Understanding Prices.TCGplayer.com Data

Harnessing the power of hundreds of brick and mortar stores, online stores, and individual sellers, TCGplayer is able to put together the most comprehensive Price Guide available anywhere.

We serve up over 4 million pages of pricing data each day through our popular marketplace and via partner websites and mobile applications.

TCGplayer has APIs available for use on your website/app so you can use pricing data in a variety of ways. And best of all, TCGplayer provides commission payments for all newly referred sales that you send our way.

 

Market Price: This price point is compiled from recent, completed sales that occurred on TCGplayer.com. Market Price is updated as transactions complete and reflects the best suggested retail price of a product.

Price Trend: This displays a representation of the previous 14 days of Market Price data, chronologically from left to right. There will be one data point per day shown for a total of 14 data points. The rightmost data point will be for the current day. 

This trend line will indicate if there has been a recent, significant shift in the prices for completed transaction of that product.

The color of the trend line indicates how the average of the last 3 days ("current average") compares to the average of the oldest 3 days ("old average") on the graph:

  • If the "current average" is at least 20% higher than the "old average," the trend line will be green
  • If the "current average" is at least 20% lower than the "old average," the trend line will be red
  • Otherwise, the trend line will be blue

Buylist Market Price: This price point is based on recently processed and completed purchases of cards through the TCGplayer Buylist. Because this metric reflects the price at which a store can purchase, receive, process, and sell cards for a profit, it reflects the best wholesale price of a card.

Listed Median: This is the median from all listed prices for a product based on listed prices only. Because of this, especially on older products with lower quantities, it can vary significantly from the actual price that people are paying for the card (see Market Price). We continue supporting this price point, but lower our emphasis on it, as it’s valuable data to many traders and store owners and is extremely reliable on cards from the Modern era.

Example:

Let’s look at a scenario to see what the true value of a card is using the Magic: The Gathering card Moat from the Legends set, assuming the following sample price data:

  • Market Price: $354.66
  • Buylist Market Price: $290.02
  • Listed Median: $654.72

What is the value of Moat given these data points? Some sellers have it listed (as per the Listed Median) for over $600, so isn’t that its price? No. The Market Price reflects the recent sales of Moat to be $354.66. Stores are currently paying $290.02 to immediately purchase the card from players, so the true value falls somewhere in between these two data points.

Additionally, let’s discuss the Listed Median price more. Moat has a Listed Median of $654.72, almost double what actual sales (Market Price) are showing. This is because only a few sellers have this card listed. What you are not seeing is that every time a new seller lists a Moat at a price near the Market Price, it sells, leaving behind cards with listed prices far above what the card will sell for.

 

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