Fat packs vs. boosters

  • #1
    I have a dilemma. I want more booster packs and I have $50 to spend. My local gaming store charges $40 for a fat pack and $4 for a booster. Is the fat pack even worth it? I only gotten a fat pack twice. (Ravnica and Betrayers) Are you guaranteed at least a mythic or what?
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    The fat pack is barely worth it at $35, only if you can't get boosters for less than $4 anywhere else.. Definitely not at $40.

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  • #3
    It's not that a Mythic rare is guaranteed... but 1 out of 8, and given that there's 8 boosters. Chances are somewhat increased I guess.

    Fat packs are 8 boosters and a pack of land. If you think those 40 (at least I thought it's 40) basic lands of the current set are worth your 8 dollars... then yes, the fatpack is worth it.
  • #4
    You're never guaranteed anything out of a booster pack, or set of booster packs, beyond 10 commons, 3 uncommons, a rare, a tip card, and a land. You could theoretically buy ten thousand packs, and not see a single mythic rare.

    That said, you shouldn't bother with fat packs. I think they're barely worth it at 35 dollars, and I only pick one up if I can't get packs anyway else, or if I need a new box. 8 packs at 4 dollars a pack is just over 30 dollars, total. If your shop is really charging MSRP for packs, look around and see if you can find another place that sells cheaper. Better yet, just save up another 50 and buy a box.
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  • #5
    Quote from Hoodoo
    You're never guaranteed anything out of a booster pack, or set of booster packs, beyond 10 commons, 3 uncommons, a rare, a tip card, and a land. You could theoretically buy ten thousand packs, and not see a single mythic rare.

    That said, you shouldn't bother with fat packs. I think they're barely worth it at 35 dollars, and I only pick one up if I can't get packs anyway else, or if I need a new box. 8 packs at 4 dollars a pack is just over 30 dollars, total. If your shop is really charging MSRP for packs, look around and see if you can find another place that sells cheaper. Better yet, just save up another 50 and buy a box.


    lol a box is only $100? where do you buy yours. I didn't buy from my same store because they sold booster boxes at $145. why don't I just buy 36 booster packs all together and it still would be cheaper. Tongue
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    lol a box is only $100? where do you buy yours. I didn't buy from my same store because they sold booster boxes at $145. why don't I just buy 36 booster packs all together and it still would be cheaper. Tongue



    Online. Never, in a million years, should you buy a box from your local shop. My usual website has a box of Worldwake for 90 dollars. I guarantee your shop gets them for that much or less, for buying bulk. Less than that if they get them straight from a distributor. So, they then sell them for nearly double.

    Oh, and 90 dollars for a box is just about 2.50 a pack. Just more than half of what you'd pay at your shop.
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  • #7
    Hmm, just bought RoE at $90 a box from my local store -- same as online give or take a couple. So I'd suggest check prices online, then local store, then buy whichever cheaper (and local if same).

    Fat packs... no idea, but probably boosters is it.
  • #8
    You get some other goodies if they have any worth to you... I think they have a "spindown" die, a story leaflet, land pack, dividers, and uh... nice box?

    Can't remember, you can look it up.

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  • #9
    Quote from Hoodoo
    Online. Never, in a million years, should you buy a box from your local shop. My usual website has a box of Worldwake for 90 dollars. I guarantee your shop gets them for that much or less, for buying bulk. Less than that if they get them straight from a distributor. So, they then sell them for nearly double.

    Oh, and 90 dollars for a box is just about 2.50 a pack. Just more than half of what you'd pay at your shop.



    My old LGS had them selling for 120 and that is fair, cause in Canada is it usually close to 110 after shipping online.

    But fatpacks are only worth it if you want the dice, the nice book etc. I like having one of each set. And I considered it an awesome deal last 2 sets when you got 40 full art lands! But you could buy 12 packs with your $50 instead of 10 (fatpack + 2 more). Or you can buy 1 Gideon or 1 Jace!
  • #10
    Wow, my LGS sells boxes for £100, the equivalent of ~$150.

    Next time I have money, I'm buying online.

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  • #11
    By the sounds of it its not worth it at the prices of your store.

    Well, my store sells packs for $6 each and fat packs for $47.50, so in theory you save 50c and get all the extra crap that comes in the box.

    My store sells boxes for $160, quite expensive if you ask me.

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  • #12
    Wow, sounds like I have it nice. My LGS sells boxes for $95, 90 if preordered. Boosters are $4 each, but 3 for $10.

    But yeah, I will only buy a fatpack if I want one to keep a playset of commons from the set in. But a lot of times I can just buy one for like a $1 off of someone that bought a fatpack and doesnt have a use for it.

    Also, I think if you go to walmart, they sell fatpacks for like $35....while I dont advocate going to walmart over your LGS, if your LGS doesn't/isn't able to be semi competitive with online and even walmart that sells just at MSRP.....
  • #13
    Quote from Hoodoo
    Online. Never, in a million years, should you buy a box from your local shop. My usual website has a box of Worldwake for 90 dollars. I guarantee your shop gets them for that much or less, for buying bulk. Less than that if they get them straight from a distributor. So, they then sell them for nearly double.

    Oh, and 90 dollars for a box is just about 2.50 a pack. Just more than half of what you'd pay at your shop.


    Umm...I disagree with this. If your store has a reasonable price, you could buy one from them. Plus you get the preorder promo. I got one for $95 at my LGS in WWK.

    Packs are always better than fat packs, unless you're new and need land/storage. At that price, though, just buy 10 for the $40 instead of getting 8 and land + crap.
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