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  1. I saw this email in my spam folder, it's about a week or two old but it looks like Pucatrade changed a few things. The email read: The article can be found here So if you opt out of one of their uncommon or rare plans and paying them every month for the service, they automatically deduct 300 puca points from your account... so either way you're paying them every month. This is their way of fixing their economy? They are going to deduct puca points from users to fix the economy they broke? Before this change only paying members had access to foils, now that everyone is a paying member everyone has access to foils. So... nothing changed? The amount of points in their economy is a huge problem, and it's most their fault. They gave millions of puca points away to content creators that broke their ankles jumping off of their train when the players started to complain about the service and left Pucatrade left holding the bag. That whole situation really made me take a second look at a few content creators and their integrity, but that's another thread. Something interesting I noticed on the Pucadues page So let's say I'm a common member with 0 points. I can make a bunch of trades and build points, then go on a spending spree and use those points before my anniversary date and go back to 0 or almost 0 points to avoid having to pay dues. Then the day after my anniversary date I can go back to trading and I'm fine as long as I offload my points before my anniversary each month? How are these changes going to help the fact that it's almost impossible to get format staples on the site? I feel like I'm overly critical and cynical when it comes to Pucatrade, but the way their managed their service and gave points away really bothered me. It's a shame too, cause it could have been so much better had they handled it better. Do you still use the site? Am I being too hard on them? Comment in this thread
  2. With Futuresite being a mess (and other drama on YouTube), some big YouTube channels are jumping off of the Pucatrade bandwagon. Here and here A few weeks ago some of these channels were promoting it. Surprised how fast people are running to distance themselves. With the invite system and people abusing it for puca points without putting cards into the economy it had me worried about it collapsing. Puca points are losing their value and you can't get staples without offering bonus points. I had an invite a couple of months ago to check out the new version of the site (because I was a silver member, and since cancelled) and wasn't impressed. I had already spent my points and was done with the site but I'm surprised it's this bad.
  3. Read a little on social media about PucaTrade launching Promoted Trades recently and it seems like players were happy about it. But after I went and read the article and FAQ for promoted trades, isn't it basically just an official way to add bounties to a trade? So you could potentially be over paying for a trade and it turns into an auction house. I thought that was what was a positive aspect of PucaTrade in the past, all trades cost the same and it wasn't about what you could offer. The cost was the cost. How is this going to increase the value of the puca point? Am I missing something here?
  4. Was reading over @Richyandrew's blog and saw this article: Looks like Pucatrade is trying to get Pucapoints out of their economy. At least that's what it looks like to me. Because the value if the pucapoint is below .4 now it would be a good idea to get points out of the system and maybe this is a good way to do it. More info here:
  5. 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. Let's talk a little about Tiers. 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. .
  6. PucaTrade announced Puca Insurance If you use PucaTrade, what are your thoughts? And if you don't use PucaTrade currently, does this change your opinion on whether to use it or not?
  7. A few times someone has committed to send a card or cards to me and doesn't mark it shipped for a week. Have any of you ever cancelled trades because it's taken too long for the person sending them to you to actually ship them?
