If you logged in this morning thinking you were going to successfully order Animal Crossing: New Horizons’ Sanrio amiibo cards, bless your optimistic lil’ heart. My sweet summer child, these cardboard rectangles sold out seemingly within seconds after Target set them live. The stark situation has left many a Hello Kitty aficionado upset (or at least annoyed) on Friday.
After all, many folks actually got up early just to spend money on the twee set, only to be curtailed by scalpers who are now selling the Sanrio cards for a fortune on websites like eBay. Worse, some thought they’d secured the Hello Kitty cards for pick-up in store, because their carts were full ... only to receive an error, or a message that they’d already sold out. Glitches were plentiful, judging from posts on social media and Polygon’s own experiences with the Target website.
This turn of events isn’t surprising: Scalpers have become a plague on nearly every nerdy collectible item within the last year, from PlayStation 5 consoles to Pokémon cards. Once it became clear that Animal Crossing’s Sanrio set would unlock a bunch of extremely cute items and characters, it was practically a foregone conclusion that these cards would sell out immediately.
It’s not a completely hopeless situation — many are reporting that simply going to a store works, or are resorting to hacked amiibo sellers on websites like Etsy. Polygon has also inquired with Nintendo about potential restocks, but in the meantime, at least the memes about this absurd situation are golden.
AC x Sanrio amiibo cards are up! Checkout within 30 seconds! The item you wanted is no longer available. pic.twitter.com/lDWY5Olaav— Candy Corpse (@candycorpse) March 26, 2021
@ everyone who saw “please review these errors” at checkout for sanrio cards pic.twitter.com/th9O93P82C— lauryn or vex (@vexchi) March 26, 2021
I just wanted one (1) packet of the Sanrio amiibo cards and all I got was pain and no sleep pic.twitter.com/IwVNK4j9EV— lauren (@rivendellacnhh) March 26, 2021
me on my way to target on friday to get the animal crossing sanrio amiibo cards pic.twitter.com/bdK69aweqW— kait (@femmecowlover) March 24, 2021
Anyone else wake up early to try to get the Sanrio animal crossing amiibo cards and bots got everything? pic.twitter.com/HSUy4jItZs— Hadley (@spookyhadley) March 26, 2021
me having the target website up for an hour and meticulously planning getting the Sanrio Animal Crossing cards and they still sold out while in my cart as i checked out at 6:01am pic.twitter.com/RXHU2Bt8vQ— Paimon-Style ♀️✨ (@jessirvbbit) March 26, 2021
SO NOBODY IS GETTING SANRIO CARDS?????— Gage (they/them) (@CorazonPeach) March 26, 2021
Target what's good? pic.twitter.com/OWs18Ra4AR
The acnh sanrio cards sold out in less than a minute and i didnt get one pic.twitter.com/fn7M99DKE6— ⭐️stephanie (@stephiroth__) March 26, 2021
@ target for not letting us order the sanrio cards pic.twitter.com/5ZpAlpVQtC— em the egg (@eggyacnh) March 26, 2021
sanrio amiibos already being sold for ridiculous prices on ebay pic.twitter.com/U6FyuUoUh2— kuro ♡ ⋆｡˚ (@kuroberrii) March 26, 2021
I got my Sanrio cards so I’m happy but also F Nintendo for even making them so exclusive. I feel so bad for my friends who missed out. pic.twitter.com/pERAMxAHMk— ✨Bootz (@BootyHaver) March 26, 2021
me calling miyamoto to cry about animal crossing's sold out sanrio cards pic.twitter.com/qassABCBdo— Patricia Hernandez (@xpatriciah) March 26, 2021
on my way to get the sanrio cards ♡ pic.twitter.com/REnw5Df5NQ— Gage (they/them) (@CorazonPeach) March 26, 2021
me pulling up to target to pick up my sanrio cards pic.twitter.com/XO3g2RGm16— Max @ INFERNAPE HYPE (@maximumbees) March 26, 2021
me and the rest of the population that couldn’t get the sanrio animal crossing amiibos before they sold out at 9:01 pic.twitter.com/Vw2apdFBy0— sasuke uchiha apologist (@babyfacedpapi) March 26, 2021