DRAFT LOANER GUIDELINES, IN NO PARTICULAR ORDER Loaners are how SBAF shares audio gear among those in the community. Sometimes we use SBAF funds to purchase stuff, or @velvetx arranges something awesome for us from a vendor. Other times members decide to loan out their gear (if this is you, contact me). Only Friends can participate in loaners, but more importantly you have to be known and we have to feel comfortable with you. Exceptionally, some Randos that we know will be permitted, if you have to ask, you're probably not one of these exceptional cases. Generally, us knowing you means we know you hang out here, and we don't think you're a douche. There's no way to buy, sleaze or strong arm your way into loaners, even if you're a contributor or Friend (remember, we've excluded Friends from loaners before). Shipping insurance claims can be a shitshow, so we now use a SBAF insurance fund to protect gear. Members are asked to contribute to the fund in nominal amounts at the start of a tour. When a nice healthy reserve has been built up (say $2K), we'll stop asking for contributions (unless, of course, we dip below the reserve amount). Funds are donated to [email protected], Marv posts what we've received in his regular financial reports. Add your handle and the loaner name to PP insurance contribution (and pay "personal/gift" unless you're covering fees) You're responsible for receiving gear, checking that you have all that was originally included, that everything works, and (if required), posting a picture of what you got. You're also responsible for shipping to the next person. PLEASE use FedEx or UPS when you ship. If you use USPS, FULLY insure the product and add whatever other safety measures you can, such as signature confirmation. If something goes wrong, we want it to be clear to USPS that they're liable. Also, don't be a dick - don't mod gear, or rub your junk on it. If packaging is broken down, let us know so we can arrange for better packaging. Don't risk gear because you're lazy. Don't get your panties in a bunch about logistics. Most carriers take the same amount of time to deliver to any major city, whether it's one state over or several over. Shipping to the boonies usually requires more time. Don't assume that we're "wasting time" just because the list is arranged in a particular way. Also, sometimes I will change the order of the list if someone is going to make measurements or people can meet up in person to change hands, etc. Loaner threads are started by me, with information on what's going out, who it's from, how much we're asking for the insurance fund, how long you can keep gear, and the order of participants. Once the tour is underway, the process is supposed to be self-managed. This means that when you get something, you need to reach out to the next person on the list and figure out where and how you'll get it to them when the time comes. Don't sit on your hands and wait till the last day. If someone drops out, just contact the next person so we keep things moving. Keep posting in the thread so we all know what's going on. I can't stress that last part enough. Who does what? @velvetx uses his wiles to get awesome gear from vendors. (Thanks for what you do, @velvetx!) I make threads and monitor them. I also field all questions/offers to loan out member gear.