Blog TIPS & TRADE: Trade Hacks

Tradeblock Talks: Five Trade Hacks To Get Your First Trade

Congrats! You FINALLY jumped on Tradeblock to refresh your sneaker closet. Unfortunately,

you can’t seem to get a trade going. Don’t worry. You aren’t alone. It’s not your shoes, it may be

how you’re using the platform. This isn’t your fault either. We’re slowly rolling out a guide on the

best practices of trading on Tradeblock and we’re glad you found us.

First of all, let me introduce myself–I’m Izzy, the Head of Content at Tradeblock. I’ve been a fan

of the platform for over a year now and excited to be joining the team. I’ve completed my fair

share of trades on the platform and Tradeblock users are dope! Everyone is on the platform to

work something out and depending on the deal, you may have to do a little negotiation. The

good news? Negotiation is a skill that can be taught.

My first trade on Tradeblock was my used Air Jordan 1 Obsidian’s for their Used Air Jordan 1

Shattered Backboard 3.0’s and the Air Jordan 1 Low Gold Toe’s. The dude who traded with me

did a masterful job of negotiating with me. His tactics included in depth pictures of his shoes,

offering to pay my trading fee and even looked at my wishlist to make sure that he offered a pair

that was on there.

I proceeded to take those Shattered Backboards & Gold Toes and traded them at a local

sneaker shop for a pair of deadstock A Ma Maniere 3’s (this was when the price was around

$300 for my size.) That was the come up of the century.

Welcome to class, here are five trade hacks to get you to your first trade:

1. Offer to pay someone's service fee

This is by far the easiest hack. Offer some bread on top of the sneaker trade! Sometimes the

easiest way to convince someone to accept your offer is to simply offer to pay their service fee.

When I was approached to trade my Air Jordan 1 Obsidian’s - I was super hesitant. Money was

tight and let’s face it, we’ve all been at a point where cash is low or you just don’t want to pay

more but sometimes a little nudge goes a long way.

I had initially said no but persistence is a virtue. The other party offered an extra $40 to cover

the tradeblock fees on top of the two pairs of shoes. Not only did that balance the trade a little

bit, but it covered the fee that I didn’t want to pay. Could I have waited? Yeah. But with him

covering the fee, what was the point? It got the deal done and both parties were happy.

2. Let people know the reasoning behind your offer/decline

The messaging feature is so underused on Tradeblock. Some of my most successful trades

have been because of the constant communication that messaging the other trader gives.

Traders @sio_thomas and @jjkim57 do a great job of this. They both sent me messages asking

what a trade would look like and the process went very smoothly.

Think of going to a garage sale or flea market. You’re looking for a bargain so you need to talk

to the person on the other side to get a feel of what they’re looking for. That’s what messaging

someone does on Tradeblock. Allows you to negotiate real time without having to wait for the

offer, decline and counter. Streamlines the process so both parties are happy with whatever deal

goes down.

3. Expect to pay over 20% for premium items

Premium drops are a bit different. Sometimes people hoard these drops and only want them in

their closets. Sometimes people cop these to trade for general releases or vice versa. That said,

premium drops are usually more limited and because of this, may require giving up a little more

in order to get the deal done.

In our research, traders are more likely to give up their premium drops if you offer 20% over

value for them. I have a pair of A Ma Maniere Jordan 1’s on Tradeblock right now that I won’t

just give up for a general release. Keep in mind that premium drops are limited and harder to

get so whether you’re paying or trading, yesterday’s price is not today’s price.

4. Click the person's closet to view their willingness to trade and their wishlist

When you click on someone’s profile, there are two tabs under the follow and message buttons.

One is closet and is auto selected for you. If you click on the wishlist tab, the person's trade

wishlist pops up.

I refer to this as the holy grail of trading. You have everything you need at your fingertips.

Imagine a world where you’re really trying to get rid of a pair of deadstock Waverunners that you

bought your ex but before you could give them the gift, you got dumped. You don’t want to stare

at those shoes. Could you sell them? Yeah. Could you light them on fire in spite of them? Yeah.

But you could also trade those same shoes for a grail of yours. Check out the traders that have

Waverunners on their wishlist and trade them for something YOU want. No better feeling than

getting back at an ex, right?

5. Read Traders bio’s on their profile!!!

Sometimes the answer to a successful trade is right in front of you. People leave amazing

nuggets of information in their bio. Examples like, “Deadstock Only or I wear my shoes” can

move the process along a lot quicker. It honestly weeds out the people that may be interested in

a trade with you. Traders include shoes they’re looking for, specific sizes or even what shoes

they’re looking to move in their bio. Be sure to keep yours updated as well. If you’re looking for

offers, the easiest way to do that is keep your bio updated.

There you have it, five hacks to get your first trade on Tradeblock. Follow the steps I outlined

above to not only get your first trade but to ensure that more offers and trades are in your future.

What did I miss? Do you have any tips/hacks to get your first trade? Sound off on


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1. Explore other sneakerheads' closets to find the shoes you want.

2. Send trade offers to other collectors or wait for someone to send you one.

3. Negotiate your offer and add cash as needed to balance the deal.

When a trade is agreed upon, both you and the other trader ship your shoes to our

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