- Sep 16, 2011
While I am *not* for all-out gouging on merchandise, I have bought a few items at slightly above their retail price because I really wanted them and wouldn't be near the parks in time to acquire them myself and I don't feel one bit bad about it.You get the stuff just like everyone else: show up to the park and buy it in person.
If an item is released and intended only for people at certain events, or who are in the park at certain times... but someone decides they don’t want to attend the event, or be in the park at that certain time, but still wants the item… that creates the market.
If anyone, local or out-of-state, wants a limited edition item that is only released at a certain event or at a certain time, then that person needs to make arrangements to be there when it is available. And if they aren’t there, then they don’t get it no matter how bad they want it. That’s the whole point.
It’s fun to have special items that commemorate an event or a special time... but the people who are willing to pay money to get these items, even though they weren’t there or part of the event is what creates the market, which incentivizes lowlifes to buy up a bunch of the items, and then turn around and resell them. Which means some people who are legitimately there, might miss out.
Disney is not perfect (see Galaxy’s Edge merchandise stock) but blaming them for creating limited edition items is silly because the alternative is having everything available everywhere to everyone… which would basically be the end of specialized merchandise.
So how do you get it as an out-of-state fan? You don’t. Unless you show up. Just like everyone else.
I feel like Disney's best bet for discouraging resale on the hottest items is to limit (more than they already do) the merch per person.