I hear the word scalper tossed around as much as "lol" used to be, yet somehow I find "scalper" much more annoying- and offensive. Do I find it offensive because I have sold things I've bought before? Maybe, but I only sell what I've bought when I don't have enough money to pay for what I want and know that I can easily have it paid for by selling a duplicate of whatever it was I got. Have I done this? Yes, I have and I will be the first to admit that.
My personal view point on all items whether it be from retailers, garage sales, second hand stores... whatever, is that children *without being influenced by parents, as I've seen it happen before* that really want something should always be allowed to do so. I would never buy something to resell that I knew a child wanted and was looking at at the same time as myself.
As my point of view has always been about "scalpers", if you don't want to get "scalped" get your butt out of bed and go stand in line. If you really, really want something you will put in the effort to get it regardless of what it takes unless it is absolutely impossible to do so.
Let's use Amiibo as this example as it is the most prevalent "Hot Toy" with this issue at this point in time. Standing in line is what I do, and the only ones I've missed to date is Shulk and Gold Mario (thanks to a Walmart manager taking them all home for himself and friends, later a friend of his came into my place of employment and bragged about his friend getting him some, not realizing I'm a collector too).
If you really want something go get it yourself. Otherwise you're paying for someone else's time and effort to go get it that you didn't want to put forward. Believe me, I know what it's like to be working when these have come out or when stores open- yet as I said I'm still only missing two. I've bought none of mine online and they are all American. :/ What else can I say?
I should also point out the as I have said in the past, my place of employment will not hold hot toys for employees regardless of how long they've worked there or what level of employee they are. Most of my Amiibos and other collectibles (with the exception of two or three) have came from places other than my work.