Local Game Stores (LGSs) are struggling to keep product on their shelves. Distributors are not communicating. Store owners are in the dark about what’s coming, how much it will be, and when the boxes will arrive. Financial planning is difficult right now; stores are buying boxes from the secondary market and/or breaking down other product to fill their customers’ orders.
It is shocking that we are in 2023 and TPCi cannot accurately gauge demand for sealed product.
Even if they raise msrp they are still going to sell out, theywould be very short sighted thinking they need a “Strategy”.
There must be some major clusterfuck with their logistics behind the scenes. There’s no way they are leaving so much money on the table on what seems like 3-5 months without any “wave of new bb” and even worse there seems that we won’t be getting any reprints in the near future.
I think people are really trying to brainstorm why sets won’t be reprinted, or how some elaborate plan is being put in motion to pull the wool over their eyes. I think it’s more likely it’s regular old supply issues we’ve been dealing with.
is it even supply issues at this point? Pokemon has already printed so much of Sword and Shield. They’ve printed more of it than Sun & Moon ( and maybe XY combined). Seems like more of a demand issue to me.
More people speculating on modern than ever before. They’ve already supplied enough. They’re printing new sets. With every new set they release, they have to print more than ever, it seems.
IDK if that answers why LGS cant get more. Maybe. I wonder if these LGS are out because they got less product, or because it’s just selling out. The latter would suggest it’s simply demand clearing the shelves…
Personally, I’m speculating on modern… NOT holding value in the long-term.
sorry guys dont mean to party poop lmao i just think it’s best to approach these things without being too imaginative bc that can get things too wrapped up in ideas. that’s just my take tho, i could very well be wrong.
@knotchi I mean it kinda is a demand issue, but also inherently a supply issue because there’s not enough supply to meet the increased demand. There’s definitely people speculating, but clearly the market is absorbing even their increased printing; they need more product. I can’t even grab a pack when I go to shoppers to buy milk because they’ve been sold out completely since like July!
I think they are being cautious because they are coming down from an extreme hype period. They want to satiate demand but don’t want to flood at the levels they might’ve wanted to 2 years ago. It’s a tough balancing act but I think it will be rectified with scarlet and violet. The are literally printing money so if they think they can pump more product out without saturating supply, they will do it.
People said the same thing about XY sets 6 years ago and every single box has gone up since then, Even steam siege is $300 lmao. Modern weathered the 2021 -2022 downturn pretty well compared to WOTC era.