I was trying to drum up something to write about for today, and then I had the horrible idea to check Reddit. I did come across a thread that I think is worth discussing though, so there’s that. The thread in question is a follow up to a different threat posted recently, but I’m not too interested in the particulars of the matter. To save you some time reading the actual thread, this is the story about a boy and his Narset.
This boy found himself perusing a bearded stranger’s trade binder and decided that he really wanted to get his hand’s on the man’s foil Mountain. The boy wanted the Mountain so much, that he offered to trade his Narset for it. The man attempted with presumably a non-zero degree of effort to convince the child that he should push to get more value out of his planeswalker, but the boy was convinced that the foil Mountain was the only thing in the world that he could ever want, and a trade occurred.
So the questions is, is it okay to make a lop-sided trade with a child if you try to offer more?
The answer is of course not. I mean, come on. Do you remember what it was like being a child? You didn’t know anything, and you certainly didn’t learn what you know how by having a brief conversation with a stranger. In a case similar to this one, if you were to learn anything at all it would be reflecting on the fact that you made a bad trade long after the fact. I don’t care what it takes to get the kid to get his/her money’s worth, sneak cards into their deck if you have to, but don’t make a trade just because a child says that they’re okay with it. As adults, it’s our duty to be role-models to the youth.
Then the other half of the story is that the kid’s dad tries to trade back but the bearded fellow won’t because the Mountain was ruined… I get it, you shouldn’t just give up value for no reason, but ask for the value of the Mountain… Don’t keep the planeswalker.