Hello everyone! So, if you follow me on Twitter, I’ve been
stalking following the #booksfortrade/#swagfortrade tags and making trades with people and other people have been doing the same. None of this is unusual but lately I’ve been noticing a trend on Twitter that I actually ranted about several days ago here as you can see below.
Now you can click on the tweet and see what exactly I said but, long story short, there’s just been people who don’t really use #booksfortrade in a nice way IMO. “Who are you to judge anyone, Angel?” you’re probs thinking right now. Well, I’m someone who’s kinda in the midst of the ‘keeps being screwed over due to people’s insane wishlists’ situation. So I decided, with the emergence of the situation and new people on #booksfortrade, I thought I’d talk a bit about how to properly use #booksfortrade whilst causing minimal ‘screwing people over-ness’. Let’s begin….
For the newbies:
#booksfortrade is a tag on Twitter where you can put up pics/lists of the books you have available for trade and your wishlists for books you want in return. There’s a sister tag for it called #swagfortrade where you do the same thing but with swag (like bookmarks and posters etc. Not like the ‘too cool for school’ swagger). Furthermore, there’s actually a group hosted by a friend of mine, Nori, on Goodreads that’s a much more condensed and safe version of the tag that so far is pretty cool. I’ve only used the Twitter tag and it’s perfectly fine so don’t worry, you’ll be good there too.
SIDE NOTE: ISO means in search of. It’s basically like a mini wishlist (WL). Don’t worry, it took me forever to figure that out!
Anyways, what happens is you can look at someone’s pics and be like, “yo! I’ve been looking for ‘xyz’ book(s) everywhere! What’s your WL?/Here’s what I have to trade!” and then they’ll take a look at what you have and see if there’s anything they like and if so, boom! commence trade! If not, ‘maybe next time!’. Either way is cool. Now, if you commence trading, you exchange mailing info and then mail on the day(s)/terms you guys have decided on. Big thing to keep in mind throughout this entire process is:
COMMUNICATION IS KEY!!!!!!
And, ya, I mean more than just the exchanging of info and such. You want to communicate through the entire process – confirming you/they sent out the package, getting tracking #s, saying “hey I got your package! Thanks!” – is absolutely key because it should make the process much smoother. Oh and it’s even more key when things do go wrong because those things happen sometimes; “hey, I can’t send it today, I’ll send it (…..)”, “hey have you sent out your package yet?”, “hey, I haven’t gotten my package yet and it’s been quite a bit. What’s happening?”. Ya, those things happen all the time. So in order to minimize screwing yourself or the other person over, please please PLEASE talk to each other the entire time until both of you have your packages safely on your person (not your house! on your person!) and are officially done with the trade.
SIDE NOTE: if you are in talks with someone for a trade and they/you don’t officially cancel, you
can’t shouldn’t talk to someone else about another trade. Now if the person takes forever to answer *cough me-who-has-a-horrible-memory cough*, give them little nudges until they get the hint you guys need to talk. But don’t sidestep and trade with another person until you and the first person officially cancel the trade.
Now to address the situation:
Okey dokey. *cracks knuckles* now for the elephant in the room. So, as you may have seen in my twitter thread way above, some people slightly abuse their #booksfortrade “power” and dangle the carrot in front of the rabbit without giving more options. Don’t get it? Here’s what I mean:
Person A has an amazing #booksfortrade list consisting of so many things you want but then they only ask for ARCs (advanced reading copies) that haven’t even come out yet or the most exclusive of ARCs that you know pretty much no one in their right mind would give up. And yes a ton of people do this but the difference between Person A and the ton of other people (like me) is that Person A gives no other choices. So then you’re stuck being the rabbit standing behind a glass door, staring/drooling at the carrot on the other side, with no way to get in because the door is blocked. It’s an annoying feeling tbh. So my advice to newbies and oldies is PLEASE GIVE OPTIONS. Like I have three wishlists just for books, will take FUNKOs* and Amazon Gift Cards and have another WL for swag. You don’t have to go that far but that’s a lot better than giving no other options.
Okay so I think that’s it for my thoughts on this discussion. Now it’s your turn, have you ever done #booksfortrade/#swagfortrade before? If so, what do you think of it (in gen and re: the situation addressed)? If not, do you think you’d be interested in doing trades? Tell me all your thoughts in the comments below! Thank you! Have a great day/night and tata for now!
PS. This is what I have for trade/my WL😉
PPS. Here’s a FREE downloadable for you with some tips & tricks!
*This is an affiliate link I have with Amazon🙂