Well, I got hundreds of CDs. The mini-flyers I sent out with the Bad Trade! offer got photocopied by recipients & forwarded; the announcement appeared in fanzines & newsletters that were trying to track mail art doings; & the trade offer, bad though it was, seemed to have struck a note with people who suspected (rightly) that the poverty-need was not being faked, & it was a great way to unload some unwanted stuff or even a few precious things.
The "Bad Trade!" Project
Must've been twelve or thirteen years ago I sent out into the mail art community the "Bad Trade!" offer, which ran thus:
BAD TRADE!A kind thief just gave me for free the first CD player of my whole entire life! Alas, me am too destitute to buy CDs. Please send me any CD you have around which you no longer play, that you iz hating or iz sick of or have one extra cuz you forget & bought it twice, or wuz given to you by some shithead who misunderstood your tastes, or which you think a wee ratty just starting a CD collection should have, or which your own bad band made, & I will send you some of my dumb-ass mail art.
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