Man buys 45 copies of Hyrule Historia Limited Edition, sells on Craigslist

JohnFebruary 17th, 2013 by John

If you think back to about last week, you’ll remember I posted an article outlining just some of the ridiculously inflated prices people are selling the Collector’s Edition of Hyrule Historia on eBay. As I mentioned in the article, some prices were so inflated that one Buy It Now price was set at around $391, which is just nine dollars short of being ten times more expensive than the original retail price (assuming that the book originally was going for $40, which it was in some locations). At that time I naively thought that the greed of the so-called “scalpers” could go no lower in terms of greed and profit, but as the following Craigslist listing shows, there are apparently no boundaries as to how far some people will go to fuel their own personal monetary desires. Hit the jump to take a look.

What you see above is a Craigslist posting for a truly vast collection of Collector’s Edition Hyrule Historias. No less than 45 copies of the ultra-rare book are displayed, and the poster is selling off every single one. I touched upon the issue of scalpers last week briefly, discussing the fact that exploiting fellow fans to make a profit is unfair and selfish on many counts, but this has to take the biscuit when it comes to exploitation and greed. Simply the fact that this person bought this number of books just to simply sell them off at a profit is not a pleasant one, especially when you consider the amount of fans who had their orders cancelled because of people like these who somehow managed to hog all of these copies. Fans which, presumably, originally purchased the book because they wanted to enjoy and treasure the Collector’s Edition Hyrule Historia for its rarity and its special cover art, not because they wanted to sell it off for a later date to take advantage of fans who would pay large amounts to own something rare.

Take my advice; If you have not yet purchased Hyrule Historia, purchase the Standard Edition from a respectable retailer. Buying copies of the Collector’s Edition from sellers such as the one above does nothing but encourage them as fans are taking the bait and paying truly ridiculous, over-inflated sums of money to own the Collector’s Edition. If you feel that you cannot do without the Collector’s Edition and feel compelled to purchase it from sites like Craigslist or eBay, tread with caution and question the price sellers are setting. Is it really worth parting money to get something which you could get for much, much cheaper from a respectable source but with just a few differences? (Note again that both editions of the book are exactly identical apart from the cover and the gold gilded pages on the Collector’s Edition).

But what do you think? Should something be done to stop these sorts of incidents in the future, or are scalpers just another unfortunate inevitability in the world of gaming merchandise? Tell us in the comments below!

Source: GoNintendo

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  • Passerby

    I have always thought that there should always be a limit to the amount of copies of a rare book someone can buy UNLESS they are a respected retailer such as Amazon, BN, TFAW, or things like that, at least when they are limited edition. I hope no one is desperate enough to buy from this douche, maybe that will teach them a lesson, and they might even lower the price. My, I loathe scalpers.

  • lingo21022

    shut up and take my rupees!

  • Kyle Clark
    • Tehlul

      This is why I wish you didn’t have be signed in to thumb someone down.

    • baileygirl99

      That. Was dumb. *stiffles a laugh*

  • TehLeetHaxor

    … REVOLT!!!

  • James Markham

    People can be so greedy.

    • Tehlul

      It’s the world we live in. The only way to stop these people is to not buy from them.

    • itsameluigi1290

      Yeah, who needs Wario when you’ve got THIS guy?

  • Chapo

    Since it’s a limited edition, and the book was assured to sell easier than water in a desert, they could at least have limited to one copy per customer.

    • Demise

      Ikr? Sometimes, they do that for theatre tickets or whatever, when people with families might be going… Here, I really doubt anyone would need two books. Or at most, they’d buy one for a friend, and one for themselves, but that puts the limit at 2. Not 45… -_-

    • TheMaverickk

      Many sites that deal with collectibles do enforce rules like this. Whether it’s one unit per address or even a small number like 3…. Dark Horse and the distributors should’ve been smarter with how they handled it. It certainly one of the tings that bothered me about this.

      • DF

        I LOVE Hyrule Historia and how the English version turned out, but Dark Horse pretty much screwed up all around with the publishing and distribution side of this book. And I think their biggest screw-up was completely ignoring all the fans who tried to contact them about glitches and hitches in the system. Customer service? WHAT customer service? Guess they figured that since the book was going to sell like hotcakes, they didn’t have to actually put any effort into working with the customer base. I was annoyed enough at the way they *didn’t* handle this situation that I’ll be very wary of buying from them in the future.

    • Harley Trader

      I agree, my limited edition was cancelled this morning and I am very irritated

      • Mike Sauer

        Me too. I’m going to be calling Barnes and noble and I’m going to send them a link to this guy and say “buy it. You guaranteed me a book. I want my book.”

