Update ~ the swap is now closed, thanks!
Our first-ever reverse swapmeet is open for business. PLEASE read the instructions! (If you don't, and your comment disappears, assume I deleted it because you didn't follow the instructions.) For people who would like to chat in addition to, or instead of, swapping, there will be a poll along shortly.
What's the point? Well, in a swapmeet, you tell others about the items you own but wish you didn't, and you hopefully manage to trade those items for things you might like better. In a reverse swapmeet, you tell others about the items you are desperately trying to get your hands on, and what you're willing to give up to get them. It's a subtle difference, but might work better if you have a few items you just haven't been able to obtain otherwise.
You can participate if you already have a reader account here and have commented at least once (no new accounts for this purpose, sorry).
Questions, or suggestions for how this might work more smoothly? Please don't comment, just send me an email (robin at nstperfume dot com).
How it works: asking for perfume
1. Everyone will need to list their country of residence, and tell others where you’re willing to send your end of the deal. If you would list that first, it will save other readers time.
2. Anyone who wants to play can list up to 3 items they’d really like to get their hands on. Please NUMBER YOUR LIST and do not include more than 3 items — after all, what we want is to encourage others to read the entire thread, in case they have an item someone is desperately looking for. Please note that if you are after something very valuable, this is probably not the place to go looking for it.
3. Also list what you're willing to give away in order to get your items!
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, please conduct all negotiations via email. So, if you see something on someone else's list that you can supply, send an email (see #7 below). Nobody should reply to comments except the person who left the original comment — and they should leave a reply to let people know when their wishlist items have been taken care of.
6. I will leave the comments open until Wednesday 4 May, then I’ll close the Swapmeet.
How it works: providing perfume
7. If you see an item on someone's list, and you have that item and don't mind swapping it away, send an email to initiate negotiations about what they might send you in return. Do not comment: there is no need, and you just clog up the thread.
And some rules
8. We will NOT be responsible (and we won’t get involved) if your exchange 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.
9. No buying or selling, please!
10. 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.
11. 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.