The ultimate guide to selling MTG cards

Selling magic cards can be a profitable activity for professional stores and trades, and a way for players to cover their gaming expenses. Here are some suggestions based on our experience to make your life as a seller easier.

1Organise your MTG collection

An organised collection is the first step toward happy customers. Yes, having all the cards you want to sell organised and easy-to-find is very important. It saves you searching time and, as a result, helps your customer receive their order faster. Just imagine that every time you sold a card, you had to search for it looking through different piles or binders - it will take you ages to find each card and will be painful.

What we've found works best (as individual players & sellers on the site ourselves):

  • Order your singles by set.
  • Within a given set, order them by colour or alphabetically (or both).
  • Make sure you have all copies of the same card grouped together, so you can easily list them in bulk when you have multiple copies, and also find them in two ticks if you sell them.

Find a system that works for you and stick with it, but have a system!

By the way, proper card storage boxes can also help.

2List everything for sale

The more singles you list, the easier it is to sell. We've seen how literally any magic card can be sold, including commons and uncommons. Yes, someone might be looking for Accomplished Automaton (a £0.05 common); and the thing is that they may not be looking for just one copy, but for a playset, and also a whole bunch of other Artifact Creature – Construct… People constantly come up with new brews for all the different formats, and even the most random card might be combined in new and creative ways. Just think of the diversity of Commander decks!.

A smart buyer of MTG cards will try to purchase from just a few sellers to avoid additional postage charges, so selling a range of cards dramatically increases your selling potential.

That is, if you have a good number of rares and mythics, but also lots of commons and uncommons, you will be in good shape.

3Check the card condition

Please take a look at our card condition guide, to avoid discontent and negative reviews from customers. When uncertain, err on the side of caution. For instance, if you're unsure whether a card falls under 'lightly played' or 'moderately played,' it's better to categorise it as 'moderately played' and just be conservative.

While 'near mint' cards are generally preferred by buyers, many are willing to purchase cards that have been played, provided the price aligns with the condition.

4Keep your stock up to date

Don't forget to delete any cards you might have traded elsewhere. If you leave them up for sale when actually they're no longer available, you could end up with cancelled orders, dissatisfied customers and negative reviews on your seller profile.

5Be positive!

Selling is harder when you have no reputation on the site. Offering your initial cards at a discounted price can be an effective strategy to entice customers to make purchases from you. But don't forget to ask your buyers to leave you a review. Once you've established a positive track record, you can use your newfound reputation to start selling at the trending price.

You can also leave a review to your buyer after each transaction.

6Pay attention to your email notifications

Every time you make a sale, we'll let you know via email. Regularly check your email inbox to avoid missing any sales.

7Use appropriate packaging

Good packaging will ensure that the cards aren't damaged in transit. Some of our sellers use hard board envelopes, which prevent bending and protect MTG cards very well. Please see our packaging guide for more tips.

8Pay attention to your buyer's chosen shipping method

Buyers are the ones indicating the shipping method for each order. So please pay attention to whether it's Second class or First class, and whether it is tracked or not.

Tracked orders (Royal Mail Tracked 24/48, Signed For or Special Delivery)

  • For Tracked 24/48, please get the labels online, print & stick them to the letter, and then drop it in the mailbox. You can also get Royal Mail to pick it up at your house for free, and they can optionally bring the label as well (consider that if your printer has no ink!)
  • For Signed For or Special Delivery orders, go to the post office and get a tracking code.

Don't forget to enter the tracking code on the order details page, to confirm that you've shipped the order.

Non tracked orders

Use Second Class or First Class stamps, or print your postage online using Royal Mail's website.

9Ship 'Em Fast!

Get those cards in the mail pronto to keep your customers happy and the good reviews flowing. Imagine – your customer might need that card for FNM, or for a competitive event, and your quick shipping could be the secret to their big win!

10Stay in touch with your buyer

Keep your customers posted via the messaging system about any issues or delays, so they know when to expect the cards.

11Deal with any issues

If your customer reports any problem with your order, such as a missing card or inaccurate card condition or prints, please get back to your customer and try to find a resolution as soon as possible.

Failing to respond to problems could result in negative reviews, which will impact your selling potential. Sending replacement cards or issuing a refund are usually the quickest way to proceed.

12Get paid!

Once your sale is complete, you can request a pay-out into your bank account from the Payments page (UK bank accounts only). For that, you'll have to submit your ID for verification by our payment provider.

Alternatively, you can use the funds to buy other MTG singles.

13Watch those card prices

We're all aware that MTG card prices can swing up or down in a flash. Banned & Restricted announcements by Wizards of the Coast often have that effect. If that happens, you can just edit the price in your collection with ease.

14List more cards often

Keep your collection up to date by regularly adding fresh cards as soon as they come your way. The greater variety, the greater chances to sell.

15Use your “out of office” if you need to

By turning on the 'on holiday' feature (from your Settings) you can hide your entire collection. When this is on, you won't get any new orders from customers. It's very useful when you go away for a few days, or even to slow things down if you're getting too many orders.

16Prettify your seller profile

Having your own kind of identity on the site helps. Upload a picture of yourself or an avatar you like, add a few lines about you in your bio, and also a nice cover image. This will make you more likeable and trustworthy!

17Get the word out

Share your seller profile on social media to reach new customers and maximise your chances of selling.

Or, if you run a game store, let your local customers know about your online collection on Mage through your store's website and social media pages. If you'd like to use a high-resolution logo for this, just let us know!

18Bulk update your card prices

Our dynamic pricing feature allows you to update the prices for all your MTG singles in one go. This is the easiest way to keep your prices up to date and make sure you sell at a fair value.

If there are any other tips for selling Magic: The Gathering singles that you think we should add, please drop as an email to [email protected]. We're always keen to learn about what works best for our sellers. Thank you!