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Magic: The Gathering Gets Caught Up in US-Canada Trade War

Canadian players of the Magic: The Gathering trading card game will soon have to face a hike in prices, consequence of an ongoing trade dispute with the United States, reports the CBC. A retaliatory tariff, introduced on July 1, imposes a 10-percent fee on playing cards, including collectible card games such as Magic, Pokemon and Yu-Gi-Oh!.

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Although the tariff is primarily targeting major suppliers of poker decks -- those used for ordinary card games and consumed in vast quantities at casinos -- it also applies to other types of cards published for trading and gaming. Because the market for Magic cards operates differently than that of standard playing cards, the effects may be felt on a more personal level for Magic players and stores that  specialize in trading card games.

Magic: The Gathering has been produced by the Seattle-based company Wizards of the Coast since its creation in 1993. Although many other collectible card games exist, none have reached the same level of long term cult popularity. The game has maintained a loyal base of customers for the new editions of cards that it continually releases, and some stores have built their success on selling new and used cards and hosting tournaments.

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The tariff won't affect Wizards of the Coast directly, but with no source for Magic cards other than the company that makes them, Canadian vendors are expected to increase their prices accordingly. Players will have to tap into their savings if they want to keep casting and summoning.

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