Wednesday, 13 March 2013

Stop being a Silent Scammer!!

It's been quite a while since I last updated my blog (11 days). Today I'm going to share with all of you some opinions I feel about card sellers/buyers (players), I'm sure that many duelists would frequent cardshops or forums or facebook pages to buy/sell cards with other players. However, what is the ethical way to be a buyer/seller. Below I have listed a compilation of different types of sellers/buyers, starting from the most ethical one, to the least ethical one.

Most ethical seller/buyer: Cards I'm selling I offer price, cards I'm buying YOU offer price.
                                          Cards I'm selling YOU offer price, cards I'm buying I offer price.
Least ethical seller/buyer: Cards I'm selling YOU offer price, cards I'm buying YOU offer price.

See the difference between these 3 types of sellers/buyers?

The first type of buyers/sellers are the most ethical players. Why? Because by offering the price you are selling the cards at gives the other party a room to think whether the price is acceptable, and give him the opportunity to negotiate if he feels that the price is too steep. Similarly, by asking the other party to offer you the price they are selling at, it gives you the space to think and negotiate as well.

In a sense, if all buyers/sellers were to operate in the first system, it would be a WIN-WIN situation because it reflects the transaction in real-life business. You don't walk into a shop to buy things, only to have the shopkeeper asking you, "How much do you wish to offer for this item?"

In contrast, the 3rd type of buyers/sellers are the most unethical people around. Why? Because when they are selling, they would hear the ideal price of the other party first. If it is too low, they would negotiate by offering a higher price, if it higher than what they wish to sell for, they would just keep mum about it and sell at that price.

Then, when they are buying, the same situation occurs again, they would hear the other party's ideal price first. If it is lower than what they wish to buy for, they would keep quiet, if it is higher, they would negotiate to bring down the price. This scenario depicts the WIN-LOSE situation where the person who falls into the third category always wants to win the majority.

This is what I call the silent scammer. In reality, they may not wish to scam anyone and is probably as nice as one can get. However, without themselves being aware, they ARE scamming others via this buy/sell method.

In forums, such as Pojo, you would see people posting rules such as "My thread, you offer", which is totally bullshit. Using the shop example again, you don't walk into a shop and hear the shopkeeper say, "My shop, you offer." So why should it be any different for a forum thread.

Therefore, to summarise the three different kinds of buyers/sellers, they are:

1) I win some, you win some - everybody wins
2) I win a lot, you win lesser than me - lopsided win
3) I win all, you lose all - only I win

Thanks for reading!

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