Woolworths Lion King ‘ooshies’ collector warns of online scams with aggressive sellers trying to dupe buyers – as prices reach a staggering $45,000
- Shoppers are racing to Woolworths to get hands on The Lion King collectables
- The rare ‘Ooshies’ emerged on eBay selling up to $20,000 hours after launch
- One frustrated buyer has complained of sellers jacking up the prices of products
This Ooshies pen holder from the Lion King range has caused quite a stir online
As the supermarket collectables craze infiltrates Australian markets for a second year running, frustrated consumers warn some sellers are attempting to dupe buyers and cash in on the fun.
‘Rare’ items from Woolworths 2019 Lion King ooshies promotion have cropped up on eBay for exorbitant prices.
One buyer from Perth took to social media to shame a seller in his local area on Facebook Marketplace for attempting to dupe potential customers.
The seller, a man named Chris, originally advertised a Woolworths Simba Ooshie for $15, but jacked the price up to $500 when contacted to arrange a pick up time.
When the buyer not-so-politely refused the request, Chris seemed to think his price hike was wholly acceptable.
‘Did you think you hit the jackpot?,’ he asked.
While the $500 price tag may seem steep to some, other shoppers who stumbled across rare ooshies in stores believe they’re sitting on a small fortune.
The seller, a man named Chris, originally advertised a Woolworths Simba Ooshie for $15, but jacked the price up to $500 when contacted to arrange a pick up time (text exchange pictured)
While the $500 price tag may seem steep to some, other shoppers who stumbled across rare ooshies in stores believe they’re sitting on a small fortune
One Queensland customer put their ‘Orange Simba’ figurine on eBay for a cool $45,000.
One seller has listed a ‘super rare blue Mufasa’ Ooshie for a starting bid of $20,000.
Another seller, from Victoria, has advertised a gold Mufasa for $999, ‘cash only on pick up’.
Other items include a gold Zazu for $1,000, a gold Nala for $800 and an orange ‘sunset Simba’ for $1,350 if you ‘Buy It Now’.
‘You are bidding on a gold cub Simba, the future king of the pride lands. If you don’t have the ‘baby’ SIMBA you don’t have a story… it all starts here,’ one of the adverts read.
One Queensland customer has already put up their ‘Orange Simba’ figurine for the insanely inflated cost of $45,000 on eBay (pictured)
There are four different ‘Simba’ items to collect, including the gold, furry, orange and original
On Monday, managing director of The Walt Disney Company Australia Kylie Watson-Wheeler said: ‘We are beyond excited to welcome the all-new The Lion King to the big screen, with iconic characters that audiences have long treasured.
‘Our partnership with Woolworths will delight fans as they get to collect these long-treasured characters and introduce the beloved story to a new generation.’
Woolworths programs manager Sarah De La Mare said they wanted to offer their customers ‘something special’ to celebrate the launch of the blockbuster film.
‘We know that many Aussies love Ooshies, and this unique Lion King collection is something that Lion King fans will want to keep and treasure for a long time,’ she said.
Customers can purchase a Lion King Collector’s Album to house the Ooshies for $4.
A rare blue ‘Ooshies’ lion cropped up on eBay just days after the promotion started with bidding set at $20,000