What is QS Insider?
An Insider account with QuietSpeculation.com means instant access to the best financial minds in Magic: the Gathering. We offer a daily magazine featuring our expert staff, powerful tools to monitor the Magic card market, integration with other popular MTG sites and a discussion forum where you can interact with our team and other MTG finance experts.
We send a reporter to every Pro Tour, no matter where in the world it is. No other Magic site does this. Take a look at our coverage from Pro Tour: Oath of the Gatewatch, where our early warnings helped our members beat the rush on Eldrazi cards. We also sent a team to Pro Tour: Shadows Over Innistrad, where we were the first to report on the Seasons End / Dark Petition deck.
Best of all, every Subscription includes the Core version of ION Scanner, which lets you scan your collection using a webcam and import it into our cloud-based tools.
Who Runs QuietSpeculation.com?
QS was founded in 2009 by Doug Linn and Kelly Reid, and features a top-tier staff of Magic: the Gathering professionals. Members of our team have managed large-scale retail operations, represented the US Team at Worlds, won Grand Prix events, and written for major MTG sites such as StarCityGames, TCGPlayer & GatheringMagic. Five of our current staff writers are current or former Pro Tour competitors, and one was nominated for the Pro Tour Hall of Fame in 2014. For many of our staffers, Magic is their full-time job.
Don’t know where to start? Let our community of experts guide you.
Get your MTG financial questions answered by friendly professionals. Our forum members are a blend of brand-new Magic players, experienced traders, and retail merchants, and they’re all here to help.
Turn your Magic cards into cash quickly, safely and easily.
Import your collection from Excel, Deckbox or PucaTrade, or manually enter your cards. Then, our software will find the best cash offers, optimize your order, and send it to the buyer. All you need to do is click “confirm”.
All of the charts, graphs and data you need to make informed decisions.
Use our built-in reports to keep track of what’s going on in the market. Our price database is updated constantly throughout the day, with over 2 years of historical market data presented in an easy-to-read format.
Read by the top Magic: the Gathering merchants and retailers.
Put the Wall Street Journal of MTG in your digital briefcase every morning. QS Magazine isn’t affiliated with any single merchant, so our correspondents have the freedom to remain honest, objective and unbiased.
ION is our industry-leading image recognition software. Using any webcam and your PC, you can scan in your entire collection in a fraction of the time it would take you to type it in by hand. You’ll get access to ION Core, the basic version of this software, with your QS membership. If you’re a hardcore collector or a business, we’re releasing a Professional version very soon.
Trade Routes was something that Kelly (our lead software developer) came up with a few years ago while he was running his own LGS. He discovered that there were dozens of online stores that posted cash buy prices for almost every Magic card out there. Realizing that he could easily convert his overstocked cards into money to buy more collections, he began selling to them on a regular basis. The only problem was, he had 12 browser tabs open at once, trying desperately to find the best price (which varied by as much as 50% on any given card). Trade Routes was his answer.
You can import your collection from Excel, PucaTrade, DeckBox.org, or create a new list on our site. Trade Routes then takes your list, intelligently divides is among the highest-paying merchants, and then helps you send your order directly to the merchant – no double-entering your cards into their shopping cart. You then confirm your order with the merchant and send them your cards – no waiting for auctions to end or listings to sell. As soon as you click “submit”, the order is accepted and you can expect to be paid very soon after mailing your cards.
Reports & Data
Many of our team members have a backgrounds in finance and economics, and they said “Hey, could you make Google Finance for Magic Cards“? So we did. We present stock charts going back over 3 years in a format that’s easy and intuitive to use. We also offer data-driven reports that are updated many times each day, powered by an industry-leading, terabyte-scale data warehouse. We give you all the tools you need to make intelligent, informed decisions, and to act on them.
Quiet Speculation started as a one-man blog, and we’re proud to carry on that heritage in the form of a robust daily magazine. Our readers can expect multiple insightful, long-form articles about Magic finance, from MTG industry veterans, five days a week. Our editorial team takes tremendous pride in scouting out sharp new writers to add to our ever-growing roster of professionals.
What makes an online discussion forum worth paying for? Two things: professionalism and population. Take a look at this snapshot of our forum – that’s 48,000 posts in Single Card Discussion, and that’s only one of more than a dozen boards on our site. Our members come from all walks of life; some are professional merchants that sell over $1 million dollars of Magic cards each year and some are just learning the basics of MTG finance. Some are Pro Tour competitors and some are kitchen table commandos. The common thread is that everyone here is serious about what they do, and we treat each other with respect, and as equals.
What You’ll Learn At QS
We asked our members to tell us what they’ve gotten from their QS membership. Here’s what they told us:
How To Time The Market
So much of MTG finance focuses on buying hot cards and “stock tips”. We’ll teach you how to think about the big picture so you’re not constantly scrambling to stay on top of the market (though, when there’s legitimate breaking news, expect to see an email from us).
