One of the social aspects of playing Magic: The Gathering is trading collectible cards with others. When building decks, players often have to purchase or trade for individual cards. Trading cards has the benefit of exchanging something of value you are not using for something you can use. One issue with trading is that both parties have to find cards to trade that are of similar value. Another issue is that players have to carry around extra cards for trading in person. Using a website like Deckbox helps alleviate some of the in-person trading problems.
Deckbox is a website dedicated to organizing, trading, and selling collectible trading cards. The website supports Magic: The Gathering, World of Warcraft, and Warhammer: Invasion. Individuals can create a free account to trade, organize, and inventory cards. In addition, premium features for collection management and deckbuilding are available for $3.99 to $4.99 per month. Selling cards on Deckbox requires individuals to enroll in a seller account. This guide focuses on new users interested in trading cards for free through Deckbox.
The first thing anyone must do is create a free account. This requires entering information like a user name, shipping address, and bio description. I strongly encourage adding a bio that states your trading interests, tracking value minimums, and expectations. The best way to write a bio is to look at bios of users with high feedback. You can get an idea of what verbiage others say and tailor it to your preferences.
The second step is adding cards you have available for trade. This requires entering cards individually to a tradelist or general inventory. One benefit of adding cards to inventory first is that Deckbox allows users to upload a CSV file. You will still have to mark cards in the inventory for trading purposes. It is important to specify the set and condition of the card. For more information on conditions, refer to this page. Filtering options are available to quickly sort the inventory and tradelist. If a tool or function is unfamiliar to you, just hover over the name to see a description.
The third step is to create a wishlist. A wishlist is used to show other users what cards you are interested in acquiring. Adding cards to a wishlist is easy. Simply add the name of a card, specify the edition, and pick any ancillary details. Deckbox will show general market prices of cards added to your wishlist, inventory, and tradelist.
The final step is to read through the trade rules on Deckbox. I recommend reading it a few times to ensure you understand the guidelines.
Initiating a Trade
Options for trading are found under Trade & Market in the top left corner of the website. Trading shows current trades in progress and feedback from previous ones. Trading opportunities display users who have cards you want and cards they want from you. The tool calculates total values that you can give and receive from different users. Marketplace lists users selling cards that are on your wishlist. If you are looking for a specific card to acquire, try searching for it at the top of the page. You can find a link for users trading a particular card on the right-hand side of the results page that appears.
For new users, I recommend using the trading opportunities function to see who has a similar value of cards available for trade. Your wishlist will feed into trading opportunities. Click another user's name to compare wishlists. Read through the bio of a user before initiating a trade. Some users have a minimum dollar amount or other requests for trading. Also, many users prefer to use TCGPlayer's market price for comparing values.
Initiating a new trade is easy when viewing another user's profile. Click the new trade with X (user's name) option in the top-left of the user's profile. After clicking the new trade button, a few options appear. You can name the trade, choose if it is mail or local, and agree to the trading terms. The new trade will now appear under the trading section.
You will need to add cards under each user's side on the trading page. Start by adding cards that balance the value of Deckbox's average market price. You may want to reference other websites for double checking card values. Sometimes the values on Deckbox do not reflect current market conditions. I also recommend writing a comment at the bottom of the page once all cards are added. This comment will explain the trade and notify the other user you have initiated a trade. Finally, you will click the propose this trade button to complete the trade request. The other user will have an opportunity to edit the trade and write additional comments. They may swap out cards and re-propose an offer. Once each party agrees to a trade, you will submit your shipping address. I recommend pulling all cards and checking their conditions prior to submitting your shipping address. If there is an issue finding a card, you can still edit the trade. It is frowned upon to submit your shipping address and then make changes to a trade.
After each person has submitted their shipping addresses, you can send the cards. Deckbox users typically mail cards at the same time. However, you may be expected to send first if you have low feedback. Use recommended packing methods when shipping cards through the mail. Allow at least two weeks for cards to arrive; especially, when sending without tracking. When the cards arrive, go back to the trade and mark them as received. Once each user marks a trade received, a feedback box appears. Giving and receiving positive feedback earns one point per trade. Feedback is very important on Deckbox. It is expected to leave positive feedback when trades go smoothly. When issues arise, a trading dispute can be opened. I recommend giving someone the opportunity to resolve an issue before filing a dispute.
Tips for a Positive Experience
I have completed over 100 trades on Deckbox during the last two years. Almost all of my trades have gone well. Only a handful of trades had an issue. I never had to file a trading dispute to resolve a situation. Here are ten tips that will help ensure you have a positive experience.