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Sticky - Tuggers Can And Should Consider Direct Exchanges With Each Other

Discussion in 'Exchanging' started by swift, Sep 2, 2008.

  1. TUGBrian

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    when posting a direct exchange ad, it specifically asks you to enter what you own...and then enter what you want. While it is possible some folks get this switched, after going thru posting a test ad...im not sure what else we can do to make it more clear and in looking at the ads themselves, im not sure how one would identify any that are "backwards".

    the only thing I do see in ads is in the description some folks type in what they want...and some enter a description of what they own...but in ALL ads...the details for what the owner is looking for is detailed at the bottom of the ad below the description (regardless of what is in the description). here is an example of this (at least I think thats what we are talking about)

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    note that the member both mentions what they own mixed in with what they want...and i can see how this might be confusing to someone looking at the ad...but it does clearly state at the bottom that the owner "wants to exchange for" those 3 critera listed...and anyone that has a direct exchange ad that matches any of those 3 critera would have been sent an email the moment this ad was posted.

    The system wasnt setup to search for the parts of ads people "want"...the system is setup to automatically notify you when that match exists (you will get an email).


    every ad has this already, but the "searching" for what people want isnt necessary because you are already notified via email if your exchange matches an ad.

    I dont think there is any solution for a way to ensure you get value for your trade, its human nature for everyone to want to "Trade up"...however unfortunately there is simply no way for this to happen in any system because for every person who trades up, someone has to accept a trade down.

    if you have units available, what is keeping you from posting them as direct exchange ads?
     
  2. TUGBrian

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    same question. if you have units available...what is keeping you from posting them as direct exchange ads? I am missing what the downside is here? Is it just not worth taking the time to post an ad? Do folks think there is a cost involved? Do you feel its going to take away an ad credit? (note that exchange ads and wish ads do not require ad credits, you can post as many as you like)
     
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    rhonda TUG Review Crew: Veteran TUG Member

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    Elements of the case study, from my perspective:
    • I'm not entirely convinced I want to trade. I'm sufficiently curious to check for interest against my holdings -- but that is my limit.
    • Some of my holdings are vague (points).
    • I have zero tolerance for responding to lookie-loo inquiries against my vague holdings. I'd rather target my interests and initiate the conversation if someone is specifically looking for something I can book with my points and their offering is appealing to me.
    Short version: I want to initiate the potential trade conversation.
     
  4. TUGBrian

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    ok, i went thru every direct exchange ad and sent a message to each member who had posted an ad that did NOT have what they were looking for filled out and instructed them to edit their ads to input this information.

    perhaps we need to make it setup so that if someone fails to input anything in the "what i am looking for" section, it just defaults to they are looking for any timeshare, anywhere, anytime.
     
  5. TUGBrian

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    understandable, and by posting a direct exchange ad...you are not obligated to actually make a trade...or give your week to TUG. you are merely setting up the ability to be notified of potential matches and nothing more.
    points can be listed, or you can post floating weeks at a popular resort you know you can book etc (or both)...its just as flexible as the marketplace..and requires no ad credits.
    when a match is made, you are sent an email notifying you of the match and directed to the other persons exchange ad and you can send that person a message if you wish (or not, if you have a change of heart). vs incoming messages, you can choose to ignore or delete as you wish...there is no requirement to reply if you dont want to.

    im not sure we've had any complaints from folks who have literally been overwhelmed with messages in the marketplace, but I can understand not wanting to tell someone you arent interested in making a trade with them over and over.

    I get thousands of emails every day, and answer hundreds of them directly...im not sure I am the right person to fully comprehend this particular complaint though as im happy to reply to folks who ask questions (even if they are complaints!) =)
     
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    Is this a forum or are you trying to become an exchange company. Horrible idea!!!!!
     
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    I think it's wonderful that this forum offers another avenue to exchange our timeshare thru, and the fact that its FREE is all the better... Thank you TUG.
     
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    yea, im a bit confused at that comment as well.

    *shrug...everyone is entitled to an opinion!
     
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    It's a bunch of us that have opinions. I would rather have a company over See exchanges. There are so many problems that could happen. I'm all for saving 200 dollars but 1 nightmare travel exchange or scam will and has broken so many people.

    Be careful if your gonna trust some random person on the internet.

    Ohhh. I have an uncle in Nigeria that died and left me 200 million dollars. All I need is $10,000 to pay the attorney. Can anyone help me out.
    Just a joke. But point made.
     
  10. TUGBrian

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    the post quoted was from nearly 10 years ago, I dont think TUG is in any risk of "becoming an exchange company".

    we merely provide alternatives for folks who dont want to deal with exchange companies, or pay those fees.
     
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    Your point made is that you really don't understand direct exchanges. The whole Nigerian uncle thing has no similarity to how this works. Before commenting, you should educate yourself on how it all works.

    Sue
     
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