Thermos Swap: When's the last time you traded frags with someone locally or via mail?

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When is the last time you traded frags with someone either locally or via shipping service?

  • Days ago

    Votes: 75 12.4%
  • Weeks ago

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  • Several months ago

    Votes: 44 7.3%
  • Over 6 months

    Votes: 15 2.5%
  • Over a year

    Votes: 39 6.4%
  • Several years

    Votes: 55 9.1%
  • Never Traded

    Votes: 291 48.1%
  • Other (please explain)

    Votes: 4 0.7%

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Treefer32

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I would love to trade, my 8 frag frag rock with holders to keep the frags in place is overflowing. Some of the frags are grow out for me. Two different types of candy canes that my dragon wrasse had nearly killed because he likes burying coral frags in the sand then picking them up later to throw around. So, they've been moved to the frag rack to recover (and recover they did!) Now I need to glue them down so they don't get buried again.

But, Yeah, once more people are vaccinated I'd love a good ol coral swap / trade. I've got several healed and growing acros (sticks) to trade.
 

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At one time, many moons ago, us zoanthid lovers would have what we called "thermos swaps."

I miss the days of when frag swaps were as much trading as selling. Seems like the swaps are all now commercial ventures. Almost 2 decades ago in people basements and doing local reef tours / swaps was amazing.
 

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I miss the days of when frag swaps were as much trading as selling. Seems like the swaps are all now commercial ventures. Almost 2 decades ago in people basements and doing local reef tours / swaps was amazing.

Yes, when I first started, people held frag swaps on their basement, people without corals to trade brought beer or got freebies, no one thought to bring cash.

Now the whole venue is vendors paying $200 for a table space with $100 frags. If you are an organizer who can fill gymnasium you aren't going to turn vendors paying that away.
 

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At one time, many moons ago, us zoanthid lovers would have what we called "thermos swaps." We would buy a lunch box soup thermos, pack what frags we could get in there, and ship via 2 day usps for a few bucks. That was fun! Of course we now have really good insulated shipping boxes to use! I was thinking about frag trading today and was wondering how often people are still actually trading, not selling, coral frags. Let's talk about it today!

1. When is the last time you traded frags with someone either locally or via shipping service? (NO BUYING OR SELLING BUT AN ACTUAL TRADE)

2. Would you be interested in finding people that just wanted to straight up trade frags?


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I selected other. I regularly swap corals because for me it’s not about the money. It’s about having new corals. Supposed to meet a guy today to trade hammers for torches.
 

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A few years ago, when shipments from Indonesia stopped and shipments from Australia did not start, there were no corals for sale in the LFS and I had to buy frags because I then restarted my tank after the crash.
Today, with over 50 SPS and about 30 LPS in 65 gallons, I can sell frags myself, but I hate doing it. Usually I exchange frags with the guys I know.
But sometimes, I can sell and usually not expensive (10-20 dollars) for a frag. I am collecting this money for future purchases (I just collected and already ordered Kessil A360x).
I exchange not only with my friends, but also with the owner of the LFS.
For the $ 200 one head of Dragon Soul Torch, I gave 9 frags of my two Frogspawns (neon green and purple-tipped green).
And it is profitable for him and it is good for me.
A month ago, I gave away one frag of Dragon Soul Torch (by that time he had grown to two heads) and 5 more frags of my Frogspawns for $ 200 Australian Gold Torch.
 

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Ok, so a few ppl seem interested in doing an old school thermo swap. Let's give it till the weekend. Who ever wants in, like I said I'll send the first one to Erikhsf. He/she was first. Then they send it to whomever is next and so on, finally ending with me. Anyone seriously interested PM me and will work out the logistics.
 

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How does this work? Do you overnight the thermos? Doesn't the cost of shipping outweigh any savings over buying higher priced frags?
 

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How does this work? Do you overnight the thermos? Doesn't the cost of shipping outweigh any savings over buying higher priced frags?
Yes you have to ship it overnight. Yes it might be cheaper to just pick up a few frags online or at your LFS. It's not really about cost savings. It really just about interaction between fellow reefers and the surprise of what you might get
 
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