How to trade bootlegs by mail

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How to trade bootlegs by mail

Unread postby owl » Fri Apr 29, 2005 8:21 pm

New to trading? Here are some ideas:
Most importantly, Don’t Pay For Unofficial Bootlegs, and don’t offer money for unofficial bootlegs.

If you have nothing to offer in the line of a trade, ask around the bulletin board.
Someone will help you start a bootleg collection. Many people will at least be willing to do a B&P (see below).

Ask merv as a last resort.
He would love nothing more than to help you, but he’s a busy fellow, too. You’re better off checking for volunteers first.
Better yet, seek out members who are single; they’re suckers for attention.

Other big ideas:

Only use bubble-padded envelopes.
Fiber-filled envelopes may contain recycled material, but the fiber can scratch your discs or even get into your CD player (not good, trust me).
Also, recycling is great, so re-use your bubble-padded mailers until they’re shredded!

When mailing cds, protect them in paper sleeves.

If you're on a Mac, contact merv before burning any cds for anyone!

Some bad things can happen if you're on a Mac, but they are easily preventable.

Don’t be a jerk!
Last edited by owl on Sat Apr 30, 2005 10:01 pm, edited 1 time in total.
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Unread postby owl » Sat Apr 30, 2005 9:37 pm

Blanks and Postage (B&P) basics:

Scenario: A generous new friend accepts your request for a B&P. The show will require two CDs.

Part I:
1) Put your two blank CDs into paper sleeves.
2) Put these two CDs in a self-addressed, adequately stamped, bubble-padded envelope.
3) Include a note that explains the details of the trade.
4) Don't seal the envelope!

Part II:
1) Put the unsealed, padded envelope into a larger envelope (no need for padding).
2) Seal the larger envelope.
3) Mail the large envelope, which contains the smaller envelope and your CDs.
4) Wait a few days for your CDs to be returned to you in the small padded envelope.

Better yet, check this website. It even has pictures!
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