Posts tagged SwapaDVD

It’s an Internet Miracle

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I’ve been doing a lot of trading on SwapaDVD over the past few months. I’ve been able to get rid of DVDs I don’t like and stuff that I’ve upgraded to Blu Ray for so it’s been a good site. The way it works is someone requests a DVD from me then I mail it to them. In exchange I get a credit good for one disc. I can use that credit to order a DVD from someone else. It goes on and on. Once you receive a DVD, you go to the site to mark it received in order to give the sender credit for it.

Recently I ordered a copy of Year of the Dragon starring Mickey Rourke. After I hadn’t received the disc for awhile, the sender sent me the following private message:

HI JAMES

YOU SHOULD HAVE RECEIVED THE DVD YEAR OF THE DRAGON BY NOW, PLEASE CHECK YOUR MAILBOX, AND MARK RECEIVE SO THAT I CAN GET MY CREDIT.

THANKS

Needless to say, I was slightly offended. First of all, there’s no need to yell. We can settle our differences in a civil manner. Secondly, I know how the site works and I know how to check my mailbox. There’s no need to tell me how to do this. I got it. It just so happened that I was able to get to my PO Box the next day and the DVD was there. I sent the following message back.

Thank you for the reminder, Pat, but as you saw by my address, this was sent to a PO Box. Unfortunately with my current schedule I am unable to get the post office during operating hours throughout the week. As a result I am only able to check the PO Box on Saturdays. I just did and your DVD arrived safe and sound.

PS: When you write in all caps on the Internet it means you’re yelling.

Have a blessed day.

James.

I figured that would be the end of it. I can go on with my DVD in hand and continue doing whatever I was doing while this other guy could get his credit and maybe have a little food for thought when dealing with other people on the Internet in the future. Then two days later I receive the following:

James
thanks for the tip! and now,

THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU !

Did I do the impossible? Did I actually teach someone that types in all caps that it’s rude to type in all caps? Did I make a change? I like to think so. I also like to think that the Internet is a better place because of it. You’re welcome, Internet.

Goodbye Crappy DVDs

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With our upcoming move, I knew I needed to get rid of some shit. I made plans to do away with my comics (although I haven’t done anything with them after I took pictures of the books), and there’s still a few other things that I don’t need that I can get rid of before I’m forced to relocate them to a different closet. Clothes can be given away to the local Goodwill Store along with books. Then there’s DVDs. Now, I’m not getting rid of my DVD collection. No way in hell. However there are a few clunkers in there that I know I’ll never ever watch again. So what to do with them?

swapadvd_logo_mThat’s where the Internet comes in! I’ve been an active trader on Bullet Point Review, but that’s a small group so I’ve sort of run out of trading to do. I could sell them on a site like SecondSpin or ebay, but I’d make next to nothing on each DVD. Then I tried out SwapADVD.com. I signed up for this site some time last year, but I thought it was a bit of a scam. It just seemed a little off, you know? That doesn’t seem to be the case.

The way the site works is like a big marketplace. I put up DVDs that I don’t want anymore. Then someone else sees them and asks for one of them. They request it through the site and then I agree to send it over to them. The site creates a wrapper that I can print up and put the DVD in. So there’s no need to gather boxes or anything like that because everything’s taken care of between two sheets of printer paper. I ship the DVD out and once it’s received, I get a credit (one per disc) which I can then use to order a DVD from anyone else on the site. And the saga continues. (more…)

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