Topic: [Question] Trade downs [Input Desired]
I realize there are many opinions out there regarding trade downs (accepting many low value cards for a high value card), from those who get offended at the thought to those who are open to it when the value proposition is right. My question for today assumes you might consider trade downs. If that's not you, I thank you for your time--you may move on now.
If you are willing to accept trade downs, or would like to offer some, my question is for you: Is there a specific value proposition that makes trade downs worthwhile?
When cards on both sides of a trade are nearly similar in value, 1:1 is the rule of the day. Sometimes I might sweeten the deal if trying to get a specific card, but those still typically end up very near 1:1.
What about trading a $20 card for multiple cards in the $4 range? I've done it. Would you? Would you keep it at 1:1, or would you expect a little more. For example, would you expect $24 of $4 cards in exchange for your $20 card? How would that ratio change if the other party were offering $2 cards. Bulk commons/uncommons?
I got to thinking about this at length when I saw another trader noting that he'd give double or triple value from his inventory if he could get a card he wanted. It was a very tempting offer, but I couldn't find enough stuff that overlapped his tradelist and my wishlist to make it happen.
What I'd like to do is this: using your input, develop a table of general guidelines for trade downs that I can post to my profile. That way, anyone interested in one of my high value cards knows they have the option of offering a trade down at a set premium. The devil, however, is in the details--developing that table.
Help me out by posting any rules of thumb you use for trade downs. If aware of a thread on another discussion board that has already dissected this issue, please feel free to link to it here.
At a first pass, I see a few main categories for trade downs, based on the average value of the offered cards in relation to the value of the desired high value card: 90% / 70% / 50% / 40% / 30 % / 25% / <25%.
Of course, if a trading partner is offering a mix of card values, one would need to decide what level should be used. I figure I'd look at the average value of the cards in a trade (perhaps by eyeball, but might calculate it out).
Anyway, your input on the topic will be greatly appreciated.
Your fellow trader,
Last edited by HikingStick (2012-08-19 19:45:46)