Shipping Changes Prevent MTG Players From Purchasing Products

Wizards of the Coast has worked over the past few years to bring more products to MTG players than ever before. From Collector Booster packs for foil lovers to recently retired themed booster packs for players who just wanted more blue cards, there’s something for everyone. While the product selection is great, some issues can still cause accessibility issues for specific MTG products. It’s time to discuss Secret Lair’s shipping costs.

Huge shipping costs Secret Lair

A few days ago, an Australian Redditor named TheBeachDoctor posted their cart for two Secret Lair sets they wanted to buy. For only about $30 Each, Secret Lairs is a fantastic way to get beautiful special event cards shipped right to your door. Although you only get a few cards, secondary market prices will make up for a lack of quantity.

While the price of the Secret Lairs themselves is relatively decent for our Aussie fan, the shipping costs create a barrier. Even if two Secret Lairs are reduced to $53.98shipping comes in at a huge $98, almost twice as many as secret lairs. So you only get eight cards for a price comparable to Booster Boxes, where you can get up to 36 packs of 15 cards each.

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Shipping out of country

The problem with those insane shipping prices seems to be exclusive to players who don’t live in the US, although they’re not as bad as Australian shipping; some Canadian players also expressed their frustration in this Reddit post:

“There are three cases where I would have ordered a Secret Lair, but the shipping and then the duty to Canada are also pretty bad (not that bad, but still not worth it),” says Redditor Cynthia Kitty.

It seems that the Secret Lair product is more expensive outside of the United States. TCGplayer has the Secret Lair Extra Life 2021 Foil edition which lasts approx. $61, according to recent sales. If we go to FacetoFace Games (the leading tournament organizer in Canada), they have the same edition for $120 CAD (about $92 WE). Even if you look at other stores in the area that have lower prices than F2F, prices all tend to average between $100 and $130 BODY. The markup here caused by shipping is very clear.

On a different note, the Extra Life 2021 Secret Lair is worth its price in the United States. There is always a premium charged here. Yet, since you get two sheets Craterhoof Behemoths (each valued at approximately $26 on TCGplayer), it is quite easy to compensate for the difference in value. However, for premiums outside of the US, it’s best to buy singles.

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What is the solution ?

As suggested by the Redditors quoted above, one of the best solutions for non-US gamers who want to get their hands on it is to place a bulk order between multiple people. This will help reduce shipping costs, making Secret Lairs worth the money you put in for them.

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Another possibility is for players to buy US singles for whatever Secret Lair cards they want. Although slight premiums still seem to exist outside the United States for Secret Lair singles (Nonfoil Craterhoof Behemoth of the Extra Life 2021 box, for example, is currently $28 United States at Star City Games vs. $32 US price at FacetoFace), these can be made irrelevant by, again, shipping costs. That said, singles for a secret lair will still be much more expensive for a potential buyer than buying the secret lair itself with reasonable shipping. So it’s not the best solution.

Another potential solution, as pointed out by Redditor Zero_AE, is to send your secret lair to a friend in the United States. After this point, your friend can ship it to you at a cheaper cost. However, this only works if the shipping costs are significantly reduced. If the change is not too big, you will pay these shipping costs on time instead.

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Can we do something?

Players outside of the United States may not be able to do much about these shipping charges. Wizards of the Coast could set up a program to help get these products to players outside of the United States at a lower cost, but depending on how they implement it, that may not really be a solution. Honestly, we’re a bit at a loss as to a potential solution to this problem. Outside of placing an order for a group of friends, it can be quite difficult to find a way to manage those shipping costs.