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Post  Chavo on Fri Aug 10, 2012 7:54 pm

I'm brand-new to Trackdollar, and wanted to say hello to everybody. I've looked at a few tracking sites and I like this one. Folks look friendly and I like that. I've never run across a trackdollar bill in my area, but that's about to change now! So, do you folks ever trade bills like I've heard is done, and how do you go about it? Anyway, looking forward to reading more on this forum. Take Care! Chavo.

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Re: Hello From Montana!

Post  ELECTRIC RED on Fri Aug 10, 2012 8:49 pm

Welcome to Trackdollar Chavo. I'm looking forward to finding your bills!!!!

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Post  Kalisiin on Fri Aug 10, 2012 10:13 pm

Welcome, Chavo!
There do not seem to be "gatherings" like they have at other places...I do know some members DO trade bills...as far as I know, there are no hard and fast rules regarding it here.

I know that trading by mail is discouraged, and even against the rules on some sites, I have seen nothing about that here, and I know some folks HAVE traded by mail.

I've only ever traded in person with one other user.

Personally, for me, when I trade with another person, I have a rule that says we do not hit each other's traded bills, we just spend them in our respective areas.

As long as there's nothing against tradng by mail here...and I do not think there is...I'd be happy to trade by mail with you...as long as we can agree we don't hit each other's trade bills, I, for one, don't want say 50 cheap hits in Montana...or anywhere else for that matter. But getting my bills into your area would be helpful to me as I have no Montana hits. Or North Dakota.

SO...let me know if you are interested, and if you can agree that we do not hit each other's traded bills, we just spend them in our own neck of the woods, and hope someone else hits them.

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A warm hello back from the northwest!

Post  Chavo on Fri Aug 10, 2012 11:13 pm

Hello Electric Red and Kalisiin, thank you for the kind welcome! And as far as trading, I wouldn't want to do anything that wasn't cool with the admins or anybody. Don't want to start out on the wrong foot here. I guess the best way to trade would be a road trip to another TD's town, and you're right, not hit each others bills. You folks are a cool bunch and I'm glad I signed up here. cheers

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Post  Kalisiin on Fri Aug 10, 2012 11:48 pm

Chavo wrote:Hello Electric Red and Kalisiin, thank you for the kind welcome! And as far as trading, I wouldn't want to do anything that wasn't cool with the admins or anybody. Don't want to start out on the wrong foot here. I guess the best way to trade would be a road trip to another TD's town, and you're right, not hit each others bills. You folks are a cool bunch and I'm glad I signed up here. cheers

As I said, I do not believe there is any rule against mail trading here, but I would want to be totally sure, first. I know Tony and I once discussed doing this, but we never actually did.

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Re: Hello From Montana!

Post  Tony on Sat Aug 11, 2012 2:35 am

Hey Chavo,

Welcome to TD.

I used to drive through Billings about every other week for four years with a previous job. I'd stop at Flying J to fuel up and keep on rolling. I also got to fly in there a few times back when America West was flying CRJs in there. That's a nice little airport up on the butte on the north side of town.

I'd be willing to trade bills with you, (and with you, too, K, even though we kind of let the subject drop for awhile). And I can almost guarantee that Darrel would be interested too. He doesn't get on the forums often, but I trade bills with him every week or two, so I'll ask.

Markus has it set up so we can, if we choose, to hit each others bills. Up to 100 from each person. After that our points are penalized. So, if we traded, I'd like just one hit, and say that we traded on the note of where you got it. If you want me to hit more than that for you, I'm more than willing to enter them. Or if you don't want any entered, I'm ok with that too.

Just one question: Do you have a stamp yet? Just curious. How you stamp your bills and with what colors can make a huge difference.

So, happy bill tracking. I hope to see you climbing the leaderboard soon.

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Re: Hello From Montana!

Post  Kalisiin on Sat Aug 11, 2012 7:35 am

Tony wrote:Hey Chavo,

Welcome to TD.

I used to drive through Billings about every other week for four years with a previous job. I'd stop at Flying J to fuel up and keep on rolling. I also got to fly in there a few times back when America West was flying CRJs in there. That's a nice little airport up on the butte on the north side of town.

