Welcome to the Market Street Café. The Market Street Café is designed to give users a place where they can freely discuss the economics of the secondary market of Magic. We encourage people to ask their questions pertaining to the secondary market. Such as, will card X increase or decrease in value; buy now or later? Discussion of trends is permitted and encouraged.
Do not ask about readily available card prices.
Please do some research before asking for the value of a card. Please keep in mind that other members are volunteering their time and insights to assist you in your queries. Any of a number of sources can give you a value for most cards. Asking about collection values, foil foreign cards, or very old cards where condition is a large factor in price are welcomed. Some sources for searching card values are: TCGplayer Troll and Toad Star City Games eBay MOTL Apathy House
Posts that ask for easily searchable prices are considered spam.
Be descriptive about your cards.
When asking for a price quote, make sure to note the edition, condition, and any other noticeable defects or oddities. Posting a scan of the card(s) can greatly assist others in getting you a educated assessment of value.
Giving price quotes.
When giving an estimate, please do more than just quote an estimate. Share your insights and tell us how you arrived at that conclusion. Posts that only contain a price quote will be considered spam.
Quotes of value should be in US Dollars (USD). A conversion chart is here, for those utilizing other currencies. http://www.sciencemadesimple.net/currency.html
Brag posts are accepted as long as the post also has content that contributes to the discussion. Posts that contain nothing but a brag are considered spam. Any of the following would be considered brag posts:
Posting about a trade or sale, when you know the deal was in your favor.
Posting about getting a card before it's price increased.
Posting about the expensive card you pulled out of a pack.
Keep all discussion about individual stores in the appropriate location
Each online vendor has a thread stickied in the Store Discussion forum. These threads are to be used to discuss each store, experiences and feedback. Any other such threads asking about those same vendors will be locked and infracted. Also, please try to keep discussions regarding negative experiences to factually verifiable information; some workers for these vendors are members and personal attacks will be treated according to MTGS rules.
Users should not post offers or requests for trades, sales, or other exchanges on cards. Please leave such offers to PM or posts in a user's trade or sales thread. Posting offers or requests for a sale or trade will result in an infraction.
Discussing the practice of tracking print runs is allowed, but creating Box Maps is not, nor is linking to one. People attempting to make these maps will be infracted and the posts deleted.
If you feel that you are not clear about a particular rule, or if you have any other questions or concerns, please feel free to contact any of the Market Street moderators or post on the Market Street Cafe Helpdesk.