  • Eric Bott

    Scalpers are inevitable. Anytime there’s a shortage, whether real or manufactured in something with great demand, there will be those looking to profit off of it. The only thing that the publisher could have done to stop something like this is to set the price to meet demand themselves in the first place. Personally I’d rather have the chance of getting the book at 40 with the scalpers out there than have nintendo and dark horse set the price to 400 so that it’s not worth it to the scalpers. I only wish I’d thought ahead enough to buy a few copies to sell myself.

    As far as people who’s order was canceled. It’s not the scalpers’ fault. Blame the distibutors for taking more orders than they could fill. That’s what makes me mad. Don’t advertise something to sell if you don’t actually have it. At least our scalper friend actually has stock.

  • Ben Pierce

    well, that’s kind of a dick move

  • Robgoro

    It seems counter-intuitive to me. If you’re someone whose looking for a collector’s edition in the first place, then you’re probably going to have some convictions against funding people like this, who have no desire but to profit off of irrationality.That’s a shame to see, but I’m betting most of those copies won’t get sold.

    • Demise

      I don’t think so… Some people like limited edition items only because they’re limited edition. And some people have lots of money. Inevitably, there’s gonna be a lot of people who have money, want limited edition items only because they’re limited edition, and are Zelda fans.

      Why do you think rare figurines or stuff gets sold for thousands of dollars? Because people are buying them… -_-

  • trippytriforce

    haha I considered doing this. If you dont like people doing this, don’t buy from them.

  • Ake Sha

    That’s why they should have limited the amount of purchasable copies to 2 per person.

  • Harley Trader

    I still haven’t received my limited edition yet from Amazon. It says not yet shipped with a estimated date from 2-15-13 to 2-20-13 by 8:00PM

  • Roth

    But are they made of Twinkies?

    • itsameluigi1290

      They better be.

  • Aaron Tyler Mentch

    It’s douchebags like this that get the price up to $200 and ruin it for everyone else.

    • Eric Bott

      Actually its not. If the price weren’t going up that high people like this would have no incentive to buy multiple copies in the first place. It’s people willing to buy from guys like this that cause the price to go up so high, along with the publisher making an edition so limited that there are fewer copies than there are people who want them at MSRP.

  • youravgzeldadude

    I bet this guy is a descendent of Tingle

    • itsameluigi1290

      Or a descendent of that creepy Rupee headed guy in the picture up there. *Shudders*

  • Guest

    It’d be great if the fans decided he was a huge piece of garbage and decided not to buy from him–so he’d be stuck with 45 copies of a book he doesn’t want and will have lost a hefty chunk of cash.

    • The Unicorn Hanger-Outer

      It’d be sort of alright if he put the price up to like, 50-55 bucks. But 391? May his greed be his downfall!

  • TwilightEchoes

    Well i guess thats why i dont have my limited edition copy yet… theyre too busy sending this jerk copies

  • itsameluigi1290

    I’m going to go to that guys house, kick his door down, pet his dog, throw his TV out the window, pet his dog again, throw the guy on his bed, bring his mother in, and make her give him a quiet time!

    And then pet his dog again.

    • The Unicorn Hanger-Outer

      When do you leave?!

      • itsameluigi1290

        After petting his dog for the last time.

    • L Lawliet

      AND take all of his copies of Hyrule Historia and distribute them to the fans whose order was cancelled.

      • itsameluigi1290

        Oh yeah!

        Then pet his dog agai– *Shot*

        • Irishdragon5

          While you are there, could you blow his house down with combustible lemons for me?

          • itsameluigi1290

            Oh sure! *Buys lemons off of Amazon*

          • shadowlink13

            wait! make sure to pet his dog!

          • itsameluigi1290

            Oh, of course, silly me! *Pets dog again*

          • npatoray24

            omg, i literally laughed out loud….. pet his dog, the funniest thing ive read all week

          • itsameluigi1290

            Thanks! I try to be funny a lot, though it doesn’t always work out so well XP


    This man should go to hell.

  • The Unicorn Hanger-Outer

    What the hell? That is unfair to the people who missed out on buying one. And all he wants from 45 copies is to get richer?!?! This guy is such a *#@!. I’m sorry to all the people who missed out for having to share the world with people like these.

  • Ilya

    really funny because this guy lives really fucking close to me. Time to raid a house :D

    • Mark Rose

      Yeah my girlfriend lives near that fucker too. Funny coincedence.

      • shadowlink13

        it would be hilarious if the person u just replied to was ur girlfriend ps where does the SOB live?

