Quote from KnickM »Quote from the_cardfather »it seems to me that with pack prices stabilized by only giving out packs as prizes for some limited events the prices for chase constructed cards has risen to the point where demand controls the price not redemption.
If this trend continues wotc will nix redemption.
So, I followed the first paragraph, but then this assertion comes out of nowhere. Why do you think that they'll do away with the (popular) redemption program that continues to bridge the gap between MODO and cardboard? You suggest that if they do so, paper prices will rise, which seems correct - and also something that WOTC would want to avoid.
Redemption is a great psychological tool to help alleviate fear. People are less afraid of putting their money in this hole in the ground if there's a tangible way to get something physical out of it at the end. With a $25/set fee, they're probably even making a buck or two for every set that gets redeemed. It's a win/win for both WOTC and the playerbase. I don't see it going away any time soon.
So you think they would just leave it there as a failsafe? I would agree with that for a while, but if the number of sets redeemed falls below the threshold to print the sets I could easily see them nixing it. Many of us have suspected that has been their goal for a while.