Yeah, but it's unavoidable. Nobody has came up with a truly good solution to scalping, the only "real" one is undermining your own product's "investability" by acting wildly and overprinting. This is obviously something that can't currently be done, so we can just hope that - once the printers heat up again - there will be waves of old product swelling the distributors and crashing the scalper's margins.I mean, I can find a decent amount of product...on eBay for double retail price. So I don’t think it’s “debatable” whether or not scalpers are part of the problem, they clearly are. Obviously production shortages are a big factor, but when what little available product is all snatched up but scalpers and resold for absurd prices, and even the indie card shops on eBay are also raising their prices to match, and product is totally unavailable anywhere at retail price, it’s an issue, yeah.
The good news is, Pokemon has already did exactly that in the past. The bad news is, Pokemon has truly realized most people care more about collecting than playing. While reprinting Shaymin EX was reasonable, because it was a hard card to get with a crappy design that made it viable in a ton of decks, reprinting "collectibles" isn't really the same thing. The only reason collectibles sell is because they're scarce. The only thing they can win here is players' good will.