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Newbie-Friendly Easy Swap #1

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Swap Coordinator:MSturgill87 (contact)
Swap categories: Random Items  Newbie 
Number of people in swap:67
Type:Type 2: Flat mail
Last day to signup/drop:January 26, 2013
Date items must be sent by:January 31, 2013
Number of swap partners:1

This is a newbie-friendly easy swap! This is to help newbies get "real mail" ratings. Seasoned swappers are welcome as well.

So, what makes this swap so easy, you ask? It takes one stamp, one envelope, and one item to meet the requirements!

Use whatever envelope you want, and put something flat inside. There is a list below of acceptable items. Choose one thing on the list and put it in the envelope, put a stamp on it, and send it to your partner! Easy peasy!

Acceptable Items

  • 4 unused stickers - can be cut from sheets. Each sticker must be no smaller than a US penny.

  • 3 sheets of memo paper

  • 1 unexpired coupon

  • 1 letter to your partner, written by you (handwritten, not typed), telling them a little about you. Must be at least 1 page long.

  • a note card, where you write a quick note to your partner telling them about yourself.

  • color a coloring book page (both sides) and send it to your partner

  • do a sudoku puzzle and send it to your partner

  • do a word search puzzle and send it to your partner

  • do a fill-in puzzle and send it to your partner (these look like crossword puzzles, but they have no clues or numbers - instead they list the words and you have to figure out where the words go)

  • send your partner a photo you took, can be of anything but keep it clean

  • a bookmark - store bought and in mint condition


  • Choose something on the list and send it to your partner by the deadline.

  • A fully-filled out profile.

  • Newbies are welcome, therefore no rating requirement is going to be listed, however I will be going through profiles prior to assigning partners and I will remove as I see fit. If you are dropped from this swap and want to know why, PM me.

  • Due to the amount of people who may join, I cannot be held responsible for flakers. If you do not receive your swap, please rate a 1 according to the Swap-Bot rules. It is customary to PM your partner prior to rating a 1 to see what is going on.

  • If you flake on this swap, you will be listed as a flaker in the forums and groups.

  • If you have not logged in for 3 days prior to my assigning partners, I will remove you from the swap.

  • This is an international swap with 1 partner.


debzdogz 01/23/2013 #

Looks like fun! Thanks for helping a newbie get involved!

nicosmama 01/24/2013 #

As a newbie, I'm so excited to participate! I'm going to choose a couple items from the list if that's okay?

Dancingtree 01/24/2013 #

Another newbie here! This will be my first swap and I am so excited to join! Looking forward to this swap! My thanks to the coordinators for thinking of us newbies! :-)

Lenishine 01/25/2013 #

Thanks for this swap for newbie!

ThESwEeTiE 01/25/2013 #

Can anyone please let me know how big a US penny is? I am Australian!

fawnscrafts 01/25/2013 #

USA penny is about 3/4 inch or 2 cm.

Lemoela 01/25/2013 #

When you say "Do a ____ puzzle, and send it...", do you mean to actually DO the puzzle (as in send a solved puzzle) or make a puzzle yourself?

fawnscrafts 01/25/2013 #

I think the idea is fantastic, except the coupon part. Why? Because of two reasons. One, a person may not ever use the coupon , not liking that product, so they really get nothing back and two the product may not be sold in the area they live, once again getting really nothing back.

Example I just bought ten pounds of flour and if the coupon I got was for a package of flour, I could not use it for many months if at all, before it expires.

I know you are the host and make the rules, however the coupons is the only reason I will not join.

Lemoela 01/25/2013 #

When you say "Do a ____ puzzle, and send it...", do you mean to actually DO the puzzle (as in send a solved puzzle) or make a puzzle yourself?

Lemoela 01/25/2013 #

When you say "Do a puzzle... and send it...", do you mean to actually DO the puzzle (as in send a solved puzzle) or make a puzzle yourself?

MSturgill87 01/26/2013 #

To answer a few questions...

