I have been on Postcrossing for a little while now, and have a shoebox full of cards to keep whole. Ones that are of a topic/design I don't like, I soak the stamps off of.
Sometimes, cards come from people who actually read your profile and the topic AND stamps are great! And yes, I am in it more for the stamps than the cards.
Only drawback is the price of a postcard out of the country is $1.15 now, and seems to go up every year. If you are on a tight budget (like me) then after a while it does add up. BUT, if you have a stockpile of unused postage, it can be fun to tailor the stamps to the member you are mailing a card to.
Postcrossing is a very good, useful and fun site. It can be a wonderful surprise to send to, and receive postcards from random places on Earth. One thing that I like even more is their forum section: www.forum.postcrossing.com
In that forum, you can explore and arrange your swaps exactly with who you want, and exactly about what you and your partners want. The element of surprise takes the form of you being surprised to find somebody who has exactly what you want, and you might be able to return the favor.
I am "dorinco" at both those websites, registered since 2007. Time flies...
I have random swapped only 11 postcards, and I knew all along that my preference is for the non-random swaps. A few hundreds of great postcards sent and received have followed, via forum.postcrossing.
For example, I received this rare wooden postcard from a friend in Taiwan. I like her message, and her calligraphy, too.
Last Edit: Nov 14, 2014 7:32:19 GMT -5 by Dorincard
At forum.postcrossing.com you can also receive postcards as prize for winning the Hangman contest.
"Postcrossing Official Forum » General » Tags, Trades, Notebooks, Round Robins and Pen-Pals » Lotteries » Hangman- Please Read First Post"
I won Hangman many times, so I received postcard prizes, and I also gave a postcard prize for every subsequent winner. The winner has to start the next round of Hangman, and he or she has to send the postcard prize to the next winner.
This came from Argentina:
Ain't that a sloppy way to affix the postage, with a sticky corner sticking out of the postcard?
Last Edit: Nov 14, 2014 8:04:25 GMT -5 by Dorincard
Been a member of Postcrossing for about a year-and-a-half but go through long periods of time where I don't request addresses. The last few I sent and received took between 30 and 57 days to reach their destinations. But I still enjoy it and have just sent out my first four cards in almost a year. Postage overseas from Thailand is 15 baht for a postcard which is about 50 cents US.
Currently focusing on obtaining A Stamp From Everywhere and several area collections including Aden Colony, French Algeria, certain German States, Lundy Island local post carrier labels, Pitcairn Islands, and Thailand. Topical interests include Pioneers of American Aviation (particularly Lindbergh and the Wright Brothers), Education on Stamps, Stamp Collecting on Stamps. Design stamps & postal markings for my own local post in Phuket, Thailand. And I write about it all on my blog...
I have been a very naughty Postcrosser having not sent out postcards in the last 6 months! Shame really, would have liked to receive postcards with the Postcrossing stamps on (Russia released an issue... and...)
I am a letter writer, snailmail addict. I send therefore I receive. I also manage a letter writing/correspondence forum called A World of Snail Mail and have a blog (link is in my profile). I sometimes post pictures on Instagram (username morgaine_does_snail_mail) Stamp themes - science, nature, postal history, maps, nice stamps.
Let's revive this thread a little bit. I don't know how many of you are still active postcrossers but recently I started sending and receiving again and thought I would post some of what I have received here.
One of my latest received postcards is this one from Prague, Czech Republic...
No longer in denial! I collect all of it...the whole world! Just printing and mounting as I go! Call me crazy.
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