Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Swap Participation Guidelines



Periodically I run swaps through this blog! If you're curious to what a swap is, or how to participate, this is the page for you!

To see current swaps, check the link directly below this in the navbar above.

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The Basics:


WHAT EXACTLY IS A SWAP?
A swap consists of a group of people who sign up to send packages to one another. The specific details will change, but the main guidelines will always stay the same. Give a package, get a package! That's the way it works!

THEME REQUIREMENTS:
Each swap will have its own separate theme, which will always be explained. There will be a general set of items that must be included in each package according to the swap guidelines. For example, a Halloween swap might include a candy item, and something orange or black. Which candy item or orange and black thing you include is up to you! Thus the general requirements.

SHARING INFORMATION:
One of the most important parts of a swap is allowing your partner to know what you might like to receive! In order to make sure you get a package that is tailored to you, it is asked that you share some personal information. Be assured that this information is entered into a locked document and will never be shared with anyone except for your swap partner. Once the mailing deadline has passed, all information is purged from the system.



Official Rules and Regulations:

OPEN TO:
Depending on the swap, and how much time there is to set it up, they may or may not be International. Please pay special attention to this section to see who the swap is open to.

MONEY LIMIT:
Each swap has its own money limit! Most will be no more than $15, with the ocassional bigger swap being $20. You must agree to spend at least this amount on the items included in your package. Whether you choose to spend more is up to you. This does not include your shipping costs.

DEADLINES:
Each swap will have a set of deadlines attached to it. There will a sign-up deadline, along with a date at which all packages must be sent out and delivery confirmation numbers sent in. Please do not sign up for a swap if you cannot meet the deadlines. It might cost someone else their package.

REQUIREMENTS FOR SHIPPING:
Members are required to get Delivery Confirmation with their packages. A Delivery Confirmation  form will be put up following participant information going out. Please make sure to fill it out! Failure to obtain Delivery Confirmation may result in you being excluded from future swaps.

WARNINGS:
Just to be on the safe side, please do not send the following to ANYONE: tobacco products, alcohol, prescription or illegal drugs, weapons, or pornographic material. If shipping perishable items, consider the heat!



When You Get Your Package: 

SAYING THANK YOU:
Once you get your package, please post about it! Share what you received, post pictures, and thank your partner! 

Don't have a blog? No problem! Send a picture of your swap box, along with your thank you note, to my email and I will post it for you. Please make sure you title it with the appropriate swap title.



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