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Topic    * secret santa * GameTZ Secret Santa - Christmas 2016!! Partners Assigned!  * secret santa *

John
"If you need me, me and Neil will be hanging out with the Dream King." GameTZ Gold Subscriber GameTZ Full Moderator
400 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Gold Global Trader (13)
Secret Santa
* 18-Nov(#1)
"You're like a black Will Smith!" -Bob Stone




It's time for the annual (bi-annual?) GameTZ Secret Santa 2016! (Our thanks to CygnusTM for organizing these years ago. Now I run them on my own server using a modified version of his old code.)

Any subscriber without a current BTR that has earned a Bronze Star (Bronze Star) is eligible to sign up (unless you've been previously banned). If you do not meet these requirements and still wish to participate, you can contact me directly to request an exception to this rule. I rarely grant them, sorry.

For those of you doing this for the first time, just read ALL of this post carefully and then ask for help here if you are still confused.

The quick version of how to participate:

 * check * Register on the GameTZ Secret Santa site. Use the same username that you use here to make things easier.
 * check * Transfer your subtime bond to John (20 weeks for less than Silver Star (Silver Star) users, 10 weeks for everyone else.)
 * check * (Optional) Post here in the thread that you are participating!
 * check * Update all of your Wanted lists (on the site here and on the Secret Santa site that you just registered at) before signups close and Santa assignments are made!
 * check * After you ship your gift, go back to the Secret Santa site and mark it as "sent."
 * check * After you receive your gift, go back to the Secret Santa site and mark it as "received" and then be sure to thank your Santa!


The details:

As always, we will be using a subtime "bond" (10-20 weeks of subtime) to encourage people to follow through on sending. If you don't have at least a Silver Star (Silver Star), you will have to put up double the bond (20 weeks instead of the standard 10). Bonds should be sent to me (John) and I will hold them until your partner receives their gift. You can use this link to transfer Subtime to me. If you don't have enough GameTZ subtime for your bond, then you can buy subtime from the site! or make your own arrangements with another user. Bonds will ONLY be returned directly to the user that the bond is for. If arrangements are made for someone else to put up the bond for a Secret Santa user, it does not matter to me and I won't get involved -- the bond will still be returned to the participating user (or kept if they do not provide their gift) regardless of who actually paid the bond in their behalf. Participants will get their bond back in full when your partner marks their gift as received.

Signups are open now and will continue until Wednesday, November 23rd at ~3pm Eastern. Partners will then be assigned and emailed out later that day. Gifts must be received by Saturday, December 24th. At that time, anyone who hasn't yet received their gift may (at my discretion depending on the situation) receive one-half of their Santa's subtime bond. If a gift still isn't received after an additional week (December 30th), then the remaining half may be awarded. Plus you'll be ridiculed here for being a douche. And might get banned from future Secret Santas. Sending and receiving will be tracked through the signup site. It is very important that you update the site as soon as you send and receive so the subtime bond can be handled appropriately.

The target gift value is $10-20 US. Gifts MUST be worth a minimum of $10 US not including shipping. Every effort should be made to send a complete item. If you are sending something used, it should be complete and in at least "very good" condition. This is not a way to unload your unwanted crap.

People anywhere in the world may participate! If you are from outside the USA, you must mark the "Outside USA" checkbox when you sign up. Anyone from outside the USA must be willing to ship anywhere in the world. Users in the USA that are willing to ship anywhere in the world should mark the "Ship Anywhere" checkbox in your account settings and you may or may not be partnered with someone outside the USA.

Tips/Rules:
 * check * You can't re-use your account from last time if you participated before -- you need to create a new one for each and every Secret Santa event.
 * check * Look at your partner's wants and check his/her lists and posts. Put the same effort into selecting a gift for your partner that you would want someone else to put into yours.
 * check * If your partner has inadequate "wants", don't give up! Try to figure it out. If you really get stuck, try a gift card or something like that!
 * check * Make sure you provide adequate "wants" for your Santa. There should be at least 4-5 things on your list that fit in the target price/value range.
 * check * When you get assigned a partner, start figuring out what you are going to get them! Immediately. Don't wait until the last minute!
 * check * I'd prefer that people NOT talk so much about how they are going to do "great/special/extra gifts" and such if they happen to want to do that. The real intent is that people just exchange gifts that are worth around $15 or so and, hopefully, people will be happy with what they get. Don't brag that you're going to give more -- and don't get overly high expectations that someone is going to give you extra.
 * check * In most cases, the person that you are assigned to is NOT the same person that is assigned to you. In other words, you aren't just making a 1-to-1 exchange with someone. You're buying a gift for someone that, most likely, is buying a gift for someone else entirely.
 * check * Send your bond ONLY as a single transfer for exactly the right amount (10 or 20 weeks). Do not send multiple pieces of a bond until you reach your total. And do not use the "all" option because you don't have the full bond (i.e. you borrowed it and then had to send it 8 hours later, so you really only have 99% of the bond). You should be sending me either 10 weeks or 20 weeks -- nothing else.
 * check * After you've received your gift, post in this thread thanking your Santa for what you received -- just so they know you appreciate whatever it was! (Or, if you've figured out who your Santa is somehow, you can just thank them privately if you'd rather.) Don't leave your Santa hanging without acknowledging their gift!
 * check * No more organized thank-you gifts to John! I greatly appreciate the gifts that have been given in the past, but I really don't want it to be a habit. I run this for fun for people. I expect nothing more. And getting such things makes me feel guilty! So, seriously, just enjoy the gift-giving and I'm all set as far as thanks go!  * yes *

WARNING
Some people suck. Despite our best efforts, people might still get stiffed. If you don't intend to follow through on your commitment here, please do not sign up.