I'd be willing to trade bills with you, (and with you, too, K, even though we kind of let the subject drop for awhile). And I can almost guarantee that Darrel would be interested too. He doesn't get on the forums often, but I trade bills with him every week or two, so I'll ask.

Markus has it set up so we can, if we choose, to hit each others bills. Up to 100 from each person. After that our points are penalized. So, if we traded, I'd like just one hit, and say that we traded on the note of where you got it. If you want me to hit more than that for you, I'm more than willing to enter them. Or if you don't want any entered, I'm ok with that too.

Just one question: Do you have a stamp yet? Just curious. How you stamp your bills and with what colors can make a huge difference.

So, happy bill tracking. I hope to see you climbing the leaderboard soon.

Tony

Tony...and Chavo...
Will trade with either of you any time by mail.
BUT...no hitting any of my bills. Just spend them.
If you would LIKE me to hit ONE of yours, and note a trade on the note, I will do so. But for me...I want NONE of my bills hit by the person I am trading with.
And I agree about the stamps. I find I like red and purple on the front, blue on the back. It really makes the bill stand out, I think.

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Re: Hello From Montana!

Post  Chavo on Sat Aug 11, 2012 9:17 am

Hey Tony! Nice to meet you! You folks have all been great on this forum, for sure. Well, I ordered a couple different stamps with the trackdollar url on it from stamp connection on Fri. morning, that seems to be where folks go and I liked the look of the stamps, and a red stamp pad, so I'm betting they should be here sometime this week. Kind of excited to start stamping...lol...I already have a pile of entered bills already to go to be stamped. I'd been thinking about tracking for awhile before I'd joined up here, and have seen some example pics of peoples stampings. Any advice you folks can give me would be sure welcome. I know not to get too crazy with the stamps tho...I'd seen some examples of that, and not to obscure any of the security strips or watermarks. I'd be curious to know how you all stamp yours? And what works best for you? I figure I should spend them at truck stops along the freeway, maybe they'd be carried along by tourists driving thru, and who knows where they'd end up then! We have a big fair coming up next week here too, good place to spend them I think.
As far as trades go, after thinking about it, yes, I'd definately be up for trading with you, Kalisiin, Darrel, and anyone else who's interested. So we can pm each other and talk about it more. I'm thinking we should take this to another section of the forum, since this is the introductory section?
I'm thinking this is going to be alot of fun, for sure. Can't wait to start seeing some hits eventually, I guess they take some time to start coming, yes?
Chavo. What a Face

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Post  Kalisiin on Sat Aug 11, 2012 12:24 pm

Chavo wrote: I'd been thinking about tracking for awhile before I'd joined up here, and have seen some example pics of peoples stampings. Any advice you folks can give me would be sure welcome. I know not to get too crazy with the stamps tho...I'd seen some examples of that, and not to obscure any of the security strips or watermarks. I'd be curious to know how you all stamp yours? And what works best for you? I figure I should spend them at truck stops along the freeway, maybe they'd be carried along by tourists driving thru, and who knows where they'd end up then! We have a big fair coming up next week here too, good place to spend them I think.
As far as trades go, after thinking about it, yes, I'd definately be up for trading with you, Kalisiin, Darrel, and anyone else who's interested. So we can pm each other and talk about it more. I'm thinking we should take this to another section of the forum, since this is the introductory section?
I'm thinking this is going to be alot of fun, for sure. Can't wait to start seeing some hits eventually, I guess they take some time to start coming, yes?
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Me, I stamp a red square "Track Me At" stamp to the left of the president's portrait in red, a one-liner in purple "Track me at" just above the right-hand serial number (have to be very careful and exact when doing this, not much room there) and an orange phoenix signature stamp in the lower right. The phoenix is my signature stamp - this way I know a bill I have entered...or hit, so I do not hit it again if I find it in circulation.

I use the Phoenix, because it symbolizes my life...every time my life gets burned down all around me, I keep finding a way to rise up from the ashes.

On the back, along the bottom border, in blue, I use two stamps "Follow This Bill Across America!" and then, next to it, one with the trackdollar URL.
Mine are about as marked-up as you might want...any more would definitely be overboard. You could even lose the purple above the serial number if you wanted...as my mom does, since she is not quite so steady to get that one in there right. She uses a red rose as her signature stamp....because yellow just did not show up very well. Her track name is YellowRose....as in The Yellow Rose of Texas. Although I actually lived in Texas longer than she did, lol.

