Btw. How were they able to display those cards so neatly?
We're talking about China here. They can do anything neatly. Have you seen their army marches?
But thanks a lot for the information! I've already seen there are 3 Pikachus and 3 Sevipers I need for my collections (and maybe 2 Mimikyus and 1 Phantump featuring Mimikyu if they're cheap enough - I don't really collect Mimikyu anymore, but don't mind picking them up every once in a while for hard to find languages).
MegaZone , I wasn't able to get a close look, but it did look like real cards! Not sure how exactly they got them to display like that.
tonysandlin , I think there are already a few sellers on Ebay, just search for "Chinese Sun and Moon Pokemon Packs" and they should show up. Prices are going to be quite marked up though.
guangjoe , Awesome pulls, the shiny Ho-Oh full art is beautiful.
So a few more things I observed:
- The hobby seems to be dominated mostly by the TCG players, who tend to be very young (middle school to college students). Its much easier to buy/sell cards useful in the current Chinese meta then it is to sell cards for long-term collecting. - I talked to a few people at the event, asking them what got them interested to attend. For most people, they had played Pokemon Go or remember the cards from their childhood, and saw them selling at the convenience store and found out about the event. - The price of the shiny Charizard has dropped quite quickly since release. It was initially selling around 3000NTD and now 2000NTD. The pull rate for the shiny Charizard is much higher in this Chinese set than compared to English sets. I've noticed quite a few people just buying them all up whenever they appear for sale. - I've heard that the convenience stores will get a second allocation of booster boxes in the next week, though this hasn't been confirmed officially. - The three promotional cards were very popular at the event. I would say the Eevee card was the most sought after. The prices on these have been a bit ridiculous, and people are offering 600-1000NTD for a set of all three. I don't expect that to last; the staff had boxes of these promos. - I also heard that the Chinese releases of the the remaining sets are being planned to try and catch up with where the English sets are now. Especially given how well this initial set sold, I'm guessing this will happen quite quickly.
So most convenience stores were restocked, but sold out again very quickly. Currently stock is hard to find in Taiwan. Interestingly, Set B boxes are more popular than Set A boxes, mainly due to the relevance of the cards (like full art Lillie) in the current Chinese meta. Some people have commented that Set B is selling twice as well as Set A, and most card stores are pricing Set B more than Set A.
Which brings me to my second observation. Due to the lack of current stock, prices on everything has gone up everything (booster packs, boxes, starter decks). For example, one card store is selling Set A for 4500NTD, way above the initial 1800NTD. I don't think (hopefully) these inflated prices will last.
Also, a local chat group mentioned the release schedule for future Chinese sets. Not sure how valid it is, but 2019/12 seems to be the estimated date for the next release, and 2020/4 is when the Chinese cards are slated to catch up to the English cards.