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« on: December 08, 2013 08:30:24 AM »

(disclaimer... it's been a while since I've swapped so I may just be 'behind the times' with this question) I was looking at some of the recent swaps and some of them say things like "this is a small swap, just 3 points"  or "send a medium item which is 3 points"

I thought 3 points was a large? Has there been point-inflation? Am I just out of the swapping loop? (possible & likely!  Cheesy )
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« Reply #1 on: December 08, 2013 08:35:22 AM »

I would also like to know!   Smiley
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« Reply #2 on: December 09, 2013 10:13:30 AM »

The use of the point system is up to individual organizers and not an "official" guideline of the Craftster swapping system.  Which means that organizers may have different ideas about what a 3 point item is although generally what I've seen is 3=large, 2=medium and 1=small.  I would ask in the swap thread about what kind of time/value that the organizer is thinking of when they have a medium 3 point item if you need clarification Smiley

This is the size guideline from the Swap FAQ:
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07. What is the typical size of swap packages?

There has been a bit of confusion as to what is a large, medium, and small item.  So here's a handy dandy guide.  This is a guideline ONLY: a rough estimate of sizes described by time it takes to make package, by physical size and by cost:

By Time
-Large = 3 or more hours
-Medium = 2 or more hours
-Small = 2 or less hours

By Size
-Large = A shawl, a shirt, a skirt, a set of jewelry with four to five items, a purse
-Medium = one single necklace or bracelet, a scarf
-Small = Earrings, stickers, wallets, pouches, bookmarks

By Price
-Large = $30 or more
-Medium = $10-$30 dollars
-Small = $10 or less

Remember, the important thing is that you and your partner agree.  If you want to make each other a purse for a shawl, go ahead.  Just make sure you're being fair, you communicate with your partner and you meet the guidelines outlined in the Swap Guide as well as additional guidelines setup by the Organizer of the particular swap. Think to yourself with each item you include: would this seem like a large item to me if I received it, or is it more on the medium or small side? Obviously, each project is different.  These are just suggestions. Send something that you are proud of and that you would be happy to receiv

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« Reply #3 on: December 10, 2013 06:58:30 AM »

Thank you!   Smiley
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« Reply #4 on: December 11, 2013 07:20:18 AM »

Yes, please note that the point system is not a Craftster-generated system, rather something that an individual organizer created and that some other organizers adopted. It's good to check within each swap to get an idea of the size requirements may be.
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« Reply #5 on: December 14, 2013 03:33:46 PM »

thanks, I didn't realize the number of points for a small/medium/large could vary. (I knew it wasn't the Craftster definition).
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« Reply #6 on: December 14, 2013 05:13:00 PM »

For me, when I see a swap that says something like that, I think in terms of it being a small SWAP rather than a small item, especially as there are lots of bigger swaps (you should have seen me when I realized the "Mini" 12 Days of Christmas swap was 6 smalls, 4 mediums, and 2 larges  Shocked).  So maybe a single large item might still be considered a quick/small swap for people used to doing swaps with multiple medium or large items.

I don't have any idea if that's what they mean, it's just how I've interpreted it  Cheesy
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« Reply #7 on: December 15, 2013 09:59:30 AM »

I tend to shy away from point swaps unless I reeeeally like the theme... Too confusing with all the different point systems!
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« Reply #8 on: December 15, 2013 12:46:04 PM »

I tend to shy away from point swaps unless I reeeeally like the theme... Too confusing with all the different point systems!

I feel the same way! I don't think I've ever done a points swap. I just don't really care for the idea. Cheesy
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« Reply #9 on: December 15, 2013 12:47:52 PM »

I haven't either.  I like me an old fashioned small, medium, large swap guideline Grin
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