Anyone who collects cards for a hobby and wants a place to catalog their collection has probably come across Zistle in the last few years. Hands down, it is the best at doing this out of all the different cataloging sites online. So much so that Beckett, in order to try and keep its share in the marketplace has sued Zistle for theft of its checklists (read the article).
Beckett did a similar thing with COMC and lost, and hopefully, in this writer’s opinion, the same result will happen for Zistle. One of the great features of Zistle, if you decide to spend a small amount annually on the upgrade to Zistle Gold is the feature called Trade Manager.
After you have cataloged your collection, and put in all the cards you want but don’t have, you can use the Trade Manager to find matches with others on the site. It shows how many cards they want of your extras, and how many of their cards you want of their extras. You initiate the trade, select the cards you want and cards you will give and Trade Manager sends a message to the other party.
Trade Manager lists all the best matches between you and other traders, lists all your active trades and at what stage in the process the trade has advanced to (trade proposed, trade accepted, counter proposal offered, trade rejected, cards in the mail and more).
Once a trade has competed, Trade Manager adds it to the completed trades list on bottom part of the page.
Out of all the sites, I have found trading on Zistle to be the most fun with the least hassle. One drawback is the need to use a mouse click for every card you choose to add on either side. If the trade involves hundreds of cards it adds up to a lot of clicking. Once the owners of Zistle finish with Beckett’s suit, perhaps they will think of a better and less time-consuming way to add cards to trade proposals. Until then, I will persevere.