Within the same nation (UK ones) would be fine for almost all Postcrossers, except a few who collect certain series cards perhaps.
For non-British cards … save them for profiles that clearly state ‘I don’t care, you can send me anything!’ Feel free to tell those people something like ‘Ive never been here, but the place looks beautiful!’ in your message.
I agree with the answers that have already been given. However, we must remember that your only obligation is to send a postcard. Any postcard. Obviously, most of us want to send something that will make the receiver happy, but if we don’t have anything in line with their profile/wishes, all we have to do is send any postcard we have available.
I actually prefer to send postcards from Australia - I love to share it with everyone! On the other hand, I’m also from a pretty small town that doesn’t have a lot of choice in postcards and the ones that are available I don’t personally like.
There IS a solution though! I occasionally get a stack of postcards printed through www.vistaprint.com of photos I’ve taken. Yes, I end up with a stack of 50 of the same image but it’s a local image I like to send such as Postcard AU-846753 or Postcard AU-847334. They don’t go off and they work out to a pretty good price, even with international postage added later.
I’ve found Vistaprint to not only be good value but excellent quality too, so it’s an option for you if there’s something local you want to share.
As to what I like to receive I do like something from the same country of origin as it was sent in but at the end of the day if there’s more of a message on the back than just “hello” or “happy Postcrossing” I’m pretty happy. Getting a travel mode card is great fun!
I don’t actually send out too many tourist or greetings from postcards. I have mostly animals, landscapes, and artwork. I have designed a couple “Greetings From” postcards if people request those. I’ve only been at this a little over a month - but many of the cards I’ve received are wildlife based (gee, I wonder why since I tell in my bio how much I love animals). Anyway to make a long story short - I don’t think it matters. And by the way you can buy lots of postcards on line - Amazon, Zazzle, etsy, Redbubble, and I’m sure lots of other places.
I also agree with some other comments I see that the most important part to me is the message on the back. Postcrossing is about connecting and learning about each other.
Welcome to Postcrossing!!! (PS - look at the lotteries! You can win postcards and stickers and it’s fun! I actually just got done posting a lottery a moment ago)
Welcome to this great community!
I don’t care at all if cards are not from the country of the sender. I think it is wonderful to get a card from whatever. Many cards are sold internationally .
Some people do ask for cards from a particular country, great when I have some! I guess all the wishes ( also mine) should be taken as an idea, not as an obbligation.
@Deevar Thank you! I happen to be lucky enough to live near a lot of great views and interesting things.
I did forget to mention in my earlier reply that sometimes getting a postcard from a country that obviously isn’t the one the card originated in can be fun too, particularly if the sender shares whatever story is behind their acquisition of the card. Were they on holiday? Did they find it at a garage sale or a market? Stories like that
Yes, it helps when we live where there’s good scenes for postcards! I must get some more printed soon.
I prefer postcards from the country of origin if it’s a ‘rare’ country like Cuba, or Luxembourg etc. On the other hand, I’ve now received so many from ‘common’ countries that it doesn’t matter so much where they’re from. (Though I do still prefer it.) These days I receive mostly art cards, which I really like.
I think that, as soon as the card depicts your own country, it’s ok.
I don’t v really like receiving, for example, the Eiffell tower sent from Germany, unless there is a reason to do so (maybe the sender bought it during their last trip, and is telling me of it. Or maybe the live next to the border and sending from one country is much more expensive then sending from the other. Thst’s ok.)
But a card of London or of Glasgow sent from the UK are both perfectly fine since they both are in the same country.
As for me, I use to send cards of different places of Italy such as Venice or Rome or the Alps according to the preference of the receiver, even if they are not from my own region, and no one ever complained about that.
I enjoy beautiful and interesting cards from wherever, generally speaking. Same country is fine with me too, so many fascinating cards from England and the UK in general.
My view and experience is if members do not want someone to send a card from a country that is not their own, they tend to specify this in their profile.
When I run out of local tourist cards, I send cards from other US locations and recipients seem to enjoy that too, particularly if their likes include specific other US sites and cities.
Personally I have sent an Eiffel Tower card to someone who specifically said they love that, as well as castle cards from other countries to those who list castles on their likes, and all were pleased. In my note, I’ll mention how I got the card too, for example: on my last trip to Paris.
I do not specify tourist or location cards in my profile, although I like them. I really enjoy art cards and more unusual cards as well.
I think it’s understandable if you’re not in a large area where you can easily find postcards. I think I focused too hard on having cards that showcase something I enjoy here and it really ruined my vibe for a hot moment. I’ve decided I’m going to make my own cards; but also buy cute, fun, neat ones to share so I can fit what people look for better