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Swapfig needs you!

FowlerBricksFowlerBricks USAMember Posts: 1,188
So Swapfig just reached their fifth birthday and they're not sure if they will be able to reach their sixth. Check out this article: http://swapfig.com/news/2018/06/swapfigs-fifth-birthday-will-there-be-a-sixth. If you've got a couple bucks sitting around, please consider donating so Swapfig can continue being a great platform for Minifigure trading. It would really stink if they had to close due to lack of funds.

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  • dmcc0dmcc0 Nae far fae AberdeenMember Posts: 389
    edited June 11
    I've used the site in the past, but not so much lately due to not having that much to swap no time to update the inventory.  Will have to give it another go as it was generally a pretty good experience.
    FowlerBricks
  • CCCCCC UKMember Posts: 16,087
    It looks like GDPR will have a big effect on swapfig. As everyone needs to choose to accept emails about trades etc, the default has been set to off. So if someone doesn't log in and change it, they won't know about trades and so they won't log in, and they won't know to opt into receive emails about trades.

    I used to use swapfig a lot in the past and have donated on a few occasions too. However, what te site really needs is users. I've donated when I felt the site had been useful in making trades. Without users, there are no trades and so no incentive to donate any more.

    I've found recently that all my offers are being rejected (or ignored) and the offers I have received are just plain ridiculous. I put a S18 policeman on there, and I've had multiple offers to trade it for one or two figures, usually ones I don't even want.
    FowlerBricksBrickByBrick
  • FowlerBricksFowlerBricks USAMember Posts: 1,188
    @CCC: That's odd. I haven't had that problem. Sure there are the inactive users who ignore offers, but there is still a group of active users who continue to trade. All the people I've traded with so far have been great.
  • CCCCCC UKMember Posts: 16,087
    I'm frequently seeing these warnings on possible trades:



    The first three are because the user has not opted into emails for messages, offers or trade notifications. The last is recently changed address and everyone seems to have that warning.
  • FowlerBricksFowlerBricks USAMember Posts: 1,188
    CCC said:
    I'm frequently seeing these warnings on possible trades:



    The first three are because the user has not opted into emails for messages, offers or trade notifications. The last is recently changed address and everyone seems to have that warning.
    That is due to a recent update to the site that removed the info. Users have to re-enter it.
  • RogerKirkRogerKirk BrightonMember Posts: 263
    CCC said:
    It looks like GDPR will have a big effect on swapfig. As everyone needs to choose to accept emails about trades etc, the default has been set to off. So if someone doesn't log in and change it, they won't know about trades and so they won't log in, and they won't know to opt into receive emails about trades.

    I used to use swapfig a lot in the past and have donated on a few occasions too. However, what te site really needs is users. I've donated when I felt the site had been useful in making trades. Without users, there are no trades and so no incentive to donate any more.

    I've found recently that all my offers are being rejected (or ignored) and the offers I have received are just plain ridiculous. I put a S18 policeman on there, and I've had multiple offers to trade it for one or two figures, usually ones I don't even want.
    That's a shame about the need to 'opt in' to receive notifications of trades. I'd recommend they reconsider their legal basis for the sending of such emails. It should be possible to base it, for example, on legitimate interests of keeping the service running and the understanding that it would not be unreasonable for anyone setting up their inventory to receive such emails/notifications [provided there was a way to stop them if someone did not want to receive them any more].

    GDPR is not there to catch people out and prevent services from running. Sadly, we've seen a lot of poor quality legal advice suggesting positive opt-in consent is the main way forward, when it most often is not the best way. The advice from the supervisory authorities in several countries is supporting this view and until there is case law to say otherwise, anyone thinking of moving to a system of consent, when they did not rely on it before, should think twice.
    FowlerBricksCCC
  • CCCCCC UKMember Posts: 16,087
    CCC said:
    I'm frequently seeing these warnings on possible trades:



    The first three are because the user has not opted into emails for messages, offers or trade notifications. The last is recently changed address and everyone seems to have that warning.
    That is due to a recent update to the site that removed the info. Users have to re-enter it.
    Yes, due to GDPR. I don't think consent was given in the past, it was just assumed.
    FowlerBricks
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