Well, that’s one way to engage gamers in politics and news. Magic: The Gathering just got a little more expensive up in Canada. CBC News is reporting that due to the U.S. trade war we’re having with, well, the world it seems, areas are being hit that you’d least expect. Of the nearly 130 different products being hit with tariffs, playing cards are one of the items on the list that were increased in price but set up so that it wouldn’t hurt the Canadian economy.
Retailers, however, have taken notice, as a lot of gaming businesses in Canada (much like in the U.S.) don’t make money hand over fist. If anything, they’re happy to break even with a little bit of profit to keep the doors open. The news is hitting other games such as Pokémon and Yu-Gi-Oh, but the hardest hit is Magic: The Gathering as it still holds the top spot as the biggest TCG in the country. Retail businesses are keeping an eye on the way it will affect their business, as one retailer so bluntly put it…
“Our prices may be 10 per cent higher, but we’re not making 10 per cent more, and then if our sales drop, obviously that’s a concern,” said Dave Tellier, owner of Wizard’s Tower.
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