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following my last post, on SamProof's video tutorial, he talks about zine trading and he has had a great idea i feel i must share you (even) more people!

according to his own words, if you would like to have a copy of the zine but are short or out of money, you can send a drawing with a self-addressed stamped envelope and you will receive a copy of the zine back! also, your drawing might appear on the next issue of the zine!

i think this is a very good idea! usually, zine trading means you send your own zine to get a copy of someone else's zine. but what if you are not a zine-maker? that would leave you with no zine to trade and you would never be able to get that zine from that person... so, SamProof's proposal is a very generous one, in my humble opinion.

my only question/doubt on this hole process is:
how do self-addresses stamped envelopes work when sending them outside your own country?
i mean, i know how much it costs to send a letter to another person in my own country (Portugal), but how can i know how much it costs to send a letter from the USA, for example, to Portugal?
and in terms of currency exchange (Euro stamps postage vs. American dollars stamp postage), how does is work?
perhaps this is a bit of a dumb question, but, hey, if you can enlighten me, i'd be very thankful :-D

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Comment by Yvonne G. on September 13, 2009 at 6:03pm
yes, of course that makes sense Andrea. thanks for the reply ^^
that's why i have doubts on sending self-addressed stamped envelopes to foreign countries.. i guess it's not something that will work when trading overseas :-(
Comment by andreajean on September 13, 2009 at 5:52pm
One thing to consider is that an American zinester, for example, can't mail something back to you using stamps from Portugal. They need to use U.S. postage. So unless you have access to American stamps, the self-addressed stamped envelope won't work. (Does that make sense?)


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