An exchange of one faned’s fanzine for another’s, in place of a subscription, contribution or letter of comment. Some faneds insist on issue-for-issue trades, but given variations in publishing schedules, most trade all-for-all. It’s part of The Usual.
Trades usually need to be specifically negotiated — you should not assume that just sending someone your zine is enough. At the very least, you should check off “Trade” in the WYGT.
|From Fancyclopedia 2, ca. 1959
|Exchanging Subzine publishers ordinarily announce that they are willing to trade on an even basis (all my issues for all your issues) with other regularly-appearing fanzines. And many will send each monthly or bimonthly issue faithfully, when the other editor only turns out one or two little ratty issues a year. Complications occur when one fan publishes more than one good-sized periodical, or when more than one share equally in the work of putting out a fanzine and each wants a copy of exchanged pubs for his collection. The solution to much of the exchange problem is FAPA.
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