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Would you like to be able to exchange more postcards at the same time? If so, then we might have some good news for you!

If we could just choose, we would love to allow everyone to send as many as they wish. However, limits are necessary in Postcrossing to keep the system balanced for everyone and also to keep the project safe. But we know that the current limits are particularly hard on new members who want to get started quickly and must wait for their limits to grow slowly. So, we have been working on a way to allow new Postcrossers to exchange more postcards, while still having the required limits – by adjusting them slightly.

Today we are doing an update on the formula for limits in Postcrossing. From now onwards, the limit for new accounts will start to increase after the first 5 postcards sent (and registered). Afterwards, the number of postcards you can send will increase by 1 for each 10 postcards sent (it was for each 20, so it grows twice as fast!). After the first 35 postcards sent, it increases by 1 on each multiple of 50 postcards sent.

We know this might sound a little confusing, so we made a little graph to explain the difference between before and after. Here it is:

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As you see, the limits grow faster initially, allowing the account to reach a more comfortable level sooner.

How does this affect you? If you have sent under 100 postcards so far, you will be seeing an increase on your limit between 1 and 3 extra postcards. But not only new members get to send extra postcards: if you have already sent 100 postcards or more, then you’ll have one extra postcard as well. That’s right! Everyone gets (at least) one extra postcard with these changes – merry Christmas! :).

The limit continues to increase up until 100 traveling postcards – we believe that should be more than enough for everyone. And of course, it is the limit that we are changing – you are free to send any amount you want within your quota. You can learn more about the new limits here.

We are quite excited about these updates and we hope you’ll enjoy these changes. Happy Postcrossing everyone! :)

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126 comments so far

Klausdiemaus, Germany
Thank you so much for setting the limit to 100 - now I will have some time for washing, shaving and eating a bit...
;)
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jsukhomlinova, Russia
Turray!!!! Thank you very much!
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Nordbaer, Germany
I really love that this website is being continously improved...
Muito obrigado, Paulo!
:)
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DorotheeB, Germany
That's great news - I must admit that I am really impatient to send cards, and so often it takes so very long till they arrive and I get a new address. Thanks for this improvement!
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Alina92, Germany
That's great!! Thank you :)
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BOOGIE_PIPPIN, United Kingdom
Great idea! I have so many cards in stock I am almost in a position to start a shop, now I can send more. That won't help me of course as I'm a postcard addict and can't stop buying them. Maybe a New Years Resolution to use what I have before depleting the shops. It means more stamps of course but what is life if we can't do the things we enjoy and make others happy.
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meigomeigo, Taiwan
WOW!!!! I love send card so much!!!!
I almost waiting to send next card and checking website every hour.
It's a great change. Just like a gift for me!!!
Thank you so much!!!!
超開心的啦!!!!
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Finerst, Finland
Thank you for the good improvement, this we've been waiting for! So many more people become happy this way. :D
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Woordenstroomwaanzin, Netherlands
Directly started sending more postcards! Hurray! A nice Christmas gift!
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gapusik, Ukraine
I am SO GLAD!!!!THANK YOU!!!Going to send new cards!!!!
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eeeeetje, Netherlands
I love it! Thank you...22 cards traveling :)
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Katja_Gartung, Belarus
Good news) Yeah, the new postcrossers are usually eager to send many postcards) Nice for them)
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Rubens, Brazil
Boa notícia! Em julho terá mais surpresas, como houve esse ano? Abraço
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Liroy, Russia
I did not understand. объясните кто нибудь по-русски...
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tianne, Australia
I'm excited as I'm so addicted to posting and receiving mail. My extra 2 are like a christmas present. Thanks Paulo.
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MizzMon, Netherlands
Thanks a lot!!! I can send 3 extra cards now. Hurray!!!
Merry Christmas everybody!!!
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Apwohalyptica, Lithuania
Increasing the limit is a great idea, but what about the members who are not active any more? One of my cards has been travelling to one lady in the USA, and she has not been logged in for more than 2 months... It is a very sad experience for me to have an Expired card for the first time, though I have sent 79 registered cards to 25 different countries (and what about all the swaps to exotic countries? I can't count them all!..)

