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Pokémon Card- Trading Events

Hi Everyone,

Happy Sunday! For anyone who doesn't know, our store hosts regular trade events for our customers and the community. The adult trade nights really run themselves, where as the kid events require our help.

During these trade events I get asked the same questions from parents who are unfamiliar with the world of Pokémon.

I thought I would share some of the most asked questions. Along with tips and tricks to help you and your family make the best trades possible ❤️🤍🖤


How does trading work?

In our store there are two types of trade. Fair Value Trade. And Card for Card trade.

-Fair Value Trade- this means both parties are trading cards of equal selling value.

-Card for Card Trade- is basically a mutual understanding that both parties have a card the other wants, and they're willing to trade based on that vs the actual value of the cards.

*You typically see this kind of trading more amongst children.

How do you find the value of a Pokémon card?

There are many different ways to find the market value of a Pokémon card. In our store we prefer EBay "Sold" pricing. TCG is another popular one, it's just not one we have found to be as accurate or reliable with pricing.

How do I find EBay sold pricing?

When you go to the search bar in EBay you will want to type the name of the Pokémon card and the set numbers in the search bar. Once the cards pull up, you will want to filter them out by "sold" items. At which point you're going to us the "average" pricing. I'll share examples below.

What if my card is worth more then the card I'm trading for?

If the card is worth more on either side of the trade you can do one of two things. You can either add additional cards to cover the remaining value. Or you can cover the additional value with money. If you're going to cover the difference with cards, make sure that you are using the value of each card. You never want to just give a bunch of cards for compensation, unless you feel comfortable doing so. Checking the value of the cards is the best way to make a trade- especially for our adult customers.

Do we have to trade by value?

Absolutely not. As an adult I have personally traded a more valuable card for a card with sentimental value etc. We do find that most adults typically deal in fair value trades, the children however love to have fun and trade based on what they like vs what it's worth. I am not saying this is true all the time, but most of the time it is.

Condition of cards when trading?

Condition is important in any aspect of Pokémon. I would make sure that the card your trading is close to, if not, the same condition as the card you are trading.

Fake cards?

Stay clear of them if possible. They provide no value. Some can be cool to look at, but have no real relevance in the game of Pokémon. If you think your cards are fake please ask someone to check them out for you. Our store does this regularly for customers who ask. I also have an entire blog post dedicated to fake cards.

I bought my cards at Amazon, Target or Walmart that means they are real?

Unfortunately, this is not true at all. I understand that well known big box retail stores seem "safer", but this is not always the case. 3rd party sellers use these major retailers to sell their products. This is how a lot of fake Pokémon is being sold. Parents buy off of these websites, thinking because they are big retailer that the Pokémon is real. This is not always the case.

Amazon- must say sold and shipped by Amazon. Or the Pokémon center.

Walmart- must say sold and shipped by Walmart.

Anything outside of this wording is usually sold by these 3rd party companies.

These are a few of the questions I get asked regularly. I hope you find this helpful in your Pokémon trading journey. If you have any unanswered questions, or if I can help you in anyway please feel free to send me a message or leave a comment below.

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