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puzzled.gif posted on 7-4-2014 at 12:48 AM


:question: Hi, you made me wondering, I live in London, and will go on holiday to Marrakech (Morocco), would you prefer a card from London or Marrakech, both being "desirable" place....? First I would have assumed Marrakech, it being more "rare", but now I have a doubt!
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[*] posted on 7-4-2014 at 02:32 AM


Quote: Originally posted by Matajah  
:question: Hi, you made me wondering, I live in London, and will go on holiday to Marrakech (Morocco), would you prefer a card from London or Marrakech, both being "desirable" place....? First I would have assumed Marrakech, it being more "rare", but now I have a doubt!


The easy answer is based on profile. Some people will say "Please only send me a card from your country", in which case I would send London. Otherwise I'd send one from Morocco; it is rarer, and would likely make people even happier than one from London. At least that is what I would do :spin::cool:
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[*] posted on 7-4-2014 at 03:48 PM


Quote: Originally posted by knally13  

The easy answer is based on profile. Some people will say "Please only send me a card from your country", in which case I would send London. Otherwise I'd send one from Morocco; it is rarer, and would likely make people even happier than one from London. At least that is what I would do :spin::cool:


:thumbup: I agree I go by profile if they don't mind then I send the vacation one. Especially if it is a country like Morocco.
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[*] posted on 11-4-2014 at 12:35 AM


If it was me I would love a Morocco card...
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[*] posted on 11-4-2014 at 12:50 AM


I was a bit disappointed one time when a member from a fairly common country sent me a card from where they holidayed. It wasn't because it came from the holiday spot (I would have preferred that), but because it was a plain shot of a potplant on a balcony and could have been taken anywhere...
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[*] posted on 6-5-2014 at 03:36 PM


Nope. I really must sit down and work out where we can take the tent this year... (unlikely to be anywhere more than 4 hours from here by car...)
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[*] posted on 17-7-2014 at 07:24 AM


This is useful. Does anyone know about Germany or USA?

Over here, the younger kids are mostly finishing around the middle of next week, I think, and usually go back a few days into September.
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[*] posted on 17-7-2014 at 01:27 PM


In the USA, school holidays and summer vacations vary by state, county, public or private...here in Virginia, students usually have summer vacations from mid-June to early September. Colleges and universities usually have summer breaks from about mid-May to mid or late August. Hope this helps :)
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[*] posted on 17-7-2014 at 03:37 PM


It's good the colleges are going back soon. A travelling envelope I sent to a student on 2 May seems to have disappeared, as has the student... Perhaps there's a slim chance service will be resumed when that person returns to school... assuming it wasn't their final year...

I don't think people should be signing up for RRs and TEs if they're about to go AWOL for months...
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[*] posted on 17-7-2014 at 04:30 PM


Quote: Originally posted by mousytrap  
This is useful. Does anyone know about Germany or USA?


Holidays in Germany :)
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[*] posted on 18-7-2014 at 11:08 PM


Excellent, thank you
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[*] posted on 31-8-2014 at 12:14 PM


Quote: Originally posted by nodders  
would you mind if you got a postcard from Portugal (posted from Portugal) with an ID from the United Kingdom?

And slightly more controversial, would people mind to receive a postcard from Portugal that I bought while I was there but mailed from Britain?
What if it is a special type of card (like a UNESCO card), would people still mind that it wasn't mailed from the actual country?


I can't speak for others, but I would say rarity is important: If someone from the Netherlands (lots of Postcrossers are) is on holiday in Portugal (where there are few Postcrossers) , she could gladly send me a card from there (or with a Portugese landmark). If, on the other hand, she is from Portugal and on holiday in the Netherlands, I would be disappointed to not get a Portugese card.

