Friday, May 30, 2014

Christmas in July Dog Swap Questions

So this year I'm doing the dog swap a little earlier than I did last year.  Just because it's my swap, so I can do what I want...  Look for the post on Monday with all the deets on how to join in the fun.  

I asked for feedback at the end of last year's swap and the one of the things that stood out the most was that there should be more time to promote/enter the swap.  Last year, I allowed two weeks to enter, this year I'm allowing for three.  Another blogger said that the swap due dates were in between paydays, so she wasn't able to participate.  Last year, there were 12 shopping days.  This year, I'm allowing four weeks.  

Is this enough time for everyone?  

Another question I have is about minimum/maximum amounts.  I've always set a maximum amount.  Rather than a maximum amount of money that can be spent on a swap, should I set a minimum amount instead?  One of my first years of doing the swap, I set up two bloggers as partners;  Partner 1 and Partner 2.  Partner 1 bought several items.  Partner 2 only sent one item in return.  It didn't seem very fair to Partner 1, and that bothered me.  But at the same time, the rules stated Partner 2 didn't have to spend up to the max amount, she just couldn't spend anything over it.  Should I say no less than $20, but no more than 30, or something to that effect?  What if it's more than one pet?  Should it be no less than $20 per pet?  It's hard to set limits, because I know some can afford to buy gifts much more easily than others can.  I don't want to eliminate anyone by making minimum amounts too high.  I do think some price limits need to be set though - whether it's minimum or maximum amounts, or both.

I've learned a lot from past swaps, and have this basically down to a science now.  Is there anything you like and want to continue?  Is there anything you don't like and don't want to continue?  There are some things I will insist upon, such as providing tracking numbers for mailed packages if you're in the US.  Others, I'm much more lenient on, such as setting minimum/maximum amounts.  If you have any ideas on how to improve the swap, please share.  I want to make this a fun event for everyone.  

5 showed me some love:

Unknown said...

We are sure it is going to be fun. We hate how we can never join in as postage is so expensive here and also for the other party too. Drats. Have a fabulous Friday.
Best wishes Molly

Sketching with Dogs said...

Hope you have a good time with your swap this year.
Lynne x

Frankie Furter and Ernie said...

We know that Everybuddy enjoys this soooooooo much. It is great fun to see what everybuddy gets.

Ruby said...

I thinks setting a minimum amount is a good idea! Most everyone is pretty fair at it, and if someone's gonna spend more, who am I to argue! BOL hehehehe
Anyhu, count me IN!! It is soooo fun and I loves pickin' out stuffs for the swap!
Oh, and I must say....THANK YOU!!! ♥
Ruby ♥

Scooter said...

Hey Wylde One!
Wow, I absolutely LOVE your Swap event! It's so much fun to be paired up with a furiend to trade goodies. I like the longer time frames alot. Better to have more entry and shopping time. BOL I also still like that you set a maximum for us so no one gets too carried away. :) No matter what you do, I'm totally IN IN IN!
Grr and Woof,
Sarge, Pol Comm

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