Thousands of Animal Crossing players are buying Nook Miles Tickets with real money on eBay, among other items

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An entire market for buying and selling in-game Animal Crossing: New Horizons items like Nook Miles Tickets, Bells, and more is unfolding on websites like eBay and it’s pretty crazy!

Ever since the launch of Animal Crossing: New Horizons a little over 2 weeks ago, the Nook Miles Ticket item has proven to be a very popular item not only for visiting islands as its intended purpose, but also as a form of a secondary trading currency online.

It turns out that some fans are truly taking this to the next level though with a very active community of both buyers and sellers trading Nook Miles Tickets, among other popular Animal Crossing in-game items, for real world dollars on eBay!

Just as a few quick examples, we found 400 Nook Miles Tickets sold for $20, 6 Million Bells sold for $16, a set of all flower buds for $30, a set of Zen furniture for $50, and even a full set of Golden Tools for $10 that copied our guide banner image. (thanks for that)

It’s not really a surprise that some entrepreneurial Animal Crossing: New Horizons players might try and make a quick buck on eBay by selling some items, but what’s surprising to us is the high popularity that these items are actually having with real buyers on the site.

Just by doing a basic look at the ‘xx Sold’ item metrics on eBay, we found over a thousand combined sales adding up various Animal Crossing: New Horizons in-game item listings. Converting into revenue, some sellers have made over $6500 USD in sales on a single listing selling Nook Miles Tickets.

It doesn’t seem to be stopping anytime soon either based on the 24-hour sales metrics, which reveal another listing for 6 million bells that has been sold 95 times in the past 24 hours. That works out to over $1500 in sales for the seller just in that short time period!

This is honestly quite baffling and makes for an interesting look into the mindset of players when it comes to Animal Crossing micro-transactions. Most fans will say that in-game sales of these currencies and items would ruin the franchise, and we’re included in that view.

Yet it appears there is clearly some reasonable demand for buying these in-game items with real money, even just from random third-parties on eBay.

It really makes us wonder how much demand there might actually be for such a micro-transaction feature from Nintendo itself if it ever existed — but hopefully we’ll never find out that out!

We do want to mention that selling bells and other items for real money on eBay was definitely happening with Animal Crossing: New Leaf years ago, but the incredible popularity of Animal Crossing: New Horizons and new Nook Miles currency seems to be taking it to new heights now.

What are your thoughts on this flourishing community real money Animal Crossing: New Horizons item sellers? Would you consider buying some of these items, or do you think it’s kind of ridiculous? I’d love to hear what you think in the comments below.

For more on Animal Crossing: New Horizons, be sure check out our many helpful pages on the game in the Guides section here.

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