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« on: March 02, 2009 12:46:57 PM »

Say you've been swapping for a while, and you've gotten several fantastic packages, many of which included extra supplies (a handful of beads, some fabric used as wrapping, leftover bits of supplies bought for one of the crafts...) and you know you're never going to get around to using them. 

Is it tacky to send that handful of beads or whatever on to a partner in some later swap, if you think she'll love them?  I'm not talking crafted items, of course, just supplies/extras.  Opinions?
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« Reply #1 on: March 02, 2009 07:06:16 PM »

I think that would be ok to send as an extra as long as what you sent was something you thought your partner would like.  If someone else can use it, why hang on to it? Cheesy 
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« Reply #2 on: March 03, 2009 03:04:07 AM »

I think it would be okay to send extra supplies on...perhaps you have too many or they weren't exactly your taste, but your new partner would love them.  You might want to, as a courtesy, let the person who sent them know and make note of that to the person you're sending to - just so no one's feelings get hurt.
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I've seen my things pop up a few times on the fill a box swaps. I don't mind. Sometimes you just get things that don't suit you or you may not have a use for. I think we all understand that we don't all have the same tastes, and pass things along so eventually they'll get to someone that says "Hey, I've been looking for that!" or "I have the perfect use for that!"
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« Reply #4 on: September 25, 2009 07:25:09 AM »

today i saw an item i crafted for someone - she sent it as the main craft item for the same swap just a later round.

I can understand re-gifting small extra items- supplies etc. But 2 of the 3 things she sent her new swap partner were made by me!

I was very upset and a bit angry. In many ways it seems wrong because those items i made were made personally for her. Isnt that what swapping is all about? to make and receive items that are crafted specifically for that person. It was upsetting because it shows that she didnt make anything personal for that woman, just re-gifted!

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« Reply #5 on: September 25, 2009 08:02:35 AM »

today i saw an item i crafted for someone - she sent it as the main craft item for the same swap just a later round.

Um, wow.  I think I'd seriously consider contacting the organizer and/or swap mods about that, since not only is it rude of her, it's effectively lying if she's claiming that she made something you sent her.  At very least, if she didn't actually craft anything for the swap, she probably hasn't fulfilled the swap requirements.   Embarrassed
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« Reply #6 on: September 25, 2009 08:12:12 AM »

i would be torn to report her. i dont think it was done rudely. and i dont know all the circumstances. maybe she never used it and it didnt quite fit her tastes and she passed it on to her new partner. maybe she told her new partner she was doing this. i dont know enough about the situation.

i read another thread in the swap section about how other crafters have done the same thing but they let the orig. crafter know they were going to give it to someone else in a swap.

in all honesty if she wasnt using it and it didnt fit her 'likes' then i hope this new owner will use it. i would rather it be appreciated by someone than thrown away or left in a closet to collect dust.
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« Reply #7 on: September 25, 2009 09:06:56 AM »

today i saw an item i crafted for someone - she sent it as the main craft item for the same swap just a later round.

I can understand re-gifting small extra items- supplies etc. But 2 of the 3 things she sent her new swap partner were made by me!

I was very upset and a bit angry. In many ways it seems wrong because those items i made were made personally for her. Isnt that what swapping is all about? to make and receive items that are crafted specifically for that person. It was upsetting because it shows that she didnt make anything personal for that woman, just re-gifted!



From the "Tips for Swappers" http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=6553.0   Unless you are participating in a supply swap, make sure the majority (if not all!) of the items you send are crafted. Its ok to include small purchased extras that you know your partner will enjoy, but the large items should be handmade by you. This is a craft site!  It is not acceptable to send purchased items when your partner is working hard to make something for you.  
There have been instances in the Shop the Swap where people list things in their shop made by other crafters with credit, but in that swap you are not paired with a specific partner nor crafting to a specific theme.  

Please open a help desk ticket with your concerns and we'll look into it for you.
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« Reply #8 on: November 01, 2009 02:07:50 AM »

while i rarely regift crafted items, i have in the past (maybe twice the entire time i have been swapping, which is long before i came to this site) , because honestly, wouldnt you prefer the item you made being in a home that will really love it vs. sitting on some shelf being ignored??

and as for supplies, if i wont use it, i think its better to give it away than throw it away. i certainly dont want to feel obligated to use something i dont want to (this is all art after all)
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« Reply #9 on: November 01, 2009 07:06:22 PM »

I think that I would prefer my swap partner to re-gift something if they really don't like it/won't use it, but it's rude to do it in another swap here, where the original crafter is likely to see it in a gallery. If I got something I wasn't going to use, I might give it to a friend or family member who would like it, but I woudn't "re-swap" it.

As far as supplies, I think that is okay. Sometimes stash gets out of control and sending that to someone who might can use it is okay.
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