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« Reply #10 on: August 05, 2008 08:52:35 PM »

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.

*cough* Sweat Shoppe Swap *cough*  Grin 

DD still wears the earrings she got from you in one of those, btw, kish.  Smiley
I actually enjoyed the sweat shoppe swap more than some of the other swaps I've done with differing send/receive partners. I guess it was because I could post a picture at the beginning of the swap, so people know exactly what they're getting. The swap anxiety was much better than it usually is.  (not to change the subject or anything...)
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« Reply #11 on: August 05, 2008 09:01:58 PM »

i've been in a fill a box swap before and i find that they do it b/c not everyone is getting rid of the same things that the person giving to them wants. (did that make sense? it did to me!) lol

so lets say person A wants polymer clay stuff and is getting rid of scrapbooking stuff
person B wants crochet stuff and is getting rid of polymer clay stuff
person C wants scrapbooking stuff and is getting rid of crochet stuff

so person A gives to person C and person C gives to B and person B gives to A

thats why the fill-a-box swaps are round robin and not back and forth like normal.
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« Reply #12 on: August 05, 2008 09:12:14 PM »

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.

*cough* Sweat Shoppe Swap *cough*  Grin 

DD still wears the earrings she got from you in one of those, btw, kish.  Smiley
I actually enjoyed the sweat shoppe swap more than some of the other swaps I've done with differing send/receive partners. I guess it was because I could post a picture at the beginning of the swap, so people know exactly what they're getting. The swap anxiety was much better than it usually is.  (not to change the subject or anything...)

Darn it! i forgot about that one. lol it was SO long ago I totally blocked it out of my mind, even thought I received some AWESOME stuff in those couple rounds.
glad to see that the earrings are  still enjoyed! Smiley
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« Reply #13 on: August 05, 2008 09:31:48 PM »

i had to make a round robin style group in the swap i'm organizing because of an odd number of people.  one of the members volunteered to be in the group of three, so that was helpful.  i would say if you really don't like them, in your swap info add a note saying that you prefer to not be in a group of 3 if the situation arises. 
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« Reply #14 on: August 06, 2008 04:47:20 AM »

Oh, and if ya'll feel guilty about not sending to the person you receive from, you could always ask them for their address/wait for their package & get their address and send them a thank you package. Wink  I know it's extra work, but if the guilt is overwhelming you, it would be worth it. Cheesy
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« Reply #15 on: August 06, 2008 11:11:37 AM »

Oh, and if ya'll feel guilty about not sending to the person you receive from, you could always ask them for their address/wait for their package & get their address and send them a thank you package. Wink  I know it's extra work, but if the guilt is overwhelming you, it would be worth it. Cheesy

This is very true. Could always send a thank you package  Cheesy
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« Reply #16 on: August 06, 2008 08:47:14 PM »

I just got put into a three-way swap exchange and am looking forward to seeing if it works.  I know it was the only way to make the math work (odd number of swappers), so I'm fine with it. 

Maybe the initial questionnaire should have a line about "If a three-way swap is needed, would you be willing to participate?"  That way, people could express up-front their preferences.

I like the advice that's been shared on this thread re: communicating with both partners and potentially sending a thank you gift to the person who sent you the package.  I think both are great ideas and will use them as I complete my current swap.

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« Reply #17 on: August 06, 2008 09:23:39 PM »

Oh, and if ya'll feel guilty about not sending to the person you receive from, you could always ask them for their address/wait for their package & get their address and send them a thank you package. Wink  I know it's extra work, but if the guilt is overwhelming you, it would be worth it. Cheesy

that's a good point.  on the round robin style (i started to say three way swap, but that sounded a bit dirty  Wink) i had to set up in the PMs i sent people i told them that i was only sending them the info of the person they're sending to, but if they wanted the info for the person they're recieving from they could PM me and i'd send it along as well.
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« Reply #18 on: August 06, 2008 09:28:33 PM »

I'm doing two round-robin type swaps right now, and in both cases, I contacted the person I'm sending to... but haven't heard from the person who is sending to me... I feel weird emailing them and saying "So, you're gonna send me something, right?" so I haven't... in one case, she's already put the package in the mail and hasn't even introduced herself to me yet... its just so awkward...
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« Reply #19 on: August 06, 2008 09:52:09 PM »

i think that's just poor communication on her part.  and for all we know, she might have done the same thing even if it had just been you 2.  i think she should have at least sent a "hey there partner" PM.
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