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Re: Hello From Montana!

Post  Kalisiin on Sat Aug 11, 2012 7:17 pm

Tony wrote:
I'd be willing to trade bills with you, (and with you, too, K, even though we kind of let the subject drop for awhile). And I can almost guarantee that Darrel would be interested too. He doesn't get on the forums often, but I trade bills with him every week or two, so I'll ask.
Tony

Let me know, tony! If you guys (Darrel and you) could bomb my bills into OR and NM I'd be eternally grateful.

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Re: Hello From Montana!

Post  dctim on Mon Aug 13, 2012 7:59 am

Chavo,

Allow me to add my welcome to others. It is great to get new users like yourself who jump into the forums with both feet. I wish you a lot of success getting hits.

Along that line, Stamp-connection will custom make you a stamp with the TrackDollar URL for a very reasonable price (make sure you tell them your exact desires when ordering - they will make things right if there are any mistakes).

I personally use three of their stamps. The Acrylic 1 Line, which I put on the back of each bill in the top right and lower left margins. The Acrylic Rectangle which I will put just to the left of the portrait of George or Tom on the One or Two and will put near the right hand side on the front of my 5's thru 20's (I don't spend many 50's or 100's, so I use the one-liner again on the fronts of these). And I also use the Acrylic Round to go around the FRB symbol on my 5's thru 20's. I have used this method for about 3 years here on TrackDollar and I have gotten my hit rate over 12 %.

Hits aside, the main purpose here is to have fun with the hobby. Play the game the way YOU like to and it could turn into many, many years of enjoyment.

dctim (yes, I was born in the District of Columbia and still live nearby)

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Re: Hello From Montana!

Post  Chavo on Mon Aug 13, 2012 1:49 pm

Thanks dctim for the warm welcome! I can see that you all have alot of fun with this, and I already am myself. Hoping to do my part to spread the TD bills around this region, and maybe even farther!

I do have a few stamps coming from stamp connection, should be here this week. Can't wait!

One thing you said that I need to ask you about. You said you have a rectangular acrylic stamp, is this the one with the border, that says "Track Me at..." that is made for the wg crowd? Are they able to change this acrylic stamp and put the TD url instead? If they did, how did it turn out? I'd sure like that one for myself, if they can do that. Let me know. I know they can make custom signature stamps too...I'm kind of hunting around for a simple image for a sig. stamp also.

So how did you get turned on to Trackdollar, did you find a TD bill? I'm kind of curious how folks got started tracking. Very cool hobby, I'm glad I started!

Thanks again for your post Tim, very nice to hear from you!

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Re: Hello From Montana!

Post  dctim on Mon Aug 13, 2012 2:25 pm

Chavo,

Here is an example of my stamping style (complete with my handy-dandy stamp-connection stamps):
Stamped Abe

Stamp Connection can, of course, make you a sig stamp to your liking.

As for my journey to TrackDollar, well, let's just say I'd rather not publicly comment on how I ended up here.

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Re: Hello From Montana!

Post  Kalisiin on Mon Aug 13, 2012 2:44 pm

stamp connection will change the WG URL for the TD one, just ask them.

that is where I got my TD stamps.

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dctim and stamps

Post  Chavo on Mon Aug 13, 2012 10:44 pm

Hey Tim, I appreciate the info on the stamps. I was able to view your bill with that link, and those two looked excellent. I turned around 5 min. later and I ordered those two at stamp connection, and specified that the url be changed to TD on both. THANKS! I like those, they really stand out. And as fast as they ship things to my area I should be able to use them by the end of the week! Hard to wait when you have bills on the desk calling out to be stamped...lol.

Thanks again! Very Happy

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Post  Chavo on Mon Aug 13, 2012 10:47 pm

And thank you Kalisiin for your comment. I didn't know those wg acrylic stamps could be modified, figured they were sold stock as they were. Most excellent to know this. Thank you.

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Post  Kalisiin on Tue Aug 14, 2012 8:30 am

Chavo wrote: And thank you Kalisiin for your comment. I didn't know those wg acrylic stamps could be modified, figured they were sold stock as they were. Most excellent to know this. Thank you.

No problem, Chavo. Glad to help!
Love to see a new user...especially from Montana!!

