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Pucatrade Review

Before I share my experience with Pucatrade, let me give you a little background on my habits.  I've never traded before locally, other than with friends and that is usually us giving each other cards that we need.  So I don't have much experience with trading.  I buy and sell quite a bit of cards on eBay, and am very familiar with the rules and expectations there.

I dabble in finance once in a while, mostly for fun and to support my MTG habit.

When I first heard about Pucatrade, I was skeptical.  Especially after hearing how some YouTubers allegedly kinda-sorta-maybe abused the invite system for their own benefit I was even more skeptical to use the service.  After reading about some other players trading away lots of bulk on the site, I decided I'll give it a try for myself.

The way you trade cards on Pucatrade is by using Pucapoints.  You get points by sending cards to players who want them, or you can buy Pucapoints with real money.  Then you use those points to get cards you want, and the person sending them to you gets points for it.  The amount of points the card is worth is connected to the current value of the card, so these numbers fluctuate depending on the card and demand for it.

Up to today (5/16/16) I've sent over 20k worth of cards.  Or about $200 worth. I mention this because I want it to be known how much (or little) I've used the service.

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    Let's talk a little about Tiers.  

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    An Common membership is free.  Uncommon will be $5 a month and Rare is $10 per month.  Yearly plans are also available.  

    I went with the Uncommon plan to try email notifications, advanced searches and the Watch List.  Is it worth it?  Not really.

    For Gold the only feature that appeals to me is Price History, but I can get that a few clicks away by going to a site like MTGStocks.  So why pay $5 more when it's a few clicks away? 

    Let's go through some Pros and Cons

    Pros:

    • If you're looking for a card or cards and have a collection of cards you don't use, this is a nice way to get what you want fairly easily and straight forward.  No negotiations to concern yourself with, whatever the card is listed for is what you'll get or be charged for it.  
    • Cards you don't want or will never use will add up once you start shipping them out.  Instead of selling on eBay and buying more cards this cuts out the middle man.  
    • Putting cards on your Want list and getting someone to commit to sending to you is usually fast for format staples.
    • Overall the service is easy to use and get the hang of.  It's safer than trading with other people blind, and if there are problems you can file a claim and hopefully have a fair resolution.  You have the safety net just in case things go wrong.

    Cons:

    • As mentioned above, sometimes having cards on your Want list can go south if the value suddenly shoots up can be frustrating.
    • Many times someone will commit to send a card to you and not send it for several days.  In the Rules section of the site it reads that trades should be sent out no more  than 48 hours after they commit to send but this should be a strict rule.  I've had people commit to send a card to me and message me several days later telling me they can't find the card after all.  They should only commit when they have the card in hand.   
    • Another downside to your Want or Have list is that sometimes players from other countries will commit to send it to you and this could make a couple of days shipping into a week or more.  This can be changed in your preferences but something to remember.
    • Often cards are sent below standard (for me anyway, check my other blog entry for my expectations).  Often people use a small envelope with one stamp and a floppy loader to ship.  This is just asking for trouble.
    • I didn't have any issues with cards being damaged when they got to me, but some were borderline below NM.  The rules on the site should be clear and concise. 
    • There is no Feedback system!  This site desperately needs a Feedback system so people who don't ship their cards out up to par or don't ship them out for several days or weeks can be held responsible and be avoided when necessary.  Other than a claim there is nothing these people have to worry about, and this needs to be changed ASAP

    Bottom Line:

    If you want to easily trade cards back and fourth then using Pucatrade is worth it.  But be careful on what you put on your Have or Want lists.  Pay attention to trends and card prices so you don't get taken advantage of.  The Rules on the site should be clearer and a little more strict.  Pucatrade needs a Feedback system, and because of that I'm giving Pucatrade a C+.   (If a Feedback system was in place my grade would be a B+ or A)

     

