Project Swapfig needs your support

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Drew Maughan's, (aka SilentMode) Kickstarter project, Project Swapfig proposes a website that enables you to trade collectable minifigs with others and still needs your support. Take a look at the video and you'll get a good idea of what's being proposed:

Drew has set up a demo website that you can try for yourself, to see how cool it'll be when it's finished and live. He is attempting to raise a modest £3000 to get the project off the ground. £1000 has been pledged so far and there are just 6 days left now to raise the other £2000, so please, if you can, pledge today.

12 comments on this article

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By in United States,

I think it would be cool to trade a minifigure you don't want for a new one.

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By in United States,

Except it could be a pain to go through the process... It's a good idea, but things like trading should be monitored on only one mega-site. What happens when Minifigures is discontinued?

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By in United Kingdom,

^ I think the idea is to broaden the range of Minifigures gradually from just Collectable Minifigures to Minifigures from all themes.

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This doesn't seem to be a good use of time or money as there is already a site out there which does this: http://swap.minifiguresseries.com/ Yes, its not polished and the creators are not native english speakers (and it shows) but the site works to connect you with others who might have what you want. These guys built this on there own time and seemingly without £3000. I have no affiliation with this site, but Project Swap fig just seems to want to capitalize on an idea already out there.

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By in United States,

I like the idea, but I am very unsure of trading figures, even if it was done on a reputable website.

My main concern is wanting "higher value" figures and then how do you propose a trade to get those figures without paying high costs. Prime example are the "rare" figures. You may end up paying for them anyway, so then this website won't allow everyone to participate.

Hopefully it will get started and be a huge success and prove me wrong. Best of luck.

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By in United States,

^Sethro3, in my experience with trading, if you are going after a higher valued figure, say a Spartan, you generally need to trade something of higher value or multiple figures.

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By in United States,

Do we have to provide a valid email to view the demo? All I'm seeing is a big call to action button to give up our emails and some stuff copied from the kickstarter page.

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By in United States,

The very top right of the screen for the demo: http://demo.swapfig.com/ has a button/link to register for a demo account. When you click on the register link, there are two big blurbs about what your e-mail is used for:

"No e-mails will be sent with this demo."

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"Your e-mail address will only be used to send you a notification when Project Swapfig goes live, and then discarded; it will not be sold or given away to anyone (although the temptation to sell is there)."

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By in United States,

Wondering isfProject Swap Polybag might also just reuse this site as well?

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By in United Kingdom,

With regard to the copy-and-paste-without-reading-or-using hostility: you don't have to support the project, and there's absolutely nothing saying you can't use http://swap.minifiguresseries.com if you feel it's the better choice. If you're more comfortable with buying and selling, that's fine too.

This isn't about capitalising or having a monopoly, it's solely about introducing people to and improving on the trading experience. I have a lot of respect for the guys behind that site because (unlike most) they actually put work in and produced something, as well as being pioneers.

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By in Netherlands,

Hi SilentMode,

You gave me some good ideas to improve my site.
Some we will build for sure. But as you know new functionality costs time and CASHHHHH.
Swap.minifiguresseries.com started with the dutch site that i have build to trade my sons minifigures (minifiguren.net.)
Then i ported the site to english to see if i could help other people.
I saw your video on kickestarter. ITS AWESOME!! i loved it.

Maybe we can do something together send me a pm.



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By in Netherlands,

@sethro
I agree with you about trading minifigures on known sites or not.
When we started the site in holland i knew that the trust levels were better (trading is all about trust). (for sure there are rotten apples)
We took a risk to start the english site and i can see clearly which country has higher trust levels.

On the site we intentialy do not put a "rare flag" or add a value next to a minifigure so it will be impossible to compare. Most users dont know if a minifigure is rare but still can trade it for a less rare minifigure.
Which give the real collectors a chance to get it.


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