|Swap Coordinator:||stellagal78 (contact)|
|Swap categories:||Thrift Store Themed Miscellaneous|
|Number of people in swap:||246|
|Last day to signup/drop:||August 25, 2006|
|Date items must be sent by:||September 15, 2006|
|Number of swap partners:||1|
Due to the OVERWHELMING response to past tea cup swaps, Just My Cup of Tea is back with Tea Cup Swap #6.
Here is the scoop, kids: Send a teacup and saucer and a container of tea to your partner by Friday, September 15.
FAQ's: Q: Is the person that I am sending a package to, the same person I will receive a package from? A: Probably not. Swap Bot assigns partners randomly; Its not a "reciprocal" swap
Q: How do I know who my partner is? A. Once you have signed up, Swap Bot will e-mail you on the Swap Date (in this case August 25) and you can log into Swap Bot to find your partner's name and address
Q: What if I can't send my package on time? A. Please do not sign up for the swap if you are unable to send by September 15. However, I understand that sometimes things (i.e., life) prevents us from being able to meet a deadline occasionally. If this is the case, you MUST e-mail your partner AND ME to let us know the package will be late.
Q: How should I send my package? A. Please see the guidelines below, but in general: 1. wrapped VERY carefully (bubble wrap and tissue paper or newspaper is HIGHLY recommended 2. marked FRAGILE 3. insured 4. via a trackable method 5. with love
Q. I don't live in the U.S. Can I still participate? A. Yup. One world, baby
Q. Can I chose not to have an international partner? A. No, b/c Swap Bot assigns partners randomly, I cannot guarantee that you will receive a partner in your own country. If you are unable to send internationally, I kindly ask that you not sign up for this swap.
Q. If I get an international partner, what do I do about customs? A. Please consult your local post office. They will have you fill out a customs form (please note, there are typically different forms for different weight packages, so be sure you get the right one!). They can also tell you what the best / fastest / most economical way to get your package to your partner. You may also want to consult with DHL, FedEx or UPS to compare rates. (In fact, this is a good idea, international or not!) You are responsible for fulfilling all of the customs and postal requirements for your package.
Q. What if I don't get my package? A. Yikes! Please let me know and I will contact your partner for you. However, please wait AT LEAST three weeks after the Swap Start Date to let me know as your package may be coming from an international sender and the timing of various delivery methods can differ.
Q: How much should I spend? A: This question comes up all the darn time -- the answer is that it is really up to you. This is a hard swap to set a minimum and maximum spending amount on, b/c you may be able to find something incredible at a flea market for $3; whereas someone else may find something cool and new for $20 and be willing to spend that. Here are my guidelines: use your good judgment, don't send anything you would not be totally excited to receive, absolutely no broken or stained cups or cups in poor condition. Don't sign up unless you are willing to put a little love and effort into it.
Q: When is tea cup swap #7? A. Good Lord, people! Stay tuned to Just My Cup of Tea (www.justmycupoftea.typepad.com) for further details. All of the swaps (and occasionally some other fun stuff) are posted there.
Q. Do I need to e-mail you to sign up / express interest? A. I LOVE hearing from people who read Just My Cup of Tea, but you do not need to e-mail me to sign up -- you can do that directly through Swap Bot. I don't keep a list of participants for future swaps either -- you just need to stay tuned to the blog (or subscribe to my e-mail list) for details. You are ALWAYS welcome to e-mail me to say hello. Or talk about shoes. Or both.
Q: It's past the deadline, can I still sign up? A. Sadly, no. I have no way of adding people after the deadline, however stay tuned and you are more than welcome to participate in the next round!
Q: If I didn't participate in past rounds of swapping, can I join this one? A. Oh bien sur! (Yes.) In fact, please do.
Sorry to be a total hard a** but...I am 100% comitted to making sure that EVERY person who signs up for the swap sends AND receives a tea cup. SO.... PRETTY, PRETTY PLEASE: 1. If you don't get your package, let me know and I will work something out. 2. By signing up, you are committing to participate - no delinquent swappers, please! It's bad karma! Slacker swappers will be banned from future swaps, reported to the Swap-bot authorities and publicly shunned!!!!! (just kidding...sort of!) 3. Due to the fact that we have had a few (and I do mean just a few) slacker swappers in the past few swaps, I MUST enforce the following guideline: FIRST, It is highly recommended that you send your package via a trackable method (i.e., delivery confirmation, DHL, FedEx, etc.) If your partner does not receive a package, and you are unable to "prove" that you sent one, you will be excluded from future swaps. SECOND, people who signed up for the tea cup swap in the past, but did not send a package will not be able to participate in this swap (I have a list, I've checked it twice!)
It is extremely important that if you commit to participate in this swap, that you actually do. I can't stress this enough.
Finally, Have fun!! And if you have questions, just drop me an e-mail. (However, if your questions are about how the swapping works on Swap Bot, please take a look at their handy dandy FAQs page first. Its not that I don't LOVE answering questions about Swap Bot...I'm just too darn busy shopping.) But seriously, e-mail me any time. Ask me anything. (Except how babies are made, because I'm still not totally clear on it myself.)
After the swap, I would love to see pictures of what everyone receives, so please send 'em my way if you don't mind: email@example.com I will post them in the photo album at Just My Cup of Tea.
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