Anyone else collecting these and frankly disgusted by how mishandled the releases are? Extremely limited supply, 2 per customer on the first 5 releases, crashing web servers galore and worst of all, resellers seeing them as money to be made and taking advantage of people that truly want them; a guy reportedly sold a woman who showed up late one for 200 bucks (a 130 premium) minutes after buying it because his adult daughter "felt sorry for her".
My sister's been buying them. Cinderella was a snap; no one knew about them and she took weeks to sell out. Ariel was fairly easy to get online. By Belle and Mulan, it started becoming a competition, and by Snow White, the servers were crashing and we had to go to the mall.
Apologies in advance for the next few paragraphs; I just need to vent a bit. We had trouble with a group of resellers (people making it no secret that they're buying them to sell for a profit on eBay). Once there, she manages to go in through a separate door, and the resellers throw a conniption over it, even though she still would've gotten it in my spot in line (I went in with them). They spend hours occasionally talking about us like we can't hear them, one girl pacing with her cell phone complaining about it, and the people in front of us get nervous enough to inform the patrolling PD. They don't even get to talk to them, since all they get to hear about is that we came in through the wrong door, which one describes as a "security breach" despite Mall security having no problem with it. The cops laugh it off saying we did nothing wrong.
Since I joined my sister as now the 5th person in line instead of what would've been the 14th or so, I calmed them a bit by saying I was just with her (big mistake, as it would turn out). When the stores about to open, they declare it is now 1 per person, which ticks them off so much that they harass the manager about how other stores are supposedly still selling two. My sister has me take a ticket, with the idea of giving it to someone else. This gets them on my case, since I claimed I wasn't buying one (like I have no right to change my mind). They're saying things like I should give it to someone at the back of the line, like they care that I'm "robbing" someone of a doll. I wind up foolishly telling them that I probably will, and that it wouldn't have mattered if I'd stayed behind them, I'd have gotten it anyway.
That's the real messed up part of it, everything we did didn't affect their odds of getting the doll at all. They all would've gotten it at 2 per person, with or without us where we were. They'd give us trouble even if we were behind them, as my sister was for Belle, and all they did was gloat. That's what truly made it ridiculous. We did nothing to them than some minor annoyances. People act nuts when there's a profit to be had, I guess. I wound up giving the ticket to a women with her 2 year old daughter (dressed as Snow White) at my sister's behest. I wasn't happy that she had me take the ticket, but I suppose they hated us anyway. I'm just glad it went to someone that actually wanted it. One of the girls gives me the nastiest, "That's was so nice of you" I've ever gotten. I had to fit myself not to shoot a quip back at her.
This final ordeal caused The Disney Store to shift plans. The last 5 dolls come out this morning. I'd be in line right now, if not for the fact that people apparently lined up outside at mall closing, when we were told they'd be asked to leave. We got there at midnight, and there were at least 30 people in line, with the problem group up front. Since they get about 25 dolls (I'm hearing some get as little as 7 in some dolls), waiting 10 hours for a sliver of a chance just wasn't worth it. Especially since they tend to hold spots. It agravates me that our mall did not ask them to leave until later in the night like they said they would (one of the reasons we didn't stay, along with not being insane).
So our last chance is the Tuesday online sale. They moved it to the day after with a set time of upload, which makes sense to me, but it seems that now, the majority of dolls go to the stores since Cinderella didn't sell out for weeks online, and Snow White in minutes (supposedly the link leaked). We're not the only problem sites either, as Facebook is full of horror stories of long lines, people taking it too seriously, and some stores not even getting the last dolls because of issues.
Sorry for the rant, but I'm feeling pretty bad that my sister going nuts over these things. We know they're just dolls, but it's taking a lot of the fun out of it. Especially when you're sitting at home without, knowing some jerk is guaranteed a set that he's just going to sell anyway. I envy those that pre-ordered at D-23, because this has been nothing short of a fiasco. I'm actually amazed my sister got the first 5. Wish I'd nabbed an Ariel.
What's the experience been like for other collectors?