It’s with heavy hearts today that we announce that Cardsphere will be shutting down November 1st, 2023.
For the last 6 years our small team has done our best to provide a meaningful alternative to larger peer-to-peer marketplaces. Unfortunately we have not been able to grow Cardsphere to where we need to be in order to continue. Increased frequency and breadth of releases from WotC greatly disadvantages smaller teams - the work required to keep the card database current as well as customer service effort is now quadruple what it was when Cardsphere launched. In addition to the ever increasing hours required of the team, most of our costs have been going up, and having never reached critical mass, we are simply unable to sustainably operate this way.
Rather than wait for a breaking point, the team had made the difficult decision to cease operations. This will be handled with a controlled shutdown:
- August 31, 2023: Sign-up of new users is disabled. All marketplace is turned off but can be re-enabled if you wish to continue selling cards.
- September 7, 2023: International trades are disabled.
- October 11, 2023: Domestic trades are disabled.
- November 1, 2023: All outstanding trades are disputed automatically. Cardsphere admins will work toward getting all outstanding trades resolved. More information will be shared closer to this date.
Please note that any accounts with a remaining balance after November 1, 2023 will be cashed out via paypal to the email address associated with your Cardpshere account, so please take the time to ensure that you are able to receive payment at that address should your account not be settled by that date. Cash-out processing rules will remain in place throughout the process and we remain committed to being able to cash-out all Cardsphere users under those rules. People who have purchased Cardsphere Premium will also have the value of their remaining time cashed out at this point.
Please understand that this is not a decision made lightly, or one made without regrets. We treasure all the good times we have had building this community and platform, and all the fantastic people we've got to meet and work with. Thank you for the opportunity to serve you!
We'll be answering questions as quickly as possible on our subreddit and discord, so please direct any questions or concerns to us there.
Efren, Michael and Ted