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==Background==
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Most geocaches contain not only a log book, but also a number of items in the spirit of "hidden treasure".  It is rare for these items to be of any large value; [[dollar store]] items are very common, although some cache hiders like to stock their caches with more expensive prizes.
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==Trading==
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It is a tradition and unwritten rule of geocaching that when you take something from a cache, you should also leave something in a cache.  Because of this, most geocachers carry with them a collection of trinkets to trade for something from the cache when they find the cache.  The term ''trade items'' refers to these items that geocachers carry,, but is also used to refer to items already in the cache, also known as ''cache items''. 
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It is a good idea to follow [[trading etiquette]]
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In the spirit of "hidden treasure", most [[geocache]]s contain '''trade items''' (besides the [[stash note]] and [[log book]] that remain in the cache).
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Those who find the cache may take an item, but are expected to leave something of their own for others to find.
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Many geocachers carry with them a collection of trade items to exchange for things in the caches they find.
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Trade items are rarely of any significant value.
  
==Special trade items==
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==Trading etiquette==
There are specialized trade items that have a unique meaning or function. Some examples include:
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Basic trading etiquette expects those who take something to also leave something of their own for others to find. When trading, the item(s) left in the cache should be at least as valuable as the item(s) taken. The total value of the items in a cache should never decrease as a result of a trade. This is sometimes expressed as "Trade up, trade even, or don't trade."
*[[Hitch hiker]]s are trade items that travel from cache to cache. Sometimes they have a specific mission, like to travel from New York to Florida, one cache at a time.
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*[[Signature items]] are usually hand-made personalized items made by a geocacher who leaves one in every cache that he or she finds.
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While [[dollar store]] trinkets are typical, some geocachers prepare for trading with an exceptionally well-stocked cache by carrying a few more expensive items as well. Others simply [[Geocache note|leave cash]] on such rare occasions.
*[[Geocoins]] are a type of hitchhiker shaped like a coin and embedded with a tracking number.
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Also, many [[themed cache]]s request (or even require) that trade items fit a certain theme. As much as possible, please respect the themes of such caches.
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==Hitchhikers==
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[[Hitchhiker]]s are items that move from geocache to geocache.
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Those who take hitchhikers from a cache are expected to leave them in some other cache, and should not keep them.
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Often, hitchhikers will have a specific mission (for example, to travel from New York to Florida, one cache at a time).
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* [[Travel bug]]s are items with a metal dog tag, which can be tracked at [http://www.geocaching.com/ Geocaching.com]. They are not considered trade items; they remain the property of their owners, and anyone willing to help them on their journey can move them from one cache to another.
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* Trackable [[geocoin]]s are specially minted coins imprinted with a tracking numbers. Those that are trackable at Geocaching.com are not considered trade items; like travel bugs, they remain the property of their owners.
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Other hitchhikers (including those trackable at sites other than Geocaching.com) may or may not be considered trade items.
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==Suggested trade items==
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The following are good trade items:
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* Fresh batteries
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* Inexpensive hiking/camping equipment
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** Single-use insect repellent
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** Single-use skin cleanser (Tecnu, Zanfel, etc.)
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* [[Signature items]] (personalized items made by or for a geocacher)
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* Unactivated [[travel bug]] tags or [[geocoin]]s, with a note explaining that they are unactivated trade items, and not [[hitchhiker]]s
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* Foreign coins
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* Seashells
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* Inexpensive toys (e.g., kid's meal toys, playing cards)
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* Trade show freebies
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* Coupons
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* Magazines
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* CDs, DVDs, or video/computer games
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==Prohibited trade items==
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Please do not leave anything dangerous, illegal, or edible in a cache. Trade items should be safe for all ages. Prohibited items include:
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* lighters or matches
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* explosives or fireworks
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* weapons (including knives) or ammunition
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* alcohol, tobacco, or drugs
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* food, or anything that might smell like food to an animal
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For further discussion, see the expanded article about [[prohibited cache items]].

Revision as of 09:13, 15 April 2012


In the spirit of "hidden treasure", most geocaches contain trade items (besides the stash note and log book that remain in the cache). Those who find the cache may take an item, but are expected to leave something of their own for others to find. Many geocachers carry with them a collection of trade items to exchange for things in the caches they find. Trade items are rarely of any significant value.

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Trading etiquette

Basic trading etiquette expects those who take something to also leave something of their own for others to find. When trading, the item(s) left in the cache should be at least as valuable as the item(s) taken. The total value of the items in a cache should never decrease as a result of a trade. This is sometimes expressed as "Trade up, trade even, or don't trade."

While dollar store trinkets are typical, some geocachers prepare for trading with an exceptionally well-stocked cache by carrying a few more expensive items as well. Others simply leave cash on such rare occasions.

Also, many themed caches request (or even require) that trade items fit a certain theme. As much as possible, please respect the themes of such caches.

Hitchhikers

Hitchhikers are items that move from geocache to geocache. Those who take hitchhikers from a cache are expected to leave them in some other cache, and should not keep them. Often, hitchhikers will have a specific mission (for example, to travel from New York to Florida, one cache at a time).

  • Travel bugs are items with a metal dog tag, which can be tracked at Geocaching.com. They are not considered trade items; they remain the property of their owners, and anyone willing to help them on their journey can move them from one cache to another.
  • Trackable geocoins are specially minted coins imprinted with a tracking numbers. Those that are trackable at Geocaching.com are not considered trade items; like travel bugs, they remain the property of their owners.

Other hitchhikers (including those trackable at sites other than Geocaching.com) may or may not be considered trade items.

Suggested trade items

The following are good trade items:

  • Fresh batteries
  • Inexpensive hiking/camping equipment
    • Single-use insect repellent
    • Single-use skin cleanser (Tecnu, Zanfel, etc.)
  • Signature items (personalized items made by or for a geocacher)
  • Unactivated travel bug tags or geocoins, with a note explaining that they are unactivated trade items, and not hitchhikers
  • Foreign coins
  • Seashells
  • Inexpensive toys (e.g., kid's meal toys, playing cards)
  • Trade show freebies
  • Coupons
  • Magazines
  • CDs, DVDs, or video/computer games

Prohibited trade items

Please do not leave anything dangerous, illegal, or edible in a cache. Trade items should be safe for all ages. Prohibited items include:

  • lighters or matches
  • explosives or fireworks
  • weapons (including knives) or ammunition
  • alcohol, tobacco, or drugs
  • food, or anything that might smell like food to an animal

For further discussion, see the expanded article about prohibited cache items.

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