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Definitive Guide to Sell MTG Magic the Gathering Cards

There are many ways and places to offload your MTG singles, decks, bulk cards, or even an entire collection. Take your time if you can, and pick the right forum for your circumstances. This is your guide to sell MTG Magic: the Gathering cards.

I know a little something about this. Back in 2004, I earned recognition from eBay that included a mouse pad I still have to this day with “Power Seller” scrawled across it. I kept that status for a few years, all on the back of buying and selling Magic cards. I’ve had multiple Power 9, Guru Lands, Dual Lands, tournament staples, and other highly sought-after cards pass in and out of my possession. This will happen when you invest in and sell Magic cards.

One of my favorite things to do at that time was put together massive card collections and sell them for a profit. Always looking to get over 20k total cards with around 2k+ rares and foils, include many Type 2, ahem, standard staples for the time, and unload them for about double what I paid to put them together. This was the best way I found to increase my personal collection and repetitively make a large profit.

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There’s a lot more competition for buying cards and collections these days. And I understand that eBay may not be everyone’s go-to selling path anymore, but it can still be effective. It may even be the best place for you to sell your cards! However, there are many other paths now to check out before deciding which direction to go. This guide aims to point you toward the best one for you and show you some you may not have considered before.

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Where to Sell magic: the Gathering MTG Singles (Single Cards)

If you’re a Magic: The Gathering collector/player and you’re looking to sell singles, you have several options.

eBay: One of the most popular online marketplaces, eBay, is often the first place people think of when it comes to selling MTG singles. You can list your cards with photos and descriptions, and either set a fixed price or auction them off. Be sure to take into account eBay’s selling fees when pricing your cards.

Woman looking at computer monitor with ebay logo, a good place to sell magic cards

I will mention that if you spend any time in the Facebook Magic groups, you’ve probably heard of someone getting scammed on eBay, or ending up with a fake card. Be cautious. If you’re not sure, don’t purchase anything too costly. eBay does have an authenticity program for trading cards that you can look for to ensure safe and authentic card purchases. See details here.

Facebook Groups and Marketplace: There are numerous MTG Facebook groups where you can list your cards for sale. There’s Magic the Gathering Marketplace, MTG Savage Sales, and for the more odd listings like misprints, miscuts, or serialized cards, check out groups such as #MTGRarities (they have several.) There’s even a Facebook group dedicated to helping players authenticate cards, Magic: the Gathering Counterfeit Detection.

You can also use Facebook Marketplace to reach local buyers. This can be a particularly good option if you’re selling less expensive cards that might not be worth the cost of shipping, or bulk cards that are very costly to ship due to the weight.

Local Game Stores (LGS): Your LGS might buy your cards directly. They typically offer either cash or store credit, with the latter often being a higher amount. Keep in mind, LGS generally buy cards at a price lower than what they would sell them for, as they need to make a profit on the transaction. But this can be a convenient and fast way to sell your cards.

Another option your Local Game Store may present, but not necessarily be involved in, is to show up to events and sell to other players at the store. Showing up for a Friday Night Magic, or casual Commander event may bring prospective buyers into the store that would offer more than the store owners.

Online Retailers: Sites like Star City Games or Card Kingdom buy individual cards. You can check their buylist prices online. However, as with physical game stores, they’ll typically offer you less than the retail price.

TCGPlayer: TCGPlayer is a marketplace specifically for trading card games. It’s widely used and trusted in the MTG community, though they were recently acquired by eBay. As a seller, you’ll need to manage the shipping process, and TCGPlayer takes a commission on sales.

MTG-specific forums or websites: There are many online communities such as Discord servers where you can sell or trade your cards.

Family and Friends: Sometimes your own pod or family can be the best people to sell cards to. They can be easy to get ahold of, know what you have if you need to make a quick buck, and may even be able to sell the same card back to you later if you ever want it back. A benefit none of the other options can really offer.

