Created By: Four-Star on July 11, 2010 Last Edited By: SpiderRider3 on October 6, 2014

We're Sold Out, Stupid!

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Its Christmas or someone's birthday, and the protagonist goes to a store or mall to look for the one gift his or her friend always wanted, usually in a rush. When the protagonist can't seem to find it, he or she asked the employees where this particular gift is. The employees start laughing (likely at the protagonist), and tells the protagonist that the gift is sold out, and has been for a while. Other customers join in on the laugh. The protagonist then leaves the store in anger and embarrassment. Our protagonist goes through store after store to find it, but always the same results: sold out and being laughed at.


Examples:

  • Jingle All the Way: To make up for missing his son Jamie's karate lessons, Howard promises to give Jamie a Turbo-Man action figure for Christmas. Unfortunately, his wife Liz reminded him that he made this same promise earlier that year and assumed he already got it. Also, the Turbo-Man figures are the must-have gifts this season. He and postal worker Myron Larabee search for Turbo-Man during a shopping stampede. A lady costumer and store employees laugh at them for "looking for a Turbo-Man".
  • In "Arnold's Christmas", to help find Mr. Hyunh's lost daughter Mai, Arnold and Gerald buy gifts for an archivist in government records in exchange for the whereabouts of Mai. They complete the list except for one more thing: a pair of Nancy Spumoni snow boots. However, when they come to a store and ask for them, employees laugh at them and told them they're sold out. Then there's a montage of Arnold and Gerald going store to store and leaving when employees laugh.
  • In Arthur's Perfect Christmas D.W. wants Tina the Talking Tabby but her mother can't find it anywhere so she gets Quackers instead.
    Mom: Now, D.W., you know that Santa can't always get exactly the thing you want.
    D.W.: Why? Because I've been bad?
    Mom: No, D.W., you haven't been bad it's just that - well, there are a lot of children wishing for the same thing. And...
    D.W.: It's because Arthur wrote my letter all wrong, isn't it? Boy, if you want something done right, you've gotta do it yourself.
  • Murphy Brown had an episode where Murphy discovers that her son wants the latest hot toy for Christmas. Being ignorant of pop culture trends, she doesn't realise how popular it is until she tries to buy one and discovers it is sold out everywhere.
  • Toy Story 2 had Tour Guide Barbie comment sarcastically on the real life occurence of this following the first Toy Story.
  • A Woody Woodpecker short had him and Wally Walrus fighting over an action figure for their nephew and niece and nephew respectively.

Non Christmas / non gift example:

  • In Dogma:
    Bartleby: Hello, we'd like two tickets to New Jersey, please.
    Bus Station Attendant: Jersey's sold out, sir.
    Loki: What?
    Bus Station Attendant: There's one at the same time tomorrow. I suggest you not underestimate the staggering drawing power of the Garden State, and show up two hours in advance.
  • In The Nanny episode "Fran Gets Mugged", Mr. Sheffield asked a cop to have their stolen property returned. He started walking out of the room laughing, and says "Hey, guess what I've just heard?".
  • In the The Fairly Oddparents episode, "Nectar of the Odds", Timmy calls the Dimmadome ticket office to ask if he can have three tickets for "Crash Nebula On Ice". The office manager laughs at Timmy upon hearing this, then calmly tells him they're sold out.
Community Feedback Replies: 27
  • July 11, 2010
    randomsurfer
    In Arthur's Perfect Christmas D.W. wants Tina the Talking Tabby but her mother can't find it anywhere so she gets Quackers instead.
    Mom: Now, D.W., you know that Santa can't always get *exactly* the thing you want.
    D.W.: Why? Because I've been bad?
    Mom: No, D.W., you haven't been bad it's just that - well, there are a lot of children wishing for the same thing. And...
    D.W.: It's because Arthur wrote my letter all wrong, isn't it? Boy, if you want something done right, you've gotta do it yourself.
  • July 11, 2010
    foxley
    Murphy Brown had an episode where Murphy discovers that her son wants the latest hot toy for Christmas. Being ignorant of pop culture trends, she doesn't realise how popular it is until she tries to buy one and discovers it is sold out everywhere.
  • July 12, 2010
    SonofRojBlake
    Toy Story 2 had Tour Guide Barbie comment sarcastically on the real life occurence of this following Toy Story 1.
  • July 12, 2010
    Bisected8
    A Woody Woodpecker short had him and Wally Walrus fighting over an action figure for their nephew and niece and nephew respectively.
  • July 12, 2010
    LyraGRowin
    I suggest We're Sold Out, Stupid!, the way it's worded now sounds like it's talking about an event.
  • July 12, 2010
    PkMARIO
  • July 24, 2010
    Unknown Troper
    I'm glad to see everyone has other examples! I hope this trope will be made.
  • July 24, 2010
    Four-Star
    Oops, I wrote the comment above. I forgot to log in.
  • May 3, 2011
    Fanra
    Non Christmas / non gift example:

