I am really really curious about the opinions about the price guide in this community.
Well, I am going to jump right into the topic. I really think that a card guide is necessary BUT the current one is not very healthy for the online environment.
First of all, I am not a big trader or a player that’s complaining because the price guide has affected my own wealth. As most people already know or have played against me IRL or online, you should know that I am an extremely rich player and I have playsets of ultra and secret rares of basically every card printed to this date. Though sometimes I do set up my own trades, just for fun, snipers should know me pretty well cause I overpay all the time. I really did not want to bring up this topic at first because:
1. I am not affected: I could afford a couple of vintage boxes every day. Why would I care about a few cheap online codes?
2. Everyone has their right to do their own business.
3. I understand why a lot of people hate the guide and why certain people love it. There is no need to justify everything whether its good or bad.
At first, I even thought the guide was good. New players would not be scammed. Heck, I started playing competitively during the release of fates collide and recalling the trades I made I got scammed pretty bad (well, I do not blame the traders, blame yourself for being naïve, they did not force you to click that accept trade button). It would be good to prevent it though. However, I believe its not just me, have most players on this forum found anything sketchy about the price guide?
I am not an expert in economics, although I am involved in a family business I do not engage in areas that involve finance. I may be wrong but I have my own concerns.
I personally do not hold any prejudice against people behind the price guide. I am even a subscriber to their ******* channel. Please, please do not take it personally.
- Many of my friends have completely stopped playing this game because it is actually not ‘free to play’ anymore. I realised that for many people the real game may be quite expensive. This was also a reason that I played mostly IRL the past year as my online friends have leaved. Has the trading guide ruined the opportunity for every player to set up their own trades and play the game? Has there been a major decrease in the online playerbase? I do encourage to play the IRL card game as it is more interactive and the experience is better but shouldn’t we consider those who cannot? I quite understand why the authorities might be in favour of the price guide cause people would have to pay to play. But I feel there is no wrong sometimes just to give some free stuff for people who at least just appreciate and acknowledge your products, there is no need to shake the tree that hard. The pokemon company is earning more than enough already.
- I have found out that the prices of a new card significantly differs from the value at first but then slowly moves towards to the price on the guide. I am very sure this is the case for the past few expansions since forbidden light. I am not saying that you are manipulating the prices but you may have underestimated your influence as a famous twitch streamer and card value founder (your trades have a higher probability of being accepted than normal players, same for other *********).
-Other questions. I do not know about you guys but I am definitely not a saint and would not solely spend limitless hours on some virtual game just for others and do things that are not beneficial for me. Are the people really doing it for charity or there are some benefits (e.g. real money exchange) involved?
Of course, I may be paranoid and those people might be totally great people. I do not think that the price guide is totally a bad thing but needs a few changes:
- Price fluctuation is normal for any collectible. Just look at the cards sold on multiples sites (troll and toad, collectorscache etc.) Is there a dominant price guide that has a fixed price for a card? I definitely oppose against trades that scam new players but I believe that the price on your guide should be a range NOT a precise value (e.g. FA Sabrina’s suggestion: 1.5-3.5). This would be good for both players who are unaware and players who need to set themselves up.
- I understand that packs will decrease in value over time but isn’t it a bit too fast? Aren’t the value of some packs too underestimated? This seems really sceptical to me as well as the corresponding intentions. I can say that those IRL aren’t decreasing so fast neither should the online ones. It would be great to adjust the pack ratio.
Please leave you opinions below.