Card and gaming shops are often community centers. They’re a place where people gather to play a couple rounds of Pokémon, Dungeons & Dragons, or Magic: The Gathering. Counterintuitively, some of these stores have thrived during the pandemic. People haven't been meeting up to play games in shops, but they’re buying more than ever before. It’s good business for the card shops in the short term, but people who work in the stores worry what it may mean for the future of the hobby.
This is a companion discussion topic for the original entry at https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/v7evb4/pokemon-shortage-is-the-best-and-worst-thing-to-happen-to-local-card-shops