The Super Casual Shopper

I just put in an order for some Innistrad cards, and then I thought I should do a little comparison shopping. I use two main sites to order singles. My general impression is that Oldschoolgaming.net seems to have cheaper prices, but their available selection is usually not as good as ChannelFireball.com. Of course, this isn’t always true…

So here was my order at Oldschoolgaming.net (I was trying to keep it under $20, but alas):

– 5x Boneyard Wurm, Innistrad Singles
Condition: Unplayed | Language: English, $0.45
– 2x Kessig Cagebreakers, Innistrad Singles
Condition: Unplayed | Language: English, $1.96
– 4x Furnace Celebration, Scars of Mirrodin
Condition: Unplayed | Language: English, $0.08
– 4x Moonmist, Innistrad Singles
Condition: Unplayed | Language: English, $0.12
– 4x Mulch, Innistrad Singles
Condition: Unplayed | Language: English, $0.12
– 1x Parallel Lives, Innistrad Singles
Condition: Unplayed | Language: English, $2.23
– 3x Spider Spawning, Innistrad Singles
Condition: Unplayed | Language: English, $0.12
– 4x Splinterfright, Innistrad Singles
Condition: Unplayed | Language: English, $3.16
– 4x Wreath of Geists, Innistrad Singles
Condition: Unplayed | Language: English, $0.12
– 4x Demonmail Hauberk, Innistrad Singles
Condition: Unplayed | Language: English, $0.12
– 4x Ghoulcaller’s Bell, Innistrad Singles
Condition: Unplayed | Language: English, $0.12
– 4x Cellar Door, Innistrad Singles
Condition: Unplayed | Language: English, $0.16
– 4x Runechanter’s Pike, Innistrad Singles
Condition: Unplayed | Language: English, $0.80
– 1x Trepanation Blade, Innistrad Singles
Condition: Unplayed | Language: English, $0.08
– 1x Ghost Quarter, Innistrad Singles
Condition: Unplayed | Language: English, $0.87
– 8x Shimmering Grotto, Innistrad Singles
Condition: Unplayed | Language: English, $0.24
– 1x Vile Consumption, Invasion
Condition: Unplayed | Language: English, $0.35
– 2x Vile Consumption, Invasion
Condition: Light Play | Language: English, $0.63
– 1x Myrsmith, Scars of Mirrodin
Condition: Unplayed | Language: English, $0.10
– 3x Curiosity, Innistrad Singles
Condition: Unplayed | Language: English, $0.33
– 4x Avacyn’s Pilgrim, Innistrad Singles
Condition: Unplayed | Language: English, $0.20
– 3x Forest (174), New Phyrexia
Condition: Unplayed | Language: English, $0.09
– 3x Forest (175), New Phyrexia
Condition: Unplayed | Language: English, $0.09
– 4x Master Thief, Magic 2012
Condition: Unplayed | Language: English, $0.20
– 3x Liquimetal Coating, Scars of Mirrodin
Condition: Unplayed | Language: English, $0.27
– 3x Triumph of the Hordes, New Phyrexia
Condition: Unplayed | Language: English, $0.24
– 4x Ogre’s Cleaver, Rise of the Eldrazi
Condition: Unplayed | Language: English, $0.12
– 4x Titanic Growth, Magic 2012
Condition: Unplayed | Language: English, $0.16
– 4x Doomed Traveler, Innistrad Singles
Condition: Unplayed | Language: English, $0.12
– 3x Elder Cathar, Innistrad Singles
Condition: Unplayed | Language: English, $0.09
– 4x Intangible Virtue, Innistrad Singles
Condition: Unplayed | Language: English, $0.80
– 3x Spectral Rider, Innistrad Singles
Condition: Unplayed | Language: English, $0.12
– 3x Thraben Sentry // Thraben Militia, Innistrad Singles
Condition: Unplayed | Language: English, $0.09
– 3x Unruly Mob, Innistrad Singles
Condition: Unplayed | Language: English, $0.09
– 4x Armored Skaab, Innistrad Singles
Condition: Unplayed | Language: English, $0.12
– 3x Civilized Scholar // Homicidal Brute, Innistrad Singles
Condition: Unplayed | Language: English, $0.12
– 4x Delver of Secrets // Insectile Aberration, Innistrad Singles
Condition: Unplayed | Language: English, $0.12
– 4x Deranged Assistant, Innistrad Singles
Condition: Unplayed | Language: English, $0.12
– 4x Dream Twist, Innistrad Singles
Condition: Unplayed | Language: English, $0.12
– 3x Homunculus Token, Innistrad Singles
Condition: Unplayed | Language: English, $0.15
