Tea Tag-pay it forward type-swap
A few members had been interested in something like a pay it forward or “tea tag” style swap. I thought I’d try and kick one off. These are some instructions we used in the previous pay it forward swap (that I borrowed from Chana).
Pay-it-forward Karma Tea Swap
Looks like people are interested in a Karma Tea Swap!
It works like this:
- Someone posts “I have item A up for grabs, who wants it?”
- Someone else posts “Ooh, I’d like item A please! I have item B to offer!
- Another party says, “Item B looks great to me! I’ll offer up item C!”
And so on and so forth… Since you don’t get something back directly, that’s where the karma part comes in. Someone else will get your item and pass the gift along in the form of another gift to someone else. This way, people can offer up tea or tea related items that they’re not interested in anymore, and items can make their way to people who will love them.
As soon as you post ”I’d like X,” you send a message with your address to the person who was offering X so that they can send it to you. (Post first so that we don’t run into the problem of multiple people claiming one gift – if you happen to post and discover that someone else was quicker, be nice and clear your later post and play again later.)
Feel free to play more than once as long as you’re not dominating the field! Don’t worry too much about making sure your offer “matches” the value of the gift you’re claiming – the idea here is to pass along stuff you won’t use to people who will – if you keep offering soggy used tea bags, however, we’ll probably catch on to you!
We do have folks here from all over the world. Don’t worry that you might not be able to afford shipping if someone in another country claims your gift – if shipping internationally would be a hardship for you, just put “Domestic Shipping to your country only, please!” in your offer post.
So….The Simple Rules:
- Don’t hog ‘em all. Let others play too.
- POST first, message second.
- If you can NOT ship internationally, specify that in your item offer.
- Send the items you promise to send. (this should be a no-brainer, right?)
And now I’ll go post an offer to start us off!
I have 1 ounce of 52teas Elderberry Green to offer.
PM me and post here if you claim it. Or let me know if I need to follow you:)
Great do you still have my address? Thanks again! I feel the good Karma already.
Thank you…also if Adagio opens on Saturday are you going? Just curious
I probably won’t make it out there now until Wednesday. I have a meeting out in downers grove early morning and figured I would head over after that if they have opened. I wish I could go Saturday if they were open but I work 1-10pm:(
I have about 50grams of Vanilla Tea from ThePuriTea. Let me know if you’re interested.
I’m crazy for anything vanilla! I’ll take it! I just clicked follow for you, if you do the same I will PM my address. If you prefer not to, let me know how to get you my address :)
It is all yours! I am following you now too. Funny thing I thought I already was. Please let me know if you get this one to work for you. It was something I couldn’t figure out. I should have it out in the next couple on days. I will let you know when I ship it out.
That’s the same thing that happened to me! I went to PM you and was like, wait!?!
I will be getting yours out tomorrow and it came to just shy of 64grams.
WOW! Thank you!
I am still trying to pay it forward. Someone, pls claim my offering! :) :) :)
I am playing it forward by offering Samovar’s Four Seasons Oolong! My pretty copper colored tin which holds 55g is half full (for the optimists! half empty for you pessimists!)
My only caveat is that I have an INSANE week this week and won’t be able to ship it til next week, but I promise – I will send it next week :)
I wasn’t sure if this was claimed or not but it sounds amazing! And I’d love to try it in the breville pot I’m (hoping) to pick up today. I can offer an unopened tin of Republic of Tea’s Daily Green Tea.
I have 1 oz of a new beauty tea, a blend of Formosa Oolong, Wuyi oolong, Pu-erh and various herbs and spices. More of a tonic, bit spicy, wonderful…
Melissa that sounds delicious I would love to try some. If you can follow me I’ll send you my address.
Hello Melissa! Are you claiming the tea I offered? If so, if you’d like to follow me, and I’ll follow you, and you can PM me your address. Alternately, you can email me at j m a n n i AT u a r t s DOT e d u :)
Sorry everyone! I’m here, and I’m in. New to online community stuff, so learning the ropes. I would love to try jacqueline’s tea, if still available, and send Dani some of the Daily Beauty Tea!
Melissa, I claimed Jacqueline’s tea, we didn’t know if you’d be back. I offered up a tin of Republic of Tea’s Green Tea Decaf if that interests you at all.
Thanks Meghann! That is sweet of you. I’d love to try the decaf Green tea. I will follow you/you follow me, pm, etc. I’m getting the hang of it now!
I have 2oz minus 1 cup of Three Kingdoms Mao Feng from Teavana.
The Almond Biscotti sounds wonderful. I have about an ounce of Revolution’s Honeybush Caramel Tea.
Just followed you, if you follow me and message me your address, it will be on it’s way! :)
I can offer about 20g of Leaf Spa’s Silver Needle
EDIT: OK, upping the ante…1/2 oz. of Hojicha from The Cultured Cup, PLUS the stuff listed below…
And I will offer a little grab bag…
approx 8g Tippy Orthodox Assam from Upton
approx 8g Balijan North Assam from Upton
4 mini cooked puerh tou cha from Upton
a couple Adagio peachy oolong teabags
several Numi Berry darjeeling teabags
all to be sent together, unless there’s something in there that you hate!
Cofftea – Orthodox just means it’s processed to keep the full leaf, whether manually or by machine (vs CTC, cut tear curl).
Ah ok cool! I learned something new… does that mean I can go back to bed? lol j/k.
I’ll take it Jenny! I’d been eyeing your post for a while but I had to figure out what I was willing to part with first! ;) I’ll start following you so that I can message you my address.
I have 46 grams (1.62 ounces) of Elderberry Tea from The Metropolitan Tea Company. Its a ceylon tea, comes in a little wooden box, and there are 2 grams of tea in each of the 23 individual bags.
Alright ladies and gents, looks like it’s time for more deal sweetening…will throw in 1/2 ounce of Mom’s Blend from 52 teas!
I have between 2-3 oz of Sweet Oolong Revolution from Teavana. Domestic shipping to United States only. And I am new to this so let me know how everyone packages the loose tea to ship… ziploc bag ok? or what should I use?