I'm not going to be able to tell you how to trade, the best I can do is offer you good advice. My advice is as follows: - Don't post these kinds of threads - it's a good way to get on some trader's blacklists. Even if you mean well, it comes off as trying to maximize trade value. - Don't try to publicly parlay beers you just traded for into something more - some traders take offense to this, especially when good deals are done out of generosity (particularly to a new trader who doesn't have a lot of ammo). I don't know the ins and outs of how you landed the White Chocolates, but keep this in mind. - You've been on this site for 2 months, why are you even worried about tracking down a beer like Chocolate Rain right now? Just the fact that you thought you could land CR with WC as ammo shows you have a lot to learn about trading. Learn to walk before you run. Thousands of great beers out there nowadays - focus on the ones you have the ammo for. Trust me, your cellar will grow over time. - As others have pointed out, trading is all about building relationships. Not just with individual traders, but within the community itself. Focus on becoming an upstanding member of the trading community, and in 6-12 months post "ISO: Chocolate Rain" - you'll be amazed at the responses you'll get compared to what you're trying right now. I'm sure you're a great guy, and hopefully a future great trader. But this is a community that has seen many traders shoot out of the gates doing precisely the kinds of things you are doing, only to eventually end up on the bad trader list.