Well, yeah. But this really isn’t the first time that people complained about cards from or to Germany for whatever reasons.
I have noticed I get a bit more Germany now, which is fine with me.
As mentioned a while ago, I have the opposite concern that Florida isn’t ‘exotic enough’ to some people dreaming of less well-known states like Delaware or North Dakota.
I’m happy with any country that I send/receive but I will say that I love our members in Germany! As someone who enjoys funny cards, I can always count on our members there to send me a laugh. Not to mention all the other kinds of cards received.
Like any other active country, the variety is vast & entertaining! So many different people from different walks of life. How could that ever be repetitive?
Same with me. I would LOVE to send more cards to Germany but sadly I get very few German addresses. Looking at my stats, my received cards from Germany always vary between 30 and 40%. I guess there must be a correlation between sent and received cards in the algorithm. Once I tried to even things out by switching the repeated countries option on but I only got Russia and at the end I was completely blocked since I only have 10 slots so far and I switched it off
Recently I got two German addresses and waited until they arrived hoping to get a new German address. Well, I got Denmark and UK, which is weird because I already had one postcard traveling to UK. So the algorithm rather chose to give me a second address of the same country than Germany e.g.
I’ve been a few years away from postcrossing and resumed my activity here in the past few days.
One fact has left me a bit puzzled: all of the 5 postcrossers’ destinations the website has given me are from a single country, Germany.
Not that this bothers me but I was thinking of a wider, or more varied, list of destinations worldwide.
Well there are lots of German postctossers and they are very active thanks to cheap postage. So there is a lot of postcards coming from Germany and of course also going to Germany
The popular countries change over time by the way. When I started Postcrossing Finland and the Netherlands were the strong countries! Maybe in the future China will become the most common country, who knows
Thank you. I’d figured that was the reason why, while I was waiting for post approval.
I’ve had a busy week, and haven’t had the chance to get many cards out, so I was determined to catch up this morning. I had 14 available slots, and I pulled the addresses one at a time, filled out the card then pulled the next address. Based on the postcrossing ID numbers, 230 cards (including mine) were written during that time. I know at least 3% of those went to Germany, as they went there from me. Here’s where I pulled addresses for, in order:
So - 7 to Germany, 5 to USA, 1 to Japan and 1 to Taiwan. I know the Germans have lots of cards out there and thus are owed a lot, and at 5 addresses pulled here we in America weren’t that far behind them. Still, with almost every other card going to Germany, this jumped out at me. No doubt thee are many factors affecting the complexity of the algorithm that picks the next address for me, including that we in the U. S can’t send to Russia right now. Still this seemed a bit excessive.
And others complain that half of their cards are going to the USA…
Well, I took seven German addresses and 5 USA addresses off the list, so hopefully the folks who were pulling addresses around me got some other countries! In the end, it’s all good. I think the cards I send to Germany also have one of the highest registration rates, so I’ve got that going for me!
Well, the postal service has become expensive and bad in many countries. I suppose this made many postcrossers in such countries reduce their activity or even give up and that would also reduce the diversity.
@eta55 In December, German Postcrossers are even more active than they already are, as a charity campaign is running during this time
You can read more about it here: Postcrossing & Deutsche Post: Postcards for a good cause 2022!
In January or February, the mix of countries will surely be a bit more diverse again
I have 11 traveling: 3 Germany, 1 domestic USA, and 7 to one country each. Also, a 12th expired re-send to a country other than any of those. About as diverse as it gets!
Hey there, I know, that one has to send postcards to certain countries more often than to others, but at the moment it is quite depressing…
It seems a bit too much Russia and USA. Would be nice if it could be less of those two. I would love to have the opportunity to send postcards to countries I’ve never sent any to. Like Ireland, Sweden, Slovenia, and Portugal. New Zealand maybe. It doesn’t have to be extremly exotic countries
That is a nice mix!
Lots of countries can’t send to Russia, so those that can are getting more Russian addresses. My travelling list is not very exotic at the moment!
Yours looks like a very varied list. You need to remember that every one of those recipients is an individual and each of them will be thrilled to receive your card.
Here in “exotic” Ireland my list is 90% Germany and 10% US, the repeated countries box ticked of course. Do I care? Nope.