as a non US-er i must say that this method would deter me. i know most craftsters are from the US but the idea of sign ups for x amount of US-er's and x amount of "foreigners" is really off putting for me. also, not that i have a problem with receiving from the US but the idea of being locked into it also puts me off. i received one parcel from the US last round, and this time i'd like to receive from different countries. if US-er's can receive from different countries every time, why can't I??
that being said, if you are organising, you are freee to run the swap as you wish.
i also probably wouldn't be participating anyway because i'm in a swap at the moment and i can't afford more than one swap at once time wise or money wise.
From my experience in the past there have been a very large # of USA'ers sign up for this swap. Please remember that I have organized it before and the way that I did it made everything run smoothly. Just because I am setting a certain amount does not mean that if you are in a different country you HAVE to swap with someone from the US. When I post the thread, there will be questions that you have to answer when you signup and I will determine from that what country your partner will be from. For example, I will ask you what top 3 countries you would like your swap partner to be from. I would then match up people based on this and the factors of the other questions. If you wouldnt mind swapping with someone from a different STATE, if need be, then you will need to state this on your signups. Realistically, I think that most people will want someone from a different country seeing as that its a "My Country Doesnt Have That Swap"
Please keep in mind that I will do my best to make sure that everyone is satisfied. The most important thing to remember is that this is supposed to be fun and will be. Not everyone in the swap will get it EXACTLY their way. I hope that everyone will keep an open mind and have fun with this.
I very much look forward to starting signups. In the past I have had a lot of fun with this and I think you will too!