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monnie31
« on: December 23, 2010 05:39:27 PM »

I am just wondering after sending early and my swap partner in switzerland not getting her parcel for yule if it may be a good idea to maybe set up a special place for oversea's swaps withing the regular swap, but just start it earlier so it gets their earlier
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« Reply #1 on: December 24, 2010 03:50:35 PM »

So you're suggesting that overseas swaps having a separate swap board?
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« Reply #2 on: December 24, 2010 04:23:22 PM »

Not necessarily, but perhaps sign up a week or 2 earlier for swaps so they can be sent earlier
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« Reply #3 on: December 28, 2010 08:23:49 PM »

I think most overseas swappers (any one not in north america) realise that they will have to wait a bit longer for their parcel. It is appreciated when you send early to try to minimise this wait, but from experience this doesn't always work out as overseas postage can be quite erratic.

It is unfortunate that if you are partnered with an overseas swapper, then you might also have to wait a bit longer, but you can choose not to send overseas if you are overly concerned about this.

I assume that you did a Christmas swap and you are refering to the fact that you didn't recieve you package before the day. Most swaps do not cater to such an arrival deadline so it is not often an issue.

I Think it woudl just make organising the swap process more complicated if there had to be 2 sign-up deadline.
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« Reply #4 on: December 28, 2010 11:15:45 PM »

I agree that it could easily become quite complicated to keep track of 2 different send dates.  Swappers with overseas partners can certainly take the initiative and send early if they feel that transit time will be an issue.
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« Reply #5 on: December 29, 2010 08:21:35 AM »

Normally, when I swap with a partner overseas or out of the country, I try my best to get my package out well before the Send Date. It can take a good 2-3 weeks for a package to arrive provided that it doesn't get stuck in customs.
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« Reply #6 on: December 29, 2010 08:34:44 AM »

I sent mine to Switzerland VERY early.  I have always sent them before the send date no matter where they go, but especially early to over seas
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« Reply #7 on: December 29, 2010 10:03:54 AM »

It really is hard to tell with international shipping in my experience shipping from Canada, I have had things take days OR months....but I do think this time of year will always add time.  I was looking at the Canada Post website recommendations the other day and their shipping deadline for European parcels going surface was October 29!?  seriously, who the heck is that organized that they can send a Christmas package 2 months early?
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« Reply #8 on: December 31, 2010 06:09:50 AM »

I am used to sending/receiving package from foreign country...
I already had packagse from USA taking only one week to reach France, when others have taken 1 whole month. Most of the time, it takes about 2 weeks, not that much if you ask me! No more than inside European countries...

The worst I had was 2 months and a half... and it was only from UK!

Now, for a swap process, I think it will be complicated to have different deadlines...
Beside, overseas is a broad definition... It's probably the same thing for someone in the USA to send a parcel to UK or to Australia, but for me in France, it's pretty much the same to send in USA, UK or Australia!
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