  • Sarah

    This is sickening because I lost out on a copy to a piece of shit like this.

    • bs8814

      I completely agree

    • lulles


  • Anonymous

    I like this guy, true capitalist.

  • Shadowknight1

    Personally, I think people like this are why the Figma Link & Samus figures sold out so fast and aren’t seen below $90 on any website now.

    • TheMaverickk

      Figma is really good, they produce most of their figures based on pre-orders.

      If you order pre-orders, you are guaranteed a figurine. It’s pretty simple with Figma… if you want one pre-order… because they know how many figures to produce based on pre-order numbers.

      Not to mention you pre-order with them you usually get a discount of 25-30%

      Not to mention they have a limit. 3 per address.

  • Mark Rose

    I hope that greedy bastard burns in Hell.

  • FenderGuitars777

    Was this taken down? Unable to find him in the Seattle craigslist.

  • Flaming Lemons

    Does anybody know what the difference between the standard edition and the limited edition is? I have the standard edition and I like it a lot, I actually kinda preferred the standard because of it’s green and gold stylish cover. XD

    • Flaming Lemons

      Never mind, I read the description in the picture.

  • TheMaverickk

    This is exactly what I was talking about.

    And people wonder why I am still displeased with how Dark Horse and their distributors handled the sale of these books.

    Many sites that deal with collectables put limits on how many units can be bought to prevent things like this happening.

    So yeah anyone who still wonders why I was peeved… it’s because I knew stuff like this would be happening.

    • itsameluigi1290

      I knew I should’ve pre-ordered it. It was released right before my birthday!

  • Brandikins11

    Wow, that’s 45 less actual Zelda fans that could have had the special edition. I mean I ordered the normal edition a couple nights ago and I know I’ll love it but still.

  • christburner

    THIS IS FUCKING BULLSHIT!!! 1 those fuckers at barnes an noble fucking lied to me they told me it was the special edition copy but when i received it i got the standard issue then they said there was nothing i could do about it.. 2 no limit cap. per customer on a limited edition item? NOT SO FUCKING LIMITED IS IT THEN IF YOU CAN JUST BUY AS MANY AS YOU WANT. should have just said “first come first serve, oh and its only if youre rich and can afford the premium cost of BULLSHIT”

  • bs8814
    • Eric Bott

      I’d bet that means he sold out. I doubt he caved to fan wishes.

      • bs8814

        Yeah maybe, but I don’t think it would go that quickly, it was less than 24 hours I think…

        • Eric Bott

          If it had stayed as just a local posting, I’d probably agree with you. In this case however, The posting was in Seattle, which is a large market. And then he got plenty of publicity here. Those are only the markets we know he was publishing in too. Wouldn’t surprise me at all if he also had the books listed on Amazon and Ebay as well.


    That is not cool!

  • economics101

    I don’t see what the problem is. There are now 45 copies of this available for purchase that wouldn’t have been available had this guy not been doing what he’s doing. If you didn’t get a copy, now’s your chance. If anything, you should be mad at the distributor for underpricing the book, which ensured that people who don’t really want it as badly as you do but happened to be faster than you got all the copies, leaving you with nothing.

    • lulles

      …If he hadn’t done that, 45 people who had their pre-order cancelled (me included) would have their copies with them now, and for the original, not ridiculous price.

      • Eric Bott

        It’s not his fault that your order was cancelled. It’s the distributors who took more orders than they could fill. Besides, lets say you did get your copy at $40. That doesn’t make demand go away. Are you telling me that you wouldn’t be tempted to sell for 3 or 4 hundred dollars? This guy just thought ahead and realized that there are people who didn’t pre-order who would also want the book and be willing to pay a premium for it.

        • lulles

          There were limited quantities, and this guy took to himself about 1% of all the copies to resell them for an absurd price. Of course what he did was a low blow.

          • Eric Bott

            It’s only absurd if he can’t find buyers at that price.

  • shadowlink13

    thats a 13,840 dollar profit. he may be a son of a bitch but hes a genius if hes a zelda fan he could get tons of collectibles ps how many are there in existence?

  • lolstopher

    These are trying times, I think the person is smart. If you gotta make money, make money. Fans who can’t afford it can stick with the standard edition.

  • npatoray24

    what a dick…. thats why i couldnt get the exclusive edition

  • Norm the Conqueror

    Bought it on launch for $20 at Barnes and Noble, I think I won.

  • Mike Sauer

    Barnes and noble cancelled my preorder because there weren’t any left. I fucking blame this guy.

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