Retailers are pulling Pokemon cards from store shelves after customer chaos
May 14, 20211 min read
Citing "safety concerns for customers and staff," two major U.S. retailers have temporarily halted the sale of Pokémon trading cards in-store, following numerous altercations, mass panic-buying, and scenes of physical and verbal violence.
Target is restricting the sale of Pokémon cards (as well its NFL, NBA, and MLB trading card brands) to its online store, removing the sought-after decks from the shelves of its physical outlets. Speaking to Bleeding Cool, Target said it was exercising "an abundance of caution" following a May 7 incident where a gun was brandished in a Target parking lot, reportedly over a sports trading card dispute.