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  • posted a message on The PucaTrade Thread
    Quote from cryogen »
    Had a conversation on discord today which led me to ask a Postal clerk for clarification. It turns out that the $0.70 stamps do not do anything to ensure an envelope will not go through the sorting machine. The $0.21 surcharge is simply because an envelope weighs over one ounce and that's it. Further, even writing "nonmachinable" on the envelope won't guarantee that a letter won't go through a sorting machine at some point. So if you've been using those stamps as extra insurance for more expensive cards, you've been wasting your money (like me).

    Oh, and PucaTrade is still alive.


    This isn't entirely true. I mean, it is definitely still likely that "non-machinable" envelopes are being sent through the machine, that much I certainly believe, but the surcharges aren't just for an extra ounce.

    There are two .21 charges, which is why it's confusing. It costs 21 cents for a 2 ounce (over 1 ounce) envelope and it also costs 21 cents for non-machinable. If you're sending a 1 ounce or under non-machinable envelope, it should cost 70 cents. If you're sending a 2 ounce machinable envelope, it should also cost 70 cents. If you're sending a 2 ounce non-machinable envelope, it would cost 91 cents. If the postal employee is telling you that the surcharge is ONLY for being over an ounce, they are both incorrect and being nice by not charging you the non-machinable surcharge. If you don't believe any of this, just go to usps.com and play around with the price calculator for envelopes of different weights and rigidity.

    Now admittedly, I usually just throw my smaller (quantity wise) trades in an envelope with a 49 cent stamp and call it a day and they never come back to me anyway. I'm merely commenting on how it's all supposed to work.
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  • posted a message on The PucaTrade Thread
    Yeah, crisis averted I guess.

    Still though.... my faith in Puca is already relatively low. I hate to be negative Nancy here and there's nothing I'd like more than to see Puca return to its former glory, but do they not test stuff before they implement it? This seems like a pretty huge issue to just have slip through the cracks, especially when everyone is already down on Puca in general.
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  • posted a message on The PucaTrade Thread
    So..... wtf. I'm not overly upset about the promoted trades thing, I really hope it helps get rid of a huge number of points. I still think Puca needs to bottom out before it can really start recover and millions of points need to leave the system before that can happen.

    But there seems to be a big issue right now. When I search for a card, say Polluted Delta for example, it's now ONLY showing me promoted trades. There's now only a list of 13 people who are wanting and promoting the card and I can't see ANYONE else. Toggling the filter between promoted trades and not promoted trades does nothing. If this is the case, as someone who doesn't plan on promoting a trade, I'm literally never going to receive any of those cards. Not even showing up on the list of people available to send to is total BS.
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  • posted a message on The PucaTrade Thread
    Quote from cryogen »
    Quote from Portlis »


    Any chance you could explain this discord business as though I was your grandma and had no clue what it was? Is it a website? An app? I really don't get it lol

    It's a chat server (website and phone app). Looks like an entity sets something up with channels and you sign in through a particular network. Try this link. It's free to sign up. That link is the channel where we spam each other with links to our profile. It that doesn't work, at the bottom of every PucaTrade article will be a "discuss this article here (Discord logo)". Click on it, sign up, and it should direct you to the #articles channel. Look for #trades-paper channel. The consistent thing I've noticed is that like pongie noticed, a lot of people are trying to get fairly even reciprocal sends, and people there tend to want users to have an avatar for some reason. If you're just looking to cash out you may be disappointed, but if you're trying to get back to how PucaTrade used to be (#MakePucaGreatAgain), with some persistence you'll get some trades... probably. Hard to say as everyone will have a different experience. I'm getting some stuff in slowly, but I'm also trying to be pretty friendly and chatty there to build up my presence and image as well. No one is rushing in to zero me out, which I highly doubt will happen, but if I can at least start getting points fluctuations I'll be happy.


    Edit: Had a Desertion off your list, so there's that.


    Thank you very much Cryogen for both the info and response and the Desertion! It might not be much, but it's something and that's better than I've gotten in the past who knows how long. My apologies for being slow to respond as well.
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  • posted a message on The PucaTrade Thread
    Quote from cryogen »
    Quote from Lestibournes »
    How do you get to the discord server? I have about 40k points I'm trying to cash out on.

    I got there from link in their articles.


    Any chance you could explain this discord business as though I was your grandma and had no clue what it was? Is it a website? An app? I really don't get it lol
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  • posted a message on The PucaTrade Thread
    Quote from cryogen »
    Quote from cryogen »
    Well on a whim I decided to jump onto their Discord server, to the trades channel. Started chatting a bit and ended up getting two people sending me stuff. More of a "welcome to the Discord channel, don't lose faith" gesture, but it was still a very nice gesture all the same. I'll be reciprocating as best I can, and it certainly makes me feel better about the site.

