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6th International Math Trade

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Hi everyone,

 

It is that time of year again!

 

I have created a new gmail account for this year's mathtrade to handle all the communications. If you are interested in joining, please send your info to:

 

mathtrade6@gmail.com.

 

I will need your:

 

- Caching Name

- Real Name

- FULL Mailing Address

- Email Address

 

For now I am just gathering names. Once I create the Google spreadsheet I will give you access to it and you can start adding coins! (but don't expect this til after Christmas!)

 

The trade will be divided into four phases:

 

1. Coin submission - entering your trade offers into the spreadsheet (ends Jan 14th, 9pm EST)

 

2. Regroup - reorganize your coin submissions to create groups (ends Jan 21st, 9pm EST or earlier)

 

3. Want list submission - create your wish lists! (ends Jan 28th, 9pm EST or earlier)

 

4. Trading! - trade list generated and emailed to you (starts Jan 31st if all goes well!)

 

Please respect the following rules:

 

1. This is an international trade - only take part in it if you are willing to pay for a possible overseas shipment of your coins! Remember that in theory each coin that you trade away may have to be sent to a different destination, within or outside of your own country.

 

2. You can list both trackable and non-trackable coins. If nothing is mentioned in the Remarks column, the coin will be assumed to be trackable and unactivated. In all other cases the status of the coin needs to be specified in the Remarks column. Activated coins are only allowed if they will be offered up for adoption.

 

3. Participants may only submit one coin of any one edition (same coin with same finish/colour/etc) to trade. Duplicates are not allowed.

 

4. Please make sure you adhere to the deadlines shown above! Any edit after a deadline will be ignored!

 

5. Please keep your list to 50 coins or less!

 

 

Keep an eye on this thread - I will use it to post additional information/clarifications whenever needed!

 

Of course you can also use it to post any questions or remarks.

 

 

 

A More Detailed Explanation:

 

Q. What is a geocoin math trade? What makes it different from a 'normal' trade?

 

A. In a ' normal' trade, person A gives coin X to person B and person B give coin Y to person A. Sometimes person A wants a coin that person B has, but has nothing that interests person B to give in return. In that case person A could go looking for a person C to arrange a trade to get a coin from person's B want list. In a math trade you don't have to hunt for a 'person C' -- the software will do this for you! The math trade software will find optimal 'trade chains', some of which may involve just the regular 2 coins, while other 'trade chains' that are part of the same math trade may involve 3, 4, 5 or even more coins.

 

Q. I feel uncomfortable listing coin offers without knowing what I'll receive in return for them. Why would I do this?

 

A. You will be the one to decide what you'll get in return. After everyone has listed their coin offers, you can go through the total list of offers and make a want list for every coin you have offered. If you are not interested in trading one of your coins for any of the listed offers, you will simply use an empty want list for it, so that your coin won't be traded at all.

 

Q. What if someone offers a coin that I REALLY want? Is there a way that I can maybe offer 2 of my coins in exchange for this coveted coin?

 

A. Yes, there is. After Phase 1 (entering coin offers), we will enter Phase 2 (regrouping). During this phase you have a chance to look closely at the coins that are being offered, and if there are coins you would really want to get, you could try and create a more interesting offer by grouping two or more of your coins into one offer. If you group coin X and Y together, then these will not be traded separately, but as one single unit, for which you can decide (during the want list submission phase) what you want to trade them for.

 

(Detailed instructions for this regrouping will follow once we hit that phase (but don't worry, it's actually quite simple).

 

Q. Two or more people have listed one specific coin that I like. But if I include both in my want lists for, say, two of my coins, I risk ending up with 2 copies of the same coin. Is there a way to prevent this?

 

A. Yes, there is (a more verbose answer will follow at the appropriate time).

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email sent :angry:

 

oooppps only one email but two posts sorry

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I love the math trade!!! Now, the challenge will be, hanging on to some good coins for the list!

 

Email sent.

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Oh goodness me, what's this? A math trade? Hmm, do I want to be a part of it? Now let me think a minute here......

 

Ummm, yes. :yikes:

 

Wooohoo! Thanks Chuck ;-)

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Chuck, if I do this one again will you hold my hand? B)

 

Hi Bernice,

 

I promise to post plenty of reminders this year about which column to refer to. I still feel bad about the mixup.

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This sounds like fun, so I want to join something like this for the first time. I hope I will do everything right but I think here are enough people to help me :D

 

Email sent

 

Have a nice weekend everybody

Thomas

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I have sent an invite to everyone who has signed up so far. You should be receiving an email soon with a link to the 6th International Math Trade document.

 

If you do not have a Google account, you will have to create one to access the document. You are not required to create a Gmail account, just a Google account.

 

If you have any questions, please post them to this thread so that everyone can have the benefit of the answers.

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Just a bit of information for any "newbie" coiners who are interested in expanding their collection but a bit daunted by the math trade:

 

It is not rocket science!

 

Directions and guidance are available at every step of the process, and you are probably not the only one with a question.

 

I participated in the math trade for my first time last year, and I really enjoyed the entire thing. I knew that I was guaranteed to receive a coin that I was interested in, and that I did not have to trade a coin if I didn't see anything that I felt was "worthy" of my coin.

 

It's also a great way to see what other coins are out there: older coins, coins that sold out before you had a chance to purchase them, special versions, sets, etc.

 

I hope everyone will give the math trade a chance, if they haven't already. Good luck, and thanks E&Cplus3 for organizing again this year!

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I have sent an invite to everyone who has signed up so far. You should be receiving an email soon with a link to the 6th International Math Trade document.

 

If you do not have a Google account, you will have to create one to access the document. You are not required to create a Gmail account, just a Google account.

 

If you have any questions, please post them to this thread so that everyone can have the benefit of the answers.

 

I didn't get an invite at my contact email. I don't use that google account for email at all. So could you please resend to yahoo? Thanks.

 

Got it. Thanks!

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