But the Barter Bucket relies on honesty.
And we cannot control the trades that our readers start up with each other. Below are two examples of what happened with trades through our bucket, one how NOT to do it and one that went PERFECT. I am not naming names in the first one.
A emails B and they agree on a trade. They sent pictures back and forth to make sure everything is cool and then finalize it. A sends of his part of the deal, a few weeks later. It arrives. But then there is nothing. A emails B. No answer. A emails again. Nothing. Then he gets a response. It will be there soon, sorry for the delay. Nothing. A gives up. Then, 6 months later a box shows up. Everything is there.
This is how not to trade with each other. Poor communication and total slacker behavior are really unnecessary AND unwanted at our Barter Bucket.
Here's is a trade that I did a few weeks back with Brian from The Innergeek. I needed Vampire Counts and posted on the bucket. Brian emails me and says he has got a bunch of stuff and if I have any IG things laying around. I take pictures of everything I have, he sends me a DETAILED list of his wares. We come to an agreement right away. I send off my package two days later with TRACKING NUMBER, Brian does the same. In the same week we both feel like it is Christmas.
That's the way to do it. There is so much to gain from the Barter Bucket, if you just abide by some simple rules. Be fair. Be efficient. Be punctual. Be precise. Be Honest.
Tomorrow is another Barter Bucket! make sure to check it out and tell your friends!