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Grade the trade

"In manners and customs, the trappers have borrowed much from the Indians. Many of them, too, have taken Indian women as wives. Their dress is generally of leather. The hair of the head is usually allowed to grow long. In place of money, they use beaver skins, for which they can satisfy all their needs at the forts by way of trade. A pound of beaver skins is usually paid for with four dollars worth of goods; but the goods themselves are sold at enormous prices, so-called mountain prices." -F. A. Wislizenus

Fur trade re-enactment consist of many different activities. One of those things is dealing with traders from all around the globe. Everyone has done their fair share of good and bad trades, the purpose of this page is to "put a grade" on some of those trades.

The trade is graded from 1 to 10 plews, with 1 plew being: "bad trade", and 10 plews being "well worth my catch!".

Since we are Scandinavians and most traders are not, most of our trades are done over the internet. Contact, helpfulness, accepted payment methods, shipping, price and of course the quality of the ordered item are important things considered in the grade.

If you want to contribute to this page, feel free to send an email answering the questions below.

It's important to point out that it is the experience from one specific transaction that is graded not the trader, although it might be a good indication on the latter.

Reviews

Trader: Backwoods tin.
Country: USA.
Year: 2008.
Grader: Char.
Item traded for: Canteens and bowls.
Grade: 7 plews.
Repeat customer?:Yes.
Comment: Long wait for a good product, good price, PayPal accepted, sent it as a gift with the receipt glued on the outside of the box.. Customs loves that!


Trader: Blue Heron Mercantile.
Country: USA.
Year: 2008.
Grader: Mike.
Item traded for: Miscellanious items.
Grade: 10 plews.
Repeat customer?:Yes.
Comment: Great dealer, good communications. Will go out on a lim to make you statisfied.


Trader: Crazy Crow.
Country: USA.
Year: 2008.
Grader: Mike.
Item traded for: Miscellanious items.
Grade: 2 plews.
Repeat customer?:Not if I don't have to.
Comment: Shipping very high and slow. Items were good however.


Trader: Dixie Gunworks.
Country: USA.
Year: 2008.
Grader: Char.
Item traded for: Coat pattern.
Grade: 5 plews.
Repeat customer?:Not if I don't have to.
Comment: Did not e-mail the "total" before charging, which was requested. Pricy shipping.


Trader: Wilde Weavery.
Country: USA.
Year: 2008.
Grader: Mike.
Item traded for: Sash.
Grade: 10 plews.
Repeat customer?:Yes.
Comment: Great dealer, good communications, great item. Fast and affordable shipping.


Trader: Fire from Steel.
Country: USA.
Year: 2009.
Grader: Char.
Item traded for: Strikers.
Grade: 9 plews.
Repeat customer?:Yes.
Comment: Great contact, super fast shipping at a low cost and PayPal accepted.


Trader: Gittes tygkällare.
Country: Sweden.
Year: 2009.
Grader: Char.
Item traded for: Wool fabric.
Grade: 9 plews.
Repeat customer?:Yes.
Comment: A smooth transaction.


Trader: Historiska Rum.
Country: Sweden.
Year: 2009.
Grader: Char.
Item traded for: Waistcoat pattern.
Grade: 6 plews.
Repeat customer?:Yes.
Comment: Great dealer, slow shipping on this occasion though.


Trader: Mad Mule Saddlery.
Country: USA.
Year: 2009.
Grader: Charlie.
Item traded for: Pack cinches, panniers, lash cinch.
Grade: 10 plews.
Repeat customer?:Yes.
Comment: Very high standards in terms of product quality, service, communication, payment, prices and over all a pleasure to deal with.


Trader: Don Strinz Tipi.
Country: USA.
Year: 2009.
Grader: Charlie.
Item traded for: Porcupine brush.
Grade: 9 plews.
Repeat customer?:Yes.
Comment: Great service and product!


Trader: Historiska rum.
Country: Sweden.
Year: 2009.
Grader: Char.
Item traded for: Light weight canvas.
Grade: 10 plews.
Repeat customer?:Yes.
Comment: The way it should be!


Trader: Avalon Forge.
Country: USA.
Year: 2009.
Grader: Char.
Item traded for: Scalping knife.
Grade: 10 plews.
Repeat customer?:Yes.
Comment: Superb service! Helpfull in every way! Good price, and great looking scalper.


Trader: Scurlock Publishing.
Country: USA.
Year: 2009.
Grader: Char.
Item traded for: Book.
Grade: 10 plews.
Repeat customer?:Yes.
Comment: Convenient webshop and super fast shipping to a good prise.


Trader: J. Adams Ltd..
Country: UK.
Year: 2010.
Grader: Char.
Item traded for: Butcher and scalping knife.
Grade: 8 plews.
Repeat customer?:Yes.
Comment: Great 19th century pattern butchers and scalpers. Fast shipment and good prices. What keeps their grade down is the lack of replys for various questions sent to them through their own website.


Trader: Backwoods Tin.
Country: USA.
Year: 2011.
Grader: Char.
Item traded for: Water canteens.
Grade: 10 plews.
Repeat customer?:Yes.
Comment: My second buy from this trader and it was a success! I arrived within a week to a very good price. Perfect!


Trader: Sally Pointer.
Country: United Kingdom.
Year: 2014.
Grader: Char.
Item traded for: Toques, socks and other hand knitted items.
Grade: 10 plews.
Repeat customer?:Yes.
Comment: Well researched and very well made items custom made to fit perfectly. Kept me updated on the order status all the way through. A great buy!


Trader: Sashweaver.
Country: Canada.
Year: 2014.
Grader: Char.
Item traded for: Custom made sash.
Grade: 10 plews.
Repeat customer?:Yes.
Comment: Very helpful and knowledgeable. Shared her own research and produced a wonderful sash! Highly recommended.


Trader: Hot Dip Tin.
Country: USA.
Year: 2015.
Grader: Char.
Item traded for: Canteens, cups and bowl.
Grade: 9 plews.
Repeat customer?:Yes.
Comment: Great tin ware made from hot dip tin instead of electroplated tin used by many others. Everything is made after original objects using historic tools and methods. A slow start due to slow communication turned into fast and affordable shipping.




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