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(11-05-2012 07:48 PM)gosports1 Wrote: I stopped at a Wally World today in Charlotte,NC and on the bottom shelves all the Pete Rose Boxes were opened
(11-05-2012 08:21 AM)acevanquish Wrote: Regular buyers should not feel embarrassed. For every person that you feel is judging you for buying 'kids toys' as an adult, there are just as many, or let's say half, who think you're buying them for a kid, or just plain don't notice at all what you have and only want to pay for their stuff and go home.
There probably are people that look at every item and snicker to others or themselves, but I'm the type that doesn't care what they think or say. There are plenty of people who buy cards for their kids, or use them as a reward to students or take them to hospitals. If you happen to hear someone and if it makes you feel any better, turn to them and say "yeah... it's for a kid in the hospital. I thought about buying beer like you, but he's only 6 so..." I bet that will shut them up. Even though my purchases are mainly for myself I do send out extras and cards I don't want to other people (some with kids). I'm lucky that my g/f likes the randomness and surprise of opening packs. Sometimes she nudges me to get some but I have more important stuff to buy and decline. I work at a school and give them to a teacher to pass on to students. Even if you don't. If you just collect for you, so what. It's about as absurd as someone saying "look at this guy and his apples, who eats apples anymore, grow up and buy steak."
(11-05-2012 08:49 PM)jrod7290 Wrote: 'the pack(age) containing the auto was gone. I haven't run into a pack searcher, but I have seen packs at retail that had clearly all been sorted through. Thats why I stick to blasters or full boxes.'
(11-03-2012 11:16 PM)sesfan01 Wrote: so I stopped by Target after work and went to the card section to pick up a few packs. I noticed this older guy standing there just staring at the cards.
(11-06-2012 02:22 PM)ZSDOne Wrote: The way to get rid of pack searchers is to get rid of memorabilia cards. Or switch to only redemption cards. Or put dummy cards in every pack. All of those options are likely to be unpopular.
The irony of pack searching is that the only worthwhile hits in my opinion are autograph cards and pack searching will not show an autograph (except for maybe those A&G framed autos). So i'm perfectly okay with getting rid of memorabilia cards and going to autos and numbered parallels only as the hits.
The way to get rid of the crooks who open boxes and steal cards is to arrest them and ban them from the premises of any of those stores in the entire United States for life (routine in shoplifting cases)
The only individual retail packs i ever buy are the discounted ones - have made some decent hits (including an A&G framed autograph) from them. Knowing that you got one which escaped the pack searchers from those discounted packs is especially sweet.