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.
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