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Yeah I buy mine from league because they are only $3.25 each.

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You say it's ridiculous that they're $4.17, but the funny thing is that people will still buy them.

Supply and demand. That's all it is. As long as people buy them at $4.17, they'll stay at $4.17.

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(01-26-2012 10:32 AM)PMJ Wrote:  This is why you don't buy single packs. If you want packs, buy booster boxes. You'll pay less per pack. (Although I've heard that even doing that is a waste of time from a competitive standpoint, but still.)
I agree with buying Booster Boxes instead. Not only that you get Booster Packs at a lower price, but a fancy display box as well. -_-

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(01-26-2012 10:42 AM)DNA Wrote:  Shops that specialize in cards will usually sell them cheaper, so if it's that much of an issue for you, go there.
Usually, but not always. Some shops mark up Pokémon cards because they know they're in high demand. The very first Pokémon cards I got, the Hitmonchan deck from the Base Set, cost $45 (plus tax). At that time, I didn't know they weren't supposed to cost that much. Even now, this particular shop overcharges for Pokémon cards.

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It sucks buying cards in Canada. The tins are usually $30 before taxes, and we get over 13% in taxes, and stores mark up their prices alot too. Myself, I usually just buy boosters from my local store, as they have very good deals for Canadian prices (4 packs for $12, an EXTREMELY good deal here) and I buy the boxes from American sites. It's a cheaper way to do things when the prices are (for lack of a better word) stupidly jacked up despite the strentgh of our dollar right now.

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Quote:Some shops mark up Pokémon cards because they know they're in high demand.
Every store overcharged for Pokemon cards back in the Base Set/Pokemon fad days. It was crazy... single booster packs were considered a bargain if you could get them in a store for $8. Thankfully my mom found out that you could buy them straight from WOTC for like $2 and that was how I always ordered packs after that.
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At our league, three packs cost $10. Its a great deal :3

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(01-26-2012 08:20 PM)Frost Wrote:  Every store overcharged for Pokemon cards back in the Base Set/Pokemon fad days. It was crazy... single booster packs were considered a bargain if you could get them in a store for $8. Thankfully my mom found out that you could buy them straight from WOTC for like $2 and that was how I always ordered packs after that.
To this day, I haven't found one hobby shop in the San Fernando Valley part of Los Angeles that charges less than the department stores do for packs, decks, or tins. In fact, my favorite one to go to when I was younger has since closed its doors, as it always charged more than the Toys R Us next door.

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Odd. Pokemon players say buying booster boxes is the best thing to do, but Magic players say buying booster boxes is the WORST thing to do.

Has anybody heard of buying singles?

What buying a booster box does is, yes you get chances of getting that full art whatever pokemon card it is, at the expense of pieces of crap, ahem commons, that you spent a ton of bucks on.

The fact is, nobody is going to buy 36 separate packs. If I want 1 pack only, I'd rather get 1 pack, rather than waste my cash on a box.

You also know that, buying an entire box is the dumbest idea I could ever make, if I only want 12 packs from the same set right? Also buying packs, boxes, just to get this one card is also a pretty dumb idea right?

The point is, if you buy a booster pack or a booster box, it is assumed that you don't care what you are getting. Buying a booster box for 1 card is a bad investment. How much does a booster box cost? Much less than any of the full art cards?

3 things magic players buy their booster boxes for:

1. Draft or Sealed deck

2. They are hobby store owners, and they are going to sell their packs individually anyway, and open each pack up to sell as singles.

3. To post a video on Youtube, so some sorry dude doesn't have to spend so much cash to experience what it feels like to open a booster box, only to get junk cards that they cannot sell for profit, and that sorry dude happens to be me. I mean, why waste my own money if I can watch someone else open a booster box for me?

Now me, I buy booster packs, individual packs. There is never a time when I had 36 packs from one single set. Never ever, and I intend NOT to have 36 packs from 1 set. Another fact of the matter is, I buy packs individually is that I don't care what cards I pull from each pack, and that a super secret rare just happens to be a bonus for me. Thirdly, I trust the hobby store where I buy my packs from. 3 of 4 rares are holos from Noble Victories really tells me something, that they don't box map. Remember that 12 individual packs still cost cheaper than a booster box. You may say, oh a booster has 36 packs, but the fact of the matter is, I don't want 36 packs.