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Before selling single cards, make sure you know their condition and value. Condition is incredibly important in card pricing, especially so for singles, and knowing the value will help you set fair prices and negotiate effectively. You can use resources like TCGPlayer or online price guides to get a sense of what your cards are worth. Always be cautious with transactions, especially with buyers you don’t know, and consider using secure payment methods such as PayPal.

Determining the Current Value of a Magic: The Gathering (MTG) Card

There are things you need to know and places you need to search to figure out the value of an MTG card, or a Magic collection.

Identify the Card: Make sure you know the card’s exact name, the set it belongs to, and whether it’s a regular or special edition (such as a foil). The set symbol on the middle-right of the card can help identify this, and the color of the symbol will indicate the rarity (common, uncommon, rare, or mythic rare) as long as the card is from the Exodus set or newer.

Assess the Condition: The condition of the card greatly affects its value. Assess your card’s condition as objectively as possible. Be sure to consider any signs of wear, such as scratches, bends, or fading. You may consider getting high value cards assessed or appraised and certified by ratings agencies.

Check Online Pricing Resources: Use online resources to get an idea of your card’s value. Some of the most widely used include:

  • TCGPlayer: TCGPlayer aggregates prices from multiple sellers, giving a good sense of what people are asking for a card. They also provide a “market price” which is typically a more accurate representation of the card’s value.
  • eBay Sold Listings: eBay’s completed sales can provide a picture of what people are actually paying for a card. Be sure to look at sold listings, not just current or completed listings, as these will give you an idea of actual sale prices.
  • StarCityGames or Card Kingdom: These sites are large online retailers that buy and sell cards. Their prices can be a bit higher than what you might find on TCGPlayer or eBay, but they can give you a sense of what retail prices might be.
  • MTG Stocks: This site tracks price trends for MTG cards over time. It’s useful for seeing how a card’s value has changed and where it might be going.

Remember that these prices are just a guide. The actual amount you can sell a card for will depend on a number of factors, including the card’s condition, the demand for the card, how quickly you want to sell it, and the platform you’re selling on. Prices can also fluctuate over time due to factors like changes in the game’s meta, reprints, or shifts in the player base.

Methods for Selling an entire Magic: The Gathering MTG card collection

Selling an entire Magic: The Gathering collection can be quite different from selling individual cards. The list of places to consider is almost identical, but the devil is in the details.

eBay: You can list your entire collection for sale on eBay. Be sure to provide detailed information about what’s included, such as any rare or valuable cards, the condition of the cards, etc. Providing clear, high-quality photos is crucial. You can choose to auction the collection or set a Buy It Now price.

Facebook Groups and Marketplace: Like selling individual cards, you can post your entire collection for sale in MTG-focused Facebook groups, local Facebook groups, or on Facebook Marketplace. Marketplace can be particularly effective for local sales, saving you from having to deal with shipping.

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Local Game Stores (LGS): Some local game stores buy entire collections. This can be a good way to sell your collection quickly, but you might not get as much money as you would selling it yourself, as the store needs to make a profit.

Keep in mind you don’t need to take the first offer though if you have multiple game stores in town. Most will leave their offer open for some time and let you shop your collection around. They know how big of a decision it is to part with an entire collection of cards, sometimes collected over a lifetime.

Online Retailers: Large online retailers like Star City Games, or Card Kingdom sometimes buy entire collections. You’ll need to list what’s in your collection and they’ll give you a quote. Again, They typically offer less than the retail value of the cards, but can be a great place to sell your collection.

Directly to Other Players: If you know other MTG players, you might be able to sell your collection directly to them. This could be through your local MTG community, friends, or at MTG events.

Craigslist: While not as popular as it used to be, and with newer competition such as Nextdoor which may also be viable in your area, Craigslist can still offer a local marketplace where you may reach different potential buyers than through the other outlets listed.

Card Shows: Many areas have periodic card shows, hobby shows, collectibles gatherings, etc. where you may be able to find buyers for your collection.

