Combined Shipping: An Eco/Wallet Friendly U.S. Math Trade
- Stoic BirdUnited States
Deadline-Offers: Tuesday, October 8th, 2013, 11:00 PM EDT
Deadline-Wants: Wednesday, October 9th, 2013, 11:00 PM EDT
*I have two children under the age of 4 and cannot guarantee I won't be chasing one or both at any given time of day or night. I'll try to close it right at 11, but if I'm late, that's why.
Discussion Thread (participants are expected to subscribe to this until the trade is over)
New traders should read all of the following rules. If you're experienced, you could probably get away with skimming, as I'm not breaking much new ground here, but note that you'll be expected to abide by the rules, so it's probably a good idea to read through anyway. (I've tried to put the variable stuff in red, if you're really averse to reading.)
First, A Note About The Metric:
Most math trades here use the USERS-TRADING metric, which means that, all other factors being equal, the software that creates the trade chains will favor an outcome that involves the highest number of users with at least one trade. This time, I'm using the COMBINE-SHIPPING metric, which means that, all other factors being equal, the software will favor an outcome that involves the most combined shipments. Please note that this is not a guarantee. You could still send all of your items to different people. But, in general, it should help.
(This was originally listed as lowest shipping distance, but it turns out you can't really do that. See discussion thread for details about the change. Apologies if I got people's hopes up - I'm a little disappointed myself, but I find this metric intriguing too.)
Anything that's legal to ship except cash or electronic cash transfers (e.g., Paypal). Gift Certificates must be valued $10 or more (lower denominations can be listed as sweeteners). Unless specifically stated otherwise, GCs for "online game stores" will be interpreted as any etailer that stocks any kind of game, including Amazon, Steam, Target, etc. GeekGold must have a minimum of 200 per entry (lower denominations can be listed as sweeteners).
Tip: Most items or bundles with a market value of less than $10 will go unwanted due to the recipient's shipping costs, so please consider bundling low-value items to increase your chances of getting a trade. It's also less work for you (fewer checkboxes and fewer boxes to ship)!
All participants must have a U.S. address to receive games and all users must cover full shipping to at least the continental U.S. (While shipping to parts of Canada might be more eco-friendly for me, it's certainly not more wallet-friendly or time-waiting-in-line friendly, which are other motivations of mine here.) Reluctantly, I will not require covering shipping to Alaska or Hawaii, but I strongly encourage you to at least check the rates, as in many cases it doesn't cost any more than shipping to the farthest coast.
To list an item, add an item to the trade GeekList. Each listing must contain at minimum the edition (i.e., publisher and version, if more than one), language and condition of all items. "Edition pictured" is NOT an acceptable description, as it is unclear in the OLWLG (and it's faster to type most publishers than it is to type "edition pictured" anyway). You are encouraged to use the BGG Marketplace condition scale and to detail any blemishes for anything worse than "like new". If it is a PnP game, please include details about materials used.
If you'd like to add anything that does not have an XGG entry or otherwise use an alternate name, use a board game entry and select Outside the Scope of BGG (id=23953). In the description for your item, include a title, formatted like this: +altname+Pick 2 of 5 Games!-altname- You MUST use this if your main item is a portion of an item with its own listing; for example, if you've got just the Scout part of Carcassonne: King & Scout as the Geeklist item, list it under Outside the Scope, not the K&S entry. (Please read this last part in the spirit of the rule; I hope it's clear that I'm not talking about CCGs or 3M games that are missing a single piece.)
To add sweeteners to an item, use the Insert Geek Link dropdown. Do NOT add links to any items unless you're including them as a sweetener.
If you are listing 2 identical copies of any item (this will mostly come up for GCs and GG), you may optionally use the Copies functionality of the OLWLG by putting the number of copies in your description as follows, replacing x with the number of copies you have, rather than submitting them as two separate GeekList items:
For any item that is not new in shrink, you must inventory it, and you will be responsible for any missing pieces not clearly identified in the item description.
You may not edit an item in any way that would be construed as a downgrade (worse condition, removing a sweetener, etc.) EXCEPT to add a shipping policy if one was originally omitted. Should you need or want to downgrade a listing for any reason, re-list the item, then change the old listing to an Outside the Scope entry that references the new item number. DO NOT SIMPLY DELETE THE OLD LISTING; some people make notes about the GeekList and get confused when items are deleted.
You are required to subscribe to each of your items in the trade in case anyone has any questions about them.
GC and GG arbitrage is not allowed. Arbitrage is defined as trading a GC or GG for a larger GC or more GG. GC for GG trades are allowed, and vice versa. You are also allowed to trade GCs for other GCs of equal or lesser value.
I reserve the right to remove any entries at my discretion. This will likely only happen if a bad trader is reported, and even then, I will work with the parties involved on a case-by-case basis and may still allow them to participate if I'm satisfied that reperations have been made and that the previous incident is not likely to repeat itself.
Only mistakes made by me in my capacity as moderator will invalidate the results. If anyone (myself included) checks the wrong box in Step 4, that's very unfortunate, but the trade must go on.
This may go without saying, but use of the OLWLG is required. If you want to give anyone GeekGold, please tipJeff MichaudUnited States
FloridaCaptain Kirk, Captain Picard, Captain Sisko, Captain Janeway, Captain ArcherChris Okasaki(cokasaki)United States
Questions? See the discussion thread. Thanks for coming, and have fun!
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