I think in most parts of the country the prices for Blaster Boxes are normally within three cents or so of each other. In my area they are regularly priced at $19.99 or $19.98 at the big box chains Target, WalMart and Toys R Us. This year that has changed at one of these stores. I have not been down the card aisle in this store in probably six months so I can’t say when the pricing changed. When I went looking for 2010 Topps Series One Baseball Blasters I was shocked to see the blasters priced at $21.99.
Yep, my local Toys R us is charging $2 more for blasters of not only 2010 Baseball Card issues but also 2009 Baseball and Football issues. Why would Toys R Us charge more for their blasters than Target or Walmart? Are they not buying enough to get the same wholesale price as Target or Walmart? Maybe there is more value in the boxes from Toys R Us. From what I can tell there is not any published differences in the Toys R Us Blasters that would warrant a $2 premium.
My attention was quickly diverted to the 2010 Topps Cereal Boxes so I didn’t really pick up the blasters to try to figure out if they had something extra in them. By the way, Toys R Us charges a dollar more for the cereal boxes than the other guys. I like to shop at Toys R Us for blasters now and again because they will sometimes have something different than Target or Walmart but there is no way I am paying $2 more for nothing.
What is the pricing for blasters from Toys R Us near you? Are there differences in the blasters? If you have paid the extra money and bought any were the pulls any better?