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The frustration of having no product to buy

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I often shop at a local Walmart to buy my baseball and/or football cards. I had been building Topps baseball series 1 for this year as far back as the winter, and recently traded for a good size lot to trim my want list to finish series 1.

Series 2 has since gone live, as have 2020 football cards, and I was lucky just to get 2 fat packs of Score 2020 football. Why is that, you ask?

Well, friends, being that we're in the middle of a pandemic that has seen "panic buyers" hoard hand sanitizer and other necessary items in the first weeks, it stands to reason some of those same "panic buyers" are now hoarding sports cards. I talked to a clerk at a Target 2 weeks ago, and she said she'd heard that people are buying up whatever's in stock and reselling on eBay, denying local shoppers a fair opportunity, in order to turn a profit.

These "panic buyers" are in it for themselves, ignorant of other collectors in their areas, and this has to stop. I found out that Walmart, and presumably also Target, buys their stock from a 3rd party vendor, who delivers when possible. A year ago at this time, even ten years ago, cards were readily available. Not so now, and it's going to be a while before we return to what was the status quo.

If you guys know anyone who's "panic buying" in your area, let me read about it in the comments box. I'd like to read some ideas on how to put a stop to this nonsense.


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