The Puff Tobacco Share
PLEASE READ THIS POST BEFORE CONTINUING IN THE THREAD
The Idea: Recently, a few members of Puff have made threads or talked in chat with other members to send out small samples of pipe tobacco for someone to try. The tobacco can be sent in a standard envelope for under a dollar, with a few cents of difference depending on the weight. This has gone great – members are able to try tobaccos without dropping ten dollars on a tin that they'd then be stuck with and Puffers are able to send some love to a fellow BOTL without loading up a flat rate. So, how does one take this to a bigger level?
The Puff Tobacco Share is meant to do just that. If everything in this thread goes right, there will be a constant list of tobacco that any other BOTL can request a sample of. Hopefully this will allow people to try more tobaccos, or even try adding a pipe to their cigar hobby.
GIVING: Anyone is able to offer tobaccos that they're willing to send samples of in the following format.
"Tobacco Name (#) - Offered By
Please don't add to the list, unless you are able to fulfill sending out your samples in a timely fashion. We will need to keep this constantly moving, so ideally you should be able to send out your samples within two days of all the samples being requested.
For now, there is no special preference given to HTF tobacco, it will just be considered extra nice to offer a sample of something like Penzance. If this becomes a problem with some members then we can consider how to deal with it in the future.
We encourage no more than TWO different types of tobacco to be offered from a user at a time. While offering more is incredibly generous and appreciated, it makes it harder for others to offer something new.
*****In the second post of this thread, I will start a list of what I have to offer. Please, please, add your tobacco offered to the list in the correct format. The more effort everyone takes to keep the list updated, the more successful this will be.*****
Also, once all samples are claimed the person offering should update the list by taking the tobacco which has been claimed off, and making a note that he has sent them.
TAKING: Anyone is able to request their FIRST sample for free. In order to do so, simply copy the most updated version of the list in the thread and add the following:
"Tobacco Name (#) - Offered By
When someone request the sample, assuming they are eligible to take it, then the one offering can either send the sample right away, or once all the samples have been taken, for their convenience.
After your first sample, if you'd like another, you are required to offer a tobacco. Just offering is not enough though, you cannot request another sample until one of your samples has been requested AND you have shipped it out. All samples will be on a first come, first serve basis – as long as you are eligible to request the sample, you will be given priority based on the time of your post.
Once someone has added their name to the tobacco list, requesting a sample, they need to PM the person offering it.
Maintaining this is not going to be easy. I will be relying on an honor system, and for the community to help regulate things.
**** If I see someone abusing the system, I will PM them to see if there is some sort of confusion. If there is in fact an abuse of the system going, I will (regrettably) be adding their name to a BANNED list in this post, and they will no longer be eligible to request tobaccos in this thread, ever. Please don't make me do this, I do not want to exclude anyone****
NON-US: It is up to the person offering if they wish to offer their tobaccos to non-US residents. The point of this thread is to share some tobacco cheaply, so if a member does not wish to ship internationally, there will be no hard feelings about it.
And, really, that's it. So, I will get the list started of what I have to offer, and we can go from there. Thank you in advance to anyone who participates in this.