A trading culture thrives on trust and timeliness. For that reason, swap participants must honor their commitments by mailing cards PRIOR to the due date. If circumstances arise that will prevent you from mailing prior to the due date in a regular swap, please withdraw from the swap via a private message to the host or a post in the thread. (Note that some swaps do not permit withdrawals, including PATs, CATs, moleys, and gift swaps.)
Consequences of Late Mailing
If you mail cards ON or AFTER the due date in a regular swap, the host may choose to assign you a Neutral iTrader rating. Hosts of specialty swaps, including PATs, CATs, and gift swaps, MUST assign neutral ratings for late submissions. Even one Neutral rating within the last six months disqualifies artists from signing up for PATs, CATs, Moley swaps, gift swaps, and Monthly Match Game trades.
Any artist who receives 3 or more neutral ratings for late swapping within the same six-month period will be suspended from trading here for a period of 3 months.
Swap mailing guidelines
- Domestic: Mail cards at least 4 business days prior to swap due date
- Canada / USA: Mail cards at least 7 days prior to swap due date
- International: Mail cards at least 14 days prior to swap due date
If you are in the same country as your ATC host, please make sure you enclose enough return stamps to cover your postage or a SASE.