How I Made 100+ Successful Trades

I love trading.

I’ve been doing it for a long time.  It started with sports cards in 4th grade.  By 6th grade, I had fully switched to trading Pokémon and Magic: the Gathering.  And so it continues today.

It’s understandable, then, that once my collection was on Murfie, I quickly became addicted to trading my CDs.  I love trading so much that I am happy to say I recently made my 100th trade on Murfie!

What was the trade?  I traded away my copy of Exile in Guyville by Liz Phair for a copy of Miles: The New Miles Davis Quintet.  This brings me one step closer to my goal of collecting the entire Miles Davis studio album discography.

100th Trade
What a deal!

How did I do it?  By simply remembering that one man’s trash is another man’s treasure, honestly.  My collection is full of things I accumulated over the years that I really don’t care about anymore.  If I’m not digging that Barenaked Ladies CD my mom bought me in high school, there’s probably someone out there who feels the same about their old jazz CDs.

The trick is making offers and waiting for someone to bite!  To complete 100 successful trades, I initiated about 300 trades and received about 20 incoming trades.  That means that for every three trades I’m interested in making, I’m likely to complete one of them.

The odds are pretty good, if you ask me, and you’ll never know what awesome deals you’ll get.

Trading on Murfie

One woman’s journey

So, IMHO, a kick-butt aspect of Murfie is trading – which allows members to swap CDs in the blink of an eye (read: click of a button). What more could you ask for?! Erhm, clarification. Ok, you got me: I do realize there’s some confusion when it comes to trading CDs on Murfie. My solution? Have Alyssa, staffer extraordinaire, walk you through the process. Here’s a tale of her epic journey:

I’ll admit, I didn’t get trading at first. I got an email telling me that someone had offered me a trade. I read the message closely, looked at my options and thought – hold on now, I offer what, and then accept who? BUT let me tell you: once you complete your first trade, I can almost promise that you’ll be hooked.

So let me break it down real nice and easy – no fuss, no muss! First, hop on over to Murfie and start a-lookin’ at albums. See a disc you like? [Maybe something classic, like this.] Hit the blue “Offer Trade” button that’s on the album page.

Once you hit that magic button, you’ll be prompted to select some of your own discs for trade. (Eye for an eye, people!) Feel free to offer everything in your Murfie collection by hitting the “Select All” button OR just a couple discs by checking the box next to whichever album. You can also copy your last offer by hitting the – what da ya know? – “Copy Last Offer” button.

Once you submit the trade offer (hit the button!), your proposed CD swap will be posted to the recipient’s account, where they get to weigh the options and decide which of your discs they want. If they dig one of the albums you offered – boom, trade completed! You get the disc you wanted (and that other person gets the disc they wanted)…and you will both be notified via email.

The first time I completed a trade, I wanted to give someone a high five (sadly, I was alone). I also wanted more. I offered five or six more trades within the next day. It kind of felt like I was getting away with something whenever I completed a trade. But of course, I wasn’t. It’s just part of the awesomeness of the Murfie universe. And folks, that’s no crime!

So, don’t be bashful. Get out there and offer up a trade. And then, not to be pushy, but do it again!