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    ATCs are not a big thing in New Zealand, especially in my little back of beyond town that I live in. I'm afraid all my cards come in zippy bags (that are the right size).
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    Quote Originally Posted by baronessnz View Post
    ATCs are not a big thing in New Zealand, especially in my little back of beyond town that I live in. I'm afraid all my cards come in zippy bags (that are the right size).
    It's the best we got
    Hi there, Just pm me your address and I will send you some ATC sleeves..No charge
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    Quote Originally Posted by kynara View Post
    well? what else would you call all the extra unnecessary stuff around the address hehehe
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    that frilly stuff is called Mail Art, silly...
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    Don't know how I've missed this thread. Great info! Thanks OY! I guess I ought to spend a little time reading the "stickies", huh?
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    How do I politely tell a trader that they did not put enough postage on their package and I had to pay the difference?
    This has happened to me several times and I don't want to be rude, but I think it would be helpful to everyone if they knew.

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    I don't think anyone swapping here would be upset if you pm'd them thanking them for their cards but that their envie didn't have enough postage on it. In fact, they'd probably appreciate you straight out telling them so they don't make the mistake again.

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    I agree. Great question and answer!
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    I've never told anyone about that! I just paid my postie for it.
    Let's trade inchies!! Or I'll trade you ATCs for inchies.

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    that's very nice of you, a postage angel

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    I have a suggestion about packing your ATCs for mailing. I have noticed that most people use scotch tape to tack the cards together for a swap. The problem with scotch tape is that it can be hard to remove without damaging the sleeves (and sometimes the cards!)
    I try to use masking tape instead. It really isn't expensive and is much safer for the cards and sleeves. (and then you can re-use the sleeves!)
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    I have the same problem with scotch tape, I usually end up easing the cards out and tossing the sleeves because I can't get the tape off. Masking tape is a good suggestion.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sometomato View Post
    I have a suggestion about packing your ATCs for mailing. I have noticed that most people use scotch tape to tack the cards together for a swap. The problem with scotch tape is that it can be hard to remove without damaging the sleeves (and sometimes the cards!)
    I try to use masking tape instead. It really isn't expensive and is much safer for the cards and sleeves. (and then you can re-use the sleeves!)
    I'm even cheaper than that, I like to use the edges from the sheets of self-adhesive stamps... Those little 1/2" by 1" strips are the perfect size! Not too sticky either.
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    Thanks!

    Thank You!!!!

    Finally artists that are also concerned with the logistics movements of their art. What a wonderful "first post" to have read. Thanks again!

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    Thanks for all the good suggestions and info.

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    Wonderful advice thanks : )

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    When You tape your cards down.

    I've received a few cards that were taped to cards so hardily that when I removed the tape, it tore the plastic sleeve. I've been using this stuff for years and it works great. Sticks to whatever you want it too, but peels off easily upon delivery to recipient. Thumbnails below.
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    Yes, good stuff. And if you don't have any, I find very small pieces of any tape are enough to hold cards in place and then remove easily.

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    Ive never thought of taping my atc's together so they dont bunch around. Ill start doing that!

    My mailman hates me too

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    Thanks for the info! As a newbie, this is so helpful!! I'm getting ready to complete my first set of cards for a swap!!


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