How do they go against each other and be successful in your deck?
In all fairness, I actually had my first serious crash course in trading in trading games when I joined the TCGplayer community around the time we began a “Hacks” series on trading on Magic Online. That series taught me that you never know where a trade is going to fall on the continuum of “sell, trade, trade.” To my knowledge, I was the first person who truly understood the concept, I learned it and took it to heart, and I’m still proud of it. But I’ve had several friends go through the “trade to buy” cycle of thinking they’d gotten everything they could out of a trade in their deck and then get in for a high on a card, only to drop on their second trade to sell to buy. My philosophy is that buying or selling to buy is about as consistent a process as one can create around the game of Magic. It’s about trade in general, whether it’s for cards and/or cash or cards and cash or cards and a better deck. It’s in the moment.
I’m not saying that you need two pairs of eyes to know that what sells on one plane isn’t always going to sell on the next. That’s just my opinion. Your first instinct might be to go back to the stack and see if there’s a more recent deal in there that looks good on paper. After all, I’m not the only one who has thought this way. As the saying goes, everyone is doing it. It’s part of the game like anything else. In the case of Magic, however, there’s a little more nuance to it than that. You can’t go back in time. What you can do is look at what’s selling, and that’s when it becomes much clearer what’s driving the market and whether the market is really in a place where you should be buying.
You can’t just go by how fast the market is moving in and out of a market, because it’s a game. It’s a complex game in that it’s based in some very abstract ideas. One of those abstract ideas is the value of a piece of paper. That’s your most foundational understanding of trading, and it’s just like the best pieces of paper you can buy. If you just looked at it and judged it based on how it looked when you bought it, then you might feel that way about the value of it in this case. But you’re missing the