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Swap Update Part 2!

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Again, I can’t thank you enough for all of your helpful feedback on how to make the swap section more useful and fun!

Our plan is to do releases of new features/updates/fixes as soon as we build them, so we still have a lot we’re working on, but for now here are the latest updates based on your feedback:

1) Make “Your Swaps” much easier to check at a glance.

Your Swaps


2) Allow for conversations between potential swappers:

conversationNow at the bottom of every swap page is the option to comment on the swap. You can use this to let another swapper know why you are rejecting a swap, or just to ask questions about an item, or anything else. When you comment we’ll send an email to the swapper to let them know. And all the comments will stay on the swap page so you can see the discussion history.

That’s it for now – but please keep the suggestions coming!

FYI – Right now the swap site is limited to the original beta group while we make adjustments and work out any issues with the site. But you can get in on the next round by joining the waitlist.

Written by Liz Cadman

Liz Cadman

Liz is the founder of My Subscription Addiction. She’s been hooked on subscription boxes since 2011 thanks to Birchbox, and she now subscribes to over 100 boxes. Her favorites include POPSUGAR Must Have, FabFitFun, and any box that features natural beauty products!

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  1. Liz,
    Please! When will the waitlisters be able to swap? I’m dying here 🙁

    • Definitely this week, and hopefully as soon as tomorrow. We’re adding one new feature everyone’s been requesting, and we want to make sure we’re available for support when we open up the waitlist, so that’s why it has taken some time. I’ll keep you posted!

      • Awesome, thanks Liz! Looking forward to it.

  2. I’m on the waitlist to join but I’ve found that until then you can find a lot of these samples on eBay for .99 and the cost of shipping. So just a tip for any one else who wanted something and didn’t get it you can probably get it on ebay for .99

  3. One thing, I’ve noticed that there are several subscription boxes you don’t have listed on your site! Here are the one’s I’ve noticed so far:
    Bonjour Jolie
    Girl Woman Lady Box

    • Also UBOX (sorry for all of the emails!)

  4. Liz, Bravo!
    You have done a spectacular job with this site, I can’t wait until more people join! I’m having so much fun 🙂

  5. Ok, so I listed some items from GB. I just have several questions/concerns:

    1. When I click on my user name, there’s no option to swap. I had to go through the blog post with the link for the swapping section. Is that intentional?

    2. I think there should be brand specific options for listing items. For example, there’s a lot of Julep stuff, so instead of clicking “Beauty,” you should have a category (subcategory) named “Julep,” or “nails.”

    3. When originally posted, there was a link to a survey, but now that I have used the section, I don’t know how to find the link to fill it out. It would be helpful to have that link listed at the top. (Especially for this beta testing window)

    4. I think a link for “intro to swapping,” would be very helpful. I only swap here and this is my first time, so a link when you get to the page would be helpful.

    5. How do you know if people want your items? (Again, I’m a newbie.) Do you get an alert through your email?

    6. Is there a way for a photo to be grabbed by your phone? How about an app?

    Liz, I think you and your hubby have created a very user friendly swapping site. Sorry if my concerns have been already address.



  6. I originally signed up for the beta testing, but have been slow to pick it up…. I can’t seem to list anything? Am I on the wait list now? Sorry for the trouble! So excited about this!

    • Can you send me an email? ([email protected]) – we’ll get this straightened out! 🙂

      • Sent an email! Thanks for your help!!

  7. Hi Liz,
    thank you for putting work into such a great feature! the only other thing i can think of right now in terms of improvement is adding a trader’s wish list/ profile. Maybe there could be a place to indicate what each person would like to include. It might reduce the amount of swaps that people have to cancel when it is not what they want. For example, someone could list a bunch of products to swap, and say that she only wants to swap for makeup items. Or a wishlist where you choose the exact product you want and can get matched through swap.

  8. One thing I thought of while listing some items yesterday, it would be helpful to be able to search for the item you want to list (say from ispy) instead of scrolling through 10 pages of ipsy items.

  9. The swap site is so simple and easy to use–it took no time at all to figure out how to list items and request swaps. Love all the features. The only improvement I can think of is to add option to list an item as “swatched” (ex. nail polish tried on one fingernail to see the color, or a bb cream tested on back of hand). I wasn’t sure how to list these items. I didn’t feel right about listing them as “new” when the item has been opened, seal broken, etc, but it’s not exactly “used” either.

    • Excellent idea

  10. Yes! Thank you! The sorting is awesome. 😀

    I’m having a ton of fun in the swap group. Can’t wait until more people can join too!

    • I agree – the sorting is the best thing you have done yet!

      • Thanks! 🙂

  11. Thanks Liz!
    The swap site is awesome and I have been enjoying it all week! Already received 1 item through it and sent 7!
    Just one comment: Could you please add more boxes or make an “other” section? I couldn’t find any of the Hautelook ones or Allure or Memebox.

    Thank you again for the great work!


    • Thanks – and yes, that’s next on my list to fix the boxes issue so everything can be listed! 🙂

      • Does that include boxes that aren’t already on the site? For example, Stunner of the Month.

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