THIS IS A NEW REQUIRED RULE FOR ALL SWAPS.
There has been some problems with people not receiving their parcels from others from certain swaps! A new idea that has come up to try and prevent this, and insure that everyone will receive what they are entitled to is to pay the few extra dollars and ask for a delivery confirmation when you mail your presents off!
When you send your parcel (before or on the last possible day! ) please ask your local post office for information about tracking the parcel. You will recieve a number where you can go to a website, or phone a 1-800 number to receive information about the delivery of your parcel.
Once you get this number, come home and send a private message to the swap organizer with the given number and the website!
Please make sure you post about this in your swap, either copy and paste this message, or give a link to the thread! Once the mail off date has come, collect all the tracking numbers, and keep them with all the swapping information and address (ex. written out on paper, or in a word document). If needed, you can refer to this to see who has sent the package, and if it has arrived to designated person.
This is really important to do! It is worth spending the extra money on, to prevent your hard work from being lost in the mail. If your person does not receive their package, the person can phone about the parcel, and it can be located or perhaps refunded (insurance).
Please feel free to PM Lia (Swap Organizer) if you have any questions, comments or concerns! Thanks!
This is an excellent idea for most swaps. However, I think that in the case of many swaps such as ATC's where participants are not mailing to ONE person, but are mailing to perhaps 10-15 people, it may make the exercise prohibitively expensive.
One option perhaps, is for the swap organizer to clearly state in the original post whether or not the mailart swap will require letters to be sent via "registered mail".
Any other suggestions?