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Tips for Offering Items

  1. Be honest about limitations. If there are limitations to what you're offering, make them known and set expectations ahead of time. Describe items with the same honesty and detail that you would expect in another user's profile.
  2. Describe the work that goes into your item. Another member may not grasp the complexity, detail, and hard work that goes into your craft, causing them to offer too little in exchange. If this happens, please don't be offended - trust intentions and simply explain how to value your offering more appropriately. In the "Details" section of each item, always be sure to outline the work you put into your craft including time, costly materials, and unique skills.
  3. Provide options. In addition to listing the unique and specific items you have to offer, think of everyday services you could offer - such as household chores, giving rides, cooking meals, etc. This keeps options open for other members to exchange with you even if they can't find exactly what they're looking for on your profile.
  4. Add a picture. The more detail you have listed, the more comfortable someone will feel making an exchange with you. This helps people know what to expect.
  5. Keep an open mind. Remember, when someone proposes an exchange with you, they are reaching out to you. You are never obligated to agree to an exchange, and we encourage you to do so only when it feels right. However, if you think you might want to respond to someone but don't see anything jump out on their Offering section, keep an open mind and feel free to suggest something to them. For example, maybe they could give you a helping hand with something. ExchangeTree is about building friendships and community, and we encourage people to reach out to each other and offer their help when it feels right.