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(01-27-2012 12:41 PM)signofzeta Wrote:  Odd. Pokemon players say buying booster boxes is the best thing to do, but Magic players say buying booster boxes is the WORST thing to do.

Has anybody heard of buying singles?

What buying a booster box does is, yes you get chances of getting that full art whatever pokemon card it is, at the expense of pieces of crap, ahem commons, that you spent a ton of bucks on.

The fact is, nobody is going to buy 36 separate packs. If I want 1 pack only, I'd rather get 1 pack, rather than waste my cash on a box.

You also know that, buying an entire box is the dumbest idea I could ever make, if I only want 12 packs from the same set right? Also buying packs, boxes, just to get this one card is also a pretty dumb idea right?

The point is, if you buy a booster pack or a booster box, it is assumed that you don't care what you are getting. Buying a booster box for 1 card is a bad investment. How much does a booster box cost? Much less than any of the full art cards?

3 things magic players buy their booster boxes for:

1. Draft or Sealed deck

2. They are hobby store owners, and they are going to sell their packs individually anyway, and open each pack up to sell as singles.

3. To post a video on Youtube, so some sorry dude doesn't have to spend so much cash to experience what it feels like to open a booster box, only to get junk cards that they cannot sell for profit, and that sorry dude happens to be me. I mean, why waste my own money if I can watch someone else open a booster box for me?

Now me, I buy booster packs, individual packs. There is never a time when I had 36 packs from one single set. Never ever, and I intend NOT to have 36 packs from 1 set. Another fact of the matter is, I buy packs individually is that I don't care what cards I pull from each pack, and that a super secret rare just happens to be a bonus for me. Thirdly, I trust the hobby store where I buy my packs from. 3 of 4 rares are holos from Noble Victories really tells me something, that they don't box map. Remember that 12 individual packs still cost cheaper than a booster box. You may say, oh a booster has 36 packs, but the fact of the matter is, I don't want 36 packs.
What? I think you almost missed every post in this thread.

People made these points:
  • If you want booster packs, you may want to buy boxes or from local leagues if possible
Maybe a set was just recently released and most stores don't have the exact cards you are looking for. Maybe you want the Pokemon TCGO codes to expand your online collection? Maybe you just want to try your luck and not buy 1-2 booster packs at a time.
  • It is more efficient to purchase the specific cards you need then to try your luck with packs / boxes
And it's true! If you're looking to run The Truth with Mewtwo EX, Lugia Legend, and 19 Pokemon Catchers, it'd save your more money and time in the long run to buy the individual cards. I realize this is an exaggeration, but the point makes itself.

That's about it. It honestly seems like you took two glances at all of the posts, picked up a couple of words, and made a passive-aggressive post with insulting tones out of anger. Take a bit more time to read next time!
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Some people do not prefer to buy 36 booster all from one set. Like I said, would I spend $48 on 12 boosters or $85 on a whole box, if I want 12 boosters from 1 set?

Also some people don't have hundreds of dollars to shell out on boxes, so they get individual packs instead. That way, you don't have a crap load from one set and virtually none from another set.

Ok, let's say you want to build a deck using cards spanning 3 sets. So basically 12 boosters per set. If you buy them individually, it would cost $144 before taxes, and if you boxes, it would cost $255. I wonder which one is cheaper. Oh that's right. The individual packs are cheaper, because buying a box guarantees you get a lot of repeat commons, which you aren't guaranteed to find a person willing to trade for those exact cards.

The part I am mad about is suggesting to people that throwing a higher amount of money on 1 thing is better than paying little by little, even if buying the bulk item is cheaper. I buy individual packs. What happens here is I can control how many of each pack I want. I can buy 10 Noble victories, 10 Emerging Powers, and I would still have enough cash to buy Next Destinies if it comes out.

Maybe the OP doesn't want to buy a crapload of cards from the same set, nor does the OP have enough cash to afford an entire box. If you are low on cash, buying single packs is better than buying a box. Buying a box denies you from buying any other pack froma different set, unless you can find a way to sell those packs away, but then again, you are going to open up all the packs anyway in hopes of getting a super secret rare.