    Bartleby: Hello, we'd like two tickets to New Jersey, please.
    Bus Station Attendant: Jersey's sold out, sir.
    Loki: What?
    Bus Station Attendant: There's one at the same time tomorrow. I suggest you not underestimate the staggering drawing power of the Garden State, and show up two hours in advance.
    -- Dogma
  • July 17, 2013
    Prfnoff
    Does this trope cover situations where the protagonist is the one working at the store?
  • July 17, 2013
    TonyG
    In Just Shoot Me, Maya tries to get a Sneezing Charlie doll for a child she's mentoring, but they are all sold out. She then finds out that her father has bought them all to give as Christmas presents for the magazine's clients.
  • July 17, 2013
    paycheckgurl
    Never mind, my example (The Hey Arnold one) seems to already be on there.
  • July 20, 2013
    randomsurfer
    In an issue of the Clerks comic book Jay learns about Chase Figures, the rare action figures that people will pay high prices for. He assumes he can just go into a toy store and buy them, then resell at a huge markup.
  • July 20, 2013
    littlemissmuffet
    An example where the employee comes out more frustrated than the customer! On the old The Electric Company, there was a cartoon where a man asked the waitress for a sweet roll and coffee. The waitress says "We are out of sweet rolls." The man changes his beverage order, but not his request for a sweet roll. Every time he does this, the waitress repeats "We are out of sweet rolls" with increasing annoyance. Finally, she just runs away screaming. The customer says "Then I'll just have a sweet roll."
  • July 20, 2013
    Paradisesnake
    The current title violates the No New Stock Phrases policy.
  • September 6, 2013
    FlyingDuckManGenesis
    Here's a non-Christmas/gift example:

    • In the The Fairly Oddparents episode, "Nectar of the Odds", Timmy calls the Dimmadome ticket office to ask if he can have three tickets for "Crash Nebula On Ice". The office manager laughs at Timmy upon hearing this, then calmly tells him they're sold out.
  • September 6, 2013
    TwoGunAngel
    @Paradisesnake: Which is why I'm seconding Sold Out At Christmas.
  • September 6, 2013
    DAN004
  • January 17, 2014
    CrypticMirror
    Comedian Rikki Fulton had a recurring sketch on his Scotch And Wry series where someone would try to buy a train ticket only to be made to choose between a Long List of options, or be told to do some silly task first, and once completed would be told "Come back tomorrow, the last train's just gone".
  • January 17, 2014
    TitoMosquito
    Maybe it should be called Hot New Thing Sold Out?
  • January 17, 2014
    ShanghaiSlave
  • January 17, 2014
    DAN004
  • January 18, 2014
    NESBoy
    At the beginning of Mario Vs Donkey Kong, Donkey Kong watches a commercial for the Mini-Mario toys, driving him to buy them all. Upon reaching a toy store, however, he sees a sign saying that they're sold out.
  • January 18, 2014
    robinjohnson
    Surely this could be about any character, not just the protagonist?
  • January 19, 2014
    MetaFour
    • Monty Pythons Flying Circus had the Cheese Shop sketch. John Cleese walks into a cheese shop and finds that they're out of his preferred cheese variety. He starts asking for other cheese varieties and finds the shop is out of those, too. He rattles off a ludicrously Long List of cheeses, and finds the shop is out of all of them. He finally gives up and asks Michael Palin which cheese the shop does have, and the answer is none. The cheese shop is completely out of cheese.
      Cleese: Tell me something. Do you have any cheese at all?
      Palin: Yes, sir.
      Cleese: Now I'm going to ask you that question once more. And if you say "No", I'm going to shoot you through the head. Now, do you have any cheese at all?
      Palin: No.
      [John Cleese shoots him.]
  • October 6, 2014
    BKelly95
    Music
    • The Monty Python Cheese Shop example is referenced in Weird Al Yankovic's "Albuquerque". It ends differently, though. After confirming that everything he's asked for at the doughnut shop is sold out, Al asks what they do have. All the shop has is a box of starved, crazy weasels. Al takes that and gets attacked by the weasels.
  • October 6, 2014
    DAN004
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