UK Magic: The Gathering Trading Facebook Group & Online Trading Guide, by James Knopp
For a while I’ve wanted to finish my Rakdos deck, but haven’t had the money to buy all the cards I needed. After sorting out a trade folder I decided to try and trade for some of the cards I needed. This worked well when I actually attended events, like draft, however I haven’t been able to go to as many as I would’ve liked.
A while ago I had joined the UK & Ireland MTG Cards For Sale & Trade group on Facebook but had never really paid that much attention to the group. This was mainly due to not having a trade folder constructed and not really playing much Magic outside meeting up with friends and a few game days.
I’d like to thank Manaleak for not only setting up the Facebook group but also bringing together Magic players from all over the UK and helping to expand the community through their various Facebook groups and the mtgUK community.
Despite the group being created by Manaleak the trades aren’t managed by them, trades and transactions are carried out at the participants own risk. This is made clear in the description of the group. This may deter some people from using the group, however it’s not part of Manaleak’s job to run this group and manage the trades. I can imagine that would be a full time job in itself. The group is self-regulating and Manaleak keeps a close eye on it to make sure that its stays safe.
Due to the potential risk involved I was a bit hesitant about trading, to put my mind at ease I checked the official feedback thread/file and only looked at people’s lists who had at least a few positive feedback stars (and no negative comments).
After finding a few people I wanted to trade with I either commented on their trade list or sent them a message with a trade offer. It’s worth noting that some people you can’t send a message to due to their privacy settings on Facebook, you can however leave a comment on their list and wait for a response.
Overall I’ve done 5 trades through the group, some more valuable than others. In each case I’ve had a positive experience. Most cards arrived within a day or 2 of being posted and each player had great communication. The communication played a key part in encouraging me to use the group more.
For one of the trades the cards took a week to come despite being sent by first class post. This made me slightly anxious as I wasn’t sure whether the person I was trading with had ripped me off. Thankfully he kept replying to my messages, which reassured me, and when I received the cards I thanked him for his patience and concern.
Thanks to this group I’ve almost got all the cards I need for my Rakdos deck, all I need now is a [card]Blood Crypt[/card] and a [card]Dreadbore[/card]. I believe I’m being giving a Blood Crypt by a friend as a belated present which means I only need a Dreadbore. If I can’t find anyone to trade with I may just buy the Dreadbore myself.
Due to how close I am to completing my Rakdos deck I haven’t really been that active on the group in the last few days. I have been occasionally looking at lists to see if there’s anything I need/want. I’d definitely consider the group as a source of trading in the future.
Guide to Trading Cards Online
A few pieces of advice that may help when trading through the group.
- Always double check the prices of all cards in the trade to make sure the trade is fair. A lot of players in the group like to use SCG to get prices. If you’re unsure which site to use ask the other person which site they like to use.
- Check the person’s feedback on the Official Feedback thread.
- Always be polite to others in the group.
- Always maintain good communication with people you’re trading with, this will make the trading process a lot smoother and helps to put people’s minds at rest.
- Take a photo of the cards and send it to the other person in a message. This isn’t necessary but does prove that you have the cards and shows what condition they’re in.
- Place cards you’re sending out in protective sleeves and top loaders to keep them safe when posting. For extra security send the cards in a padded envelope.
- Always get proof of postage to prove you’ve sent out the cards. Similarly let the other person know when you’ve sent the cards.
- Let the person you’re trading with know when you’ve received the cards.
- Always leave feedback on the Official Feedback thread, this not only allows others to easily see which traders are good but also encourages the person you traded with to do the same.
- Keep your trade list up to date.
I’d recommend this group to anyone who is looking to trade, it can be slightly nerve-wrecking trading over the internet. For extra security and peace of mind you can request that the cards are sent by a track’able postal service (like recorded delivery), the person you’re trading with may request extra cards or a bit of money to cover the extra cost of the delivery service.
For anyone who’s interested my trade list on the group can be found here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/178577692220627/doc/382161621862232/
You can find Manaleak on Facebook here, please add them to take part in MTG related discussions: https://www.facebook.com/manaleakcom
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