vent: bubble envelopes are a must (for me)
I'm pretty near the point where I don't want to trade with anyone unless I've traded with them before.
Before I get started, please donÂt highjack my thread to get into the whole cost of mailing bubble envelopes. There are enough threads like that out there and itÂs beside the point regarding my own post. I mail most all seeds in bubble envelopes with two stamps Â even up to 20 packs sometimes. I mail directly from my home or office mailbox and have only had one issue where someone received seeds with postage due. This person took it up with their PO after I mentioned that one pack of seeds (zinnias I believe) should not take more than two stamps and if so, theyÂd be better off buying them at a retail store. I know that many GW members donÂt have a lot of money to spend, but that doesnÂt give anyone the right to send seeds to someone in a manner they donÂt want them mailed.
Now, back to the point of the matterÂ.
I've received seeds from recent trades lately in regular business envelopes and it burns me to no end! IÂm kind enough to always use a bubble envelope and do expect the same in return. I even have it posted at the top of my exchange page that I donÂt trade without bubble envelopes.
Now I know that some feel itÂs okay to send tiny, dusty seeds in a regular business envelope and that may very well be true. The point I take issue with is that I specifically state that I only use bubble envelopes and people are obviously overlooking that because they want whatever seeds I have and figure that by the time I get the envelope in the mail that it doesnÂt matter. Why do I (or anyone else that feels the same way I do) deserve to be disrespected in this way? If you donÂt want to use a bubble envelope, fine. I wonÂt force you, nor can I force you. However, I should have the option to not trade with you.
IÂm really tired of the old excuse Â I was out of bubble envelopes and wanted to get the seeds out right away. If youÂre out of them, contact me (or whoever youÂre trading with) and give the option to have them now, wait until you do have a bubble envelope or even not trade with you. ItÂs quite obvious when I hear those words Â itÂs just an excuse or way of smoothing things over because you know what you did was wrong!
Please donÂt even consider trading with me if you have no intention of using a bubble envelope!