Today you are invited to list, in comments, your bottles of perfume, partial bottles, minis, and samples. For everyone’s sanity, I think it would be better to list items in separate comments if you’re offering more than one item (sample sets are one item). Otherwise the threads can get confusing.
- a brief description of the item you’re offering – such as oz/ml size, concentration (EdT, EdP), and any other info you think might be of interest (vintage/partial/used/boxed…)
- the country you live in (so people can take that into consideration for customs and shipping expense) and
- whether you are open to receiving NON-PERFUME ITEMS in exchange (see #4 below) or whether you really would prefer only other perfume items.
- You can also say if you are looking for a particular bottle of something(s) –hope springs eternal!
What can people offer to swap in exchange for your perfumes? Other bottles/partials/minis/samples etc., or things – see #4 below. When offering for a swap item, please say what country you’re from so they can take that into consideration
This will work best if everyone keeps an open mind – let us practice and presume honesty, good intentions, and respect. UPDATE — Folks, let’s see some horsetrading! Don’t be shy!
Double update: re MUA info: folks, a LOT of people on here are new or do NOT have MUA access/accounts. If it’s not too much trouble, PLEASE copy your wishlist/swaplist into a comment here. That’s what it’s here for, do NOT worry if it’s long. Thanks!
PLEASE READ THE FINE PRINT:
1) Caveat swapper. This is NOT the place to list your bell jar of Iris Silver Mist in exchange for some vintage Joy extrait. The bottles you list here should be things that, if they’re broken, damaged, consumed by drunken trolls or confiscated by the postal service, you’ll shrug and move on with no massive hard feelings.
2) Newbies: it is generally illegal to ship fragrance through the US Postal Service (Update: unless you specify parcel post and meet their packing requirements.) Just pointing that out (we do it anyway). Wrap tight and seal, word your description carefully on customs forms (I go with “cosmetics”), and consider spending that extra 75 cents for tracking/delivery confirmation on your USPS packages. Buying insurance is largely pointless because – hey, you aren’t supposed to be shipping perfume, remember? They won’t pay up, and the scents you’re shipping for this swap shouldn’t be worth insuring.
3) I will NOT be mediating disputes. I am neither King Solomon nor your mother. Again, caveat swapper. Ages ago on the Posse, I sent out bottles to random commenters who wanted them and I said, send me back anything you want. I got some extremely cool stuff – vintage jewelry, a bottle of First which proved JCE(!!) used to make some dense perfume, stationery, vintage hankies, and, from a couple of presumably well-intentioned people, I got … nothing. It is possible that you might get nothing too. I’ve lost maybe three perfume packages in the USPS in the last five years, either confiscated or stolen. All things considered, not so bad.
4) You can offer NON-PERFUME items in exchange for a listed scent – candles, costume jewelry, stationery, something from your Etsy site, whatever. To me that makes it more interesting; you’d be amazed at what you might get back. Exercise caution when swapping cosmetics/foodstuffs with strangers. I ate all the chocolate and coffee and tea you guys sent me and I lived. Remember: oakmoss kills.
5) This part I thought through for days; here it is. This swap will work best, I think, if there’s a certain steady, organic flow to it — who knows how often people will get online to respond, etc.? I’m looking at this as part social experiment. So: you may fairly offer out a single item to multiple people simultaneously. One possible scenario: I scan the list of swap items and offer my bottle of YSL Paris to three different people. Two of those people say yes (yeah, yeah, in my dreams). I pick one of them, confirm our swap by exchanging contact info, and tell the other “sorry, I went with a different swap.” This part will be the trickiest, I think, but if everyone has to wait for a polite “no” on each item before re-offering it, it’s going to take forever. Again, I ask everyone to observe the Golden Rule, and proceed with (and presume) Good Intentions and Mutual Respect.
Your swap is not complete until both parties have agreed to it and exchanged contact info. Then go back to your original posting and mark your item as TAKEN so people don’t keep offering you things.
Once both parties have agreed and exchanged info, I will consider it poor form to back out of your swap (because you changed your mind or saw something better.) If you have bad swap karma your bottles evaporate faster, and everything you buy will turn into Pink Sugar.
6) You will be responsible for arranging a way to exchange contact info – through a live link to your blog in comments, through sharing your username at FaceBook, POL, MUA, eBay, LiveJournal, etc. I caution against typing your email addresses in comments. If you must, spell it out thusly: “jane doe at gmail dot com” which is supposed to defeat the spambots.
7) In December I will invite everyone to comment about what they got, how the swap went, whether it was fun, and if we should do it again.
Okay. Get out there and have fun, kids! I plan to leave this up through the weekend. I have never done this before and will try to address problems/issues if they arise. Let’s keep our sense of humor, okay? My swaps are in comments already.
image: Bill the Cat smells Borneo. Image from Bloom County.