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Android and iOS app for pricing, trading and collecting Magic: the Gathering (MTG) cards. From MTGPrice.com
Android and iOS app for pricing, trading and collecting Magic: the Gathering (MTG) cards. From MTGPrice.com
320 backers pledged $20,299 to help bring this project to life.

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NOTE: Once the Kickstarter ends, please go to www.mtgprice.com for further updates!

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Hi, I'm Alasdair. I run MTGPrice.com: a site that helps people price, collect and trade Magic cards. I've been playing magic since Revised and I've played a LOT of tournament magic, including on the Pro Tour (I did terribly :)

MTGPrice.com has been around for almost three years and more than 200,000 magic players use it every month to track the value of their collections, look up historical prices, see what cards are currently rising or falling or just to compare prices across different vendors (unlike some other sites that use a single source, we pull prices for everyone from eBay and Amazon to ChannelFireball, StrikeZone and ABUGames to many other hobby stores).

For almost the full three years, people have been asking for us to create an iOS and Android app.  We've decided that now is the time to build one.

The thing is, we want the app to be really, really good. We don't just want to repackage our website and call it an app - we want the thing to be native and fast and slick and wonderful - all the things a really great app should be. Thus, we've turned to Kickstarter to help us get the cash needed to hire a world-class designer and a developer to help us.

What we're building

We're building an Android and iOS app with the following features:

1. Fast price lookup with autocomplete. Shows our "Fair Trade Price", current price at a bunch of stores, historical price graph. We pull prices from many difference sources, not just a single site.

The premium version of the app will also show buylist prices (the cash price a vendor will pay you).

This is our core use-case: the idea is that you'll be able to pull out your phone and know the price and price history of a card (in any printing) in under five seconds.

2. "My Collection" tool. Track your complete magic collection and its total value. Track the value over time in a graph. See which cards have changed in price recently.

Manage your "wishlist" of cards and receive alerts when we find especially good deals on these cards.

Track multiple collections - perhaps you want to track all the cards you lent a friend, or all the cards in a particular deck.

3. Fair Trade Wizard. Trading with someone at a GP? Just pull out the MTGPrice.com App and you can tally up each side of the trade. The premium version of the app (which you'll receive if you back us) also has an option to show buylist prices of every card in the trade.

We don't stop there. The Fair Trade Wizard will log this trade for you, automatically updating your collection and wishlists. It will also let you review these trades in the future so you can see if you're making good trades over time.

4. Trade Matcher. Want to trade with another app user? Just enter their username (or scan a QR code) and be told all of the things someone wants from you and what you can give them.

The MTGPrice.com app will work out the best possible trade between the two of you, taking into account every single card you have for trade and every card in your wishlist.

The premium version (which all backers receive) will also let you mark specific cards as high or low priority so you can ensure you get those above all others.

5. Trade Locator. Find everyone in the area with the MTGPrice.com App and arrange trades with them! 

Imagine being at a GP with four thousand people in the room. You need a foil Snapcaster Mage but can't find anyone with one to trade. Hit the "Trade Locator" button and see everyone with trades nearby. Type in a card and see any users with that specific card for trade.

(Of course, you can disable this feature whenever you don't feel like trading.)

6. Price alerts. We'll give you an alert if a card on your wishlist or in your collection sees a price movement past a particular threshold. We'll also tell you which cards you don't own are currently hot and which are drifting downwards.

7. ProTrader features. MTGPrice.com has a service (currently $4.99/month) that provides a TON of extra features for people with larger collections. For example, you can view historical inventory graphs for specific vendors, get daily alert emails showing trending cards and use advanced tools to find the best deals available form each store. (You can read more about ProTrader here: http://www.mtgprice.com/protraderSignup.jsp)

As part of the app, we'll have additional ProTrader features available for subscribers, including in-app price alerts.

8. NEW FEATURE - Browse a user's collection. You will be able to view a users collection/trades/wishlist (if they have marked it for public viewing). You can also do basic sorting/searching (same filters as for your own collection).

We MAY support a "9 ring binder" view where you can page through a virtual binder of cards (sorted by set and color) for tablets - we're 50/50 on this.

You will have the option to "add to proposed trade" when paging through the users collection as well as the option to toggle prices (and, for Kickstarter backers, Buylist prices as well).

Important Notes

REALLY IMPORTANT: We formerly said that we'd be building iOS AFTER Android. This is NO LONGER THE CASE - iOS and Android will be released on the same day!

Additionally, we have a whole bunch of stretch goals in mind if we can raise above the amount needed for both platforms. Specifically, we'll support international vendors, multiple currencies, different card conditions (only NM-M for now), hundreds of different vendors and faster price updates (currently we update daily). We'll go into more detail if it looks like these stretch goals are reasonable.

Anyway, what are you waiting for? Help us build the most amazing MTG App in the world!

