Vancouver Canucks fans shocked by prices of team’s new Reverse Retro gear
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By Mike Gould2 months ago
The Vancouver Canucks have already played their first game wearing their new Reverse Retro uniforms, but the jerseys and related merchandise finally went on sale on Tuesday — and fans have already taken note of the prices.
The Canucks’ online team store, Vanbase, is currently selling a “Reverse Retro Fanatics Authentic Pro Hoodie” for $140 CAD. The hoodie is part of a line of limited-edition Reverse Retro merchandise manufactured by both Adidas (the NHL’s on-ice jersey manufacturer) and Fanatics (its cheaper counterpart).
Donnie & Dhali — The Team producer Ryan Henderson posted a screengrab of the store page on Twitter, captioning it “Good lord” with three money bag emojis.
“OMG. I thought 80$ or whatever they were charging last year was outrageous. 140$ for a hoodie is insane,” wrote Twitter user @_blueheron_.
“The audacity, to put that product on the ice, and then expect fans to pay $140 for a sweater,” chimed in @vancanmatt.
“And it’s Fanatics brand. Take a hike,” added @bradjsteeves.
As of publication time, the same Fanatics hoodie is available for sale for $149.99 — $9.99 more than Vanbase’s price — on the NHL’s official online shop.
Blank Adidas Reverse Retro jerseys are available for $210 at Vanbase and $209.99 on NHLShop.ca. Pre-customized Adidas jerseys — available in Horvat, Pettersson, Hughes, and other varieties — cost $315 at Vanbase compared to just $259.99 at NHLShop.ca, although it’s unclear whether the NHLShop jerseys are crested using the same quality of materials.
Vanbase and NHLShop are hardly outliers in the marketplace — similar prices for Reverse Retro gear can be found at various independent and team-affiliated retailers carrying NHL goods.
Nevertheless, Canucks fans aren’t happy.
“It’s ridiculous, I got an RR blank Jersey. After taxes, $250. I am probably sending it back I can think of way better things to spend $250 of Bday money on,” said @M_Cu21.
“People gotta talk and keep the wallets in their pockets or they will keep charging this,” added @heyzamboniguy.
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