Ironic that you should post this question, as this morning I was pondering starting a thread with the opposite question ( What keeps active traders continuing to trade), as I am in the process of my first trade right now ( locals for locals) just shipped it yesterday. So far, the process has been nerve-wracking. I am the worst liar in the world--when I was asked what was in there, I was like 'Oh just some stuff for my buddy in Florida, some Giardiniera, Garretts Popcorn and stuff he can't get down there'. The lady who was creating my label was new and it was taking forever and I was starting to sweat pretty bad -ha! So I sent the tracking code to my trading partner right afterwards, but it must have took them forever to put it in the system. I'm sitting at my PC at work all day hitting refresh on FedEx's website because I was worried they might have already confiscated it or maybe just that my partner was thinking I was a deadbeat since it wasn't there yet. Now I'm nervous that even despite what I think is a good packing job, what if something did happen to break or if someone steals it off his porch. Also, I only put in 1 extra (not really sure what is standard for 8 beers?) because I didn't have much exciting on hand, and I'm worried what if he's underwhelmed by only 1. I'm sure it will work out great in the end, and I will probably attempt a few trades here and there to try some beers that I want, but I don't see myself doing this on any kind of regular basis. As for the poll, if I do decide to not trade anymore - it will probably be because a combination of the first 3 choices. I do have access to a ton of great beers in Chicagoland, so why pay a premium for comparable ones and go through a nerve-wracking process.