Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Pack searchers or just damaged goods?

So I was at Target and getting ready to check out with my mom when I decided to pick up a last minute pack of cards. It was mainly due to the fact that Freeman was on the pack and I wanted to save the wrapper. I also noticed that it felt a little... heavier than normal and could not help but get a little excited.

Then I noticed something else as I was at the check-out. The bottom of the pack had been opened. I had decided to get them anyways, thinking maybe it had come open on its own somehow. Well, my impatience got the best of me and I ended up sneaking a peek of the cards right there. Thank goodness I did.

The cards were badly wrinkled in the middle... every single one of them. The thick card turned out to be one of those cardboard inserts. That was not the worst part however.

The worst was seeing Chipper jones staring back at me all wrinkly and torn. I had finally managed to pick a pack with Chipper and the cards were battered as hell. ;_;

I didn't get the pack and we ended up levaing it with the cashier saying it was damaged. My quetsion is, did a pack searcher do this or could it have been done during when the cards where shipped? I was thinking that maybe they felt a thicker card like I had and wanted to make "sure" of what it was.

It really pisses me of someone would ruin cards like that if so. I admit to feeling packs in the past but never enough to damage them and I never opened the damn things. Not that that is right and I stopped, but jeez. ....I wanted my Chippah.

I don't really know how common this is really though. Have you ever seen a packsearcher yourself? What did you do?


  1. I just saw one tonight doing it with his son (I presume), and kind of shook my head as I walked past to the end of the card aisle. I guess he saw me, because he started talking "to his kid" but clearly loud enough to make sure I could hear it. "He's doing the same thing we are, he's just mad we're here first". Then he rambled something about the younger generations getting started or something, with lots of cursing for speaking in front of a child. I didn't really want any trouble and the dude seemed to be getting mad or at least puffing out his chest, so I just moved on without looking at much. And no, I wasn't searching myself. I honestly think he just was embarrassed I caught him, but his reaction was to get indignant and angry at me to justify it to himself. Oh, and after I walked by I realized they were searching Justin Bieber packs. Maybe that added to his embarrassment on his kid's behalf, but I say collect what you like.

  2. about a week ago 'things are funner here' actually posted a pic of a pack searcher.