Selling a collection can take more effort than selling individual cards. It often requires cataloging what’s in the collection and determining the overall value. However, it can also be a faster way to sell off a large number of cards. Some collections sell into the thousands of dollars, so be sure to protect your transaction with a safe form of payment.

Other Online Options to Sell Magic: the Gathering MTG Cards

eBay is still the most popular auction and online sale site for Magic, but it is not the only one by a long shot. Some different platforms we have not previously mentioned may be:

BidWicket: This is another online marketplace that focuses specifically on trading card games. While not as well-known as some other platforms, it could be a good place to reach serious collectors.

eBid: eBid is a general auction site that is similar to eBay. It has lower fees, which can make it an attractive alternative, though it doesn’t have as large of a user base.

Bonanza: Bonanza is an online marketplace where you can sell a variety of items, including Magic cards. It’s smaller than eBay, but its fees are lower.

Listia: This is an auction site where people use credits instead of cash to bid on items. It’s a unique system that can be a fun way to sell items, though it might not be the best choice if you’re looking to make as much money as possible.

Catawiki: Catawiki is an auction site that specializes in collectibles. While it’s not as well-known in the United States, it’s quite popular in Europe.

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Before listing your cards or collection on any auction site, be sure to read the site’s terms and conditions, understand their fee structure, and check out how other similar items are being priced. The popularity and audience of auction sites can vary greatly depending on your location and what you’re selling, so it’s a good idea to do a bit of research before you decide where to list your items.

Ways to Increase the Value of Your Magic: the Gathering MTG Collection When Selling

It’s great to know the value of your cards alone, but there are a few factors which may make your collection more valuable, or really stand out.

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Selling Composed Decks With Your MTG Magic: the Gathering Collection

Including composed decks (which may include preconstructed or pre-made decks) in your Magic: The Gathering (MTG) collection can potentially increase its value, but this depends on several factors.

Deck Strength: If the decks are competitive or particularly strong in certain formats (like Commander, Modern, or Standard), they might be more appealing to buyers looking for a ready-to-play option. A well-constructed deck can often sell for more than the total value of its individual cards, particularly if it includes a coherent strategy and synergy between the cards.

Included Cards: If a deck contains high-value or desirable cards, this can certainly increase the value of the collection. This is particularly true for staple cards that see wide use in a variety of decks or formats. 

Deck Condition: As with individual cards, the condition of the cards within the decks is crucial. Decks in which the cards are all in excellent condition (Near Mint or Mint) will be more valuable than those with damaged or heavily worn cards.

Deck Popularity: Decks built around popular themes, mechanics, or featuring popular characters may also have increased value due to the appeal for fans. Think Slivers.

Format: The format of the deck also matters. Commander decks, for example, can often sell for more due to the popularity of the format and the typically higher price point of its cards.

Deck Lists and Documentation: If you’re selling preconstructed decks, it can be helpful to include a decklist, or even better, a brief description of the deck strategy and key card interactions. This can make the deck more appealing, especially to less experienced players.

Including composed decks in your collection could make it more appealing to buyers who are looking for ready-to-play options or to build their deck collection. However, keep in mind that selling the collection as a whole may not yield as much as selling high-value cards individually. It’s a trade-off between convenience and potential profit.

Selling Accessories With Your Magic: the Gathering MTG Collection

Including accessories such as sleeves, dice, playmats, deck boxes, and other Magic: The Gathering (MTG) related items can potentially increase the value of a collection to a buyer, particularly if these items are in good condition, have desirable designs, or are themselves collectible (like limited edition playmats or art sleeves). Here’s a general overview of how these items might impact the value of your collection:

Sleeves: Protective sleeves, particularly if they are high quality or have unique designs, can add some value. However, used sleeves, especially if they show wear or are no longer clean, may not add much value. 