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Re: Hello From Montana!

Post  Diamondback Dave on Tue Aug 14, 2012 9:29 am

Hello Chavo!

Welcome to TD! Glad to hear you are buying from Stamp-Connection. They are the best when it comes to these stamps and their customer service is absolutely amazing! If you ever have any problem with your stamp, let them know. They will make it right without question.

Any of the WG stamps you see they will customize to TD wording, so don't hesitate to order the one you want.

Been through Billings myself more times than I can count. From hauling freight to delivering trucks, including to a used dealer in Billings, and those were the oldest single axle trucks I drove, and not the best condition from Cali to Billings in the middle of winter.

Anyway, glad to see MT on board. Hope you enjoy the sight!

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Post  Chavo on Tue Aug 14, 2012 11:13 am

Tnx for the kind welcome Dave, and the good advice!
This is a great tracking site, I appreciate what Markus has done for everyone, and enjoy reading all the posts.

That's amazing that stamp connection can modify their acrylic stamps to fit us here on TD. Gives me alot more stamp options than I had thought.

If you ever do find yourself up this way again, I'd enjoy a meet up, I'd be proud to say I met ya!

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Re: Hello From Montana!

Post  Matt_How on Tue Aug 14, 2012 11:25 am

Welcome to the site. It is the best site IMHO. I personally do not trade bills. I do not see the point to it and feel it defeats the purpose, that is to track natural circulation. That is just my own view on that. I hope you enjoy this site. It just keeps growing.

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Post  Kalisiin on Tue Aug 14, 2012 3:43 pm

An interesting take on "natural circulation" Matt.

As far as I know, the "authority" on "natural circulation" is WG? - they are the ones with all the rules about what you can and can't do...and a lot of Georgers trade.

But no one right way to play this game, and if no trades is what you like, that's cool. Just thought it interesting that you felt it undermined "natural circulation."

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Post  Matt_How on Tue Aug 14, 2012 5:10 pm

Kalisiin wrote:An interesting take on "natural circulation" Matt.

As far as I know, the "authority" on "natural circulation" is WG? - they are the ones with all the rules about what you can and can't do...and a lot of Georgers trade.

But no one right way to play this game, and if no trades is what you like, that's cool. Just thought it interesting that you felt it undermined "natural circulation."
The rules of WG somewhat undermine natural circulation. Whatever someone else does with their money fine but for myself why would I trade my bill with someone? Seems pointless.

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Post  Kalisiin on Tue Aug 14, 2012 7:48 pm

Matt_How wrote:
Kalisiin wrote:An interesting take on "natural circulation" Matt.

As far as I know, the "authority" on "natural circulation" is WG? - they are the ones with all the rules about what you can and can't do...and a lot of Georgers trade.

But no one right way to play this game, and if no trades is what you like, that's cool. Just thought it interesting that you felt it undermined "natural circulation."
The rules of WG somewhat undermine natural circulation. Whatever someone else does with their money fine but for myself why would I trade my bill with someone? Seems pointless.

Not questioning you, and didn't mean to put you on the spot, or on the defensive...just pointing out I thought it was an interesting take on "natural circulation." My apologies if any offense is perceived, as none is intended.

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Post  Matt_How on Wed Aug 15, 2012 9:33 am

Kalisiin wrote:
Matt_How wrote:
Kalisiin wrote:An interesting take on "natural circulation" Matt.

As far as I know, the "authority" on "natural circulation" is WG? - they are the ones with all the rules about what you can and can't do...and a lot of Georgers trade.

But no one right way to play this game, and if no trades is what you like, that's cool. Just thought it interesting that you felt it undermined "natural circulation."
The rules of WG somewhat undermine natural circulation. Whatever someone else does with their money fine but for myself why would I trade my bill with someone? Seems pointless.

Not questioning you, and didn't mean to put you on the spot, or on the defensive...just pointing out I thought it was an interesting take on "natural circulation." My apologies if any offense is perceived, as none is intended.
You didn't offend me

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Re: Hello From Montana!

Post  Chavo on Wed Aug 15, 2012 10:35 am

Well, anyway, thanks for the welcome Matt...I agree, this is a great site. And I'm enjoying being a TracDollarer. TrackDollarist? Trackdollarman? Very Happy

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