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Topic: Makeupalley for makeup/bath and body stuff swapping!

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Subject: Makeupalley for makeup/bath and body stuff swapping!
Date Posted: 9/15/2009 7:11 PM ET
Member Since: 5/31/2007
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Great site for makeup-aholics like me! You swap your unwanted makeup/bath and body products,

and sometimes clothes, for other products. You sign up, and start listing your products, and start swapping!

And, the only cost is shipping postage to the other person (ala PBS). It's great for those of use who want more, 

but cannot afford more! And less waste in the environment, also. 


Just click "Swap", and go!

Date Posted: 9/16/2009 12:42 PM ET
Member Since: 5/10/2005
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I glanced at it, but can't see too many details without registering.  Do they swap used eye shadow/lipstick?  That would make me very squeegy. 

Date Posted: 9/16/2009 1:06 PM ET
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You can, because they can be sanitized with isopropyl alcohol like they do at makeup counters, but you do not have to. Most people have details of what they will, and will not swap. 

I will not for used mascara, or lip goods. 

Date Posted: 9/16/2009 1:09 PM ET
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Swap FAQ

  1. What is swapping? Swapping is a way for MakeupAlley participants to exchange beauty products. The swap board allows members to post beauty products and browse through the database of items available for swap.
  2. What can I swap? Cosmetic and beauty products. The swapping of any prescription medications (such as acne medication: Retin-A, Differin, etc.) is PROHIBITED. We also suggest swapping only unused mascara.
  3. How long will swap items stay up on the swap board? An item is kept in the swap database for three months then it is automatically removed.
  4. Can I swap an item for money? No, selling items is NOT allowed on the Swap Board. This includes links to ebay or listing prices anywhere on the Swap Board.
  5. What happens if I am not interested in anything on someone's swap list? If you are not interested in swapping, it is courteous to send back an email saying no thank you.
  6. What happens if I receive my swap package and the goods are damaged? Email the other person and give them the opportunity to explain or correct the problem. Try to reach a compromise to rectify the situation.
  7. What happens if I don't receive my end of the swap? (Swaplifting) After two weeks if you have not received your package, email the other party about it and try to remedy the situation. The other party may have forgotten, had a family or work issue, gotten sick, etc. If the situation isn't remedied to your satisfaction, leave feedback by issuing a Negative Swap Token.
  8. Can I remove a token after I issue it? Yes, you can remove a token after awarding it. (click on remove in the swap token section).
  9. Can I respond to a Negative Token? Yes, if someone awards you a Negative Token, you may respond to it. (click on respond in the swap token section).
  10. Does MakeupAlley help resolve swap disputes? No, MakeupAlley does NOT get involved in ANY type of swap disputes (see disclaimer).
  11. Can I swap with a person who lives in another country? Yes, however, this is a choice to be made by you. Please check with your local post office on the requirements of sending/receiving a package to/from another country.
  12. What should I expect from swapping? In the spirit of swapping, we encourage members to be friendly, fair, honest and safe. The art of swapping is achieved when both members come away from the exchange excited about their new product. Treat others as you would want to be treated.
Date Posted: 9/16/2009 1:10 PM ET
Member Since: 5/31/2007
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Swap Instructions

  1. Register or Login. Register for a free MakeupAlley account to participate in the Swap, Beauty Board, Chat 'n Chill Board, Productville and other activities. If you are already registered, just login.
  2. Read Disclaimer. By participating in the MakeupAlley swap, you agree to the Disclaimer and Terms of Use stated below..
  3. Browse swap sections. If you find to swap, send an email to the person displaying the item informing them you would like to swap. You can place your items up for swap on the swap board by using the Swap Items link in your swap info section.
  4. Ask questions. When inquiring about a swap item, ask about the condition, color and ingredients of the item. Remember, it is up to you to determine the quality of the swap item. Ask what the person would like to swap for it. Enclose your swap list or link to your swap list on MakeupAlley.
  5. Check references. Before swapping, look at the other persons Swap Tokens and read comments written by other swappers. If the person has many Negative Tokens, that may indicate problems with previous swap transactions. Decide if you want to swap with this person. Swapping is done at your own risk and MakeupAlley is not responsible for swap misunderstandings or failed agreements.
  6. Reach an agreement. Both parties must agree on the terms of the swap and what will be traded within one week of the original communication. Until this is done, either party has the right to cancel the swap.
  7. Exchange addresses. Each party should send out their end of the swap within 3-5 days of the agreement unless otherwise discussed. If there is a delay, inform the other party immediately.
  8. Clean/pack items carefully. Clean your swap items with alcohol before sending them out--sharpen pencils, wipe down packaging and clean off lipstick tips. Use bubble wrap to pack items to prevent shipping damage. Most swappers send via US Mail, unless otherwise discussed. Each party is responsible for paying the shipping cost for their end of the swap. Many swappers use insured mail to prevent against loss. If swapping internationally, be aware of shipping requirements (check with your local post office).
  9. Update your Swap Items List. Send an email to the other person indicating that their package arrived. The swap is complete when both parties receive their end of the swap.
  10. After receiving a swap package. Send an email to the other person indicating that the package arrived. The swap is complete when both parties receive their end of the swap.
  11. Award token. After a swap is complete, issue a Positive, Neutral, or Negative Token to the other party. A Positive Token indicates a successful transaction, a Neutral Token indicates a satisfactory transaction and a Negative Token indicates there were problems with the swap. There is a waiting period of two weeks before new members may award tokens.