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  1. wildo88 wildo88

    Total Posts: 239

    Joined: 16 Jan 2014

    When I first started out on Goozex, there were quite a few threads out there that were really helpful in getting up and running as a trader and making it a very positive experience.  I hope LT continues to grow and get new people exposed to the joys of peer to peer trading sites like this and the crazy amounts of money you save while also being able to get too many games than you know what to do with.

     

    So, I would like to share some things that I think would be helpful to pass on to others.

     

    1 - Protect the games.  When shipping a game, put a little piece of bubble wrap (or even cardboard) inside the case, on top of the game.  This helps keep the game in place so it doesnt jostle loose during shipping and get scratched up or even broken somehow.  When shipping a retro cartridge game, it is a good idea to sandwich the game between two pieces of cardboard for added protection and not a lot of added weight.

     

    2 - Reuse, reuse, reuse.  I save all mailers and bubble wrap I get that is in a usable form after I open it.  I use bubble wrap often for reason #1 above, and reusing a mailer not only helps the planet a bit (thanks Earth!) but saves you some money in the long run.  You will end up using an extra two or three strips of tape, but other than that it works just as well.

     

    3 - Buy in bulk.  A five pack of game size mailers is usually $5-$7 around me.  But, I got a lot of 100 "generic" ones on eBay for $35 when I started using Goozex in 2008.  Combining with reusing good mailers, I am still using that original set of mailers, though I am down to my last 10 or so.  Same goes with tape; 1 roll of clear packing tape is about $3, but a 3-pack can usually be had for $5 or so.

     

    4 - Ship early.  Shipping stuff quicker just helps build the community in my opinion.  I have been matched on a Monday night, and received a game on a Wednesday before, which is awesome.  When the site works like a well oiled Amazon machine, it is fantastic for everyone.

     

    5 - Leave feedback promptly, or let the seller know why you can't yet.  Everyone wants their credits as soon as possible to get their next games, and appreciates things being closed out quickly.

     

    That covers alot of it I think.  If anyone else has other good tips they have realized over the course of using trading sites, please share!

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  2. slidecage slidecage

    Total Posts: 81

    Joined: 14 Jan 2014

    Quote by wildo88


    When I first started out on Goozex, there were quite a few threads out there that were really helpful in getting up and running as a trader and making it a very positive experience.  I hope LT continues to grow and get new people exposed to the joys of peer to peer trading sites like this and the crazy amounts of money you save while also being able to get too many games than you know what to do with.


     


    So, I would like to share some things that I think would be helpful to pass on to others.


     


    1 - Protect the games.  When shipping a game, put a little piece of bubble wrap (or even cardboard) inside the case, on top of the game.  This helps keep the game in place so it doesnt jostle loose during shipping and get scratched up or even broken somehow. 


     


    2 - Reuse, reuse, reuse.  I save all mailers and bubble wrap I get that is in a usable form after I open it.  I use bubble wrap often for reason #1 above, and reusing a mailer not only helps the planet a bit (thanks Earth!) but saves you some money in the long run.  You will end up using an extra two or three strips of tape, but other than that it works just as well.


     


    3 - Buy in bulk.  A five pack of game size mailers is usually $5-$7 around me.  But, I got a lot of 100 "generic" ones on eBay for $35 when I started using Goozex in 2008.  Combining with reusing good mailers, I am still using that original set of mailers, though I am down to my last 10 or so.  Same goes with tape; 1 roll of clear packing tape is about $3, but a 3-pack can usually be had for $5 or so.


     


    4 - Ship early.  Shpiping stuff quicker just helps build the community in my opinion.  I have been matched on a Monday night, and received a game on a Wednesday before, which is awesome.  When the site works like a well oiled Amazon machine, it is fantastic for everyone.


     


    5 - Leave feedback promptly, or let the seller know why you can't yet.  Everyone wants their credits as soon as possilbe to get their next games, and appreciates things being closed out quickly.


     


    That covers alot of it I think.  If anyone else has other good tips they have realized over the course of using trading sites, please share!



     


    i like 4  and  5    this is the problem i had with other sites. People would confirm they would ship the game and then  waited  like a week to ship it. NOw in the winter i can see why if your snowed in or  bad weather but this was in the middle of summer        if you hit confirm shipping maybe try to get it out within  2 or 3 business days 

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  3. antlp89 antlp89

    Total Posts: 60

    Joined: 9 Jan 2014

    Great thread.

     

    Hopefully most users go by these guidelines as it makes these websites much more enjoyable experiences and incentivizes more trades to trade more. 

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  4. Leaptrade Leaptrade

    Total Posts: 922

    Joined: 11 Apr 2013

    Thanks for the tips, we'll compile these and see about adding them to the how it works and FAQ pages.

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  5. 98skichick 98skichick

    Total Posts: 1,101

    Joined: 4 Feb 2013

    I would just add that now that retro cartridge games are being traded here, that it is helpful shipping these sandwiched between pieces of cardboard for added protection.

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  6. Zinmaster Zinmaster

    Total Posts: 14

    Joined: 8 Feb 2014

    I can see feed back other people leave me and they are all positive . How do I see the feedback of other people so I know they are trust worthy?

     

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  7. wildo88 wildo88

    Total Posts: 239

    Joined: 16 Jan 2014

    Quote by Zinmaster


    I can see feed back other people leave me and they are all positive . How do I see the feedback of other people so I know they are trust worthy?



     


    There isn't any way that I know of.  To be honest, I have never really cared about feedback of other users.  Granted, this could be me just being lucky and not ending up in a situation where someone abused the system.  But, as a buyer, I have left like 3 negatives in my life across all game trading sites (Goozex, VGFive, LeapTrade) for game not received, and all 3 times I got my credit back no problem.  As a seller, I have never had someone leave feedback that was dishonest or tried to scam me out of a game. 


     


    Feedback is kind of nice, but doesn't seem to matter in the long run. Number of trades is just as good of a proxy of "how invested are you in the community" as feedback is for this site.

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  8. Darklurkr23 Darklurkr23

    Total Posts: 11

    Joined: 21 Jun 2014

    Um seperately gotta ask, does Promo Trade Credit ever expire?  I just won the 50 so I don't want to lose it in a week or so XD

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  9. Irishman Irishman

    Total Posts: 2

    Joined: 16 Dec 2012

    Quote by Darklurkr23


    Um seperately gotta ask, does Promo Trade Credit ever expire?  I just won the 50 so I don't want to lose it in a week or so XD



    No never, I asked the help center a while back when i was wondering the same thing and they said never expires. 

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  10. Darklurkr23 Darklurkr23

    Total Posts: 11

    Joined: 21 Jun 2014

    Ah cool

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