Saturday, November 10, 2018

Do You Waste Your Time?

The last few weeks have been really tough for me when it comes to trading.

I will initiate a trade, ask what they collect, find trade bait, make my majestic offer just to be turned down or be countered for something less than what I wanted. In the end, the trade goes nowhere and I am left with a stack of cards to be put away.

What a waste of time!!!

Yeah, I like going back and looking through stuff occasionally to see if I have any hidden treasures, but when I am having to do it time and time again over and over in a few week span, then the fun is taken away. It then becomes an annoying job that I could have spent time doing something else more important.

Here are some examples over the last few weeks of failed trades.
  • One guy collects NBA Panini Prizm rookie cards. So I spent over an hour and a half going through binders by team of basketball rookie cards searching for all of my Prizm ones. I dug out everyone of them, close to 50 or more, took pictures and sent them. He replies, sorry, nothing here really intersts me. This includes guys like Anthony Davis, K.Leonard, Draymond Green, etc. It wasn't a group of misfits. Now it will take me as long to put them away as it was to dig them out.
  • Another guy wanted any and all of my soccer cards. What a relief! I was going to score a James Earl Jones autograph in a deal among many other non sport cards. I dug them out, we made a deal and then it went kaploop. Guy unfollowed me and never contacted me again. Ugh! Now I am still stuck with those and now stuck putting them away.
  • Another guy wanted to take a look at my overall trading items, so I spent time spreading them out and taking pictures to only once again get a "nah." Despite covering most of what he wanted for his PC.
  • And finally, there was a big Eagles and Phillies fan. I dug through boxes pulled out every hit I had of those teams. Went through binders and found all of my top inserts and numbered cards. Made my compelling offer on a top notch auto, he responded we can do this by tomorrow if it doesn't go and boom, he counters me with a patch card. Don't get me wrong the patch card looked nice, but it wasn't what I was trying to deal for. I responded to him with a simple "nice" and never heard back again. Usually most will respond with a "you interested?" at least. But, I got a nothing.
So now I am left with all of these cards to be put away once again. It will most likely take me most of  a weekend to do so. That is time I could have spent doing other things to my collection like putting away cards I had already planned to and fixing PC numbers or at the very least get a few rough drafts going on here since I now do these posts as I go instead of a month in advance like old times.

Am I done with trading because of this? No, probably not. But, I will probably take a long break for now from initiating any bigger trades. I don't want to have to put anything else away til I get my other stuff taken care of. I do have plenty of blogger trades to do and those I set aside ahead of time so maybe I will focus on sending out some PWE's to a few of you I normally send stuff to instead.

So how about you? How many of you "waste" your time working out trades like this and get stuck with a pile of stuff to put away? I know I am not alone so let me hear your best and worst stories in comments!

17 comments:

  1. Ouch. Sorry to hear about your tough time working out trades lately. That sucks.

    I hate when guys offer commons and then ask for HOF vintage in exchange. I also hate when guys don't bother to look at my wantlist and just offer me random Padres cards I couldn't care less about.

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    1. Oh man. Haven’t experienced that yet but I have been offered base cards for autos

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  2. Join the Trading Card Database and enter your tradelist and you wantlist. The trades will find you. I just completed my 75th on there, and I did not initiate a single one of them. Last I checked there were about 500 Rodney Hampton cards available for trade on there and that was a while ago.

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    1. I would probably become hooked especially if they have Hamptons I need. So they do bigger trades as well?

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  3. That's why I prefer blogger to blogger blind trades. It's always fun and feels like it's pressure-free.

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    1. Yep, I'll agree. Bloggers are very generous folk.

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    2. Those are fun and I enjoy those. However it’s tough to do bigger deals that way

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  4. I was happy with our trade! I appreciate the time you took to pull cards for me. Most all my trading is done right here, with blog pals. It's a frustrating waste of hobby time for you. As a time saver, I sort cards by team which makes it difficult to track down specific players or sets. Unless I know my trade partner well, I'm not going through all those cards for a handful that might not be wanted on the the other end. It'd be a joykill!

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    1. Mine are sorted by team but in many forms. It takes a ton of time to dig out specific things then have to put them all back after.

      I was happy with our trade as well. Hoping for more!!

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  5. And you wonder why I'm not big on formal trading! Even less so when it comes to Twitter people, as far as honesty and reliability goes, they're not even in the same ballpark as bloggers -- primarily because they don't have reputations to uphold, I mean if something goes south, they can just close there account and start a new one, that would be considerably more difficult for a blogger to do.

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    1. I am very cautious, despite my many posting of trade bait, when I trade on there. Checking out people big time before I make a move and I have had all success. But I agree that bloggers are the nicest ones to trade with

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  6. I agree with The Lost Collector on blind Blogger trades. That and the similar Team Trades. Just agree to the count range. on the SCF forum I am part of the Football Team Traders group the only real rule is sending a minimum of 15 (I think that is the minimum, or that is the minimum for the Baseball Group which follows the same sort of rules). Sometimes I have been sent huge boxes of a few hundred cards, while I usually send an average of 40 cards per trade. I sometimes include relic cards, autos and serial numbered cards when I have them available. Many of the other members do that as well. The only drawback with those groups is in a month or two there are some cards you will have 20 or more of in your collection.

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    1. Yeah that wouldbve tough. I already have a hard time moving doubles lol

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  7. I learned a few years ago that trading specific cards for cards isn't my scene. I had all of my tradebait posted on my blog and on Photobucket for easy viewing that way I didn't need to pull anything out. The only downside was scanning new cards and adding them to the list. Eventually I got so far behind that I just stopped conducting trades altogether. Maybe one day... but for now, I don't have time for that.

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    1. I may contact you about a possible trade involving the Curry :)

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  8. Nice vent and I feel your pain. I have done the same with a few twitter collectors find and pull cards from there want lists and then don't hear back from them again ugh! Any time you want to trade hit me up!

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