UPDATE:

We have 24 hours left and I'd REALLY like to hit the $20,000 mark to support foreign cards. As a result, we're offing the following add-on purchases:

$5 Pledge level and above - Get *personalized* MTGFinance advice on your current collection, future specs or anything else you want to know about. Advice will be given via email and will be detailed and thorough (the length of a typical mtgfinance article on our blog, except 100% customized to you.) Reasonable followup questions are permitted. COST: $50

$75 Pledge level and above - If you have already ordered at the $75 pledge level and above, you can purchase additional playmats at $15 each. (Our cost is $8.50 for the mat, the rest goes to fund the app). COST: $15 per mat.

To order an add-on:

1. Click the “manage your pledge” button on the project’s page.

2. Increase your pledge by the amount needed to claim the add-on(s).

3. Save your pledge. Do not change the tier that you originally pledged at.

Once the Kickstarter ends, we will send out a survey to everyone who paid more than their pledge amount, asking them what they would like to order.

Risks and challenges

While we have a lot of experience building MTG Pricing tools, we don't have a lot of app-building experience. We have a decent understanding on Android app development but almost none when it comes to iOS-specifics which is why we'll be working with a specialist developer for the iOS port.

As with any app, it's always theoretically possible that the app store will reject us. If this happens, we'll find a way to get approved or, at least, will provide a direct download link. This seems extremely unlikely however given the nature of the app.

Also, in case it wasn't clear from above, we will be building this thing so that users of MTGPrice.com and both the Android and iOS versions of the app can all trade together - the platform you use won't matter.

Any questions? Please ask! webmaster@mtgprice.com is the best address to reach us.

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    Pledge $5 or more About $5

    A copy of the "premium" app when released plus access to “supporter” forum to help us shape the future of the app. Help us build the ULTIMATE MTG pricing/ trading/ collecting app!

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    As above, plus EARLY BETA access (around 1 month before release) and a copy of the MTGPrice.com "MTG Finance Guide" (100+ page PDF guide with unique content from top mtg finance writers).

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    All rewards above plus THREE MONTHS of ProTrader - a premium service with advanced price alerts, vendor inventory information, API access, private forums and more. See here: http://www.mtgprice.com/protraderSignup.jsp (In addition, ProTrader data will also be integrated into the app if you have a subscription).

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    All rewards above plus SIX MONTHS of ProTrader. You will also get an exclusive "Wizard" marker on all of your trades, with your name appearing in royal purple in every interaction to let people know you were one of the people that made this app truly possible.

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    All rewards above but with NINE MONTHS of ProTrader. In addition, you will receive a limited-edition MTGPrice.com playmat with exclusive MTG art by Nolan N. Nasser - http://s.mtgprice.com/mtgprice_playmat_for_writers.jpg

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    As above, plus EIGHTEEN MONTHS of ProTrader, addition to the "thank you" screen in the app permanently and your name appears in ultra-exclusive orange in all trades and user-interactions to let people know you were one of the biggest backers of this app.

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    As above, but with LIFETIME ACCESS to ProTrader, addition to the "thank you" screen in the app permanently and your name appears in ultra-exclusive orange in all trades and user-interactions to let people know you were one of the biggest backers of this app.

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    NOTE: the LIFETIME memberships are completely sold out (and will never be sold again) but we've had a lot of requests for something in the same spirit. Since every backer helps make the app better for every other backer (because we can offer more features), we've created a new offering for those wanting to show their support at the highest level:

    Just like the $100 reward, but with FIVE YEARS access to ProTrader, addition to the "thank you" screen in the app permanently and your name appears in ultra-exclusive orange in all trades and user-interactions to let people know you were one of the biggest backers of this app.

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    Pledge $500 or more About $500

    For store owners: 25 premium app unlock codes to hand out to your regulars, plus a weekly advertising slot for your store on our blog (read by over 150,000 magic players every month).

    You will get a slot once a week for SIX MONTHS where you can place your banner or short text ad. See blog.mtgprice.com for our content.

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    Pledge $750 or more About $750

    For store owners: Over 15,000 people read our weekly "MTG Finance" email newsletter, and it's growing at almost 1000 players a month.

    Your $1000 pledge will get you two lines of text advertising your store (with links!) in a prominent position inside every one of these emails for six months!

    NOTE: Everyone using the app will also have an option to receive these emails so we expect the numbers to significantly increase after the app launches.

    You will also receive fifty premium app codes to share with your customers.

    Strictly limited to one store!

    (Option to start on March 1st or when app launches. Happy to accept reasonable changes to the text over time for, e.g. special offers)

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    Pledge $1,000 or more About $1,000

    For store owners: As above, but advertising for one full year (regardless of how much we increase our rates) and FIFTY premium app unlock codes.

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    Pledge $3,500 or more About $3,500

    For store owners: integrate your store directly into the app. For every single card price history that we show, we will add a "buy X from YOUR_STORE" button for at least one year from the launch of the app. Put your store in front of hundreds of thousands of magic players!

    In addition, we will also provide a 1-year blog advertising deal as above and one hundred unlock codes for the premium app for you to share with your customers.

    Strict limit of one store.

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