After a month of chaos, Target is pulling a dangerous product and potential liability off the shelves: Pokémon Cards. Customers can rest assured knowing that Pokémon, NFL, MLB and NBA trading cards, which have sparked fistfights and extensive robberies around the world, are now only available online.
Trading cards have their biggest moment in decades, driven largely by record auctions, pandemic boredom and slowed production. Celebrities like Logic and Logan Paul have made headlines by purchasing vintage Pokémon cards for over $ 1
In a way, the craze has been good for business. Sorting businesses assessing card condition are inundated with collectible pieces of cardboard, which are more valuable after going through the professional sorting process. But retailers like Target have a different problem. Adult adults fight for cards in stores, steal cards from cereal boxes, and in some cases put Target customers and employees in physical danger.
In one incident, in a parking lot in Wisconsin Target, a man was caught off guard by four trading card fanatics. He drew a gun at the group, which spread before firing. And in Japan, an incredibly brave man climbed down into a six-story building Batman and Robinstyle to break through a card shop window and steal over $ 9,000 worth of merchandise.
So Target’s decision doesn’t really come as a surprise. The retailer may reverse their decision in the future, but for now, you’re stuck buying your Pokémon, NFL, MLB, and NBA trading cards from Target’s website (or any other store).
Source: Target via Yahoo!