Please keep discussions in this thread about the SS only, so things get don't out of hand like in the past. Off-topic posts may be removed!


This graphic will track who has sent and received so far:
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Let's do this thing!!  * yes *

- John...

Jester695
300 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader
18-Nov(#2)
Oh, the anticipation...........!!!!
Boss
GameTZ Gold Subscriber 650 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader
Gold Global Trader (8) Secret Santa
18-Nov(#3)
Thanks John. Signed up and bonded.
emoryarts
GameTZ's Designated Apple Fandog GameTZ Gold Subscriber 450 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader
Gold Global Trader (7) Secret Santa
18-Nov(#4)
Subtime sent and signing up right now  * ! *
Dashey
GameTZ Subscriber 300 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader
Global Trader - willing to trade internationally This user is in chat NOW
Secret Santa
18-Nov(#6)
Will sign up once I get on my laptop

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sharif
GameTZ Subscriber Gold Good Trader
Global Trader - willing to trade internationally Secret Santa
18-Nov(#7)
Signed up and bonded. Let's do this.

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Ry4n2109
GameTZ Subscriber Triple Gold Good Trader
Secret Santa
18-Nov(#8)
I'm in!

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shadyfozzie
Double Gold Good Trader Secret Santa
18-Nov(#9)
I'm in again if someone can spot me the subtime
DarkLink
{inverse}Come To The Dark Side{inverse} GameTZ Gold Subscriber Double Gold Good Trader
Secret Santa
18-Nov(#10)
I will sign up this sunday.. but I def be in..


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sinnie
GameTZ Subscriber 500 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader
Global Trader - willing to trade internationally Secret Santa
18-Nov(#11)
Yooka
GameTZ Gold Subscriber 600 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader
Gold Global Trader (12) Has Written 18 Reviews
Secret Santa
18-Nov(#12)
Signed up and sent my bond!
jdwooley14
GameTZ Subscriber 350 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader
Global Trader - willing to trade internationally Secret Santa
18-Nov(#13)
Signed up and bond incoming

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DefaultGen
GameTZ Subscriber Triple Gold Good Trader
Global Trader - willing to trade internationally Has Written 5 Reviews
Secret Santa
18-Nov(#14)
I'm in.

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CenturionElite
GameTZ Subscriber 450 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader
Global Trader - willing to trade internationally Has Written 51 Reviews
Secret Santa
18-Nov(#15)
Signed up and bond sent!
John
"If you need me, me and Neil will be hanging out with the Dream King." GameTZ Gold Subscriber GameTZ Full Moderator
400 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Gold Global Trader (13)
Secret Santa
18-Nov(#16)
Tell your friends!  * smile *

(Seriously -- the signup is a bit short because I want partners assigned before Black Friday for those that want to shop that day.)

 * yes *

- John...

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Yooka
GameTZ Gold Subscriber 600 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader
Gold Global Trader (12) Has Written 18 Reviews
Secret Santa
18-Nov(#17)
John wrote:
> Tell your friends!  * smile *
>
> (Seriously -- the signup is a bit short because I want partners assigned before Black
> Friday for those that want to shop that day.)
>
>  * yes *
>

Let's hope enough people see it in time! I only saw it thank's to Boss's post in the Random Pic Thread  * raspberry *
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Gypsy
I am a great magician. Your clothes are red. GameTZ Gold Subscriber Triple Gold Good Trader
Global Trader - willing to trade internationally Secret Santa
18-Nov(#18)
Signed up and sent the bond. :)

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Shadowrunner
Dog controls my destiny GameTZ Gold Subscriber 350 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader
Secret Santa
18-Nov(#19)
In and bond sent.
jgrant78
GameTZ Gold Subscriber Triple Gold Good Trader
Secret Santa
18-Nov(#20)
In and sent.
Killkernal
GameTZ Subscriber 500 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader
Global Trader - willing to trade internationally Secret Santa
18-Nov(#21)
Done and done.
NightOwl
GameTZ Subscriber Triple Gold Good Trader
This user is in chat NOW Secret Santa
18-Nov(#22)
im in, and sent bond. thanks for doing this again.
Dashey
GameTZ Subscriber 300 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader
Global Trader - willing to trade internationally This user is in chat NOW
Secret Santa
18-Nov(#23)
Killkernal wrote:
> Done and done.
>


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Dsbaum454
GameTZ Gold Subscriber Quadruple Gold Good Trader 15 year anniversary at Game Trading Zone today! Secret Santa
18-Nov(#24)
Hi Everyone!

I am in the Secret Santa pool. I look forward to participating!

