The first time we did Swapmania I’d wrung my hands for weeks prior, came up with eleventy-jillion rules, and figured maybe nine people would show up and play. By the end we had more than 1,200 comments, and when we did it again last summer I think we had something like 900 comments. So: I think we can call it a success.
Today, I, March the Maleficent, decree the start of our Spring Swapmania, and this post will stay up and will run through Monday. We moved it to a Friday start date in response to requests. I’m going to do an abbreviated set of instructions below. If you are new to this and have no idea what I am talking about, and/or you want to see the “full” list of instructions and how it actually worked in comments, click here for a link to the first Swapmania.
Today you are invited to list, in comments, your swap bottles of perfume, partial bottles, minis, decants and samples.
- a brief description of each 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)
- whether you are open to receiving NON-PERFUME ITEMS in exchange, or whether you really would prefer only other perfume items. FWIW people ended up swapping for all sorts of amazing things, including hand-knit scarves and hats, chocolate, tea, etc.
- You can also say if you are looking for a particular bottle of something(s) to swap for –hope springs eternal!
- Go ahead and list your contact info up front if you want to, that seems to be working. Don’t just type your normal email address in there, though (see #2 below.)
Clear as mud? Here’s a sample of what a swap listing might look like: “Hermes Jardin Sur le Nil, 1.6 oz. EDT, half full, boxed. I live in the US and am open to swaps abroad. Willing to swap for perfume or other items. email me — jane doe at gmail dot com”
What can people offer to swap in exchange for your perfumes? Other bottles/partials/minis/samples etc., or things. 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.
Someone posted the helpful detail that you can search comments on a PC by hitting CTRL + F (think “find”.) This makes it easier if you’re looking through massive comments for a particular fragrance and/or your swap offers. If you’re on a Mac, try (if you are in a browser like Chrome) hitting Edit, Find to search.
The fine print:
1) Caveat Swapper. This is not eBay, and I am not your mother. I will not be mediating disputes. If anything went horribly wrong in the last Swapmania, I never heard about it. I think most everyone had a blast. But if something goes wrong with your swap, that’s between you and the other swapper. Perfume Posse and I are not responsible or liable.
Patty wrote this in a post, I’m pasting it here: “The best rule I have, make sure the entire swap is complete and both parties say they are happy before you open and start using. If you swap for a fragrance and for some reason the fragrance you were sending in the swap becomes unavailable because of breakage or something wrong with it, don’t guilt your swappee into taking something they don’t really want so you can keep The Precious. If you want it that bad, and they don’t want something else you have, just offer to pay them the going rate for it or send it back and cry yourself to sleep over the loss. If you’ve been using it with wild abandon and have to send it back, do offer to compensate them for what you have used if it’s beyond just a couple of sprays.”
2) You and your swapper are responsible for figuring out a way to get in touch with each other to exchange details (mailing address etc.) Many of you already have gravatar IDs that link to your websites, etc. You can use MakeupAlley (MUA,) FaceBook, LiveJournal, email, whatever. PLEASE DO NOT type your email addresses into comments; they are collected by spambots. If you do so, spell it out: chris dot smith at hotmail dot com
3) When you have completed a swap, please go back and mark your item as taken.
4) Please remember to behave yourselves; often, two or more people are making offers for the same bottle of Cuir de Russie, and only one person is going to get it (unless the owner wants to split.) Last time there was some fairly intense competition on certain bottles, and that’s the way it works. Let’s treat our fellow swappers with kindness and respect. Once you’ve agreed to a swap and exchanged mailing info, etc., please don’t back out if you suddenly see something pop up that you’d rather have. The karma fairies will turn all your Guerlain into vinegar.
5) Send your swap in a timely fashion. Once you’ve agreed to do this, send your side of the swap. If you’re not going to be able to do so until April, you need to tell your potential co-swapper ahead of time.
6) MUA peeps – you can’t just say “go see my MUA list and see if there’s anything you’d swap for.” Lots of folks on here aren’t on MUA. Also I’m not thrilled with people pasting in their entire, lengthy MUA wish/swap lists … because that’s what MUA is for, right? But I won’t flame you for it.
Okay, kids! This was a huge blast last time, and people got some amaaaazing things, including extras in their packages. So go have fun!
Finally, a number of you said you were just going to put up unwanted stuff and pay it forward — knock yourselves out. Go on, throw yourselves into the chaos, it’s only perfume.