By request, we'll be holding our first Swapmeet next Saturday, and I thought it might be worth telling people in advance how it will work, in case anyone wants to plan, or complain, or avoid it altogether. We're going to structure ours much like Swapmania at Perfume Posse.
Don't know what swapping is, or you know but you've never tried it? See here.
How it will work
1. Anyone who wants to play can list up to 15 items they'd like to offer for swap. You can list full bottles, partial bottles, decants, samples, whatever you want. You might want to consider NOT swapping valuable items (see #7 below).
2. You can choose to include a wishlist if you like, or you can just wait to see what people offer you.
3. Everyone will need to list their country of residence, and tell others where they're willing to send.
4. You will have to post your email address in your comment, or have some other way for readers to contact you — one option is to list your email address at gravatar.com, and then link to your gravatar page in your user profile here (see the first comment below and click on my name for an example). Another option would be to link to a contact page at your own blog, or anywhere on the web where people can find a way to reach you.
5. To avoid an absolute tangle in the comments, I'm going to ask that all swap negotiations take place via email. So, if you see something you want, send a query or an offer via email. Nobody should reply to comments except the person who left the original comment — and they should leave a reply to let people know when items are no longer available, or if they need to clarify their original listing.
6. I will leave the comments open for a week, then I'll close the Swapmeet. If it goes well, we can make it a regular feature. If it doesn't, hey, live and learn.
And some rules
7. We will NOT be responsible (and we won't get involved) if your swap doesn't work out, nor will you be allowed to post complaints here, ever. If you'd like some sort of accountability, consider swapping at someplace like MakeupAlley. They have a token system for leaving feedback on swaps.
8. No selling, please!
9. Once both parties agree on a swap, it's bad form to back out for any reason; until that agreement is made, both parties should be free to offer their items to anyone else.
10. And obviously, you should package your items properly and mail them promptly, and you should let the other party know when their items arrive. You might want to read through items 6-10 on our swapping post.
Questions, comments, complaints?