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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 for all the good suggestions and info.

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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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    Great post! Thanks for all the info.

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    I would imagine little bags are fine... as long as it is protective and transparent, that's what's important. But try a hobby store where they sell pokemon cards and stuff for kids (also models to paint and that kind of thing). That's where I found mine.

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    Seaside Rose - I get my sleeves for atcs at toys r u. They have them with all the sports cards. I think the brand is UltraPro or something... also, back in high school I used to play a trading card game and you could find these sometimes at comic book stores or sport card shops.

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    seaside rose, your plastic wrap idea is a good one! i might have to try it!
    I updated my available ATCs on September 30th, 2019 . . . I have a lot of available cards, and I'm always willing to trade!

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    Postage is up to 44 cents now (as of May 11, 2009) ^_^

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    It's true! Thanks!

    For a more in depth article about these issues, read the current ART TRADER MAG article by Shelli Heinamann!

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    I make flat cards (drawing/painting/paper collage mostly so my cards are flat and that is the best way to save on postage imo. I send 4 cards for .61 and 6-8 for $.98. I don't worry about delivery confirmation myself.

    There's a lot of packing methods mentioned in this thread, but I store my cards in a 9-pocket page and then fold it so it's flat. It fits perfectly in a business length envelope. That way I don't have to mess around with tape.

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    Those are great tips, a good way to go Kristin.

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    I just wanted to let you know that as a Newbie this was one of the most helpful threads I came across and even though I've done several personal swaps and several organized swaps now I still use it as a reference to make sure I'm not forgetting anything.

    Thanks for taking the time to post all this info.
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    EVERYtime it's helpful to one person, it's worth it.

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