Well that was easy, wasn't it? However then the only thing we would exchange is information, which would be limiting.
So what's the answer?
1)Understand yourself-think about how you would feel if the deal went completely wrong. For instance, you lost money, material or plants. Or the other person(s) were angry, ungrateful, frustrated, complaining or vengeful. Can you emotionally handle this? Realistically?
If you can't (and you have to really assess your emotional background), don't do it. Buy things commercially with insurance and safeguards, the same way you would buy a toaster from Costco. The OCPS is not Amazon, it's more like a plant Kijiji.
2)As a follow-up from #1: Know how much you can emotionally or financially afford to lose. Don't go above that limit.
-you send $21 and you never get the plant or it gets to you in a state that doesn't seem worth $21 -you give someone a freeby and they complain that they never got it or it wasn't what they expected or they want the stamp/envelope reimbursed because they didn't appreciate the SASE offer. -you send a plant and the other person doesn't send you enough or any money or the trade in return doesn't seem worth what you sent them -the other person flames you or complains about you on the forum or elsewhere -you enter into a commercial or semi-commercial type of relationship and it goes sour
How would you feel if this happened to you?
What if it was $5, $10, $50, $100, a SASE, a valued plant, a common plant with no or little commercial value, a freeby?
In other words, don't do anything that could lead lead to an emotional or financial loss that you couldn't comfortably deal with.
Worst trade I ever did was a six plants for one (supposedly) awesome sounding plant, but the guy packed it so poorly that the growing tip broke off. He kept my six plants, and I got nothing. He tried to compensate me with some non-viable sarr seeds. I would advise people to only trade for plants of similar value.
"The grass withers, the flower fades. But the word of our God stands forever." (Isaiah 40:8)
The worst I've had here is a package destroyed at customs and one lost in the mail. Both probable outcomes for ~ $15-20 each. I knew it could happen and I was ready to lose the money. That's the mind set you have to have.
Know the risks, minimize them and then accept them.
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dvg: below the snow, asleep it is.
Mar 20, 2019 16:59:02 GMT -5
dvg: Still grassroots dream of their rise,
Mar 20, 2019 16:59:40 GMT -5
dvg: in sunny days, on blue skies
Mar 20, 2019 17:00:13 GMT -5
insectivore: Then Boom we Get hit with yet another Snow Storm in Quebec...
Mar 23, 2019 8:19:19 GMT -5
dvg: Parts of Quebec got hit with a lot of snow.
Mar 23, 2019 20:29:10 GMT -5
dvg: These late March snow storms are easier to digest than the mid-May wintry blasts that do so much damage to the trees
Mar 23, 2019 20:33:09 GMT -5
insectivore: Agreed! we got a good 10-12 inches but the warm days are taking care of it!!
Mar 27, 2019 18:04:28 GMT -5
dvg: That was a decent dump of snow!
Mar 28, 2019 8:49:24 GMT -5
dvg: With the days now longer than the nights and the noonday sun rising higher in the sky each day, it won't be long before winter is just an afterthought
Mar 28, 2019 8:53:16 GMT -5
lloyd: The plants wandered out of the garage and zoomed back in before a dump of snow.
Mar 31, 2019 19:21:44 GMT -5
dvg: landscapes draped in snow
Mar 31, 2019 20:39:55 GMT -5
dvg: Sarra's safe inside
Mar 31, 2019 20:40:58 GMT -5
bonfield: I've decided to finally reveal my best-kept secret for growing healthy Neps: Just spit on them every few days, the enzymes in saliva help them to better absorb the fertilizer I spray them with!
Apr 1, 2019 14:24:31 GMT -5
dvg: Salivating up your drools?
Apr 1, 2019 16:30:07 GMT -5
dvg: Duped again on April Fool's!
Apr 1, 2019 16:30:45 GMT -5