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taltosVT Elroy Davis
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In the past, container swaps have usually taken place at one of the large AFOL conventions.  With so many conventions taking place these days, I'd like to discuss ideas for how to do the actual swap.

There are several ways we could do it:

1) An in-person swap at one or more conventions

2) Via mail by sending all containers to a central person, who will then put together swap packages to send back out to participants

3) Via mail by sending containers from participant to participant

4) Other?

Option 1 has the nice feature of instant gratification and face-to-face interaction.  However, not everyone can make it to a convention.

Option 2 has some expense to it, especially for the point person mailing packages back out.  That might be alleviated if participants are also will to pay return postage.

Option 3 is probably my personal least favorite.  In addition to mailing cost, there is always the change that the package being sent around will get lost or not mailed, breaking the chain and leaving some folks without containers.

What are people's thoughts on how best to approach the exchange?

-Elroy

Posted on July 05, 2013 at 2:13 PM
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Wiebold4449 Johnny Rocket_486
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I personally think that option one is the best, for all the reasons provided above. I do agree though that it would put restrictions on participants as far as how many AFOLs (and TFOLs) can make it. Perhaps it could be a regional thing, where instead of there being a single swap, there could be multiple swaps regionally at different times. So the avid traveler could still collect all the containers they wanted, without the press of time, and if you can't travel, you could visit your regional convention and get the containers available there. Just a thought.... Any other ideas?

Posted on July 05, 2013 at 3:59 PM
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J.P. Manalo
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Option two is the best option from my point of view. As I am located in Australia, it is highly unlikely that i would be able to make it to a convention in the United States. (unless someone is willing to fund such a trip, lol) :-) . I am also happy to utilise option three - but I feel that option three would be particularly unfair on the participants who end up having to ship the package overseas.

To minimise postage costs, perhaps those who are located geographically close to each other (relatively) could join together to allow their packages to be sent to them, and then send their packages out to the other groups. As an example to illustrate my point, say there are five LTCs; A-LTC, B-LTC, C-LTC, D-LTC and E-LTC. A and B are located quite close to each other. D and E are located quite close to each other. A and B group themselves together, D and E do likewise. C sends out 2 containers to the address nominated by A and B. C also sends out two containers to the address nominated by group D and E. A and B send a package containing one A container and one B container to the address nominated by C-LTC. A and B also send a package containing two A containers and two B containers to the address nominated by D-LTC and E-LTC. D and E do likewise - sending one D container and one E container in a single package to C-LTC, and one package containing two D containers and two E containers to the address nominated by A-LTC and B-LTC.

Thoughts? Also, has it been decided on what format the actual containers will be? Are we using the 'newer' container format, or the older format?

 

Posted on July 06, 2013 at 10:35 AM
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RailBlox Colin Redner
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The size of the container is also yet to be decided.

Posted on July 06, 2013 at 2:00 PM
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