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A friend of a friend wanted some European comics that aren't available in the U.S., I was glad to send some to her. We decided that a trade would be the best idea and just when it looked like everything was going O.K.... she stopped replying to my emails... Well, she took ages to reply to them anyway, but now it's been over a month...

My part of the trade was, like always, American candy, I jokingly thought to myself that with luck it would take so much time it would arrive in time for Halloween, but now I'm not even sure I'll get it!

How many "You still haven't replied" emails can you send without being rude? How do you even send one without being rude?

I can only think of four outcomes:
1) Everything goes OK in the end. (What I hope for)
2) The deal is off or she never replies. (Halloween ruined?)
3) I ask someone else for Halloween candy. (Halloween not ruined, but I end up feeling bad)
4) I ask someone else for candy when it's to late to cancel, the other person makes the deal and I end up with twice as much candy. (Halloween not ruined, but I end up with a terrible tummy ache and feeling bad for doubting the other person...

Oh, and did I mention I've been putting off sending other things to the US because I'm waiting for a reply? I made some perler presents and something for donation drive.. the donation drive is in November, but I don't know how much longer I can postpone this... :|

What do I do? D:
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From:neko_san
Date:August 13th, 2010 05:05 pm (UTC)
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Nargh, this is why i like to do gifts but not trades. Three or four polite but concerned emails seems about right, making sure to give them a week or two after the last one to cover unexpected circumstances. (Something like "I hope you're doing okay; I haven't heard from you in a while. I understand if you've been swamped with life, such things happen. Just let me know if you're alive and happy; I'm worrying about you!") After that, I'd write it off as a loss.

*sigh* I dunno, at this point in my life whenever i "lend" someone money or give them something in "trade" where I'll get my part later, I view them as flat-out gifts, and and happily surprised when they do come through.
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