MAX PAWN on KTNV Channel 7 Las Vegas – Pandemic fueling surge in collectibles

Posted at 6:43 PM, Feb 11, 2021

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — Baseball cards, Barbie dolls and Pokémon cards are seeing a surge in popularity during the pandemic as some people are using their extra stimulus money to cash in on collectibles.

Some McDonald’s locations are putting up signs at the drive-thru saying Pokémon cards can only be purchased with a Happy Meal.

The company recently teamed up with Pokémon for a limited-time promotion to give out cards as Happy Meal toys, but McDonald’s tells 13 Action News some locations across the country have sold out with people buying them up.

At Max Pawn, owner Michael Mack has noticed more people using their extra stimulus money rather than asking for loans to make ends meet.

“Everyone had money, more money than they normally had, so our retail sales were off the charts,” he said.

Mack says collectibles like trading cards and Barbie dolls have an interest but that market is more volatile and so at his store, more people are using their money to buy high-end merchandise.

“Not everyone has that full amount of money to go spend at a department store or high-end boutique, so at Max Pawn you can buy it at a fraction of retail cost,” he said.

As far as those McDonald’s cards, the corporation says it’s addressing the shortage and asking locations to set reasonable limits.

Read the company’s full statement to 13 Action News below:

We love seeing fans’ passion for our limited-time Happy Meal promotion celebrating 25 years of Pokémon. With such significant demand for our promotional Pokémon TCG cards, and some fans even going to extreme lengths to get them, we’re working quickly to address shortages and also strongly encouraging restaurants to set a reasonable limit on Happy Meals sold per customer. We want to offer the full Happy Meal experience to as many families as possible, and help ensure everyone is able to get in on the fun!

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