-Dave
Heavyd814life
#JRPG GameTZ Subscriber 500 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader
Gold Global Trader (13) This user is on the site NOW (5 minutes ago)
Secret Santa
18-Nov(#25)
In!

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Foxhack
GameTZ Subscriber 250 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader
Global Trader - willing to trade internationally Secret Santa
18-Nov(#26)
Do I have to have some sort of want list to participate? I can't just go "send me whatever bad movies you find, it's all good"

I've never signed up for one of these here, so I'm pretty clueless. :p
SirConnery
Your mothers a whore Trebek! GameTZ Gold Subscriber 1000 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader
Secret Santa
18-Nov(#27)
I have a Amazon wishlist I provide and then say gift cards.
KamenRiderNecrom
GameTZ Subscriber Triple Gold Good Trader
Global Trader - willing to trade internationally Secret Santa
18-Nov(#28)
Registered and bond sent

*I got glitches in me britches for ya Nerd.*
theJAwwww
GameTZ Subscriber Triple Gold Good Trader
Secret Santa
18-Nov(#29)
Signed up and sent bond. Looking forward to it again!  * yes *
atarumoroboshi18
GameTZ Subscriber Silver Good Trader
Secret Santa
18-Nov(#30)
Boom, signed up and bond sent!

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whitefire
GameTZ Gold Subscriber 500 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader
Global Trader - willing to trade internationally Secret Santa
19-Nov(#31)
Signed up and bond sent. Thanks, John.



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Lunar
GameTZ Gold Subscriber 750 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader
This user is on the site NOW (7 minutes ago) Secret Santa
19-Nov(#32)
Signed up and bond sent!

This is my first one and very excited to participate!

I understand that the rules state $10-$20 value, do people typically go over? I've only read one of the previous threads(the one back in July 2016), and seems like many people go over that value.

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Discgolfer123
GameTZ Subscriber Gold Good Trader
Has Written 1 Review Secret Santa
* 19-Nov(#33)
Signing up now, sending bond shortly.

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shadyfozzie
Double Gold Good Trader Secret Santa
19-Nov(#34)
Bond sent, thanks to yooka
Ry4n2109
GameTZ Subscriber Triple Gold Good Trader
Secret Santa
19-Nov(#35)
Glad to hear I can get my gift out before I head back to Hawaii for 3 weeks  * smile *

I'll be hooking my guy/gal up this year.

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devans77
GameTZ Gold Subscriber 250 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader
19-Nov(#36)
Bond up and signed sent


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BucketofJustice
GameTZ Subscriber 350 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader
Has Written 6 Reviews Secret Santa
19-Nov(#37)
Signed up and bond sent
Boss
GameTZ Gold Subscriber 650 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader
Gold Global Trader (8) Secret Santa
* 19-Nov(#38)
Lunar wrote:
> Signed up and bond sent!
>
> This is my first one and very excited to participate!
>
> I understand that the rules state $10-$20 value, do people typically go over? I've
> only read one of the previous threads(the one back in July 2016), and seems like
> many people go over that value.
>
>

You give what you can with those as minimum guides. They are set lower than the avg amount so more people can partipcate as it is understanding that not everyone has a lot of disposable income during the holidays. A lot of times people look forward to potentially getting someone they interacted with all year long and now can give them a gift as appreciation for being there to provide entertainment and add maybe even value to their lives. We are a small group and in some cases more family than strangers on a random website.




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shadyfozzie
Double Gold Good Trader Secret Santa
19-Nov(#39)
Boss wrote:
> Lunar wrote:
>> Signed up and bond sent!
>>
>> This is my first one and very excited to participate!
>>
>> I understand that the rules state $10-$20 value, do people typically go over?
> I've
>> only read one of the previous threads(the one back in July 2016), and seems like
>> many people go over that value.
>>
>>
>
> You give what you can with those as minimum guides. They are set lower than the avg
> amount so more people can partipcate as it is understanding that not everyone has
> a lot of disposable income during the holidays. A lot of times people look forward
> to potentially getting someone they interacted with all year long and now can give
> them a gift as appreciation for being there to provide entertainment and add maybe
> even value to their lives. We are a small group and in some cases more family than
> strangers on a random website.
>
>
>
Exactly what boss said. Also, you can get them one thing or a lot of little things...
theJAwwww
GameTZ Subscriber Triple Gold Good Trader
Secret Santa
19-Nov(#40)
How does this thread have 6 negs? Fudgein' Scrooges.
John
"If you need me, me and Neil will be hanging out with the Dream King." GameTZ Gold Subscriber GameTZ Full Moderator
400 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Gold Global Trader (13)
Secret Santa
19-Nov(#41)
Foxhack wrote:
> Do I have to have some sort of want list to participate? I can't just go "send me
> whatever bad movies you find, it's all good"

You absolutely can say that if you want. The idea is to make it easier on your Santa to find something for you. If you really aren't particular just think it would be fun to get "whatever bad movies" your Santa can find, then that is just fine.  * yes *

> I've never signed up for one of these here, so I'm pretty clueless. :p

Welcome!  * yes *

- John...

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