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*santa* GameTZ Secret Santa - Christmas 2019!! PARTNERS ASSIGNED! Go Santas!
21-Nov-19 8:35am
#1
John
GameTZ Subscriber GameTZ Full Moderator 400 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Gold Global Trader (13) Secret Santa

"They try to talk to me all the time. All they hear is 'Pika Pika.'" -Pikachu




It's time for the annual (bi-annual?) GameTZ Secret Santa Christmas 2019! (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 10 week subtime bond to John.
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 weeks for all participants) to encourage people to follow through on sending. 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 now CLOSED and will continue until Wednesday, November 27th at ~3pm Eastern. Partners will then be assigned and emailed out later that day. Gifts must be received by Christmas Eve, Tuesday, December 24th (but feel free to be sooner than that if you'd like). 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, 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 10 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 95% of the bond). You should be sending me exactly 10 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 signed up and bonded so far:


Let's do this thing!! yes

- John...
21-Nov-19 8:46am
#2
John
GameTZ Subscriber GameTZ Full Moderator 400 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Gold Global Trader (13) Secret Santa

Welcome, everyone! Let me know if you want any last-minute changes as we get started. I ended signups before Black Friday since that is a common request, but I still gave people until Christmas Eve to get their gifts to their people since it is still Christmas!

Also, for those interested, @Frank is hosting a "High Roller Secret Santa" if you'd also like to do a higher-value SS.

yes
21-Nov-19 8:48am
#3
Frank
GameTZ Gold Subscriber 700 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Gold Global Trader (12) Has Written 11 Reviews Secret Santa

Signed up and bond sent smile

Thanks for the shouting out the High Roller one as well!

21-Nov-19 9:16am
#4
sinnie
GameTZ Subscriber 550 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Global Trader - willing to trade internationally Secret Santa

/slams down 10 weeks on the table

I'm in

21-Nov-19 9:32am
#5
loztdogs
GameTZ Subscriber Quadruple Gold Good Trader Secret Santa

Let's do this, bond sent!

21-Nov-19 9:38am
#6
Boss
GameTZ Gold Subscriber Silver Good Trader Gold Global Trader (8) Secret Santa

Signed up and bond sent. Thanks John
21-Nov-19 9:40am
#7
Heavyd814life
GameTZ Gold Subscriber 600 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Gold Global Trader (13) Secret Santa

Signed up and bond sent!

21-Nov-19 9:52am
#8
devans77
GameTZ Gold Subscriber 300 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Global Trader - willing to trade internationally Secret Santa

Bonded up sign sent

21-Nov-19 10:04am
#9
shadyfozzie
Double Gold Good Trader This user is on the site NOW (7 minutes ago)

Im in if I can get the subtime from someone :).. As always, I return it after the event is over!
21-Nov-19 2:01pm
#10
Tad
GameTZ Subscriber 1000 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Gold Global Trader (13) Secret Santa

signed up and bond sent
i didnt have to borrow sub time for once

21-Nov-19 2:35pm
#11
John
GameTZ Subscriber GameTZ Full Moderator 400 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Gold Global Trader (13) Secret Santa

I'm impressed, @Tad! smile
21-Nov-19 2:36pm
#12
Tad
GameTZ Subscriber 1000 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Gold Global Trader (13) Secret Santa

John wrote:
I'm impressed, @Tad! smileThanks! I'm finally really close to having all the loans paid for, so things are looking up.

21-Nov-19 4:40pm
#13
Frank
GameTZ Gold Subscriber 700 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Gold Global Trader (12) Has Written 11 Reviews Secret Santa

Tad wrote:
John wrote:> I'm impressed, @Tad! smile Thanks! I'm finally really close to having all the loans paid for, so things are looking up.
Happy for you bud smile
21-Nov-19 5:23pm
#14
jdwooley14
GameTZ Subscriber 400 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Global Trader - willing to trade internationally Secret Santa

Signed up and bond sent

21-Nov-19 6:01pm
#15
EB
GameTZ Subscriber Gold Good Trader Secret Santa

Signed up and bonded. Ready to rumble for my third year!

21-Nov-19 6:22pm
#16
KamenRiderNecrom
300 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Global Trader - willing to trade internationally Secret Santa

Signed up and Bond Sent

22-Nov-19 12:20am
#17
Bostonitalian88
350 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Gold Global Trader (7) Secret Santa

signed up and bond sent~~!!
24-Nov-19 6:26pm
#18
SilverOwl
Quadruple Gold Good Trader Secret Santa

Anyone wanna loan me the subtime? I will buy 6 months on the first.
24-Nov-19 6:30pm
#19
whitefire
GameTZ Gold Subscriber 600 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Global Trader - willing to trade internationally Secret Santa

Thought. Maybe we should just make the bond 25 weeks. That would make it easier for purchasing, and it's closer to the actual requirement. I know it'd suck if I got 10 weeks instead of a gift, but 25 wouldn't be too bad. Also, not sending a gift is BTR worthy. Maybe we could just require the bond only for those with less than 2 gold stars or something. I mean, most of the active users at this point are people with a lot of trades just circle jerking each other anyway. They're not going to risk that for a $10 gift.

24-Nov-19 7:36pm
#20
Bostonitalian88
350 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Gold Global Trader (7) Secret Santa

whitefire wrote:
Thought. Maybe we should just make the bond 25 weeks. That would make it easier for purchasing, and it's closer to the actual requirement. I know it'd suck if I got 10 weeks instead of a gift, but 25 wouldn't be too bad. Also, not sending a gift is BTR worthy. Maybe we could just require the bond only for those with less than 2 gold stars or something. I mean, most of the active users at this point are people with a lot of trades just circle jerking each other anyway. They're not going to risk that for a $10 gift.
Solid idea, should minimize the risk
24-Nov-19 10:35pm
#21
Dashey
GameTZ Gold Subscriber 400 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Gold Global Trader (7) Has Written 1 Review Secret Santa

Just noticed i didn't have enough subtime so just bought a years worth.

Subtime sent.


*santa* GameTZ Secret Santa - Christmas 2019!! PARTNERS ASSIGNED! Go Santas!