  8. With websites like eBay, TCGPlayer and now Pucatrade, shipping cards is pretty common. Whenever we buy or trade a card we expect it to get to us in the same condition it was shipped. I've been selling cards on eBay for a while now and just started using Pucatrade. In this blog I'm going to give a step by step of how I ship cards and what I've learned to avoid. Hopefully this can be helpful to some of you. First step is we need a card to ship, a card sleeve and a hard top loader. I've learned the hard way that sometimes when you buy these items locally they charge and arm and a leg, so I've included links on some cheap places to buy them. You want to package your cards carefully and well, but lets face it - the less we spend on shipping materials the better so the goal is to get the best deals when possible. So now that we have what we need, let's place the card in the sleeve and place the card into the top loader upside down. I do this because if the card should slip up and almost go out of the top loader, if there is some tape on the top it could get stuck and damaged. So if it's upside down the card sleeve will get stuck and not the card. Let's say we're shipping more than one card. Do we have to use a top loader for every single card? Well this depends. If it's an expensive card I usually try to give each one it's own top loader, because I want to be careful not to stuff too many cards into a single top loader. But if we're shipping some other commons out or something that isn't super expensive, I'll put them in a penny card sleeve and place that into the top loader. Now remember that not all top loaders have the same size opening. So if you have a bunch of top loaders laying around keep the ones that have a wider opening for these situations. Again, place the penny sleeve in the top loader upside down to avoid any damage being done by the tape at the top of the loader. It's a good habit to get into. Now we have everything we want to ship in top loaders. Oh, and before I forget. Try to avoid using those flimsy loaders. They aren't sturdy and can get bent really easily. Top loaders aren't expensive when you get them from the right place, so don't skimp on this. Spend the extra few cents and do it right. You wouldn't want someone throwing cards you've bought or traded for into one of these and risk them being damaged, do you? So package it like you'd expect to get your cards. From here we have a few choices. Usually I like to add cardboard to each side of the group of cards and tape them together. Not everyone does this. In fact I thought it was common practice until I started using Pucatrade. Every single trade I've gotten is just cards in a top loader and a regular envelope. Not that that's bad, but I was a little surprised. Now let's put all of the cards together so they don't move around. I like to put a sticky pad on top of the sleeves, taping one side and using the adhesive on the other side. This accomplishes two things: it avoids your cards moving around and getting stuck on the top loader, even if it's just the sleeve it's possible to damage the card. And it puts less tape on the top loader. Why is this important? Because if you're a seller or trader chances are you re-use these materials each time you ship a card. So out of courtesy you want the least amount of scotch tape on the loader as you can while still securing it. This makes it easier to take the paper off of the top and also less time trying to scratch off used scotch tape to re-use the loader. Pass it forward. Also, you can write trade numbers if you're shipping for Pucatrade, making it easier for the person receiving the cards to give you your points for a successful trade. It's the little things. So let's review how to use cardboard on each side. Remember that this will lead to more weight in the envelope, which means a bigger envelope and more shipping. But again, it's a good habit to get into. Looking for some cardboard to use for this? Do us all a favor and do not use corrugated cardboard. Why? Look at what's in the middle and imagine some cards being in the middle while it's smashed together. It can imprint those lines right onto the card and ruin them. What cardboard should you use? Remember all those fatpack boxes you have laying around? The cardboard those come with is perfect to cut and add to each side of the card. If you don't want to butcher that cardboard then look around and I'm sure you'll find something you can use for this. Put a top loader on it, grab a pair of scissors and cut it. Remember to use an empty top loader for this, you don't want to accidentally cut into that card you're shipping. After both sides have been cut, tape them together and secure them. If you aren't using cardboard, another common practice that I've seen is you can wrap the cards together in a piece of paper. If you use this method and are using Pucatrade, it's a good place to write the trade numbers on it and a little thank you note. (Of course I have to plug the site when I can.) Now something some people forget is if you're shipping in an envelope, even if it's padded it's a good idea to write on the envelope "DO NOT BEND". I'm told this makes a difference and can avoid the cards from being damaged during shipping. I mean it's the Postal Service so take it with a grain of salt. A lot of it is just crossing your fingers and hoping for the best from this point on. Remember to put enough postage on the envelope! Whether you are selling or trading it's always a good idea to ship out ASAP. These are my most common methods. What are yours? Is there something I should be doing that I'm not doing? Let me know in the comments below and if you enjoyed this entry please share!
  9. I've been making a few trades on Pucatrade and sent out my cards how I usually send them. In a larger padded envelope with the card in a sleeve, put in a hard sleeve then with cardboard on each side taped together to prevent bending. I thought this is how most people send their cards, but after I got some pucapoints and started receiving some cards I was surprised. Regular envelopes with the card in a hard case is how I've gotten all three of my trades. Is this usually how people send cards? Have I been wasting shipping materials all these years? How do you ship cards, whether it be eBay, TCGPlayer or Pucatrade ect?
  10. I've been reading more and more people online raving about Pucatrade being an avenue to get rid of their bulk. I'm a little skeptical that it's all that cost effective unless you find one person who wants a good amount of cards. After the shipping cost and the risk you're taking using this service (I hear fraud isn't a problem, but still) the profit margin seems like it would be thin. So I'm going to try to aggressively trade off some of the cards I bought recently in bulk and see how it works out. Anyone have tips or suggestions? Has anyone else attempted this before?