I have been away for the past 2-3 trading years, returning this yr. When did xshard trading become a nit pick of bag contents? Used to be you traded bag for bag and were happy if you picked up a rare for your shard, or gave one to someone on another shard. The whole thing was usually a really nice time to meet people from other shards, do some trades, have a chat and leave with goodwill to all. In most cases, certainly on my part, if I had 'extra' gifts from previous year not traded you would toss them in the pot for your trader with no expectation of 'extras' as well. Now it seems a lot of traders are picking over what they have to offer on any given shard, and are only prepared to swap gifts that don't contain anything 'rare'. I have read a few threads on here, and noted people only being prepared to 'trade' you if you have something considered 'rare' on their shard in return. Please, if you want to trade with me, one of the very very few traders on Oceania, then only add me if you are prepared to trade bag for bag and haven't already 'picked' over the gift first. So far I have given 2 gold tickets to Mundayne on Origin, and another (I think formosa, lost name ) and been lucky enough to receive one off Electra from Great Lakes. I still have the majority of shards to do. Xshard trading was a way for players to complete 'sets', it is impossible if traders are holding back on anything rare or semi rare basically for greed purposes. It takes away from the whole spirit of what this trading used to be. I know I have more gold harpsichords, and the odd mesanna cake on some shards I have not traded yet. I will NOT be advising which. Maybe if you feel the same, put your name/shard below and we will try and work a trading group which has similar ideals. One where the gifts aren't all picked over. Edit: just gave a third gold to THP on Europa, enjoy! Edit: just received a gold from Klaus of Drachenfels. In return gave an extra 6 bags, included a messana cake and some previous years stuff. Great trades, thank you! Edit: another lucky trader, Oriana from Baja got a gold from me. My fourth to give away!