Like any business, hobby shops sometimes temporarily close their doors. Whether it’s for remodeling, a move, a vacation or a trip to a major convention, it’s not out of the ordinary.
This moment in our history is decidedly different.
Many shops have been forced to close indefinitely. In some areas, it could be several weeks or even months before local and state governments give the go-ahead for non-essential businesses to open. While some stores still have the option to provide “curbside” or home delivery, it won’t replace the lost revenue from collectors who normally come in to break boxes of new product, browse through boxes for singles or make an impulse purchase for their personal collection.
Let’s face it: for many who operate on a small margin, it could be devastating.
We’re going to try to help shop owners across North America by providing a static page with free links to the places where shops can earn revenue right now: their store’s website, eBay listings page or Facebook page. It will allow collectors from around the world to help support local shops that really need it right now by bidding on or buying their items, from new hobby boxes and singles to vintage cards, sets and memorabilia.
It’s our hope that card companies are also doing all they can by allowing sellers, regardless of a store’s “status” to sell any current or future product online and making sure they can somehow receive product if at all possible. This is no time for restrictions, quotas or memberships.
If you have a physical store, send me an email with your information and links to your website, eBay store and social media accounts where you do business ([email protected]) and we’ll add your shop to the page. At this time, we’re only adding stores that have been forced to close their physical storefront. Collectors: please share with your local shop and hopefully we can make a difference for store owners who’ve helped you in the past, but need YOUR help now.