On the way back from getting our little dog fluffed up at the groomer's, we stopped in at Target to check out the baseball cards. Haven't done this for MONTHS so wasn't quite ready for the change we encountered: namely, inflation. $3.19 for a pack? Perhaps even worse, you know those re-packaged older cards...Target used to sell them for $9.99 and you could open an array of cards, finding smile cards, Mets, random good stuff, even an old relic or autograph. Worthless, but fun. Well, those are $12.99 now!
Attention baseball card packagers and repackagers: have you heard of the "price point" concept? Because we think you have exceeded it.
On a scale of 1-10, how much does the $3.19 pack phenomenon bother you? For us it's a 10. Although, since it's possible we may become weak in regard to cardboard, we wonder how long it will be before we begrudgingly accept the new normal. That's how they getcha, you know. They wait for you to wrestle with inevitability because it always wins. You know, inevitably.
Nick Markakis, 2010 Topps National Chicle #73
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