Ripoff Report 4/18/12

I want to preface this post by saying, although I am here to offer news, tips, & other information.  This is my personal blog and from time to time, I’ll post about my experiences playing Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom.  I feel posts like this one will be beneficial and hopefully make you more aware while playing SOTMK.

In my experience thus far playing SOTMK, I’ve come to the realization that this game brings out the absolute worst in people.  The scamming and selfishness that comes with collecting all of the cards is unreal.  The things people will do or say to accumulate cards are absolutely shameful.  A couple of things today really upset me, earlier in the day I ran across a guy and his son who asked me if I had any duplicates for trade, I said “sure do” and asked him what he needed.  He rattled off some numbers, and proceeded to give me some sob story how today was their last day and they’re so close to finishing a set, blah, blah, blah.  When it was all said and done, he only had 2 cards to give me and since I have so many extras I didn’t care what I got for them I gave him the 5 he wanted.  About 3 hours later he was 2 people ahead of me at a portal in Adventureland.  I overheard him talking with a couple who was admiring his collection of cards, and they asked him how he had so many.  He then goes on to tell them that he lives nearby and has an annual pass, so he can visit whenever he wants.  I thought to myself, wow what a scumbag.   I let him finish his turn and as he walked past me I said to him with a smirk “I thought today was your last day?”  He looked as if he saw a ghost as I was the last person he expected to see.  I just shook my head as he stuttered away giving me some fake apology.

When I first started the day in Frontierland I was chatting with someone about how sickening it is that adults are ripping off kids when trading cards.  They agreed with me and went on to say how terrible this game has become, 3 portals later I saw that same person offering a common card in exchange for a rare to a kid that barely spoke any english.  The family had absolutely no idea of what any of the cards meant and before I could say anything, another parent stepped in and vetoed the trade.  I was really happy to see that. It’s just disgusting what some people will do.  You need these cards that badly, that you’re willing cheat out kids?

The last thing I’m going to complain about today is how pushy people have become.  Now I am not picky when it comes to trading,  but when someone else tells you that they don’t have doubles of a card and they’re not interested in a trade quit asking them for it.   This one in particular woman looked like an absolute psychopath when she kept badgering someone to trade her a card they only had one of.  They don’t want your 3 commons for it, and lady you’re not giving them a “great deal” as you were advertising it.  Control yourself you look like a maniac.

Now not everyone who plays the game frequently are scheming, lying, conniving, dirtbags.  There are some really cool people out there who are willing to help and give you advice while playing.  Just be careful, keep your eyes and ears open.

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3 thoughts on “Ripoff Report 4/18/12

  1. I am so sorry for your experiences yesterday.

    We had a young boy come up to us with only 5 cards saying he wanted different characters than what they had given him. We were going to just give him a card we had, he looked through them, about 20 different duplicates, and all he said was, got it, got that one, got it, etc. it became clear that he was a pro at looking like Olivier Twist.

    And we had “creepy” guy, too.

    I don’t think I’m going to take my duplicate cards around the park anymore. We go back in a few weeks, and though I am not a CM, I think the only cards I will give away are to new families with CHILDREN that I see in training when I go to pick my daily cards.

    Shameful collectors taking out the fun of the game. They really are obsessed and forget that Disney World is a vacation people save up for years to enjoy. if they continue to push trading cards, Disney will intercede, perhaps by keeping the game on Easy permanently. hoping to bore the die-hard collectors to death. The Disney management is already very displeased with lines in Fantasyland.

    I still love to watch what the spell cards can do.

    Most people are there for good reasons.

    Hopefully it will get better soon.

    CC

  2. Speaking of RIPOFFS… I’ve taken my kids to MK a couple of weekends to play the game… we’re APs but live an hour away…my son who is 7 was taking a card out of his small collectors binder to run over to a portal at the eye because he didn’t want to lose the whole book…and sat it next to his sister who was waiting for me to finish my portal at the dragonfly…when i got done…i told my daughter not to forget the book… she looked down and it was gone…someone actually snatched the book!! I can’t even tell you how heartbroken he was and how astonished we were that people would stoop so low as to steal and lie for these things at the Magic Kingdom. He lost about 40 cards…because I had been giving them my cards that they didn’t have. It’s ridiculous that you can’t trust anyone. His sister and I game him all of the extras that we had saved to trade and the next day he got a couple of good ones.

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