Let me give you an analogy. You can buy a bag of chips for 50 cents or 3 bags for $1.00 There is seriously no point in buying 3 bags if only 1 bag is going to get eaten. My Dad thinks like that. Buy so much because it is cheaper, and all the cereal he buys goes to waste because we never eat it. Same goes with the booster boxes. You have 36 packs, and most of its contents ends up as garbage, unless you can make use of every single common card, or if you are buying a booster box with the intention to sell the packs individually, open it up to sell as singles, or draft.

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I have never gotten a booster box. I usually buy single packs at my local card shop. If I don't buy them there I buy them at Wal-Mart.

This is absolutely ridiculous. If you buy one pack it isn't much of a big deal, but if you buy multiple packs, it adds up.

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(01-27-2012 03:01 PM)Blakexd9 Wrote:  I have never gotten a booster box. I usually buy single packs at my local card shop. If I don't buy them there I buy them at Wal-Mart.

This is absolutely ridiculous. If you buy one pack it isn't much of a big deal, but if you buy multiple packs, it adds up.
If the intention is to buy a few packs from each set, then buying packs individually is much better than buying booster boxes.

Buying booster boxes means that you are willing to invest in 36 packs all at once. This negates you from choosing which packs you want in a longer time period.

The reason for me buying single packs is I can choose which packs I want. I don't even own 36 packs of any particular pokemon set, the max I think I bought was 12. Yeah, the price adds up, but I have 36 packs spanning across multiple sets, rather than 36 packs from 1 set.

Man, if I bought booster box of Noble Victories rather than individual packs, I wouldn't have enough cash to buy Photon Shockwave and Innistrad packs.

Before I continue further, how many of you have really low income? Out of those people, how many of you buy booster boxes rather than individual packs? Out of that group, how many of you open all your packs in that box? Ok out of that group, how many of you have cards that you will never use? Ok from that group, how many of you have cards in a trade binder that never seems to get traded away because no one wants them? Out of those cards, how many are 5th copies of one particular card?

Do you know what time it is? I'll tell you what time it is if I can get to it. It is time for some old fashioned triple axe.
Have you seen, have you seen the Tome of Power with this sucker? TRIPLE AXE!!! Oh my god, things are gonna get sliced!!!
Triple Axe, Triple Axe. It cuts your face cause it's Triple Axe. Owns your head, yes it does. Makes you die, holy crap, it's the Triple Axe, it owns a lot of face.
Triple Axe!!! It Bounces Everywhere.

-Erykktehdestroyer, as a Paladin in the Court of 1000 warriors. (third line to the tune of Spiderman theme song).
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Why are you arguing into nothingness? Nobody here is is really disagreeing with your points, and nobody here is following the examples you're making in your points. You are quite literally having an argument with nobody.

Who are you directing your posts to? What point are you trying to argue against? (And has that point already been talked about and shelved since everybody already understands it?)
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I think the biggest difference here is how the cards are distributed in the packs.

The Pokémon TCG is generous with rare cards and are thus plentiful. If you open up a certain amount of packs, you're bound to find something you can use. A box of packs contains enough that you can pick out what you want, sell to some store what you don't, and buy individual cards for anything you're missing. With Magic, rare cards are distributed somewhat randomly around packs, and there are categories above that where you're hard-pressed to find one even if you run a store. The other thing is that common and uncommon cards are almost always required to play a viable deck in Pokémon, whereas in Yu-Gi-Oh! and, to a lesser extent, in Magic, the powerful rare cards don't need common card support at all. Buying packs in bulk in Pokémon means that whatever card you need, you're practically guaranteed to find the common cards you need to support your deck with.

At least, that's my explanation.

By the way, I am from a low-income household. I pretty much only go to pre-releases for cards, as I no longer play in tournaments. (Well, not until I can get my family's income level up.) Package delivery in my neighborhood is also a gamble due to a high theft rate and negligent couriers (which also eliminates selling back cards). Buying individual packs from brick-and-mortar stores is the best way for me to go.

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