Cookie Monsters: Pokemon Mew Oreos sells for tens of thousands of dollars on eBay
A previous version of this story miscounted the number of Pokémon species in the franchise.
Is that what they call buying the dunk?
The latest Pokemon craze may be hard for some people to swallow: Collectors sell a rare Pokemon Oreo cookie for hundreds or even thousands of dollars on eBay EBAY,
Yes, that’s five figures for a single Nabisco sandwich cookie made by snack giant Mondelez International MDLZ,
Oreo recently released limited-edition Pokémon versions of its iconic sweet cream-filled chocolate cookies, which feature character designs from the hit card game, the animated series and Nintendo NTDOY,
games that started sweeping the world in the 1990s. These Oreos contain just 16 of the roughly 900 pocket monsters that make up the ever-expanding Pokémon roster.
But Oreos featuring the cat-like character of Mew are apparently the rarest of the cookie monsters, which also indicates how rare Mew is in many games.
So now the lucky buyers who managed to get their paw on Mew Oreos list them on eBay’s auction and resale site, tagged at over $ 200 Where $ 2,000 a pop. Searching the site for “Mew Oreos” yields dozens of listings, including one asking for a jaw-dropping article $ 10,000 (plus $ 5.25 shipping) for the Mew cookie. Or here’s another one for nearly $ 30,000, plus $ 10 shipping – the price of a new car or a few years of tuition, depending on the state.
Keep in mind that full Pokemon Oreos packs sell in stores for under $ 4 – while supplies last. They first hit shelves on September 13, so it’s probably only a matter of time before full cookie packs start piling up in eBay listings as well, as the edition goodies limited become harder to find.
Granted, Pokemon fans have been obsessed with catching them all since the franchise began 25 years ago, and the pandemic has only whetted the appetite of collectors. Cards from the Pokémon Trading Card Game (aka Pokemon TCG) have gained in value in recent years, and eBay’s “State of Trading Cars” report earlier this year noted that Pokémon card sales jump 574% from 2019 to 2020. A rare Charizard card in the first edition (representing a flaming dragon) sold over $ 300,000 at auction in March. In reality, a special card representing the president of The Pokemon Company sold for almost $ 250,000 at auction in April; not a Pokémon, but the president of the company.
The craze led to Target TGT,
the temporary halt to the sale of Pokémon cards (in addition to NBA, NFL and MLB cards) in stores after the collectible card fever led to the arrest of four people after fighting over cards. collect sports at a Wisconsin site.
On the video game front, the Pokemon Go cell phone game still has a lot of players spending big real-world money on the game’s virtual store. Pokemon Go made $ 1.92 billion in revenue in 2020, according to game research company SuperData, and the game has grossed $ 5 billion since its debut five years ago, according to analyst firm Sensor Tower.
And the franchise has remakes of the 2006 Nintendo DS games Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pear coming to Nintendo Switch on November 19. So fans may be grappling with the heavy financial decision of whether or not to lose around $ 360 on a Switch (if they don’t have one) and one of the new games, or to have an all-in bidding on one. Mew Oreo cookie.