Dice: Specialty dice, such as spindown life counters from various MTG sets or other high-quality gaming dice, can add a bit of value, especially if you have a complete or extensive collection.

pair of hands holding a couple dozen dice of different side counts

Playmats: Playmats, especially those featuring artwork from popular MTG artists or those from notable MTG events, can be quite valuable. A sought-after playmat in good condition could add significant value to a collection.

Deck Boxes: As with the other accessories, unique or high-quality deck boxes can add value. Collectible deck boxes, or those associated with specific sets or events, can be particularly valuable.

While these accessories can add value to a collection, keep in mind that their total contribution will typically be less than the value of the cards themselves unless you have particularly rare or sought-after items. Their inclusion might make your collection more appealing to a new player looking for a complete setup, or to a collector looking for specific items. 

Like cards, the condition of these items is important. Items that are worn out or damaged will contribute less value than those in good condition. Similarly, generic items will typically be worth less than those that are unique, rare, or associated with specific events or sets. 

Always research and evaluate each item separately to understand its value. And when selling a collection, it can be helpful to itemize what is included so potential buyers know exactly what they’re getting.

Should I sell My Cards Individually, or as a Collection?

The decision to sell Magic: The Gathering (MTG) cards as singles or as a whole collection depends on several factors:

Value of Individual Cards: If your collection contains many high-value or sought-after cards, it might be more profitable to sell these cards individually. This is because buyers are often willing to pay a premium for specific cards they need, rather than buying a whole collection and getting many cards they don’t want.

Time and Effort: Selling cards individually can be time-consuming. Each card needs to be listed separately, potentially photographed, and then packaged and shipped when it sells. If you have a large collection, this can add up to a significant amount of work. Selling the collection as a whole is usually much simpler and quicker, but you might not get as much money.

Market Knowledge: Selling cards individually often requires a good understanding of current MTG market value. You need to know which cards are valuable, which are in demand, and how to price them competitively. If you don’t have this knowledge, selling as a collection might be easier. Having this knowledge is one step in getting the most money possible when you sell MTG cards.

Condition of the Collection: If your collection contains a lot of lower-value cards or cards in poor condition, it might be easier to sell it as a whole. Most buyers of individual cards are looking for cards in good condition, so these might not sell well individually.

Financial Need: If you need money quickly, selling the collection as a whole might be a better option. It’s generally much faster to sell a collection than to sell individual cards. You can quickly sell to a local buyer or local store for cold hard cash.

a hundred dollar bill being pulled at each end by a different hand

In general, if your collection contains many valuable cards and you have the time and knowledge to sell them individually, this will usually yield the highest return. If, however, your collection is mostly lower-value cards, or if you want a simpler and quicker sale, selling as a collection might be a better choice.

In some cases, a hybrid approach might be best. This involves selling the most valuable cards individually to maximize their value, and then selling the rest of the collection in bulk. This can be a good way to balance the potential profit of individual sales with the convenience of selling in bulk.

How to Sell a Valuable Magic: the Gathering Card, such as a Black Lotus

Selling a highly valuable card like the Black Lotus from Magic: The Gathering (MTG) requires careful consideration due to its high value and the importance of ensuring a safe, secure transaction. Here are some steps to consider:

Get the Card Graded: For a single card of this value, it’s usually worth getting it professionally graded. Services like Beckett Grading Services (BGS) or Professional Sports Authenticator (PSA) can grade the card, which gives potential buyers more confidence in its condition and authenticity. Graded cards also generally sell for more than ungraded cards, especially if they receive a high grade.

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Research Pricing: Look at the sale prices for Black Lotus cards with the same grade as yours. Sites like eBay can show you what similar cards have sold for recently, which can help you set a price. Keep in mind that the price can vary greatly depending on the card’s condition and rarity (Alpha, Beta, or Unlimited).

