I appreciate the positive response to yesterday's post about the Interview with a Packsearcher. You should know confrontation isn't my style, but I get tired of those guys.
Speaking of confrontations, I got an email late Sunday from a guy who read the post and said he sometimes searched packs, didn't see anything wrong with it and would be inclined to kick my a** if I confronted him that way. I told him I didn't like packsearching, I did see something wrong with it and I'm 6'3" and weigh 250+ pounds so I would be inclined to let him try to kick my a**.
As for the whole "getting the manager" routine, I don't talk to managers about the packsearchers anymore. They don't care. Those packs/blasters are brought in by distributors and Wal-mart/Target doesn't have anything to do with them except to sell them. They just don't care. The distributors don't really care either. I've talked to two different distributors who stock those shelves and they even laugh about guys bringing in scales to weigh packs. I've seen blasters that were opened and the distributors say they just write them off. I have yet to run into anyone involved in the process who cares.
Just keep in mind that retail, while the only option for many of us, is a crapshoot. Hits are few and far between, even if your card shelves haven't been ravaged by packsearchers. Check your blasters to make sure they are sealed with the manufacturers plastic wrap. After reading some reports earlier last year about the overwrap being taped shut, I've started checking any blasters I buy. I haven't seen that yet, but it won't surprise me if I do.
Having said all that, I'm going through a little pack ripping withdrawal. I need some 2012 Topps or better yet, a discounted blaster.