Reddit Tea Exchange
what do yall think of this? ever done it before?
All Reddit exchange are notoriously awesome and amazing, I’m sure this one would be too!
I was really considering it, but I’ve heard some horror stories of swappers not sending anything in return (though it does happen very rarely). Plus I think the amount you put towards it is pretty high—like $50? I was going to, but I realized that 1) there’s a possibility they could send me stuff I hate and 2) what if I get a person who likes coffee (which I know nothing about!). Steepster swaps are enough for me right now haha
The suggested minimum is $20 in case anyone can’t find it anywhere, I saw it mentioned on the tea subreddit. They have volunteers who step in to send things if you don’t get anything, though I think some people still get burned with that.
I do wish I knew if you said tea, if that means you’ll also get someone who only wants tea. Thankfully I know exactly what I’d get someone who likes coffee, but I’d far rather be buying someone tea.
The suggested minimum is $20, but everyone I’ve seen discussing it usually spends a lot more so I’d hate to seem cheap and do the bare minimum. Or get someone something they end up hating :( There’s just so many variables! I wish they’d not do it secret santa style and let you discuss specifics with your swapper
I probably won’t spend more than $25 and if I get something back that costs more, so be it. If they spend $50 on their person and get all judgy about it, they can stick it where the sun don’t shine.
I have no idea but a few things to keep in mind
- I seem to have trouble sending loose tea samples from Europe to the USA. One package once went astray (I sent a replacement but still..) and other packages seem to take a month to arrive. I think US customs is not too fond of packages with little plastic bags of vegetable matter. If it´s an international swap and seems like it, that is a risk you should be aware.
- $50 dollars is a lot to spend to get a swap from somebody who does not know your tastes really well and knows tea well! It might be a very generous package but louzy tea or tea just not to your taste.
there are 2k people signed up for it. hm, im curious but also wary.
seems like you can also do small swaps @the subreddit. just signed up for the forum but not yet the exchange.
Looks like there is a spot for comments like “I prefer tea” or “not a fan of x ingredient” so that’s cool.
I have had good luck with multiple reddit exchanges. There was one where my gifter just fell off the face of the planet. There are a bunch of other redditors who sign up for “rematches” to try to make sure everyone gets something. My rematcher was incredibly generous in the cookbook swap.
But if any of my fellow steepsterites do this and have a bad experience, I want to hear about it. I for one, would totally hook you up with a teacentric package. :)
I’m still on the fence about this one. If it were possible to be guaranteed a U.S. exchange partner I’d be more willing.
My company Tealet is offering products with special Reddit discounts on the redditgifts marketplace. We have packages priced at $20 and $35, so perfect for the exchange. We shared a lot of tea during the Secret Santa exchange and people were very happy. We have a lot of fun preparing the packages for he exchange because we add special details that we know the Reddit community will love. You can see our merchant page here: http://redditgifts.com/marketplace/merchant/tealet/