Today we’re having a review-gab of the Posse Swapmania of a couple weeks ago — how it worked out, what you got (and got rid of), any hiccups, etc.
1) It sounds silly in hindsight, but I was actually worried that nobody would show up and play. As I write this I went back and checked, and there were 1,229 comments. So … wow. Thanks, everyone.
2) It seems like the threaded comments format worked out pretty well. I was concerned that individual threads would get too complicated, and so I’d asked people to list their individual swap items separately. Some did; some didn’t. And yet it all seemed to work, in part because people swapped contact info and took their communications off the Posse sooner than I’d anticipated.
3) Late in the game someone posted the helpful detail that you can search comments on a PC by hitting CTRL + F (think “find”.) Who knew? I sure didn’t. This makes it easier if you’re looking for a particular fragrance and/or your swaps.
4) I had some hilarious email communications where I said … wait, what are we swapping? I assume that happened to some of you. But we sorted it out. I think I did seven swaps, both for fragrances I really wanted and chocolate/tea. There were some very imaginative swaps going on, including foodstuffs, jewelry, and hand-knit items.
5) In hindsight, choosing Thanksgiving weekend maybe wasn’t the greatest idea. It wasn’t a problem for our friends overseas, and my thinking was that it would give U.S. residents some time while they were off work/school. But I hadn’t considered the problems this created for those (duh) who were away from home and couldn’t remember what bottles they had, the sizes, etc. So if we do this again, I won’t pick a holiday weekend.
6) If there were any horror stories, I’m unaware of them. As far as I could see, keeping an eye on comments, people were behaving with total respect and civility and a sense of fair play. There were times when multiple people were going after the same items, and/or initial swaps that didn’t work out and people went with the second or third offers. Again, kudos to all of you.
7) I was concerned that this swap wouldn’t work because people would be too narrowly focused – i.e., I have Fragrance X, and I will ONLY swap for Fragrance Y. That’s what MUA’s for, right? But there was some great bargaining and additional throwing-in of samples to balance things.
8 ) Speaking of balance, I was impressed by people’s ability to look beyond the “perceived” dollar value of a particular bottle. Let’s face it – many of us have paid retail for mass market stuff, while also scoring killer deals on niche scents we got as bargains on eBay or elsewhere. Nobody knows what a particular bottle really “cost” someone else. People did what I’d hoped for – they had things they didn’t want, swapped for things they wanted, and didn’t stress too much on disparities in theoretical worth.
9) I’ve already heard several stories of people’s generosity in throwing in extra goodies in packages. I’ve not heard from anyone who got totally stiffed (swapper or stuff vanished). I have heard from a few folks who’ve not yet received their end, wondering how that is working out?
10) I’m thinking of doing this again, in the summer – that would be a new season and would give us six months to accumulate more samples/bottles we don’t want. What say you?
A quick review – I got several things on my wish list, including Hanae Mori Magical Moon, YSL Cinema, and Jolie Madame (new version.) Yes, I am just that lame and tasteless, apparently. One thing I swapped for on a whim was Annick Goutal Eau du Sud, because I’ve read several people calling it cumin-y, although cumin is not listed in the notes. I am thrilled. As you know, I’ve been on a bit of a cumin bender. I am pretty darned sure that Sud is not at the top of the AG popularity list (it has a miserable 45% rebuy rating on MUA). I couldn’t even remember what Sud smelled like. It’s sort of like Hadrien, but more herbal and with a hefty dose of salty sweat, which sticks around for the duration. It’s both abrasive and oddly refreshing.
Okay, throwing it open to you all. What did you get? How did it go? Any suggestions or issues we should work through?
image: Hecate and Buckethead blow out the candles on their cakes this summer; she’s worms, he’s sharks, naturally. They’re wearing swim gear because it was a migraine-inducing-super-soaker party with the more feral neighborhood children. No, this has nothing to do with today’s post, but I ran across it and it makes me smile.