“I’ve probably saved more money than I have made money, so far. I have definitely made money on specs, don’t get me wrong. However, I’ve saved a lot of my cards from early or under valued sales by withholding them or marking them up preemptively. I find this to be one of the best components of this site that isn’t talked about much.”
How To Build A Solid Foundation
Between our forums, pricing tools and our magazine articles, you’ll be able to fearlessly dive into the deep end, knowing that a community of professionals is watching your back.
What Cards Are Really Worth
The short answer: whatever someone’s willing to pay. Our listed merchants have standing cash offers on your cards. Sell a few choice rares, or sell your whole collection – it’s easy to import existing lists, and selling cards is as simple as hitting “confirm”. No waiting for cards to sell; you decide what to sell, to whom, and when.
(MTG.GG is the short-link to our Price Guide, Trade Routes & Data Services)
How to Supplement Your Income
Magic: the Gathering’s economy is much bigger than you think; some sources have estimated the secondary market at over $200 million each year, and growing. Many Insider members have turned Magic a secondary income source, and some have even built their business into a full-time enterprise.
This forum has changed my life entirely for the better. Three months ago, although I have a reasonable good job, I was struggling. There were times I was skipping meals, or driving slowly so I didn’t run out of gas. I was selling my cards to buy gas, not to make a profit. I joined these forums, and at the time had about $200 from a bonus I’d received. I spent that money on some speculative eBay buys, and started profiting majorly from trades and buying/selling.
I went from barely able to afford to change standard decks, to a $4000 collection, not including complete Standard, Modern, Legacy, and EDH decks all worth $400-$1200. I am one of the go-to guys in my playgroup. When someone needs a card, I either have it or can get it for them.
On top of that, I’ve added about $450 to my monthly income, and paid for a lot of things I never would have been able to in the past. Since life became less stressful, I’ve been doing better at my job, and making about $300 more in bonuses. I am still 5 figures in debt at 22 years old, but I feel like I can finally work through that thanks to you guys’ advice on these forums. I have learned so much, and my income is going up every month.
Let Magic Pay For Itself
This game is an expensive hobby, isn’t it? We all know the feeling of the ‘slow bleed’, watching our money flow out of our wallets. Part of the reason that we started QS was to help Magic players reverse that flow without a huge time commitment.
I have been playing magic for a long time, but only recently got into speculating. Hands down QS is my absolute favorite Magic the Gathering site on the internet. The resources, insight, and material the site offers are extremely helpful, and provide exactly what I am looking for.
I purchased a 3 month subscription to try it out, and I can say I will definitely be renewing after the 3 months is up. The first spec I made after subscribing has already paid for the 3 month subscription, and I feel confident that my current specs will fund future subscription renewals, in addition to funding my Magic hobby. Thanks for the great resources (LOVE MTG.gg!). See you in the forums.
So, Is QuietSpeculation.com Worth It?
The best way to find out if QS is worth your money is to give it a try. There are no long-term contracts, no cancellation penalties, and no B.S. If you sign up for QS and really don’t think it was worth your money, invoke our 111% Guarantee; you’ll get your money back (and more).
I just thought you guys might want to know that I signed up for your site last week, and thanks to it, I’ve already covered my subscription for the next year and a half. Between warning me off some bad buys and quick info on good ones, Quiet Speculation, in particular the forums, has already proven to be indispensable.
Thanks for being awesome,
[These trades] marked a turning point in my collection because I’m not longer desperately offering Standard chases for eternal staples, but instead I have the rarer pieces that others are asking for. I’ve only been playing since New Phyrexia, so breaking into eternal staples has been difficult up to the past couple of months.
I got to thinking about the total initial investment that went into all of the cards that entered my binder this weekend, which prompted me to go over my trade and spec history, compare old values to new, and compare my monthly spreadsheets to get an idea of value gained over time. The first three months represented a gain of around $300 each, while the last three have been closer to $650 per month gains. The vast majority of that was due to being well prepared for the modern season. I was pretty damn surprised to see that kind of gain on paper, so I wanted to thank you guys for the work you do.
Remember, there’s no risk in giving QS a try; our 111% Guarantee is there to make sure you’re not wasting your money.
What About All the Other MTGFinance Sites?
Magic Finance has grown exponentially since QS was born in 2009, and the growth of MTG websites and apps have grown to match. We think that’s awesome – a diversity of media voices is good for Magic, and you should visit every site you find useful. There’s no reason to just pick one; it’s not like you cancel your subscription to The Economist when you subscribe to Financial Times – in fact, you’re more likely to read both than just one or the other.
Of course, we want to be sure our members are getting their money’s worth, so we’re constantly working to make QS the best possible resource. Let us know what you’d like to see from us next, and we’ll be glad to add it to our development pipeline.