I like watching them from time to time, but it makes me cringe hard every time they break the WOTC seal and open packs. It’s like jabbing a pokeflute into my heart, but I like seeing the awesome pulls at the same time.
It’s a shared interest for me. I personally enjoy the excitement from the person opening. If it is a “hype” channel opening for the sake of views, I have no interest. For example, watching a GemMintPokemon video is great, because he is just as happy to pull a rare trainer in mint condition than he is a holo.
Also, it keeps the motivation alive for opening packs/boxes I have yet to experience.
I believe its simply that the boxes have gotten too expensive. I think there is opportunity for a solid vintage pack opening YT channel, unfortunately larger more monetized channels would rather keep their costs low.
Most of the problem comes from the fact that YouTube audiences are younger and don’t particular care about WotC cards. A 1k Flash Fire booster pack opening would cost the same as many vintage booster boxes while being longer (longer videos are more profitable) and more appealing to younger audiences.
I think that watching sports, and e-sports is different than watching people open booster boxes and old product.
People like to watch sport and e-sports because it’s watching people who are the best at what they do, and appreciating them and what they play for the time and effort put into becoming that good at something.
Watching people open sealed stuff is probably more in the same vein as watching rich people receive delivery of their Ferrari’s and Lamborghini’s, or people doing Youtube videos of their holiday house that has 8 bedrooms and 4 bathrooms in an expensive part of whatever country they are in.
I like it as its a way of enjoying an experience ill never be able to have. Like most things on youtube it comes down to the presenter and their persona and attitudes. I watch a lot of pc bulding videos where two channels may build the same pc but the presenters egos change the whole experience up for better or worse. The pokesoup vid where he pulls the gold star zard is amazing!
Ya, I opened a crazy amount of wotc boxes on my youtube (daa906). I opened over 100 of them total. I slightly regret it now, but I think I am one of the reasons the prices sky rocketed on the sealed boxes. lol I still have about 15 boxes left of 1st editions and a sealed trainer deck b. Just hoarding those now.