How to Trade Successfully - Derek Semeraro
audience is everybody. This will teach the reader
how to trade and get good deals without ripping
other people off.
1) Look professional and sound confident. Buy some
good looking gear. It will make you look important,
which will subliminally gain you respect, and it
will wash away thieves.
2) Research the price values on websites such as
3) A value of a card is popularity x scarceness x
price value (divided by sentimental value).
4) Be careful when mentioning things like "My
brother needs this card." It doesn't help you. In
fact, it hurts you. If they know you need it more,
their standards will rise. If you say "This is my
brother's card. I don't know if I should trade it.",
then you just raised your standard.
5) Know how much you value your cards and never let
a haggler change it. Personal story of mine. I very
minorly wanted a Berserk Dragon. Someone looked
through my cards. They raised their standard and saw
nothing. As the trade made my want for Last Turn
subliminally went up, I had wanted it a lot. So I
traded my Torrential Tribute for it. Wrong of me to
do, but I had learned a lot from it. So, don't be
eager to trade just because it is there.
6) You don't HAVE TO trade with the person next to
you, if you are getting a bad deal. Go to another
person and trade with them. By saying that to them,
you will see if the trader is playing games with you
or really wants a deal with you.
7) In connection to number 5. Make a list of cards
you want in 5 categories. Very High. High. Adequate.
Minor. Fun Want. That way you KNOW what you are
looking for and know your values. And you will not
8) One trade should not consume more than 5 minutes
because you will know what you want and only accept
worthy cards. Trading will not consume too much
time, if you are straightforward with it.
9) No matter what they say, don't be convinced to
trade from your deck unless you are getting Destiny
Hero Malicious, or something.
10) If you are building a collection, not a deck,
don't settle for the first deal you get. You will
have plenty of chances to build up the collection.
If you want to ask me questions, give me comments,
or just plain chat with me, you may E-Mail me,
sending the message to Newlightink@aol.com. I also
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