Maybe we should make some changes for the inactive members?
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anagahan, Macedonia
Yay! I can send one extra now...a total of 22! Thank you so much Paulo! I find this convenient not just for the beginners but also for existing users whose travelling cards often get stuck :)
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Online, Russia
This is super news)) Thanks so much!:))
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Evushka, Russia
This is a best present on the New Year!!!! Thank you!!!
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Tacha_001, Belgium
This is such great new!!! I'm really happy about this!
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elena-b, Italy
thank you, thank you, thank you!!! =D
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HM, Netherlands
This is a nice Sinterklaas / Christmas* present! and improvement.

* For those celebrating Christmas with gifts.
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DoraWood, Taiwan
So amazing, and it is a wonderful Christmas gift for me.
I am really happy.
Thanks a lot.
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regis, Singapore
I approve this message
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Maggie05, Australia
Such great news for first time Postcrossers ! Merry Christmas everyone.
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Mama-Bear, United States of America
Thank you! We love you! I remember how eager I was when I first started - wait, I still am eager. :o)
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Pebbles84, Netherlands
This is really nice for new members! :) I remember how slow it seemed to go in the beginning, when you're all excited to send many many postcards :D
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kfj, Fiji
Great news!
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Etrusk, Netherlands
That is great news and a huge improvement. It was a big surprise for me! This afternoon I will send even more cards, Hurray!!
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Blogger, United States of America
I can now send 30 cards at a time :D
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MissAmy, Netherlands
Thats fantastic! Keep up the good work!
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Ejsirk, Netherlands
woohoo, I can send 2 more cards now, great idea!
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annabanna, United States of America
Wow! Thank you so much. I can't believe the rules have changed (my head is spinning a bit).
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david4286608, United States of America
I think this adjustment is great!
My thanks go to all those hardworking managing guys!
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PinUpGirlV8, Austria
wow, thats great! thx so much ^^
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sunshine_girl, Norway
I love the new limits even if I have not been active on postcrossing for many many months, I do plan to get back into it and am always on the lookout for good cards, but time and finances mean no stamps for me at the moment!
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crossingoceans, Germany
I am new too and had actually 39 cards send, waited for my 40th to arrive - and now this surprise!! Very very good! I sometimes had 5 cards to Russia and I had to wait more than 25 days for registration - that was frustrating!! GOOD NEWS!!
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toucans, United Kingdom
I think it's a great and very fair improvement. Congratulations, Paulo, and thanks for the consultation.

Merry Christmas, everybody!
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IronHeart, United States of America
I got bored one day and calculated how many cards I'd have to send before I was financially unable to support this habit -- that is, how many cards I could keep mailing per day before it became prohibitively expensive. Thanks for helping me reach "Doomsday" faster! LOL. (Merry Christmas, and hooray for graphs!)
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wwwera, Israel
Thank you for the gift :))
I think, after a user sent his first thousand, need to limit: only 1 additional postcard on each multiple of 100 postcards sent
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lady2, Poland
Thank you so much! ^^ A nice Christmas gift!
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Kate-K, Greece
+1 more =)
thank you! nice idea
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San-san, Germany
Sweet. Thanks. However I've decided to adhere to my own budget and this means 4 cards per week max. So now I'm constantly under your limit. Which is definitely better than the other way around.