A nice card remain nice even when from the wrong country, but I won't dream of using my London postcards (I have a few) for Postcrossing: South Africa is a rather rare country, the UK is not.
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[*] posted on 2-9-2014 at 10:08 PM


Quote: Originally posted by bille  
Quote: Originally posted by mousytrap  
This is useful. Does anyone know about Germany or USA?


Holidays in Germany :)


And universities usually start again on October 1st or after.
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[*] posted on 22-9-2014 at 02:54 AM


National Day Holiday week here ends on Ocober 7.
After sudents return, we will write and send postcards ...
.... including all my commie propaganda cards of Mao era.
If you want one,, tell me soon . :eureka:


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[*] posted on 22-3-2015 at 11:35 AM


I will be going to Iceland the first week in May and I'm considering "saving" addresses for my stay in Iceland so I can send officials from Iceland (with Swedish ID). Surely, a card from Iceland must be more interesting (and rarer) than a Swedish one?

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[*] posted on 27-4-2015 at 03:44 PM


Quote: Originally posted by BrilliantDisguise  
I will be going to Iceland the first week in May and I'm considering "saving" addresses for my stay in Iceland so I can send officials from Iceland (with Swedish ID). Surely, a card from Iceland must be more interesting (and rarer) than a Swedish one?



Yes, Sweden is ranking higher then Iceland. But Sweden has also a lot of interesting places and postcards. Happy holidays.
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[*] posted on 21-6-2015 at 02:30 PM


I'm sorry if this has already been brought up but I was just wondering, I'm going to be living abroad for a year (but moving countries every couple of months) and would like to continue postcrossing. I'd change the country accordingly because 60 days should be enough time. If I kept my account as inactive and only reactivated it once back in England, would my address be given as my English one for all the cards I'm owed, or would my English one only be used for those sent from here?

I hope that made sense! :P
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Quote: Originally posted by Binnington  
I'm sorry if this has already been brought up but I was just wondering, I'm going to be living abroad for a year (but moving countries every couple of months) and would like to continue postcrossing. I'd change the country accordingly because 60 days should be enough time. If I kept my account as inactive and only reactivated it once back in England, would my address be given as my English one for all the cards I'm owed, or would my English one only be used for those sent from here?

I hope that made sense! :P


I don't understand your question.

Moving house = change your address in postcrossing.
Go inactive 5 - 9 weeks before changing address so travelling cards can be received and registered.
Go active again when you are ready to receive cards and have a permanent address. If you think you will find soon a better place and move on, stay inactive.

You can sent out cards when inactive. They have always the ID of the country you registered up.

Check the topics in the FAQ that are dealing about this. Changing address. Inactive. https://www.postcrossing.com/help
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[*] posted on 13-7-2015 at 05:50 PM


Quote: Originally posted by Binnington  
I'm sorry if this has already been brought up but I was just wondering, I'm going to be living abroad for a year (but moving countries every couple of months) and would like to continue postcrossing. I'd change the country accordingly because 60 days should be enough time. If I kept my account as inactive and only reactivated it once back in England, would my address be given as my English one for all the cards I'm owed, or would my English one only be used for those sent from here?

I hope that made sense! :P


I think it makes total sense. ;)

If you make sure you have your English address in your account settings at the time you make it active again, that is the address that will be given out then. If you stay in any one country long enough, you should be able to change your location to that country and send card with that ID, while at the same time keeping your account inactive, thus not be sent any cards to that short-term address.

The only problem that might occur is that your difference grows too big if you send for a year and don't receive anything back. Then your account would be blocked and you couldn't send any more cards until you set your account to active again and start receiving, balancing out the difference. But depending on how much you actually send, you wouldn't necessarily hit that wall.
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[*] posted on 20-8-2015 at 10:27 AM


Going away for 2 weeks to another country. Read this whole thread, but didn't see anyone offer this: How about setting account to inactive a couple of weeks ahead, and changing address to the country I'm going to when I get there, so I can send the cards with that ID. Then, when I come back, change address back to my home address, and set account back to active. This way people get cards with matching tag (I personally like to have them that way). What's the down side?
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Quote: Originally posted by flamey  
Going away for 2 weeks to another country. Read this whole thread, but didn't see anyone offer this: How about setting account to inactive a couple of weeks ahead, and changing address to the country I'm going to when I get there, so I can send the cards with that ID. Then, when I come back, change address back to my home address, and set account back to active. This way people get cards with matching tag (I personally like to have them that way). What's the down side?