Decide Where to Sell: eBay is a common choice for selling high-value cards, but there are other options:

  • Auction Houses: High-value collectibles are often sold through auction houses, which can reach a wide audience of serious collectors. They handle the sale process, from listing the item to shipping it to the buyer.
  • Specialized Online Marketplaces: Websites like TCGPlayer or Card Kingdom are dedicated to selling trading cards and can reach a large audience of interested buyers.
  • Local Game Stores or Conventions: These can be good places to sell valuable cards, especially if they have a strong MTG community. However, they may not offer as much as online buyers, and you may want to avoid this option for extremely high-value cards like Black Lotus unless the store has a reputation for handling such sales.
  • Private Collectors: If you know of any private collectors, they might be interested in buying the card directly. This can be a good option if you want to avoid the fees and potential complications of online selling.

Secure the Transaction: For high-value sales, it’s important to ensure that the transaction is secure. This might mean using a payment method with buyer and seller protection, like PayPal, and shipping the card with insurance and tracking.

Presentation: High-quality photos or scans of the card are crucial. Make sure potential buyers can clearly see the card’s condition. If the card is graded, include images of the grading report.

Legal and Financial Considerations: Consult with a tax professional to understand any potential tax implications of the sale. It’s also a good idea to document the transaction thoroughly in case of any future disputes or for your own records.

Selling a card as valuable as the Black Lotus is a big undertaking. It’s important to take your time and ensure you’re comfortable with the process and the price you’re getting. Don’t rush. Consider seeking advice from professionals or experienced collectors if you’re unsure about anything.

How to Get a Magic: the Gathering MTG Card Graded

Grading a card, especially a valuable one, may be a good idea because it can increase its value and attractiveness to potential buyers. Grading also ensures the card’s condition is accurately and professionally assessed, which can help avoid disputes over condition when selling. 

Professional Sports Authenticator (PSA) and Beckett Grading Services (BGS) are the two most well-known and respected grading services in the card collecting world. Here are the general steps to get a card graded:

Prepare the Card: Clean your hands thoroughly and prepare a clean, well-lit workspace. You want to handle the card as little as possible and avoid any potential damage. It’s recommended to put the card in a card saver (a type of semi-rigid plastic sleeve) rather than a regular top loader, as this is what grading services prefer.

Create an Account: Go to the grading company’s website (either PSA or BGS) and create an account.

Choose a Service Level: Each company has several levels of service, which differ in price, turnaround time, and the value of the card you can submit. The more expensive services are faster and allow for higher value cards. For a particularly valuable card, you’ll likely want to choose one of the higher levels of service.

Fill Out the Form: Once you’ve chosen a service level, you’ll need to fill out a form describing the card you’re sending in. Make sure you know the exact card name, set, and any other relevant information.

Package the Card: Package the card carefully to ensure it isn’t damaged during shipping. The card itself should already be in a card saver. Place this in a sturdy box with sufficient padding.

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Ship the Card: Ship the card to the address provided by the grading service. You’ll likely want to use a method that includes tracking and insurance, given the potential value of the card.

Wait for Grading: The grading service will grade your card, encapsulate it in a plastic case, and then ship it back to you. The time this takes depends on the service level you chose.

Receive Your Graded Card: Once you receive your card back, it will be encased in a protective slab with the grade prominently displayed. 

Grading a card can be costly and the process can take time (potentially several months, depending on the grading service’s backlog and the service level you chose). However, for valuable cards, the increased sale value can more than make up for the cost of grading.

You may be able to “skip the line” by checking local events, or with local game stores, to see if there will be any in-person grading in the area.

How to Become a Big Online Magic: the Gathering MTG Card Seller

Becoming a big-time seller on eBay or other marketplaces, whether it’s for Magic: The Gathering cards or any other product, requires careful planning, a bit of investment, and a lot of hard work. Here are some steps to get started:

Research the Market: First and foremost, familiarize yourself with the MTG market. Understand which cards are in demand, how card values fluctuate with time and changes in the game, and what condition grades mean in terms of pricing. Research other eBay sellers to understand how they’re pricing and listing their cards.

Acquire Inventory: You’ll need cards to sell, of course. You might start with your own collection, but to become a big-time seller, you’ll likely need to acquire cards from other sources as well. This might include buying collections from other players, purchasing booster boxes to get new cards, or trading with other enthusiasts.