Happy Christmas and postcrossing!
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siraprapa, Thailand
Wow :) this is "Happy Postcrossing"
Thank you!
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ankehelene, Germany
AAAAH!
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Vikki1st, Hungary
Thank you! :)
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MandiLou, United States of America
This is great....I'm going to go send another round out to celebrate! :) Thank you and happy holidays!
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aliya44, Uzbekistan
oh God! now I'll have to search for a new job with better salary to send more and more :)
thanks for this update, I was waiting for it!
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zasa, Switzerland
thanks for all the improvements you're doing - i can remember, when the 5 cards at once was still active ;) and as klausdiemaus already said... it's nice to know that there is a limit when you reached 100! thanks for everything!
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LadyAerathiel, United States of America
I am a little confused by this, but I am not a new user so I don't think it will affect me anyways. :P
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Tindra1, Netherlands
I'm very happy about it! Hurray!
Thank you very much! :D
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Gergelylorand, United Kingdom
COOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOl!!!
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raquelagdsilva, Portugal
This is great news for me, since I'm addicted to it. I have lots of cards here at home waiting to be sent. Finally, I'll get rid of some of them. It's the best Christmas present. Better than this only if you send me a postcard Christmas, hehe. Thank you :)
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honzuki, French Polynesia
Oooh, I can send 8 postcards instead of 6 ! What a great Christmas present ! Thank you !!
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Cardiffgal, United States of America
Thank you for a wonderful website and for giving us all an outlet for our postcard sending and receiving passion.
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raquelagdsilva, Portugal
I do not prefer to send postcards to repeated countries. But when I ask another address, suit me to a country which has already sent a postcard (I have sent twice to Russia twice to China and twice to germany). I liked that you help me understand what is going on.
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zeptone, France
So this is explaining why I can send 11 postcards now :)

A beautiful Christmas present.
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kosmosdemon, Ukraine
Thank you a lot! I have watching for something like this for a long time.
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Iefonnuh, Netherlands
Wat a nice surprise!!! I can sent 3 more cards now! Yoepie! Yeah!!
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Piterolo2, Mexico
Thats's really good news. Thank you!!!!
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ned44440, Ireland
Love the change. I have one extra card to send now. Don't know which I prefer - sending or receiving. I get such fun out of both. Nollaig Shona go gach dúine - Happy Christmas to everybody.
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Luziaceleste, Brazil
Lovely news... and happy xmas to all postcrossers!!!
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lucymonty, United Kingdom
Lovely idea, great to encourage new users who might otherwise lose interest early on :-) Merry Christmas Postcrossers!
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JoKo61, Australia
Thanks Paul, love it - so much fun sending cards, and now I can do more!! Love sending officials and get very excited each time I reach a new limit to send, so thank you for making this one go quickly. Festive Greetings to everyone. THANK YOU.
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Samsational, Australia
Great idea!
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hulottati, Germany
Good idea and great improvement - thanks for the Christmas present!
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berrinsun, Canada
Thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you!!!!
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TheDude, United States of America
Nice!
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emilaemila, Russia
I`m so HAPPY! Thank you!))
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JinaSensei, United States of America
Yatta! Love the graph btw!
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deltiolog, United States of America
I love that I can now have more cards traveling at one time! But I am a little confused, because it says
"If you have sent between 100 and 149 postcards, you can send 11 postcards.
If you have sent between 150 and 199 postcards, you can send 12 postcards.
... and so on, in increments of 1 postcard for each 50 you send." But the number of cards traveling at one time stops growing after 100 cards? These two statements contradict each other. Can someone explain?
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hmthompson, United States of America
After nearly 2.5 years of participating in Postcrossing, 13 of sent postcards have expired. On studying the participants' profiles, I conjecture that four of them are active, seven are clearly inactive, one is sporadically involved, and one, I suspect, did not register card because it did not comply with her strict parameters.

I urge Paulo and Team to cull each country's list by eliminating "deadwood." Thank you for managing an admirable project. Why not improve its efficacy by updating member lists ?
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tjorras, South Africa
Great Christmas present! Thanx a million!
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Norway_girl, Norway
@krdavis; As far as I understand, when you're able to have 100 postcards travelling at the same time, the limit won't increase anymore. So you're not allowed to have 101, 102... postcards travelling at the same time.
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xuh98, China
What A Surprising Day!
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mulan2006, Russia
Thanks a bunch! It was a great and pleasant surprise today to see that I can send now two more extra postcards! Hurray!!! :)
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Priyanga, United States of America
Great and smart idea to engage new users!

