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Topic: Does anyone else dislike "Round Robin" style swaps?  (Read 3984 times)
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« on: August 05, 2008 07:01:34 AM »

I really appreciate everything the swap coordinators do, and I dont want to sound negative but... whats up with this round-robin-style swap thing that keeps cropping up? I'm doing the dog swap & fill a box swap right now- and its the same thing... I really dislike sending to one partner and recieving from another- I think I build better craftster friendships & feel better about a swap when I get something nice from one person and thank them by sending something nice to them... with the round-robin, I feel like someone is doing something really nice for me and in return I'm sending something nice to someone completely different.

Am I the only one that feels this way? Am I overlooking something really great about this type of swap?

I'd like to just avoid them altogether- but it seems the swap coordinators don't usually make that decision until I've already signed up.  Undecided
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« Reply #1 on: August 05, 2008 09:00:24 AM »

Some organizers use this concept if there is an odd number of participants.  Otherwise, it's just a fun way to get to know two people, I think.

You could mention/ask in the swap signup thread if the entire swap will be setup that way prior to signing up, or PM the organizer in advance, though.
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« Reply #2 on: August 05, 2008 11:15:36 AM »

Sometimes it's useful if you're dealing with someone with allergies. If you only have so many people who don't have pets, and a certain number of people who are allergic to pet dander, sometimes it's hard to match up in pairs (when I was matching people up for the anime swap, I took shipping preferences into account first, then allergies, then tried to match people up so that they had at least one thing in common. I was lucky that it didn't require a round robin style, but I was definitely considering it with the pet allergy people). 

In most circumstances, while you're getting a nice package from a different person than the one you sent to, that person is making a nice package for the person you received from, so no one's being left out.  I did feel really guilt in the swap I was in that the person I sent to flaked on her partner, but it wasn't my fault, and her partner did get an angel package. 

On the plus side, you get to know two new people instead of one, as sweets said.  Smiley  To answer your original question, though,  I don't specifically dislike this style, but I think it's a little more work since you have to communicate with two partners instead of one.
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« Reply #3 on: August 05, 2008 07:42:55 PM »

this is one reason why I did not join in one the fill a flat rate box swap. i do not enjoy the round robin swaps. i like receiving from and sending to the same person. just my opinion.
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« Reply #4 on: August 05, 2008 07:49:05 PM »

Yeah, I think it's just a personal preference thing much like the points vs size swaps.
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« Reply #5 on: August 05, 2008 07:59:11 PM »

Yeah, I think it's just a personal preference thing much like the points vs size swaps.

i totally agree. when i started swapping i never did any round robin style swaps nor any points system swaps. so i go with what i feel comfy with.
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« Reply #6 on: August 05, 2008 08:05:31 PM »

Yeah, I far prefer the size swaps to the points swaps. I know it's supposed to make it easier for everyone to craft by letting them choose if they're doing 10 smalls or whatever, but mixing math with crafting just makes it less fun for me.  Smiley  So you'll know it's either 1)not me or 2) a swap that's completely me in every other way if you see me in a points swap.  Wink

Kish, do you ask not to be in round robin groups in your questionaire, or have you just been lucky so far? 
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« Reply #7 on: August 05, 2008 08:08:54 PM »

Kish, do you ask not to be in round robin groups in your questionaire, or have you just been lucky so far? 

I haven't been in any swaps where this was the premise from the beginning, if it were the case, I wouldn't/haven't joined in.

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« Reply #8 on: August 05, 2008 08:09:46 PM »

I was in my first round robin a couple of swaps ago and the only 'issue' I had was that I couldnt control what the gal that gave me stuff got..and if she got flaked on the tremendous guilt I would have felt..

I did ask the organizer(since it was my first round robin) she said it was that way due to each others preference in what they make and what they wanted..

I dunno I guess I am not that picky about what I get..figured its more than what I had before,right..

I dont dislike just a little different..
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« Reply #9 on: August 05, 2008 08:14:00 PM »

I personally wouldn't knowingly join a round robin swap. I would rather send and recieve from one person. I feel guilty getting something from someone and not giving them something in return.
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