I wouldn't do it - it's more trouble than it's worth. You would have to change your address and bear in mind you can only do that every 60 days (see here) and then you would have to wait to change it back. (That means you would have to hold that foreign ID for 60 days and couldn't start sending with a Russian ID directly when you return.)

My advice: send your holiday cards with a Russian ID and write that your on holiday there. Most people will be perfectly fine with this arrangement. I was delighted when such a holiday card reached me last year from a Russian user sent from Greece.

But in the end it is you who has to decide what you think is best and what feels right for you. :) We all do Postcrossing a little different and that's a good thing. :)

Have nice holidays!
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[*] posted on 21-8-2015 at 09:20 AM


ah, ok, I didn't know about 60 day wait period.. thanks for pointing that out! then, of course, it's not worth the trouble.
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[*] posted on 7-7-2016 at 12:19 PM


And slightly more controversial, would people mind to receive a postcard from Portugal that I bought while I was there but mailed from Britain?
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[*] posted on 30-9-2016 at 06:09 PM


Quote: Originally posted by temperance  
And slightly more controversial, would people mind to receive a postcard from Portugal that I bought while I was there but mailed from Britain?


I wouldn't mind.

3 or 4 years ago, i received an AD card from a postcrosser who was in holidays in an important tourist city. The card advertised a car from a known brand. I think it's been the only card that has disappointed me so far. You tell me that you are in holidays, ok, that's great. The card is sent from another country, ok, i don't mind. But being on vacation in a city that has tons and tons of shops, and millions and millions of cards, being me a person that loves the typical tourist card... well, I can't deny I was disappointed.
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Quote: Originally posted by temperance  
And slightly more controversial, would people mind to receive a postcard from Portugal that I bought while I was there but mailed from Britain?


I personally would be perfectly happy with that but a lot of people seem not to be and state it very strongly in their profiles, saying things like it makes them sad (which makes me sad, but what can you do, people are all different :))
(I did come across at least one person using the word 'sad' but to be fair their English wasn't perfect so they obviously couldn't find a better way to put it :))

I'm glad I found this thread because this is so important to me as I love to send postcards from my holidays and didn't realise it was such a problem for so many people. I happened to join Postcrossing just before a holiday so my first ever sent was from a holiday (and was appreciated, but I spent days worrying that I had done something wrong and broken the Postcrossing etiquette. I read tons of profiles to get an idea of how things are done after that!).

So I think like other people say, I will send from holidays to those who don't mind, and wait until I get home for those who don't like it. But then it means the sending might be delayed 1-2 weeks...

I also thought of changing my address temporarily (when I go back for short visits to my home country) but noticed the 60-day rule so not worth it to stay away a week.

But I would like to bring back postcards from my home country and send from here, I might do if it seems that some people are okay with that.

After all, it is slightly controversial, when people say "send something from your country"...I know they mean the country you live/where your postcard number is from, but when I'm in my home country, that is my country, and the country where I live also is, in a different way....:freak: I know, getting too philosophical here ;)

I also agree with other posts about how 'rare' a country is. I say openly in my profile that I am happy with holiday postcards, and I know I am exposing myself to the risk of getting something very common from someone from a rare country, but I can live with that. For me, it is more about the person sending it to me so the postcard is a moment in their life and if they are on holiday at the moment then so be it... even if maybe I'd rather have a view of Kazakhstan than Germany... (no offence to Germany but it is much closer to visit and much more active :))
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