Collectible card notice at a Target store in Edgewater, NJ.
Sarah Whitten | TBEN
Retail giant Target said on Friday it was temporarily removing collectible cards from shelves after one of its Wisconsin stores closed due to a violent conflict over cards.
Items removed include MLB, NFL, NBA, and Pokemon Trading Cards. Buyers can still purchase the cards online from the Target website.
Retailers have seen an increase in demand for collectible cards during the pandemic, with the resale value of these cards being multiples of what consumers originally paid.
The dispute in Brookfield, Wis., Involved four men allegedly assaulting a fifth in the parking lot as he left the store earlier this month. The victim, who holds a concealed carry permit, drew his gun during the incident, prompting his attackers to flee. No shots were fired and all four were arrested, according to a WISN report.
Target’s move is a precautionary measure, the company said.
“The safety of our customers and our team is our top priority. As a precaution, we have decided to temporarily suspend the sale of MLB, NFL, NBA and Pokémon collectible cards in our stores, effective May 14,” said the Target spokesperson in a press release.
Other collectible card brands such as Hasbro’s “Magic: The Gathering” are still on the shelves.
Despite an increase in demand, rival Walmart has said it does not plan to take similar measures at this time.
“We have not suspended the sale of any collectible cards. Like other retailers, we have seen an increase in customer demand and are in the process of determining what changes, if any, are needed to meet the demand. demand from customers while ensuring a safe and enjoyable shopping experience, ”the Walmart spokesperson said in a statement.
The Pokemon Company declined to comment.