Magic: The Gathering - Singles Pricing Policy

Covid-19 update

After a 3 month hiatus, we have begun to start buying MTG singles again! That said, we have changed up our procedures to help protect our customers and staff.

  • Any seller wishing to sell us more than 10 cards will be required to leave their cards with us for a minimum 72 hour period during which we will store the singles in quarantine. We will not make offers on, evaluate, grade, or otherwise touch the MTG singles until after they have come out of quarantine. 
  • Sellers wishing to sell us 10 cards or fewer will be processed at the counter as normal. Cards purchased in this manner will not be put into our general inventory (for others to purchase) for a minimum of 72 hours.


How we price our Magic: The Gathering singles


Buying or selling

Whether we're buying or selling MTG singles we always start with our listed price of a Mint/Near Mint (M/NM) version of the card as a baseline, then discount from there for condition grading and language to arrive at our final selling price.

If we're buying we'll offer a percentage of that final selling price.



If we feel a card is no longer in M/NM shape, we discount according to the following scale:

  • Lightly Played (LP) - 10% off listed M/NM price
  • Moderately Played (MP) - 20% off
  • Heavily Played (HP) - 30% off
  • Damaged (DM) - 50% off

We emulate industry standards for grading. An example of these standards can be found here.

Except in cases of major damage, we do not grade cards worth less than $5.

Autographs don't matter. As far as we're concerned, they neither raise nor lower the price of the card.



We price foreign language cards as though they were an English card and apply a 20% discount to them. Exceptions to this include cards in fantasy languages (ex. Phyrexian), or cards that were never printed in English (ex. Japanese Anime War of the Spark or Godzilla series cards).


Buying percentage

Generally speaking we buy cards as follows:

  • We buy cards valued from $1.49 or lower at 20% of the selling price.
  • We buy cards valued from $1.50-$24.99 at 40% of the selling price.
  • We buy cards valued from $25.00-$99.99 at 50% of the selling price.
  • We buy cards valued over $100.00 at 60% of the selling price.

After we've calculated what we'd pay in cash for a seller's cards, if the seller wishes to "trade in" or otherwise take payment in store credit, we will multiply the total by an additional 20% (so for a card valued at $149.99 we'd pay out $90 in cash or $108 in store credit).

We don't buy every card offered to us, and in fact, Rain City Games reserves the right to not buy any MTG singles for any reason at all.

Except in rare cases, we don't buy cards valued at less than $0.49.


All sales of Magic: The Gathering singles are final *

Due to the fluctuating value of Magic: The Gathering singles, once a sale involving any number of singles has been paid for and completed, we will not entertain requests for refunds, returns, or exchanges of those singles.

* Disclaimer: The online prices of our product is governed by software. On rare occasions, technical errors have resulted in posted prices that are incorrect. In such an event, we reserve the right to cancel any sale of affected purchases and refund payment.