    Trying Pucatrade?  Here are some suggestions

    • Remember earlier in this entry when I mentioned I started using Pucatrade to get rid of bulk?  This can be tedious.  One of the best ways I've found is to go through your cards that you want to trade and search who wants them.  Then look at each one of those players want list and see what else they want.  Send as many cards to one person as you can, maximize shipping costs.  Sometimes even sending that player a PM asking if they were looking for anything else will give you an opportunity to send more bulk out or other cards in your binder they didn't have on their Want list.  Shipping bulk just isn't really worth it beyond searching Want lists for other cards in my binder.  To spend hours looking over Want lists to get rid of bulk cards just isn't worth my time.  I'd be better off buy listing the cards or putting a lot on eBay
    • If someone has a card on their list that is a different edition than what you have, send them a PM asking if they are wiling to accept it from a different set.  Most of the time they are OK with it.  Speaking of sets, always check the different sets of cards you want and set is irrelevant to you be careful which ones you put on your Want list.  You don't want to overpay for a card you can get for much less from a different set.
    • I don't ship out a card if it doesn't cover the cost of the stamp(s) or cost to send it.  I usually don't send it if it's even close.  .

     

     

     


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    I've never used Pucatrade, but watching the Professor from Tolarian Community College's video got me pissed. I think that Pucatrade is a great idea, but was taken advantage of by some users, and others were left in the dust.

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    12 minutes ago, Jeremy said:

    I've never used Pucatrade, but watching the Professor from Tolarian Community College's video got me pissed. I think that Pucatrade is a great idea, but was taken advantage of by some users, and others were left in the dust.

    Wasn't he one of the YouTubers people say abused the invite system?  Him and someone else I forget their names 

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    8 hours ago, Abaddon said:

    Wasn't he one of the YouTubers people say abused the invite system?  Him and someone else I forget their names 

    Well I also abused the system, mainly because it allowed me to connect facebook and with multiple names and using google voice it's stupidly easy.
    I'm working on a way to stop that with my own version of the site.

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    4 hours ago, Jeremy said:

    @Abaddon It was him and Wedge. 

     

    @BlutEntropy THANK YOU. 

    Wasn't just him and wedge, MTGDegree(now GG Degree) did it too to see if it worked as far as I know. He even admitted that pucatrade was a scam.

    Hell the people who own it dont even play magic, not to mention I've found people with the same addresses as the company on there with huge amounts of points.

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    1 hour ago, BlutEntropy said:

    Wasn't just him and wedge, MTGDegree(now GG Degree) did it too to see if it worked as far as I know. He even admitted that pucatrade was a scam.

    Hell the people who own it dont even play magic, not to mention I've found people with the same addresses as the company on there with huge amounts of points.

    Wow really?

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    7 hours ago, Lasraik said:

    Wow really?

    I know there were 15+ youtubers who did it because it was so easy. Hell it's really stupidly easy to do as i said. Just make fake facebook accounts and use google voice to confirm the accounts.
    I have probably 40+ accounts on puca right now. I can so some really funky things but don't just wanted to see if it would work.

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    One of those YouTubers had a giveaway.  Whoever entered into the contest by joining puca via his invite link was added to the giveaway for an Emerakul.  He never followed through with the giveaway but Im sure a ton of people joined and gave him pucapoints, heck I fell for it.

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    I use Puca Trade constantly. Yes it has it's flaws at times, but overall its a great service. As long as you get your cards in fairly short order and you feel you received like value what is there to complain about. Just realize you likely will have to add a little something (10% to a want to get to the front of the line.) But since you just dropped off two spell quellers at 15 bucks a piece to another pucatrader who so desperately wants them - knowing that is better than any buylist by a mile - who cares.

    I have received every card committed to me except for 2 and puca has a tiny insurance that covered both trades. Just keep in mind things move slow. Your cards do not come as fast as you hope (no different than any other service using the mail). As far as the scams for players getting points.... well that sucks, but i am sure that is tougher as they get smarter at Puca Trade. Lastly, all the comments on the puca economy, well who cares. My balance never lasts long enough to matter. 

    I will get off my soapbox. I just feel Puca Trade is inherently a great solution.Give it a try, and no I don't work there.

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    From what I've read they are trying to remove points from the system because the value of a puca point has fallen.  So that should help the economy.  What I really want is a feedback system for users, similar to what eBay uses.

    Thanks for the comment!

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