Tuesday, September 29, 2009

October's Trade and Stay Start List!

you guys are very very fast. lol! the minute i sent out the email asking for starter shops, i had my 10!
so.... without further ado, here they are:


and, this time around, we have PRIZES!!!! (as if you guys need any incentive to trade!)

The newly crowned Trade-Ho takes home the Official Title http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=31916521
A Trade-Ho bracelet from ReadingBunky! http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=5224298
A $10.00 gift certificate to Divine Creations for your four legged Love
A $10.00 gift certificate to KarolsTreasures http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=8079015
A $10.00 gift certificate to NativeBeads http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=6133611
A Wand for the Queen Ho-Ho courtesy of TheGirlyPlace http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=7474312
And gets to be featured on the Tradeaholics Official Blog!
1st runner up (2nd prize) will receive a $20.00 gift Certificate from Simply Raevyn http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=5710650 Which can be used at any of her three shops!A $10.00 gift Certificate from Kim Creative http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=7396557
And a Hand crocheted Beanie with a clip from PiggytailsBoutique http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=6358703
And 2nd runner up (3rd prize) will receive, Ta!Dah!
A $10.00 Gift Certificate from MuffinTopDesigns!http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=5231963
A Pocket mirror, your choice from JustGiveMePeace http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=31278712
And a hair clippie from PiggytailsBoutique http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=6358703

thanks to EVERYONE who convoed me - it is so fantastic to see such eager traders! so get ready for Saturday!!! i will post the link to the thread here, on the chat thread, on ning and via the email list.

xoxox muffin and raevyn

Tuesday, September 15, 2009


the wonderful madebymidnight created all of these buttons for us to use as promo material on our blogs! steal 'em, snatch 'em, put 'em EVERYWHERE!!!!!!! thank you, midnight!!!!!

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

$5 Tradeaholics Team Event!

the lovely booboomonsters has agreed to spearhead our very first TradeTeam $5 sale! in a nutshell, the TradeTeam $5 Sales event is a super easy sale. All participating shops have to do is have $5 items in their shop on the day of the sale... each shop can have as many $5 items as they wish. The $5 event highlights items in your shop that are $5.00, whether that is their regular price or a sale price.
More details to follow... including how to sign up for this event! what we need right now is to set a date - so go to the sidebar and VOTE!
remember, this is a SALE, not a trading event, LOL!!! we gotta pay our trading fees!
xoxoxo muffin, raevyn77 and booboomonsters
P.S. we have a sign up link now - http://tradeaholics.ning.com/forum/topics/tradeaholics-team-5-sale-sign so go here if you want to participate!

Monday, September 7, 2009


happy fall, everyone!!!! the summer was fantastic for trading and the team has tons of new members! in honour of this, we're posting "Trading 101" - both as an intro to our newbies and a refresher for the rest of us!!!

Trading is fun and wonderful and hopefully this helps people negotiate the wild world of trade-a-holism safely!!!! You'll get addicted, just like we did!

Rule 1 - Approach your prospective tradee (the person you want to trade with) via convo. Tell them that you like their stuff (obviously you do, LOL) and ask if they are willing to trade. It helps if you already have an item from their shop in mind. Be clear as well about what in your shop you are willing to trade for. You DON'T have to open your whole shop to trades!

Rule 2 - Wait for a response - and don't get your knickers in a knot because they say no. I've gone on a trading break when I get a little "traded out" - and that's okay. If you are the tradee, be nice about turning someone down. It's kinda like dating - let them down easy! :)

Rule 3 - If you both agree to trade, make sure that the trade is fair, and don't forget to include your shipping costs! So, for example, I choose $4.95 in fudge from Hillside Bakery, and the shipping on the fudge is $5.00, then Hillside gets to choose $9.95 worth of items from my shop, including shipping. I usually make sure that if there is a difference of $2 or more, I pay the difference via paypal. Fairness rules!!!!

Rule 4 - "Purchase" the items from each other's shops - BUT DON'T PAY or GO TO THE PAYPAL WEBSITE. Your goods are your currency!

Rule 5 - Ship at the same time – or as soon as possible if its a custom order!

Rule 6 - When you get your item, leave feedback!

And voila! Both parties gets something fabulous, both parties get a "sale", and both parties build up their positive feedback! Everyone wins!

What NOT To Do:
- Don’t forget your manners. Please respond to all trade requests, even if it’s a “no”.
- Don’t forget to ship your trade item. This is not donating. It’s trading.
- Don’t forget to leave appropriate feedback. If you are happy with a trade, let them know! Subsequently… if you are NOT happy, let the seller know before leaving feedback and try to work things out. If you are still unhappy – or if you never receive your item – we suggest that you leave feedback stating this. Although no money is exchanged, you’re trading goods, which is just as valuable. Treat it just like a sale.
- Don’t change your prices to 0.20. This is called fee avoidance. If etsy catches wind of fee avoidance, the whole team is in jeopardy of being shut down. We are lucky to have a venue like etsy. Don’t bite the hand that feeds us!
- Don’t avoid feedback by cancelling a sale. If you aren’t going to trade in good faith, don’t trade.

The bottom line - Any trader who doesn’t trade in good faith will be banned from the team. Trading is based on trust and we will defend that trust. be good to each other!

we hope these made sense and helps make your trade experience easier! It's so great to be able to own a great piece of handmade artistry by trading one of your own!!!!!!!!!!

Addicted yet? we are!!!!!!! if there are ANY questions, please let us know!

xoxoox muffin & raevyn