Quid Pro Quo is something that happens a lot within the Trollbead Community. There are a lot of forums and groups and organised swaps as well as individual ones where people want to swap beads they are no longer using or that just didn't work for them for others that might. As well as groups and forums, it happens between friends quite a lot, sometimes it can be a straight swap, other times it's a bit more involved.
Whichever way around it happens, group or individual, organised or informal, the main element is TRUST, often you're sending stuff off with no guarantee other than someone's word for it that you will receive something in return (the Quid Pro Quo).
The organised ones I take part in are secret swaps, everyone decides whether to put their name forward or not, 1 person organises the pairs, but the nice thing is the partner that you send to is not who you receive from. Therefore you have 2 partners, 1 you know of that you're sending a secret parcel to, and 1 that you don't know that you receive a secret parcel from.
What comes in them, apart from the pre-agreed spend limit on the bead/s, is totally random and chosen for you by your partner.
The Swaps are a fun part of the Trollbead Community and as I'd already used my S for... (oops almost spoiled the surprise), I'm delighted to be able to blog them under Q! It was either that or you were going to get a Quiz, which at this point in the challenge I figured might be a tad cruel, also I figured looking at pictures of things sent and received might be a lot nicer!
At Christmas there is also Trollbeads Share a Christmas Card which I've taken part in 2 years running, but that's a whole other post!
Have you taken part in anything similar, secret santa, swaps between friends or something more formal? Whether you have or you haven't, what do you think?