  1. Yes, you can choose more than one item from the list to send.

  2. As for why a coupon or why a solved puzzle - it's not really about "getting something" from this swap - after all, all of the items are small and pretty useless (hahaha), it's more about getting "real mail" ratings as a newbie to help you join more swaps that are "better".

Any more questions, please PM me. I'll be going through the participants and assigning partners tomorrow!

Lemoela 01/26/2013 #

Thanks for the clarifications and a chance to get some "real mail ratings" under my belt!! :-)

Mo7214 01/27/2013 #

When do we get partners? I'm excited for my 1st swap here!

ladyofunicorns 01/27/2013 #

I think this is wonderful to be able to get some "real mail ratings!" That will help us newbies to get into other swaps! I can't wait!

mPsuedonymous 01/27/2013 #

How do we know who our penpal person is?

EllieChu 01/27/2013 #

Hello! I'm very new and I can't seem to send messages. I haven't gotten a partner and I'm worried because I don't want to forget someone or mess up one of my first swaps :O How do I get my partner, through a message by the host of the swap?

kingm21 01/27/2013 #

@EllieChu You will get an email when the host has clicked a button that assigns you your partner. She hasn't assigned them yet so don't worry. You should be getting an email soon telling you what to do.

MSturgill87 01/27/2013 #

Partners have now been assigned. Only a few people needed to be dropped from the swap prior to assigning partners. I'm glad to see so many new members joining this swap! If all goes well, we'll do another newbie friendly swap next month. :) If anyone has any questions or problems, please PM me as I don't check the comments as often as I check my messages.

EllieChu 01/27/2013 #

@ Thanks kingm12! I just don't want to have a bad start or forget someone. I did get my partner and excited to send it out soon! Swapping sounds like it is going to be a lot of fun! :3

London13 01/28/2013 #

I am a newbie too and this will also be my first swap. I am really excited to start swapping and just sent my item out today. Thanks for thinking of the new people =)

MSturgill87 01/28/2013 #

Be sure to click that the items are sent once you have done so. :)

nicosmama 01/28/2013 #

Mine has been sent! yay!

kingm21 01/28/2013 #

@MandiMoore87 Thanks for the great swap for newbies! I had a great time, look forward to seeing what else you come up with.

@EllieChu I'm new too and I completely understand how you feel! I am having such a blast on here. It's too bad I didn't find it earlier! Good Luck on your future swaps!

chocosamurai 02/ 5/2013 #

@moonfaeriemother has not sent or logged in at all (confused to her last online doesn't say anything??).

MSturgill87 02/ 6/2013 #

If anyone is flaked on, please PM me and I will try to angel this or I'll try to find someone to angel it. However, angels will only be sent after rating your partner a 1 if you didn't receive anything. Be sure to PM your partner before rating to see if something has happened and the swap can be fixed.

MSturgill87 02/ 6/2013 #

Join the next swap in this series here!


ju671ne 02/ 7/2013 #

flaked on. so sad.

MSturgill87 02/12/2013 #

@ju671ne - be sure you rate your partner accordingly and please PM me letting me know who your partner was.

MSturgill87 02/12/2013 #

Everyone but two people have marked this as sent. The two who have not marked it as sent - I am PMing them and giving them a few days to reply before putting them as "flakers". If you were flaked on, please PM me and let me know the name of your partner and be sure to rate your partner accordingly! I'll try to angel to everyone who was flaked on, but only after you have rated your partner a 1.

ladyofunicorns 02/14/2013 #

I thought I had received but it was another swap from another swapper. I haven't received yet from my partner, but just pm'd her to see if it truly was sent or not.

MSturgill87 02/20/2013 #

The second swap in this series is up. I had to delete the other one, as I had a family emergency (resulting in someone going to JAIL! Ugh... my extended family is crazy). I'm now able to devote the needed time to this swap. It is the exact same as the one that was deleted. http://www.swap-bot.com/swap/show/141086

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