[Podcast] Insider Stories: Going Big with Kyle Lopez

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Hi! We've got a new Podcast series here on QS called Insider Stories. Each week, I'll be interviewing a QS Insider to talk about how they trade and what's going on with Magic Finance.

This week, I had the pleasure of interviewing Kyle Lopez of Aether Games. A year ago, Aether Games didn't exist; today, it's a powerhouse of an online card shop. If you've ever wondered what it takes to run a shop - or how much work it takes - you don't want to miss this interview.

Here's this week's show (right click to save)


This week, we hit on:

-Whether you can run a store as a weekend gig

-If stores are right to cancel orders when a card spikes

-What card Kyle regretted selling

and plenty more!

You can find Kyle here:


You can ask questions and post comments here or tweet to me – @quietspec is where you’ll get ahold of me!


(also, my apologies that this sounds like we recorded in an aquarium. I've got a good mic but my audio processing skills are, shall we say... rapidly improving as I learn more)


Douglas Linn

Doug Linn has been playing Magic since 1996 and has had a keen interest in Legacy and Modern. By keeping up closely with emerging trends in the field, Doug is able to predict what cards to buy and when to sell them for a substantial profit. Since the Eternal market follows a routine boom-bust cycle, the time to buy and sell short-term speculative investments is often a narrow window. Because Eternal cards often spike in value once people know why they are good, it is essential for a trader to be connected to the format to get great buys before anyone else. Outside of Magic, Doug is an attorney in the state of Ohio.  Doug is a founding member of Quiet Speculation, and brings with him a tremendous amount of business savvy.

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5 thoughts on “[Podcast] Insider Stories: Going Big with Kyle Lopez

  1. I am so happy you guys decided to do these insider stories. The insight into how to start a store up and how Kyle conducts his business is fantastic! One question that would be nice to know is if as a business their shipping rates are heavily discounted and by how much, I know as an individual seller one of the largest set backs (aside from having to sort everything on my own) is having to pay shipping prices on orders between 5 and 10 dollars. Keep them coming I have to say I am excited to hear about what QED2 does.


    1. I hate to break it to you but our shipping prices are not discounted at all, and we have to pay an additional $20/mo just to be able to print our shipping labels en masse with a service called Endicia. TCG Direct has helped a bit with this and we ship in a plain white envelope anything under $10 but we still have to use $0.70 stamps because toploaders are un-machinable.

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