Tuesday, September 28, 2010

How to Combat Packsearchers--Retail Edition

Before we get started, I feel it's only fair that I warn you. As a matter of fact, if you are one of those talented people who make your own sketch cards, you may want to skip this post and come back later. I can't be held responsible for what you are about to see.

Yesterday, I stopped at one of the two Wally World's I normally frequent. I didn't have any money in the old budget for cards, but that didn't stop me from checking out the card aisle. I quickly noticed that the remodel of the front end was complete and the standard card aisle no longer existed. After a brief moment of panic, I found it.

Unfortunately, I didn't have my phone with me so I could photograph the new card display. I did manage to sketch it for you and I now present the sketch in all it's glory.

Don't blame me for being a bad artist. I warned you this wasn't going to be pretty.

As you can see, the card section has been placed next to the bountiful cigarette display. This area is off-limits to non-employees, meaning that any 8 year old who wants cards has to stand beside the 15 year old trying to illegally purchase cigarettes.

I have mixed emotions about this development. On the plus side, it should prevent packsearchers from getting their big, clumsy mitts on the cards. The downside is that I have to ask for help getting my cards the next time I want to buy something. I don't like that so much, but anything that keeps the packsearchers at bay is really ok with me.

So far this is the only store that has this new setup, but I'll be checking out other stores to see if it's the way of the future.

Has anyone else seen this type of change in the retail setup?


  1. Good to see the change! It's a little more hassle but knowing your packs are safe is worth the trade off.

    I wish a store around here even sold packs.

  2. Love the sketch... I think the pro (pack searchers denied) outweights the con (wasted time finding an employee to help you get cards).

  3. I wonder if this was intentionally done by Wally-World with pack searchers in mind or if they were just trying to prevent shop lifting of the packs. I have mixed feelings about this "situation." While I am anti-pack-searcher, I would probably go ballistic the first time I rushed to Wally-World on my lunch break and ended up waiting 15 minutes for someone to let me in to get to the trading cards.

  4. Alright Im in.

    Im over In Dallas. I drive you point the way..


  5. I'm printing this picture out and taking it with me to Walmart or Target next time....

  6. Jay, if you want to know where...shoot me an email. If you want to know what they have, I can check and get back to you.

  7. There's a post idea, sketch out the card aisles of my Walmarts and Target. Hilarity will ensue!