    In the spirit of bringing that same mentality to this site, I looked for users who list their Puca profile in their signatures and sent some stuff as I could, even out of country users which I would normally never send to (thanks PucaShield). If people here want to take that same community feel and bring it here then I would encourage you to link your profile and pay it forward.


    Good work, glad to hear some people are still trying to make it happen. I've almost completely lost faith in the site, but I still occasionally send out a small package here and there just to keep myself "active" as if it does any good. I have a huge want list (just started adding anything I think I might ever use) and still haven't received a trade in nearly 2 months. I did add a link to my profile here on MTGS just in case you or others feel like sending more though Smile
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  • posted a message on The PucaTrade Thread
    Quote from Raver »
    I don't know how this is possible but Pucatrade continues to disappoint. At a certain point, I have to wonder who exactly is responsible for these decisions and why that person opted to drink a bottle of lead paint every day.

    This new "recommended" trader just punishes a vast majority of users. You know, the ones that have already sent cards and are stockpilling enough points to nab all their wants. If they don't send every so often, they get punished by no longer showing up on filters. Some people honestly believe these filters to be the real deal (evidenced by the reddit comments) and even more shocking is that new users, the ones that join after 11/11 are forced to use this filter unless they upgrade.

    These guys are assembling the Rube Goldberg machine of trying to restore confidence in the market and community when really the simple fix is a statement to reallow point sales.


    Couldn't agree more. I'm sitting on 100k points still as a gold member and I still can't get anything sent my way despite a rather large want list. Now I'm being punished for not being "active". What about my past activity? That now counts for absolutely nothing? I used to be a top 15 sender (volume wise) on Puca, but now they expect me to keep sending when I can't get a single card sent to me? Bull****. Screw them and their backwards decisions. I'm done ever being an apologist for anything they do. For every good decision they make there's an equally bad one. I can't wait until 4 years from now (at this rate) when I've finally dwindled my point total down to nothing one mediocre card at a time and I can walk away and not care about this disaster any more.
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  • posted a message on The PucaTrade Thread
    I'm doing it without bounties, but all of my hits are pretty much coming from within Australia (where "I live within 2000 miles of you" trumps "you have a massive stonking bounty", apparently). Grin

    But srsly, Shale is right - real Pucatraders do it internationally. Wink
    It still costs you guys half of what it costs me to ship between Oz and the US (AU$2.95 vs. the Global Forever stamp, which is... what? US$1.50 at best now?). Get on it! You'll get new friends in whole new countries!
    I am happy to trade pretty much everywhere on the planet, so long as I am covering the cost of the stamp and sticking to the rules the eBay power sellers employ (i.e. don't post to South America, Italy, Spain or Portugal, as they are postal black holes). Still having 99% of my packages reach their destination (which is, I believe, standard form for the postal companies, and to be expected). I can still count the missing ones on one hand, and PucaShield has rendered each one not a problem since it came in.


    The thing is, many of us in the US don't have a problem shipping internationally, there's just no need to do it. There's a large enough user base right here that, especially now with so many wants being unfilled, any card that I'd be interested in sending probably has someone in the US that wants it. $1.50 (it's really $1.36 for a non-machinable 1 ounce envelope) isn't a ton of money, but it's still more than .47 cents to send it domestically.
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  • posted a message on The PucaTrade Thread
    Since I'm sitting on 100k points still, I'm still not sending anything else until some stuff starts coming in. I have noticed a few of the things that others have mentioned though:

    - You're more likely to get your wants if you simply have MORE wants on your list. With sending down at such a high rate, senders now have their pick of the litter about who to send to. They're almost always going to want to send to the people who they can send more cards to. I'm sure bonuses play into this too, but people are also inherently lazy. If they import their collection and find someone with a bunch of matches, they might just stop their search right there.

    - I've been pretty negative about Puca lately, but I also do believe it can be saved. It might have to hit bottom before it bounces back, but I think it has a chance. The new website is still a steaming turd, but at the very least they've realized that removing points from the system needs to be a top priority. In the early stages of Puca, people weren't clamoring to send high value cards either. It took time to build trust. I think it will require a re-building of trust before that can or will happen again.
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  • posted a message on The PucaTrade Thread
    Another gold member here who won't be renewing. Future site is awful in every sense of the word. The only cards I can get sent to me right now are cheap new stuff. I haven't received a card that I've actually really wanted for going on 3 or 4 months now despite sitting on 120,000 points. I used to be a top 15 sender on the site in terms of quantity and I now haven't sent a card in 2 months. I don't see the point. I've started just filling my list with anything of value to squeeze what I can out of it, but even still nothing seems to be coming my way.

