When trading, do not
be in a hurry as trades can generally happen pretty fast. You get excited
as someone has your "Holy Grail" and you tend to skip the essentials...
such as checking references if you do not know the person. Slow down
and don't fret....take it one pin at a time!!! If this trade does not
go through another might just be around the corner.
Respond to EACH AND EVERY e-mail
you receive....whether you are interested in the trade or not. A quick
reply e-mail saying "No Thanks" can make a big difference in establishing
yourself as a Good Trader and more importantly, it is a common
courtesy. Generally speaking, if I do not get a response within 24 hours
of my e-mail to the potential trader, assume that the trader is not
you wish to counter the trade, reply back with "I wish to counter
this trade with the following pins..."
Know your pin and its
value. Ask for references, if you do not know the person. (BEWARE: AOL
can have up to five names on one account). You can check the Dizpins
Reference Center as a start for checking references. As many traders
are registered users on eBay or another auction site, that is a good
place to also note references. If a person does not have that many references,
ask that they ship first or you can mail your pins to a third party
who will then mail the pins to the respective recipient. Any of the
Dizpins or Pinpics Moderators will be glad to assist you in a Third
Party trade. You will, of course, be responsible for the postage costs
for the third party. If they do not have references listed, such as
those on eBay or another auction site or in the Dizpins Reference Center,
ask them for names and e-mail addresses of other persons they have traded
with and follow up and e-mail for the references. Do not commit to the
trade until you have checked all references, if applicable. If I did
not mention it enough yet, always remember to check
Discuss how each of you will mail the pin. I prefer to mail First Class. Depending on the pin, especially the value and rarity of the pin, insuring the pin for a few extra pennies can put your mind at ease if it should get lost. You can also use Delivery Confirmation, but be sure that the package is at least 3/4 of an inch think, or the recipient will be responsible for postage due, which is the difference between first class and priority.
Confirm the trade in
writing. Send an e-mail to the trader stating that "This
will confirm that I will send you "such and such pin" for your "such
and such pin". Wait for a returning confirmation from the trader
acknowledging and confirming the trade.
Mail the pins out when
you say you will. If by chance you do not mail on the day agreed upon,
notify the trader of the delay.
Make sure you are clear
on what pin you are trading for and what pin you are offering. Ask questions.
Clarify. Use PinPics to ascertain the EXACT pins that each of you have
If purchasing or trading,
ask the seller or trader about the condition of the pin. If you ask
before it arrives at your door, there should not be any surprises. Make
sure you ask if the pin is MINT and that there are no scratches, dings,
Get a phone number and
give your phone number. This way, if the "puter" is having problems,
you can follow up on the trade.
If you agree to purchase
a pin, print out the e-mail that you get from him/her stating the amount
for the pin and write your name and mailing address on that paper. Then
fold it up and include it with your payment inside the envelope. When
the seller gets your payment, they will know which pin goes to you.
This may not seem important, but some sellers deal in volume.
Do Not Assume that the pin comes with the extra frills. A normal trade agreement is for the pin. So if the pin you want comes in a box, special backing, or a display card, please verify that the other trader is sending you the special items.
If you are a
trader who feels you must receive the package before you ship yours,
this is rude pin behavior. By holding the pin "hostage", this
conveys the message you dont trust the other person. The Moderators
do not approve of this practice and will not tolerate this if a complaint
is made against you.
is responsible for their trade until their package reaches the final
If you are trading
a hard to find pin, or a pin which is not replaceable, spend the extra
money and use a tracking service like deliver or signature confirmation.
For international traders, send it by Registered Mail, which is the
most secure method of shipping.
When you receive the
pin, inspect it carefully. This is the time to notify the seller/trader
if there is a problem, not two weeks from now. If the pin meets your
expectations, let the seller/trader know! Advise them that you were
pleased with the sale/trade and you can also ask if they have any more
pins for sale or trade!!! You can also mention to them that
they can use you as a reference for new customers and leave them a comment
on a good traders list, if applicable. You can also leave
references on the Dizpins Reference Center.
If you find you were involved in a BAD TRADE or an alleged bad trade, there are a few alternatives that you have. One is to use a mediator to try and resolve the issue. I have moderated many potential bad trades and usually an e-mail or two may rectify the problem. You can use the Pinpics and Dizpins Universal Trade Reporting System.
Mail Fraud Complaints
need to be filed with your Local Post Office, and here is the form that
they will need: US
Postal Service Mail Fraud Complaint Form.