I’m a pretty relaxed person, and it takes quite a bit to get me to the point where I am making a blog post such as this. But, Matt Kurtin has managed to give me a reason.
Thea and I trade all the time. Both IRL and through Twitter. We trade with Twitter friends, randos, and Medina. We trade big ticket items, like Duals, Legacy staples, rare foils, and we have never had a problem. People are generally good, especially when it comes to trades, and your rep determines whether people trust you or not.
At our wedding last year(10/10/10)Thea gave a massive trade binder to our old playgroup friend Joe from California. We wanted to get some Legacy cards for the coming year(specifically the event in Edison), and he knew a guy named Matt who was starting a card trading/selling business and wanted to trade for stock.
Eventually on Jan. 30th, Joe and Matt had finished the trade. The binder got us $270 in trade credit. The agreed on cards we wanted were:
3 Force of Will
We told him we needed the cards by March for the event in Edison. The months started to tick by, and we started wondering what was happening. Apparently we are incredibly patient people, since we waited this long. But with the Legacy event in Edison fast approaching, it seemed that the cards we had traded for months ago were not actually going to get to us for the event. And, they did not.
We were unable to play in Edison, and now it looked like we were not going to be able to play in the event in Providence(almost 6 months after the trade)! When Joe found out we didn’t have the cards, he was shocked, since Matt had told him he had sent them. When Joe contacted him, he told Joe he would send them ASAP.
So, after all that, we STILL didn’t have the cards. And Matt had not contacted either of us, so I went looking for him on Facebook. While searching for him I made some troubling discoveries:
So, this guy has almost been banned twice on Magic Trading League, and is currently banned from MTGsalvation. Here is my conversation with him on Facebook:
So, of course it’s the classic, I didn’t know what the trade was. Which is a lie since we have the entire e-mail history with the agreed on trade from January. Secondly, let’s say for the sake of argument, you honestly DON’T know what the trade is for. You have $270 worth of someone’s cards for almost 6 months, I don’t know, maybe you FIND OUT? But much like with all those other bad trades I posted, you need to run this guy down. Then you need to work through all the excuses. He’s busy, he’s sick, his friend was trading, he didn’t know, it’ll never happen again, can I trade you different stuff? Or my favorite: these cards have changed value in 6 months, I’m losing money now. That is unfortunately NOT how trading works. Also, I’m sorry you can’t find the “time” to run your business. How does that work? All these trades have the same lame excuse: I was busy. If you are to busy to run your business, don’t.
Anyway, we eventually got our stuff, and for full disclosure, some apology throw-ins, Japanese Foils, and some random stuff. Unfortunately, I could care less. When someone tries to rip me off, and then needs to be hounded for cards, all I want is my cards, I don’t care about the other stuff. The lesson here, is even if it’s a friend of friend, run their name through some trade sites. Reputation is everything when trading, and you should find out who you are trading with.
The bottom line is this: don’t trade with Matt Kurtin, @MattKCards on Twitter, or buy stuff from his site: www.mattkcards.com
To the surprise of no one, Matt has been banned from MOTL. Shocking.