Establish Your eBay Seller Account: If you haven’t already, create your eBay seller account. It’s straightforward to set up, but you’ll need to provide some personal information and payment details.

List Your Cards: Start listing your cards on eBay. Be sure to provide detailed descriptions and high-quality photos. Be honest about the condition of the cards. Pricing can be tricky, but you can look at completed eBay sales to get an idea of what similar cards are selling for.

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Customer Service: Provide excellent customer service. Respond to buyer questions promptly, package your cards carefully for shipping, and post them as soon as possible after a sale. Encourage buyers to leave feedback and aim for a high feedback score to improve your reputation.

Promote Your Listings: You might consider using eBay’s promotional tools to boost your listings, such as promoted listings or running sales. 

Expand Your Inventory: As your business grows, you’ll likely want to expand your inventory. This might involve branching out into related products like card sleeves, deck boxes, or other MTG accessories.

Stay Up to Date: The world of Magic: The Gathering is always changing, with new sets being released and the meta-game continually evolving. Stay up-to-date with these changes to understand how they impact card values and demand.

Keep in mind that selling on eBay does come with fees, including insertion fees (for listing products) and final value fees (based on the total amount of the sale). And then there’s shipping. Make sure you’re factoring these costs into your pricing.

Becoming a Magic: the Gathering MTG Card Retailer

Maybe you’re not searching for a way to sell your singles or your personal collection. Maybe you’re interested in opening a card shop and becoming the Local Game Store! If you’re interested in becoming a Retailer of Wizards of the Coast and other trading card gaming products, here you’ll find information to get you started.

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Business Plan: Before diving in, create a business plan that clearly outlines your target audience, budget, projected revenue, marketing strategies, and so on. MTG is a very niche market, so your business plan will need to reflect an understanding of this audience.

Start a Business: Next, you need to start a business, if you haven’t already. This involves registering a business name, getting a tax ID number, opening a business bank account, and so on.

Storefront or Online Store: Decide whether you want to run a physical storefront, an online store, or both. Each option has its advantages and disadvantages. A physical location allows for community building with regular tournaments and events, while an online store may have lower overhead costs and a wider customer reach.

Become an Authorized Reseller: To become an authorized reseller of Magic: The Gathering products, you typically need to apply through the game’s distributor. In the United States, this is currently Wizards of the Coast (WOTC), a subsidiary of Hasbro. You’ll need to apply through their retail support, meet their criteria, and agree to their terms and conditions. WOTC may also require your store to meet certain conditions, such as having a brick-and-mortar location or hosting MTG events.

Order Inventory: Once you are approved as a reseller, you can order inventory. This will include not only MTG cards, but also associated products like protective card sleeves, deck boxes, and playmats. Remember to order a variety of products to meet the different needs of your customers.

Marketing and Community Building: As with any business, marketing will be crucial. This can include online advertising, social media promotion, hosting MTG events, and more. It’s also important to build a community around your store. This can be accomplished by hosting regular MTG tournaments, offering lessons to beginners, and creating a welcoming environment for all players.

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Remember that these steps may vary depending on your location and the specific requirements of WOTC or its parent company. It’s always best to check the most recent guidelines before proceeding.

Also, the world of collectibles can be complex, with fluctuating market values and a customer base that’s often very knowledgeable about the product. Staying educated about the current MTG meta, popular cards, and trends in the market will be a crucial part of your success.

Who Are the Magic: the Gathering MTG Distributors?

Magic: The Gathering (MTG) is produced by Wizards of the Coast, which works with various regional distributors to distribute their products to retailers around the world. Here is a brief list of some distributors that deal with MTG products. Please note that availability may vary based on your location and specific business needs:

United States:

1. Alliance Game Distributors

2. Southern Hobby Supply

3. GTS Distribution

4. ACD Distribution


1. Universal Distribution

2. Grosnor Distribution Inc.

United Kingdom:

1. Esdevium Games (Asmodee UK)

2. Magic Madhouse


1. Let’s Play Games

2. VR Distribution

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This is not an exhaustive list and the distribution landscape may change, so you should contact Wizards of the Coast or do independent research to find out the most current information on authorized distributors for your region.

