Recently I read a thread about receiving re-used postcards in Postcrossing, which we all know is a no-no practice, and it is worse if you are re-using an official card you received from another postcrosser.
But one sentence made me raise an eyebrow and start wondering what did I missed in the time I’ve been away from the forums…
Because this user claimed to have received some print from IKEA, which was not a “real postcard”.
When I started Postcrossing in 2011, I only had touristic postcards and few prints I found at IKEA, with cute animals, flowers, black and white scooters with a touch of color. I’ve sent a few in the past 10 years, most of all if I seen them favorited by the receiver, otherwise I keep them for tags, games, random lotteries.
However, my doubt is: it is not a postcard because I didn’t bought it at a souvenir store?. Or it is not because is completetly blank in the back?. Or it is because is printed by a furniture company instead a famous publisher company?. It is because it doens’t belong to a postcards box purchased by Amazon, Bookdepository, AliExpress?.
I was checking the FAQ to see if they have added something about it, but even handmade cards are ok to send if the case applies.
Postcrossing is a postcard exchange community, so each exchange that you make must include at least one postcard. It can be a postcard you bought in a store or a handmade postcard, as long as it hasn’t been previously used.
If you want, you can also send other things with your postcard (for instance, a letter, photo or pamphlet). However, this isn’t required nor expected of you: the only thing you have to send in Postcrossing is a postcard.
So, help me to understand what is going on, because to be fair, General forum topics full of complains are a scary place for new Postcrossers or for people like me, trying to coming back to the hobby and to the forum experience.