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This suggestion might be too late for this current round of swapping, but I wanted to propose a little modification of the group-swap posting guidelines that might make it easier for more people to be included in the swap. Just to let you know, this idea is rather long and kind of complicated, so pls bear with me... <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/redface.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Embarrassment"><br><br>
I remember a while back somebody asked whether we might start a reverse-ISO list because she had a lot of stuff that could use a new home. I think we can all relate, esp looking at the ISO's posted here, because so many include regular household and misc things. We probably all have *similar* stuff lying around in great condition, but it might not be *exactly* what was on anyone's ISO list. So now I look at this stuff (blank tapes, extension cords, prefolds, etc) and think it might be swapped sometime in the future, but who knows?<br><br>
At the same time I saw that there were a LOT of mamas who were not initially picked during the last swap. Even if they post their ISO's again, I think most of us went through the lists pretty thoroughly the first time.<br><br>
So what if we had a *second* round of match-ups between two groups--first there's the Unmatched Mamas, which includes all the people who weren't picked the first time. Then there is another group of "Overmatched Mamas," which includes people who were picked more times than they had packages to offer--i.e. one mama might have offered to make 2 packages, and 4 people picked her. (I've never coordinated one of these swaps, so I don't know whether there are ever any Overmatched Mamas-- I'm just guessing! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wink1.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wink1"> )<br><br>
After these two lists are posted, the next step would be to give a few days for the Overmatched Mamas, if they're interested, to post a list of 10-20 things that they have available-for-swap (let's call it "AFS" so that it's not confused with stuff for-sale), stuff that's in VGC or better. Then let's say 2-3 days later the Unmatched Mamas could check the "AFS" list and, if there's something they need, they contact one or more of the Overmatched Mamas directly by PM. If the Overmatched Mama has enough stuff to make a package for the Unmatched Mama, then one of them contacts the coordinator to let her know about the arrangement and, voila! another match is born.<br><br>
I know this sounds complicated, but if it works more people could get picked, and some mamas could get even more packages than they would have otherwise <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin"><br><br>
I must say that I feel a little sheepish to suggest this elaborate scheme when I'm not the coordinator. But it occurred to me yesterday, and I just had to get it out there.<br><br>
What do ya think? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/headscratch.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="headscratch">
 

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I haven't ever participated in the swap because of the fact that many don't get picked and I've seen posts where people feel hurt or left out. I've participated in swaps, baby gift and christmas exchanges on other boards and there always end up being hurt feelings. However, I think they suggestion you're proposing is a great idea! It would mean everyone who wanted to would most likely get to participate. Sounds great to me!
 

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I hope this doesn't sound sassy, but why doesn't everyone just post what they have to trade and what they are in search of and let people contact them if they are able to do a swap? Take out the middle man completely, ykwim?<br><br>
I would love to see more detailed ISO lists on the board; it doesn't have to be in the form of a massive group swap.
 

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That doesn't sound sassy at all...not that's there's anything wrong with a little sassiness in my book! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/Welcome.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="welcome">ag<br><br>
I think this is always an alternative, to go back to a more informal ISO list, but maybe if we have a time-frame for completing swaps (let's say within 1 or 2 weeks) then people will look at them more closely. Other people here have said that long ISO or FS lists seem to get less attention than posting just a few items at a time.<br><br>
The main reason why the group swaps seem to work is because you can basically do a 3-way swap. Some mama has something I am ISO but there's nothing I can offer her that she needs for a regular trade; meanwhile I have something another person needs but that person doesn't have my ISO. If we do the group swap, I would receive from the first mama and send to the second mama. But we would probably never figure this out without someone coordinating the whole thing and matching us up. The group swap makes everyone happy...that is, unless you don't get picked, which is a bummer.
 

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Ah! That makes sense. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/idea.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="idea">
 
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