And many many thanks from a proud Postcrossing supporter for managing such a superduper, interesting, and engaged community!
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krishnaraosridhar, India
Surprising and Thank you so much... New Year gift...
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jwnewman53, United States of America
Good thing I stocked up on cards as I came through the Seattle airport yesterday. :)
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topcloud, Kenya
As a new postcrosser living in Africa, i really needed this improvement. Asante sana! (thank you very much!)
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Ribbons, Sri Lanka
This is great !:D
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MEDEA, Ukraine
Just a wonderful gift for the New Year! )))
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olga_marin, Russia
What a pleasant news! It makes my day :) Thank a lot
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Out-of-my-Mind, Australia
I've been away all week, and knew that I could send out 4 cards when I got home. I was super happy to find out I could actually send 6. This site continues to improve. Great work!!
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giacatalan, Philippines
Yay! Thanks for this great update, I'm a newbie and being able to send out another postcard has been taking FOREVER. Two thumbs up for the new system.:)
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candybar, South Africa
Wonderfull news. Thanks
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marrann, Netherlands
I was surprised to see I was allowed 8 in stead of 6 cards and I really love it. The postman has to bring a lot of cards now :).
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Boekenxnl, Netherlands
Nice surprise, Thanks, the great thing is I am just under 150 so in about 7 cards I get another card and will be on 14 cards. Yeepee.
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pucky, Netherlands
Loved the surprise of an extra card, mailed it right away!
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phuleshouse, Canada
This is a great advantage for new members because I was very impatient to send the next card when I was a new member.
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BeaglesGuy, United States of America
Thank you * 100 ! ! !

And as Bob Cratchit says, "Come, let’s raise a toast more pleasing to the whole community. Children! A very merry Christmas to us all!"
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chion, Germany
A wonderful christmas gift! Thanks a lot!
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reclizbe, United States of America
Thank you for the increase- it is a nice surprise! The more cards I send and receive, the more I love this project!
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TaiChier, United States of America
Thank you for a wonderful Christmas surprise!
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sabescan, Malaysia
Thank you so much! I really like this (improved) feature!!
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Victorian, United States of America
What a wonderful experience this site has turned out to be. The founders always find a way to improve it. Thank you for the many pleasures each card brings.
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Olha_K, Poland
One extra-card :)Thank you and Happy Postcrossing!
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sillieme, Netherlands
what a good idea thank you postcrossing ^_^

like someone else mentioned before maybe it's now an good idea instead of looking for new limits or other goodies for this site, to look for people who aren't active for an very long time and delete them[after an year or so]. and if it's possible to put people who aren't active for at least 4 weeks inactive automatic. it's more frustrating to send an card to somebody who isn't active and your card is getting expired because of that person than sending not much cards because your limit is reach. and i know that there are way to many inactive people on this site.
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Magrathea, Netherlands
Haha it seems that I rolled in at just the right time. I have put 6 postcards on the mailbox so far so I can send up to 6 cards any time!

