Weiss is a beloved game for the anime community. The English version of Weiss has been steadily growing over the past years and it’s gaining new players daily. Just like any other trading card games, Weiss has a decent secondary market where players are able to access and purchase the exact cards they want. However, some of the cards just don’t have enough supply to create enough trading volume to make the trading price as a reliable price index. In fact, the only way for fans to participate in the pricing discussion and move the prices in the marketplaces such as ebay.com or tcgplayer.com is to be listing their copy of their cards. This might not be viable for a lot of us might never want to let go out our high rarity cards. JKTCG historically has been the go to index for card prices as the player base has come to respect its fairness and honesty. With JKTCG exiting the community, we need a new price index that is updated, trusted, and fair for this card game to continue its growth.
We have heard so much outcry and worries about reliable pricing, so we have recently created this tool for people to quickly and easily look up the prices.
Meet this weiss pricing tool - https://weiss-prices.japancardgames.com.
First off, we want to acknowledge the contribution of JK! The initial data is based off the prices last published by JK. Hopefully this will carry the community through the next few days or weeks as we create the tooling needed to allow all us to help maintain this.
What Is This Tool?
This is a tool for the community to look up Weiss prices. In the current form, we are making the last updated JK prices for the community. In the near future, we will evolve the tool to allow the community to submit price changes and vote on price changes suggestion.
Is This Same As Buy List / Sell List Price At The Shops?
No because this is maintain by collectors like yourself. Most of the time, card shop prices the card based on the stock they have access to. Sometimes prices could actually be higher on cards if the shop have a bunch of them to sell. We want to make this tool a very non-biased place for people to express the value of a card.
Why Can’t eBay or TCGPlayer Be a Good Solution?
To be exactly, we are trying to help answer these questions that pop up every now and then in our community.
Sometimes card supply will dwindle down and there won’t be any active listings on the marketplaces like tcgplayer or eBay. If someone wants to get an accurate picture of how much a card is really worth for trading or for self entertainment purposes, they juts can’t because there are no actions on the card recently. One is not about to list their card on eBay and back out on the order just to find out. This pricing tool allow us to influence and interact with card price without doing a sale.
When a card with very low supply is listed very high at the marketplace, sometimes as high as $5000 a copy. Is that what the card really is worth or it’s just an arbitrary number set by the seller? Honestly, it’s a bit of both. In the current marketplace mechanics, the only feedback for the seller is whether their listing could be bought, and the only feedback for the buyer could give is either to buy or to skip. There are sellers who just want to list their card at some crazy price as a meme for fun. In short, there is just not enough ways to determine if the price is really right.
What’s In It For You?
We want to create to two things:
- A non-biased price index that collector can reference when trading with another collector.
- A price index that works well in a low supply environment where it won’t get interrupted by buy out and price fixing.
Think of this as a scalable way to survey people on what thought the card price should be, and then hopefully that could foster a helpful conversation as players buy, sell, and trade their cards.
What’s In It For Us?
To be transparent, not a whole lot… We are data geeks here and we really just want to make something cool and useful for the family here.
Kozuguru and its Japan Card Games project have no intention in operating in the singles market. Therefore we have no interest in having a biased voice in the card prices unlike other price list publisher who also happen to be selling singles. We do carry preorder for boosters and trial decks. If you want to support us in the future, feel free to make a purchase at japancardgames.com.
Where to Submit Feedback and Feature Request
You can submit feedback and feature request here in the forum. We will check it regularly. Please keep your conversation constructive and keep our awesome community in mind.
version 0.1 beta launch
- user can browse and filter through the price data of the EN Weiss sets
- user can share link about the card in market places to make their WTB and WTS posts as a reference
version 0.2 tracking price range
- user to submit an idea for what the price range is for a card
- other users can vote to get the range to be accepted into the system
- clear ways to visualize the latest price range for a card