My LGS reseals?

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Posted on July 17, 2018, 11 a.m. by GrimMonolith

I didn't really think this post fit into the other categories, so I put it here. I have two local game stores, one of which focuses on MTG a good amount more. I have bought countless booster packs there, but none have any mythics or any cards over $2. Another thing, in every pack I have ever bought from there, there is a tiny slit at the bottom of the pack. I'm not sure if this is a way of resealing the cards, or just making them easier to open, but you can never be too careful. The reason I asked this is because I am thinking of buying a booster box from them, and I don't want to get all trash cards.

ork_mcgork says... #2

Well, an easy way to tell if they reseal booster boxes is if they try to sell you one that doesn't have the official WotC shrink wrap. If it doesn't have that, it's highly likely to have been mapped and/or repacked.

I'd also ask them about the slit thing. if they act cagey about it, then don't buy boosters from them anymore.

July 17, 2018 11:47 a.m.

saj0219 says... #3

I've seen that slit in a variety of packs from LGS, big box stores, and online orders... I'm not sure it (by itself) is enough to warrant concern. Then again, I could certainly be wrong about that.

July 17, 2018 11:59 a.m.

GrimMonolith says... #4

ork_mcgork yeah, I was thinking of doing that. If they hesitate, it will definitely make me hesitant to go there again.

July 17, 2018 2:50 p.m.

Rabid_Wombat says... #5

With the EVO now being so low this is what stores have to do just to survive.

And that WotC shrink-wrap can be faked...just sayin'

I only buy singles ;)

July 17, 2018 9:41 p.m.

TypicalTimmy says... #6

Save yourself the hassle and loss of money and just don't buy from them.

You clearly have concern, and for good reason. So since you are already hesitant and questioning whether or not you should, make it simple on yourself and just don't.

I'm against this personally, but there is a way you could "test" it. Some people use barcode scanners / systems to "check" what should be in each pack. The idea is, whatever is in the pack needs to be tracked for the manufacturer's sake, right? So, that tracking would be in the barcode.

This is really how booster boxes get "hacked" or whatever the term is. They slip the packs out, set aside the ones that ping for mythics, and stash the rest with some others back in the box. Then they open the packs that contain the mythics, slip those into their display cases, and seal them back up with bulk rares.

So, if you check a pack and it SHOULD contain a mythic but it contains bulk rares, that gives you your answer right there. Like I said, I personally don't think anybody should be doing this, but it unfortunately does happen.

Best of luck to you.

July 18, 2018 4:31 a.m.

GrimMonolith says... #7

TypicalTimmy I forgot all about that feature! I am 100% doing this.

July 18, 2018 10:12 a.m.

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