Hard-To-Get Disney Merchandise – Should Disney Put A Strict Limit On How Many Each Guest Can Buy? [Opinion]

Have you ever tried to buy one of those hard-to-get items but you find out that someone in front of you bought 30 of them which depleted almost the entire stock? Well, that very reason is why so many retailers have put a limit on merchandise to make sure that everyone gets a fair shot at getting at least one. Now, the question has come up for Walt Disney World and Disneyland as collectors and re-sellers are buying up rare items as quickly as they’re released.

Scoring your own SNES Mini or Tickle Me Elmo may prove to be a huge win, but getting some rose gold Minnie Mouse ears or an Oogie Boogie popcorn bucket? Yeah, those acquisitions show the mark of a true Disney fan who worked hard to get some of the rare merchandise that seems to be on a mythical pedestal.

Many people like to get these rare pieces of merchandise because they like them or like the idea of having something unique. Others buy as many of them as they can and turn around to sell them for a profit on eBay or in Disney groups on Facebook.

As you may expect, this makes a lot of people angry or upset because the supply runs out before they are able to get one of their own. Most of the time, the people missing out are those that simply want one of their very own and aren’t looking to sell them off to others.

That leads to the question: Should Disney put a stricter limit on how many rare merchandise items each person can buy?

When the Figment Funko Pop Vinyl figure came out for Epcot’s 35th anniversary on Oct. 1, there was a line from MouseGear to Spaceship Earth. People went straight there upon park opening to get one of their very own, but there was a problem — there was a limit of 10 per person.

Yes, 10 per person.

Now, there are plenty of Figment Funko Pops to be found on sites like eBay, but for double or even quadruple the original price.

Just this past week in Disneyland, there was a long line early in the morning at a popcorn wagon in Disney California Adventure. It was so long that cast members had to set up tape markers to keep the line in an orderly fashion, and it was all because that wagon had a supply of the rare Oogie Boogie popcorn buckets.

That morning, there were no limits to how many each guest could buy, and within a half hour of opening, the buckets were gone. Again, you can buy one on eBay if you’re willing to shell out $50-70 for one of them.

Looking to pick up some of the elusive rose gold Minnie Mouse ears? Well, you’re going to need to pretty much wait in one of the Walt Disney World or Disneyland parks each day and hope they restock them when you’re there in person.

If you’re looking to buy a pair that is straight from Disney and not from someone on Etsy, prepare to pay much more than the retail price. A lot of personal shoppers who are local to the parks will head there each day and hope the ears are placed on the shelves so they can scoop them up right away.

WDW Info had some good ideas on giving everyone a chance to get these items without having them end up online and the price jacked up. One of the most realistic is a 24-hour rule that could make the “two items per person” stipulation go into effect, but it would need to be done on all trendy items and not just the ones they pick and choose.

Disney merchandise is always going to be a huge seller and it will always be plentiful, but there will be those certain items that take off like a rocket. Rose gold ears, Oogie Boogie and Mickey jack-o-lantern popcorn buckets, and Figment Funko Pops are just some of the most recent options. If Walt Disney World and Disneyland made the rules a bit more strict and limited the amount that each guest could purchase, they wouldn’t end up online for five times the cost.

[Featured Image by Danny Cox]