– 1x Invisible Stalker, Innistrad Singles
Condition: Unplayed | Language: English, $0.98
– 4x Ludevic’s Test Subject // Ludevic’s Abomination, Innistrad Singles
Condition: Unplayed | Language: English, $1.36
– 1x Stitcher’s Apprentice, Innistrad Singles
Condition: Unplayed | Language: English, $0.03
– 4x Diregraf Ghoul, Innistrad Singles
Condition: Unplayed | Language: English, $0.92
– 1x Endless Ranks of the Dead, Innistrad Singles
Condition: Unplayed | Language: English, $1.25
– 4x Ghoulcaller’s Chant, Innistrad Singles
Condition: Unplayed | Language: English, $0.12
– 4x Ghoulraiser, Innistrad Singles
Condition: Unplayed | Language: English, $0.12
– 4x Markov Patrician, Innistrad Singles
Condition: Unplayed | Language: English, $0.12
– 3x Moan of the Unhallowed, Innistrad Singles
Condition: Unplayed | Language: English, $0.12
– 4x Screeching Bat // Stalking Vampire, Innistrad Singles
Condition: Unplayed | Language: English, $0.16
– 1x Skirsdag High Priest, Innistrad Singles
Condition: Unplayed | Language: English, $0.43
– 3x Typhoid Rats, Innistrad Singles
Condition: Unplayed | Language: English, $0.09
– 3x Demon Token, Innistrad Singles
Condition: Unplayed | Language: English, $0.45
– 2x Charmbreaker Devils, Innistrad Singles
Condition: Unplayed | Language: English, $0.36
– 4x Desperate Ravings, Innistrad Singles
Condition: Unplayed | Language: English, $0.16
– 4x Hanweir Watchkeep // Bane of Hanweir, Innistrad Singles
Condition: Unplayed | Language: English, $0.16
– 4x Infernal Plunge, Innistrad Singles
Condition: Unplayed | Language: English, $0.12
– 4x Rakish Heir, Innistrad Singles
Condition: Unplayed | Language: English, $0.16
– 3x Reckless Waif // Merciless Predator, Innistrad Singles
Condition: Unplayed | Language: English, $0.75
– 3x Tormented Pariah // Rampaging Werewolf, Innistrad Singles
Condition: Unplayed | Language: English, $0.09
– 4x Traitorous Blood, Innistrad Singles
Condition: Unplayed | Language: English, $0.12
– 2x Vampiric Fury, Innistrad Singles
Condition: Unplayed | Language: English, $0.06
– 2x Bramblecrush, Innistrad Singles
Condition: Unplayed | Language: English, $0.16
– 4x Caravan Vigil, Innistrad Singles
Condition: Unplayed | Language: English, $0.12
– 2x Creeping Renaissance, Innistrad Singles
Condition: Unplayed | Language: English, $0.34
– 4x Full Moon’s Rise, Innistrad Singles
Condition: Unplayed | Language: English, $0.28
– 3x Gatstaf Shepherd // Gatstaf Howler, Innistrad Singles
Condition: Unplayed | Language: English, $0.15
– 4x Gnaw to the Bone, Innistrad Singles
Condition: Unplayed | Language: English, $0.12
– 2x Gutter Grime, Innistrad Singles
Condition: Unplayed | Language: English, $0.36
– 4x Hamlet Captain, Innistrad Singles
Condition: Unplayed | Language: English, $0.20
– 3x Lumberknot, Innistrad Singles
Condition: Unplayed | Language: English, $0.12
– 2x Glint Hawk Idol, Scars of Mirrodin
Condition: Unplayed | Language: English, $0.18

The total came to $25.12 plus $7.60 in shipping for 235 cards.

The same order at Channel Fireball would have cost $37.43 plus $7.32 in shipping for 231 cards (They did not have the 3 Vile Consumption or the 1 Myrsmith).  Of the cards I ordered, only Kessig Cagebreakers ($1.58), Parallel Lives ($1.99), Myrsmith ($0.05), Liquimetal Coating ($0.15), and the Demon tokens ($0.30) were cheaper at ChannelFireball. Also, the Humunculus tokens, and Master Thief came out the same. Of course, there were things that Oldschoolgaming.net didn’t have in stock or were too expensive (and might have been cheaper at ChannelFireball), so this is hardly defnitive. One thing I want to track is whether certain types of cards are more or less expensive at one or the other, and whether certain types of cards are more readily available at one or other. So, I plan to keep track and look for trends.

It’s just amazing how easy it is to get cards these days (compared with when I began playing).

 

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