A month ago I joined up with Swap-bot. It is basically swapping all manner of things all around the world. I have mainly joined with up the postcard and stationery/notecard swaps. A few touristy ones too. It has been fab getting little things in the post from all around the world.
The rating system can be a bit pedantic; lots of people seem to not trust "newbies", so it can be hard to find the first few swaps to join in to get your ratings to be able to be trusted... it can drive you a bit dippy and there are lots of bloody fussy people out there. Even for a postcard.
hey - you CAN trust me - i follow through on everything and everybody (particularly students at school - you promise anything to a kid - you follow through!)
It is fascinating reading profiles of likes/dislikes and what people want (many ask for everything! Like make up/ clothing/food stuff etc) - I kinds get the impression you can buy anything and everything especially in USA on whatever theme, whether bizarre or not! has been 20 years since I've been to USA (and since I never shopped until I had children basically), but I think I'd get an eye - opener going into the dollar stores over there (and probably even in England too! I never shopped there either when I lived there! Exception books! That is all we bought back on our trip 6 years ago too. Boy I'd be hitting up stationery and craft and op shops over there now!)
I've posted 16 letters/packages this week! (lots of penfriend letters in there too). Long may snail mail continue! These are the things I have received in the past 2 or so weeks.