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Wednesday, August 22, 2012

The value of LISTIA

Listia is sometimes a very neat little resource to unload and pick up cards. Last year I tinkered around with the site for a while but became bored with it.  I recently saw some fellow bloggers were dipping the foot in the pool so I decided to give it a try again.  I have unloaded some stuff on there and accumulated some credits which I am now starting to spend.  Even though no money is involved, I still try to break it down monetarily when bidding. Credits when won by posting an auction don't necessarily always go as high in bid as you might think.  Some auctions just don't get looked at and some get drove up with bidding wars.  I try to think about the credits as dollars. If you buy credits from Listia, you basically pay a $1 for every 3 or 4 hundred credits depending on how many you buy.  I like to think 400 credits roughly equal a dollar.  I think of this when I am bidding on auctions.  So I am going to begin sharing my wins and grading how I think I did. Should be fun!!

Auction Win=1 Pack of 1995 Pinnacle UC3 Baseball
Cost=500 Credits
At roughly 1.25 I decided to try and win a pack of these. They remind me of Sportsflix.  They had a few inserts to try for but of course I didn't score any!  I was just in this one for the fun of opening a pack of something that I didn't back in the day.
I ended up getting base of Barry Bonds, Mike Piazza, Mark Grace, and Alan Trammell.  I also got an "In depth" subset card of Rafael Palmeiro.  Nothing really in there for me but I will grade this auction win at a B-.

How do you grade it?  What do think of Listia? Have you ever tried it?

8 comments:

  1. I use it almost every day now. I thin kof it like tradeing rather than buying. I list junk I don't want for credits and then use those credits to buy stuff. So when I sell a 88 McGwire for 1000 credits and then spend 1000 credits on a 76 SSPC Yaz then I basically traded a 88 McGwire for a 76 Yaz.

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  2. Also instead of buying credits you should buy Amazon gift cards then list them for credits.

    Right now there is a $2 Amazon gift card with 2 hours left with bids of 2800. So the person who listed that gift card is getting about 1500 credits for each dollar spent.

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    1. Cool idea but you just never know. There is a $2 Wal Mart card on there for under nine hundred credits and it's almost over.

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    2. Keep an eye on the Amazon ones though because they always go high like that. Figure because Amazon is internet baised and Listia users are too.

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  3. I dont think 400/per dollar is accurate.
    Closer to 1000/dollar

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    1. It makes more sense to define the value of a credit buy what things sell for rather than what listia charges for them. If you know what something should cost in dollars and it consistently sells for around the same credits, you can easily determine that 400 credits for a dollar not realistic. (Although Listia would want you to think that 300-400 is more accurate)

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    2. And to comment to the person PAYING for credits. You are basically paying $5.00 for $1.50 in credits. It is MUCH wiser to buy Amazon gift cards, then to buy them from listia.

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  4. So, is the Amazon Gift Card how I can achieve 1,000 Listia credits per dollar?

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