It probably sounds familiar to those who swapped plants before: you found the plant you were looking for so long, but the owner isn't interested in the plants you have to offer in return while he doesn't accept credit cards, cheques or money from your country. With Floraswappers virtual currency this frustration belongs to the past for good! Sell plants, seeds and cuttings for our virtual currency (the valuta is called 'Tokens') and use your earnings to 'buy' any plant from anyone no matter what you have to offer. Since you're not dealing with real money, there is no risk for theft and you don't have to worry about the many currencies used in the world. Trading with your neighbour or with someone on the other side of the planet? It makes no difference on Floraswapper.
Trading with a virtual currency
After each succesful swap as sender, you earn vouchers which you can exchange for extra Tokens. In other words: you get more plants for each single effort if you offer more plants. This is rewarding for loyal and frequent users, but is mainly implemented to keep prices stable. Tokens are slowly drawn from our economy as members come and go, and cause prices to deflate over time if nothing is done about it. The exchange rate for your vouchers is directly coupled to this economy. New users also receive a small amount of Tokens to get started (one time per ip- adress).
Extra plants for loyal users
Add plants you're looking for to your wishlist and get automatic alerts when someone offers the same plant on Floraswapper. All you need to do to make this system work flawless, is providing the scientific name of the plant which is easy to retrieve on Google if you know the trivial name. Waste no more time on endless searches and spreading blogs, Flor@lert will do all the work while you sleep!
Search no longer, let plants find you with Flor@lert
For those who used to swap plants directly for other plants and prefer to keep working this way, there's still a plant-plant swap system available in Floraswapper, but with some nice twists to it. The plants you wish to get in return are extracted from your wishlist and display in a handy drop down menu when someone shows interest in your offer. He or she can select the plant to send in return and specify under which conditions while you are able to set some preferences for each plant in your wishlist. You can accept or deny these return- offers and pay the corresponding price in Tokens to eachother (consider it as a lien). When the swap was succesfull both trade partners are paid the price they asked, causing the partner who asked the highest price to make a small profit against the other in case the swapped plants were not equal in costs.
Good, old times
Most hobby collectors tend to focus on a certain category of plants (Carnivorous plants, Hosta's, Coleus, ...). With Floraswappers search by category feature they're now able to expand their collection quick and easy.
Search by category
General rule of thumb: a webservice is deemed to fail if there is no active community to keep it alive and expanding. In this regard, Floraswapper has done anything possible to serve the needs of its community: forums, intern messaging system, friend lists, user profiles, avatars and even a smart multi-channel chatbox that can be run in a small window so you can keep track of the chatsessions while you are browsing or trading on the website.
Join a sparkling, international community
While most free webservices get you flooded with irritating banners and popups or even spyware and virusses, Floraswapper offers full control over ads with the innovative Ad-Justable thermostat button which regulates ads during your stay on the website. Turn the dial higher if you wish to see more ads in return for extra premium credits, turn it lower or switch it off to see less or no ads but also receive less premium credits. You can get them both free through ads and paid through Paypal, which makes Floraswapper worlds first webservice where the user can exactly choose if, when and how much costs are covered by the sponsors. Floraswapper is there for you, and you deserve to be the manager!
Full control over ads with Ad-Justable
Sooner or later it happens to anyone of us: you offer some plants and suddenly an unexpected frost or desease kills everything you have put on the website. With the 'Freeze Offer' button you can remove your active offers instantly in case of emergency. You'll never need to worry about having active offers running when something happens in your garden and you will less likely run into disappointments when offers from other users turn out to be unavailable.
Ability to freeze and (re)activate offers
Endless browsing between dead offers from inactive users, who doesn't know this problem from other webservices? On Floraswapper users can choose how many days offers are active and after this time the offers automatically move to your inactive offers folder. This allows you to plan everything carefully so you never have to worry about offers still running when you go on vacation or have other things planned. You might see less offers in our database that way, but you're almost sure that what you find is effectively available.
Auto- expiring offers with user-set duration
Found some great plants and not sure which ones to choose? Add them to your bookmarks and make use of extra features that help you to keep track on their status and availability.
Track offers with the bookmark function
Extra tools and features to get more pleasure and challenge out of Floraswapper, such as the flag collection which allows you to impress your friends as international trader. Who will have the most flags collected in the shortest amount of time? Look up the most wanted and most traded plants, use the plant shaker for random searches and suggestions, vote for the coolest plants- hitlist or win the best picture contest for one year of free premium membership!