Hi everyone. Apologies for the really long post.
I am looking for advice on how to best help my local game shop. Where I live is rural and it's the only dedicated boardgame store in an hour's drive. I am afraid it may soon close permanently and I think that would really hurt the local community.
Prior to COVID, I was speaking with the owner and they were saying how difficult business was due to shrinking margins. I can only imagine things are even more so now. They finally were able to reopen but with lots of restrictions and limited hours. No in-store events which is where they generate a lot of their income. How do you think I should go about helping to support them during this difficult time?
A friend suggested that I go purchase a lot of Magic: The Gathering. Unfortunately I don't know anything about the game. Apparently the margins are good for the store on that particular product. My friend stated that as long as I keep the boxes sealed I can easily then sell them back several years later for what I put into it. I like this idea more than buying a gift card because if the unthinkable happens and the store closes then I lose everything.
I was researching Magic but it's incredibly complex looking. There is apparently a lot of choices. Core 2021? Collector Core 2021? Jump Start? Double Masters? Double Masters VIP? I watched some YouTube videos by a gentleman named Rudy and it sounds like some of the product does well and some flops. For example, Collectors Thiros lost half of its value? What product should I be buying that is the safest?
Or is there a better way that I can help my store? I'm not sure what I would do with 10 copies of Catan though (my favorite game! :>) and who would be wanting them a few years from now. But it sounds like from YouTube that many people will be interested in the sealed Magic a few years from now or if I hold it a little longer I may be able to make a little money.
Thank you everyone for your time and thoughtful insights.