After contacting these distributors, you will typically need to provide proof that you’re a retailer, such as a tax ID and other business documentation. It’s also important to understand that not all distributors will have all products in stock all the time. It can sometimes be challenging to secure high-demand items, especially shortly after a new set is released. You should always maintain good relationships with your chosen distributor(s) to ensure your store gets the inventory it needs.

Becoming a Distributor of Magic: the Gathering MTG Cards

Becoming a regional distributor for games and hobby products, like Magic: The Gathering, involves a variety of steps, as you’re effectively setting up a wholesale business. Here’s a general guide to get you started:

Business Plan: Before you get started, you’ll want to develop a comprehensive business plan. This should outline what products you plan to distribute, who your target customers are (such as local game stores or online retailers), how you will source and store your products, and how you plan to finance your business.

Legal Setup: Register your business with the appropriate local or national authorities. This will likely involve obtaining a tax ID and potentially setting up a Limited Liability Company (LLC) or other business structure. It’s also important to obtain the necessary business licenses and permits, which will vary depending on your location.

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Secure Funding: Depending on your business plan, you may need to secure funding to get your distribution business off the ground. This might involve a business loan, investment, or your personal savings.

Partnerships with Manufacturers: To become a distributor, you’ll need to establish relationships with manufacturers or primary distributors. For example, with Magic: The Gathering, you would reach out to Wizards of the Coast or their authorized distributors. They will have specific requirements you’ll need to meet, including purchasing a minimum amount of product.

Warehouse and Logistics: You’ll need a secure location to store your products and a reliable method of shipping orders to your customers. This might involve leasing a warehouse and hiring staff to manage inventory and ship orders.

Marketing and Sales: Establish relationships with retailers in your region who would be interested in purchasing your products. This might involve hiring sales staff, attending trade shows, or marketing directly to local game stores.

Customer Service: Providing excellent customer service can set you apart as a distributor. This might involve offering flexible return policies, providing prompt and helpful responses to inquiries, and resolving any issues quickly and fairly.

Website and Online Presence: In today’s digital world, having a professional and user-friendly website is crucial. Your website should list your available products, provide information about your company, and offer a way for customers to place orders or contact you with questions.

Becoming a distributor is a big undertaking that requires a significant investment of time and resources. However, it can also be a rewarding business venture, especially if you’re passionate about the gaming and hobby industry. Consider consulting with a business advisor or mentor if you’re interested in pursuing distribution.

FYI, none of what has been discussed here is legal or tax advice. This post is for informational and educational purposes only. Please seek the help of lawyers and accountants for anything legal or tax regarding sales or business dealings with Magic: the Gathering cards.

Whew! This was indeed an exhaustive list of options for selling Magic: the Gathering cards. I think the only thing we didn’t cover is how to sell digital cards (MTGO, Arena, etc.) I hope it helped you find a route to sell your cards, or even get started selling MTG in a more professional manner.

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Bryan - MCM
Author: Bryan - MCM

Magic player since Revised in 94. Still remember opening boosters of Revised, the Dark, and Arabian Nights as a kid. Watching it be a big deal (and then let down) when Fallen Empires dropped. Then Magic got it right again and really took off. While the current state of Wizards is debatable, I still enjoy playing with friends and my kids. I don't do tournaments much these days but I've played Draft, Sealed, Standard, Extended (not a thing anymore,) Pre-Release, Grand Prix, States Qualifiers, and Teams tournaments. Though I'm not a judge, I'm the one the friends turn to when there's a rules question, and if I don't know it, I find it. Please, ask me anything, comment on posts, and share Magic with your friends and family!

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