• Magic: The Gathering
  • Magic: The Gathering Online

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How to Buy

Welcome to CardShark, the premier way to buy and sell collectable games online! It is important that all new members review these buying guidelines. Remember, every purchase you make enters you into a monthly raffle for a free booster box!


Finding cards
1. Search by Name. A handy card search box appears on the upper right corner of each page. This search will find any cards that contain the word(s) or fragment of a word that you enter, across all games. You can use partial words; searching on 'asti', would return both 'Masticore' as well as 'Fasting'.

2. Search Within a Set. Visit the "Buy" section up top to search within sets. For Magic cards, you can search by Card Name, Artist, Rules Text or Card Number.

3. Browse Within a Set. If you are not sure which card you wish to purchase, you can browse through a specific set in the "Buy" section.


Buying cards
CardShark uses PayPal to process all financial transactions. However, you do not need to have a PayPal account to purchase cards. We also accept Mastercard, Visa, American Express and Discover cards using Paypal as a secure transaction processing service.


Shipping charges are based on the quantity of cards you buy, and they are charged PER SELLER. The totals will appear on the shopping cart page so you can review them before you check out. Review shipping charges price chart.


CardShark offers insurance for purchase on many orders, though this option is offered at the discretion of the seller. When a seller does not offer insurance, it means they are willing to take the risk for lost orders. We allow these options to give you a choice, so we can keep shipping charges low on small orders. (Be sensible - Please do not buy an expensive order without insurance!) The seller has the option of including USPS Tracking on all orders and we strongly encourage this.


Buyers often ask us why there is a transaction fee when purchasing Magic Online cards. Because CardShark incurs a fee for each PayPal transaction, we pass a portion of those fees on to you.


Getting your cards

Paper cards: In most cases, paper cards should arrive within a week. Keep in mind, your cards may be coming from the other side of the country. It may take longer than a week during holiday periods.


Digital cards: Once your seller confirms your order, both of you are supplied with each other's MTGO usernames. Look for your seller in-game, or by other means if they provided this information, so you can meet up and do the trade.


Problems with an order
Paper cards: If a seller doesn't confirm any order within 3 days, you can cancel and get a refund automatically. Just look for the RED LINK on your My Account page that will pop up after the waiting period has expired. Click this link to review your unconfirmed purchases and initiate a full refund. If the seller confirmed but your order is late, keep in mind your cards may be coming from clear across the country, and in some cases Hawaii or Alaska. If you do not receive the order within a week, please visit the support pages to file a claim with the seller. Go to the support pages.

Digital cards: Once your seller confirms your order, both of you are supplied with each other's MTGO usernames. Look for your seller in-game, or by other means if they provided this information, so you can meet up and do the trade. If your seller does not log in within a week, please file a claim in our support system. You can wait as long as 30 days to file a claim if your seller does not log in or make the trade. Go to the support pages.