I think it shouldn't be necessary to delete people who are inactive. I mean, as long as they request adresses (which they only can if their cards arrive) you can't really tell wether someone is being inactive or not.
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maccharedbean, Malaysia
Nice surprise~
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Forshlag, Russia
It is quite right!
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Pixie81, Germany
Oh, what a great idea. Frohe Weihnachten - Happy Christmas.
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MissDirections, Australia
Thanks for helping out newbies :-)
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orvin, Indonesia
yeay...i can send two more extra card...super duper happy :)
thank you :)
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vin_ann, Malaysia
hoorey! Thank you! i have extra 1 postcard to send!
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avatar404, Hong Kong
good improvement for starter. but the system need to clarify active member and non -active members more clearly.
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Chacatal, Belgium
Oooh, that's why I had suddenly one more card in my limit!!! Great!!! Thank you and merry Christmas to you too ;-))
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dianaf, Netherlands
The extra one has already been sent!
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rini_rinrin, Indonesia
love this improvement... No more boring time waiting for my postcards arrive their destination... Thank you.. I love this site... ^_^
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ecprmb, Portugal
Thanks! ;)
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siobhan, Germany
This is really great news - even if it doesn't affect me much. But I remember how tough it was to wait and wait and wait when I was new, so I'm happy for all the newbies that their patience isn't being tested as much any more.
I love how you keep improving the site - it's one of the very few things I know where "improvements" always really make things better. :-)
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josie, Netherlands
Good news for all starters under 100 sent.
The biggest improvement, seems to me for evryone, if there was a stimulans in the system for members to register cards they receive, now there is none. Well maybe after not registering XXX cards?
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Decemberist, Turkey
Everything is okay for me but I didn't decide on one thing. I sent more than 200 postcards. And I want to send 250 postcards because I can send 50 postcards at the same time. I don't know and I can't decide. Was it true in last system? If it is not new system will be good for me too. If it is not I will be sorry about new system. (:
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Schadeau, United States of America
Thanks for the increase!
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josie, Netherlands
@ December. Dont't realy know what you mean, You can sent at the moment in new system 13 cards, or maybe you keep old rights?
My point is, I saw in your profile 4 expired cards, for each one you had to wait 60 days, before you can send another one. And okay, cards can get lost for any reason, but why does the system only put the fine, ( 60 days waiting) exculsively to the sender ( he or she can also be some one not to blame)
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josie, Netherlands
The above message is for @ Decemberist and of course evry'one with an interest in this matter.
Happy Xmas to evry'one
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BriSplit, United States of America
Hooray!! Thank you! Are there any goings on for an iPhone app? That would make it oh so convenient to register cards and upload pictures of cards. But I was wondering if it was just my imagination or did i get extra sendable card slots. Yay, Happy Chrismakkah.
Oh also, I feel like I send to many cards to Germany and a few other countries. I have nothing against them, I just would like to get other options. Like maybe when I click "send a card" then I can choose from 5 options of who/where to send to. Would be cool. Thanks again! Now I"ll have to look for more income to get stamps for all these cards ;)
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Decemberist, Turkey
@josie
Sure, for now I can send 13 postcards. My point wasn't the expired postcards. I want to say when my 250th postcard arrived I can send 14 postcards. So to the best of my recollection(last system) when my 250th postcard arrived I can send 50 postcards with my travelling postcards(total number is 50). Was it true? Or am I misapprehend?
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paulo, Portugal
@Decemberist: With the old formula, at your 250th sent postcards you would be able to send 13 postcards at the same time. But with the new formula, you can send 14. Everyone gets to send at least one more than before with the these changes.

50 is just the interval of sent postcards (200, 250, 300, 350, ...) at which your postcards limit increases (by one).
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Decemberist, Turkey
@paulo
Thank you for the information. I understood now. So, I'm happy too about new system! I was careless I think. (:
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marthae, Mexico
Thanks for the increase! Merry Christmas to you and yours!!
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SofiaPeter, Russia
You Guys totally ROCK!!! I love it!!! Thanks and HAPPY HOLIDAYS!!!
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mvandervlies, Netherlands
a bit late, but really...thank you! Postcrossing rocks my world.
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Rubens, Brazil
Muito bom. Para quem é de país fora da Europa fica em desvantagem porque o tempo de envio é mais longo... Assim, podemos avançar mais rapidamente no numero de postais enviados. A todos que compõem o postcrossing, meu muito obrigado. *-*
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beneyesmi, United States of America
Great news. Thanks!
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