1 Novice gardener wrote:Hi guys!!
I live in India. I have a question, what is a SASE envelope??
An SASE is a Self Addressed Stamped Envelope. It's actually two envelopes, the outbound and the return envelope.
Here is a concrete example. Let's say that I am offering free seeds for an SASE and you want some. Take an envelope, put a stamp on it and address it to yourself at your home address. Fold it in thirds and put it in a second envelope. Put a stamp on this second envelope and address this second envelope to me. Seal it and mail it. It arrives at my house and I open it and put the seeds in your return envelope. I mail this return envelope to you and you get your desired seeds a few days, a few weeks later.
This encourages me to share seeds because it doesn't cost me anything to do it. It encourages you to do it this way because two envelopes and two stamps are still usually cheaper than buying seeds from a commercial source.
Doing this domestically is no problem at all. Doing it internationally is complicated by two factors. First, you have to make sure it is legal for you to receive seeds from me in my country. Second, you have to put a stamp on the interior return envelope that the post office in my country will accept. This can be done with a "Global Forever Stamp" or an IRC (International Reply Coupon). Both of these should be available at any post office in the world.
This is why you often see seed giveaways limited to one country only. Most people don't want to go through the trouble of finding an IRC or Global Forever Stamp. If I am giving away seed, I want to keep things simple. Pop open the envelope, put seeds in the return envelope and mail it back.
I'm sorry if I gave you too much information, but that's what an SASE is and how it's used and how it gets complicated when you cross borders. Fair enough sir?
I usually allow international entrants in my giveaways but I insist they verify the legality and they enclose an IRC or Global Forever Stamp.