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G Strobel
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What percentage of your trade offers expire or go unanswered? just curious.
 
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maf man
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75%....it sucks
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I would guess 50%+, but I haven't made one in years.

 
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Jack Francisco
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I'm of the feeling that if you just aren't going to answer trade offers, then don't list stuff for trade. I'm not saying you have to give me the ol' "On a dark and stormy night...," explanation, but even a Declined Trade response would be nice.
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Ray
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I have found that just sending a geekmail to ask if they are interested will tell you if you have a possible trade and doesn't tie up your game for 3 days.

I really wish trades were more popular.

I know people hate shipping them, but if I can trade a $40 game that I don't care for anymore, pay $15 for shipping and get a $40 game I'm interested in...I look at that as a success.
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Tyler Bishop
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senorcoo wrote:
I'm of the feeling that if you just aren't going to answer trade offers, then don't list stuff for trade. I'm not saying you have to give me the ol' "On a dark and stormy night...," explanation, but even a Declined Trade response would be nice.


I'm of the opinion that you don't start the trade process off with an official trade offer. Almost never do I get one of those that's both fair and desirable. Sending GeekMails first doesn't lock you into waiting 3 days for a response before asking someone else, and is generally a more pleasant experience than a chain of trade system counter-offers. I do agree of course that it's still polite to officially decline if you don't want a trade being offered.
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Zarm R'keeg

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I send a geekmail first, to ask if there would be any interest, rather than sending an offer directly. I would say that approximately 25%-30% (based on actual lists tracking who I've heard back from or not, in some cases) ever actually bother to write me anything. Which is annoying. But on the plus side, even though almost all of that 25-30% are polite refusals, at least they are always POLITE refusals. I have about 4 pages worth of refusal messages, and of all of those, only 2 people have ever been jerks or scoffed about the 'value differential'.

So, there may not be a lot of 'yes'es, but at least the 'no's are kind. It's the stony silence that is far too plentiful.
 
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