These price increases are due to increased overhead, manufacturing, and shipping costs. The new price increases will affect Munchkin Core Sets which will have their MSRPs go from $24.95 to $29.95, and Munchkin Deluxe Sets, will have their MSRPs go from $29.95 to $34.95. Illuminati will go from its $34.95 price tag, which it had maintained since 1998, to $39.95, and Zombie Dice will go from $13.13 to $15.95.
Certain Munchkin low stock or out of stock items will experience a price increase prior to January 1. Munchkin Booty will go from $24.95 to $29.95 in October, and Munchkin Cthulhu, Munchkin Zombies, Munchkin Legends, and Munchkin Pathfinder will go from $24.95 to $29.95 in November. Also, Munchkin Pathfinder will go up $10 in price, from $24.95 to $34.95, in November as well.
Phil Reed, of Steve Jackson Games, referred to the logistical problems the industry is facing as a possible "extinction level event", as reported by ICv2 columnist Scott Thorne (see "Extinction Level Event?").