Ive been able to find one or two blaster boxes of update, a box of A&G and a couple of boxes of Bowman early on...the card shop in harrisburg has a few blasters, for under what Target sells them for..Haven't found any retail here in central PA since lockdown started. Don't expect to see any for a long time. I have been content to just buy finished sets off of ebay. Not as much fun as busting wax and putting sets together, but way less clutter and way cheaper.
feel like it is going to be kicking a dead horse regarding retail flippers until this little card bubble bursts. As with every bubble, it will burst, and someone is going to end up with a bunch of retail stuff that they can't flip and don't want and than it will be a buyers market. Just have to have patience.
They are selling to breakers who pass the inflated cost on to those that buy in to breaks, gambling on a chance at a big hit.I don't know if that situation can be completely fixed while the major retailers are selling the product. There's no way they are going to put the resources or effort into it. Somehow there's needs to be some sort of way where they can move the product without cutting into their profit margins too much. On most levels the product comes in and moves quite quickly. Mission accomplished, order some more for next month.
I don't have any solutions jumping out at me. But my instincts tell me the answer is somewhere in the chain between us and the flippers. By this I mean these flippers are buying big chunks of the products for themselves. We'd all agree they're not buying as collectors or to build sets but to "flip". So who are they selling to? Generally speaking it's us......those that can't get them on the shelves.
Some of the new kids will stay with the hobby just like we all did. How many though remains to be seen.Interesting! I think you were replying to my earlier post about why the sports card hobby has just exploded in 2020 when so many conomic factors say that it should not.
I never had heard the comfort theory before. But I have seen quite a few younger and new collectors drop some big money on brand new product. And one of these big, younger buyers does these online breaks which I think the article is refering to
One thing that looks to be a dark cloud for the hobby, is that when things return to normal post-Covid, many of these same new collectors will return to their old ways of enjoying themselves leaving cards behind, Only time will tell..
I remember that as well. Just unusual to see current hobby products on retail shelves.I've heard some Targets are getting direct from Topps stuff - they were selling the Update Chrome Sapphire on the website. I remember stores used to occasionally have hobby boxes on the shelves - Shopko, K-Mart, etc. but usually the product was a few years old.