the 22nd century has to offer.
 

christelle_orangee

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What's weird is they have said that the card will be available at different chains, but so far only Game Mania and Intertoys confirmed it and it's already Wednesday.

Bruna, Media Markt, and all the rest didn't said anything about this card.
 

Gethbert

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Just noticed that this is regulation mark G, does anyone know of this can this evolve into Raichu?
 

JR TCG23

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Also would it really fit into any set… no other Pokemon have a gray hat…