    I used to be a huge advocate of Puca, but that time is definitely long past. Now admittedly I'm clueless about coding, but here's what I can't figure out for the life of me though: They claim to be making a more streamlined, easier to use interface called "Day View" or something of the sort.... but don't they already have the code in place for all of that anyway? Isn't that exactly what the old site was? I don't think any of us would have an issue with simply going back to that. Is it impossible to just implement some sort of toggle where we can simply go back to the old UI should we so choose? I'd gladly give up any of the crappy new "functionality" to just have a UI that worked again without me wanting to tear my eyeballs out.
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  • posted a message on The PucaTrade Thread
    I hate the new site. I completely and totally loathe every facet of its existence. Everything is bigger (except the impossible to read font), clunkier, more difficult to navigate, more difficult to read and just generally frustrating and obnoxious. Instead of being able to see 50 cards in a list on one screen, I can now see 4 (for example, in the cards sent and cards received sections). And that's not hyperbole. Being able to only view a list of 4 on a 27" monitor is ****ing stupid.

    The giant low res pictures behind EVERYTHING making it more difficult to read are obnoxious too. It also now seems impossible to pull up a card, see people from EVERY country that want the card, but then also be able to just sort that list by country (but not filter them all out). I don't get it.

    Some of the new features are nice, but ffs, why couldn't we just have new features on old site? I don't understand. I fully admit that I'm the type of person who is reluctant to unnecessary change, but this is truly terrible in every sense of the word.

    Whatever though I guess. Until Puca fixes its economy, it's all a moot point. I'm sitting on 100,000+ points and no one has sent me anything worth while in 2 months now.
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  • posted a message on The Legacy Price Discussion Thread
    Quote from traderjoe »
    I just picked up a playset of LEDs on the cheap. Should I sell them into the spike? Or hold for a higher ceiling? Thoughts?

    They are sitting at $142ea right now.


    First rule of spikes: Always sell right after the spike.
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  • posted a message on Is this a fake Nykthos?
    Please, everyone, stop the witch hunt for fakes. Yes, fakes exist. They're also easy to spot. Printing differences exist too, especially for cards printed in event decks.
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  • posted a message on The PucaTrade Thread
    Quote from Stoogeslap »
    Odd thing has happened (or more like a lack of anything happening is odd).

    I don't have anything wild on my list that I have recently added (albeit, yes, the cards on their for a while are hard to find Legacy).

    I can't figure out why these cards are becoming hard to snag on Puca Trade. It's not like there's a bunch of hard to get singles. The only cards pictured in the attached image that I understand not many wanting to part w/ is the Mystic Confluence. The artifacts, I figured, would have been snagged by now, but they have been there for a little over a week.

    Anyone else had trouble getting cards that shouldn't be that tough to get?


    It's not just you. I have cards on my list that have now quite literally been on my list for a year. That's absolutely not an exaggeration in the slightest either. Until you agreed to send me those 4x Boil a couple days ago Stooge (thank you very much BTW!) I hadn't had anyone agree to send me a card for probably close to 2 months. I fully realize I'm looking for more difficult to find cards than the average user and I'm wanting to be strict about NM most of the time, but Puca is getting far less useful for a collector such as myself to get older, more difficult to acquire cards. Puca used to be pretty awesome for me in the past, but it's just not there any more for whatever reason. Don't get me wrong, it's still an awesome trading website, and if you're looking for newer more common stuff and you're not super picky about condition, I'm sure it's still working quite nicely.
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  • posted a message on The PucaTrade Thread
    Quote from Stoogeslap »


    What bothers me too is that this bothers me. I should be above it, but when you take pride in giving something well thought out, you hope to get at half the effort you put in back.

    Guess because this is a time of giving, I shouldn't be looking at it this way. What can I say, I'm human.


    I hear ya, but you really need to go into this sort of thing with the expectation that you're just giving some stuff away and expect nothing in return I think. I didn't sign up last year because I expected that most people would try to do as little as possible to make sure they got more than they sent. I don't like that I had that pessimistic viewpoint though.

    I'm generally sort of a miserly kind of dude, so I signed up this year purely because I felt like doing something nice for someone which I admittedly don't do often enough. Don't get me wrong, I'll hold doors open for people, I'm generally polite, and I'm far friendlier than the average guy to the cashier in the grocery store, but I don't donate to charities or volunteer or anything like that and I'm trying to be better about doing nice little things for people when the opportunity presents itself. So, not that it's a big deal in the grand scheme of things, I thought I'd go a bit above and beyond and I sent about a $35 package to my recipient this year. I legitimately hope he (or she?) is just really happy with it and I don't expect even 1/4 of that (or really anything) in return.
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