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« on: April 02, 2005 03:28:04 PM »

Now I have participated in a few swaps, I have to question the delivery confirmation rules.  I understand that the rules are there to prevent bad swappers from ruining the system, but I think they are also stopping people from swapping - I know I'm starting to think I won't be able to continue swapping.

I understand that most of the people on these boards are from the US, but the DC rules seem very skewed in their favour, as I understand that DC's are quite affordable in the US (I've been told it's usually under a dollar more).  However, it should be acknowledged that this isn't the case in the rest of the world.  I know in Canada, sending domestically, even a letter (or super-light crafts that can disguise as letters) that you need some way of tracking will either cost an additional $6.50 over regular shipping costs to send it registered mail, or you have to use Xpresspost (the priority courier service), which starts at just over $5 for just a letter (more for packets or a package).  To send to the US, it's an additional $11 on each letter, packet or package; overseas it's even more expensive.

These costs really are making it prohibitive to participate in swaps.  I would propose that some sort of system be started that could track good swappers, and that people with a decent number of successful swaps (say, three) could start forgoing delivery confirmation.  This would make shipping costs more managable for those of us who are not in the US.  We already track bad swappers; I think we should really consider tracking good swappers, as well.
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« Reply #1 on: April 02, 2005 04:30:34 PM »

I get DC's because its the rule but I find the DC to be  kind of useless. All it tells you is when its delivered, not what happened if there is a problem. With one swap the DC said if was delivered but it wasn't. They attempted to deliver and then sent it back to the sender who thought it had been delivered (because the DC told her it had). I understand that items need to be tracked but the DC isn't the best solution. Internationally it seems unfair to force people to get it since its so expensive.
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« Reply #2 on: April 02, 2005 06:57:17 PM »

I could be wrong, but I think the swap rules say that DC# is not mandatory for those outside the US.  I have never made people in my swaps get DC# if they are outside the US.

I agree with hawaiilove that it doesn't really do anything to prevent problems.  With people who have flaked on me, I could look online and see that a package I mailed to them was delivered, but that didn't help me track them down or get anything from them.  In fact, it made me feel worse, seeing that someone received my lovely stuff and just kept it.

The only thing I can think of with DC# that is a slight benefit is that if people have a DC# it means they actually did go and mail it and you know it went out, as opposed to people continuing to promise they'll mail it whenever.  Of course, you can pick up the self-serve forms in the post office and just hang onto them until you are ready to mail, so you could still give a number without actually having mailed the item, but I guess if you claimed you mailed it and gave a number, people would expect to hear about it after a few days.  I'm rambling now...

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« Reply #3 on: April 02, 2005 07:01:34 PM »

Also, being outside the US, DC can be expensive!

I made sure to get it (and add $$$$) the first swap I was in....and then the organiser flaked.

Every swap since, I have just checked with the organiser if they were happy for me to not use a DCN because of the cost, and all have been fine with it.
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