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Q: Secret Santa (urgent)

arsiel
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How many of you have already bought presents and/or shipped them?

I'm getting emails from people opting out or no replies in general. If no one's bought anything yet, I'll seriously consider canceling it. This took a lot of time to put together and I'm not interested in trying to keep this from falling apart anymore.

[UPDATE]

I saw VirginiaPeanuts' post about her receiving her gift so YAY for that but now it means I need to rematch some people up if possible so someone doesn't go without a gift! I hope it'll all work out. Stay tuned!
arsiel posted Dec 03, 2012
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MdavidK30
I've been noticing a lot of these secret santa posts!
MdavidK30 (rep: 3.56k) posted Dec 03, 2012
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arsiel
Yeah... Sorry about the flooding. It's been easier to see people'a responses through ask and share.
arsiel (rep: 13k) posted Dec 03, 2012
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nimase85
I got the gift but haven't got around to shipping it yet I should have it out by tomorrow I will let you know as soon as I send it
nimase85 (rep: 15.7k) posted Dec 03, 2012
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Acidbaby
Im all good to go. Havent bought you anything yet though. ;)
Acidbaby (rep: 6.83k) posted Dec 03, 2012
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arsiel
Acidbaby, are you not receiving my emails?! D:
I'VE BEEN TRYING TO GIVE YOU IDEAS.
arsiel (rep: 13k) posted Dec 03, 2012
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Acidbaby
I havent checked any email in a few days. Been working 24 hour shifts the past couple of days and browsing when I can but I havent checked email. I dont really use it so I dont check it often.
Acidbaby (rep: 6.83k) posted Dec 03, 2012
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arsiel
:(

Well,
a. Don't be offended by my initial reply to your address email. Just being honest. :P
b. I like something like this
c. I also like things from fab.com because things on that site are typically very interesting and useful at the same time.
d. Your Secret Santa wants to know what kind of S3 accessories you already have and what kind of items you'd want that have to do with your favorite sports teams.
arsiel (rep: 13k) posted Dec 03, 2012
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arsiel
Oops, this* (I guess I messed up the code for the link)
http://dealspl.us/Home-Decor_deals/p_for-plank-magnetic-floating-shelf-95-list-price
arsiel (rep: 13k) posted Dec 03, 2012
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arsiel
Thanks!
arsiel (rep: 13k) posted Dec 03, 2012
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Acidbaby
Replied. Believe me, it takes quite a bit to offend me. Ive been homeless, ive worked as a corrections officer, I worked in juvenile probation, now I work with a bunch of oil field guys. I know how I am perceived, doesnt matter to me. Im going to be me.
Acidbaby (rep: 6.83k) posted Dec 03, 2012
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VirginiaPeanuts
I got mine today and sent out the gift i bought this morning :-)
VirginiaPeanuts (rep: 11.2k) posted Dec 03, 2012
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kffight3r
I sent out mine last week :)
kffight3r (rep: 712) posted Dec 03, 2012
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bbattag
Pretty crappy that people would sign up then either not respond or back out. I considered it, but didn't know if I'd have the time to participate, so I decided not to.
bbattag (rep: 6.74k) posted Dec 03, 2012
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arsiel
Yeah... It's okay though. Got it worked out. Hopefully there are no more surprises.
arsiel (rep: 13k) posted Dec 03, 2012
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bbattag
At least if u decide to do it next year, you'll know who to exclude and who is reliable.

Then you might want to make some sort of "buy in" to sign up. Like send you $5 in Paypal (that will be refunded after their person gets their gift).

Or something like send you $1-2 that will be donated to charity. At least if you make some financial aspect to participate, maybe you'll exclude some of the people who really aren't serious.
bbattag (rep: 6.74k) posted Dec 03, 2012
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kffight3r
thanks for working it out.. I mean this is an online thing so I just didnt expect anything in return. set expectations low.
kffight3r (rep: 712) posted Dec 03, 2012
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arsiel
It wasn't you acidbaby
arsiel (rep: 13k) posted Dec 03, 2012
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catchersmom
Well so no one, thinks ill of any one I sent her an e-mail that asked if I could back out, I would have honored my obligation but things are getting a little tough on this end. And she worked it out. I just started to get my husbands medical bills in from his week long stay.

It wouldn't be too bad but these unexpected added bills came at the wrong time.

I am sorry and I hope it doesn't exclude me in the future. I have never backed out of anything before.
catchersmom (rep: 19.7k) posted Dec 03, 2012
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arsiel
Sorry catchersmom, I totally forgot about the situation with your husband. Like I said in the email I sent you, I hope you enjoy your holidays even though it would've been nice (and easier lol) to have you in the Secret Santa.

Best of luck with the bills and let us know if you need help even though I know I could only contribute a little.
arsiel (rep: 13k) posted Dec 03, 2012
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kffight3r
sorry Acidbaby. That was just a general comment...not directed at anyone. The thanks for working things out was directed at Arsiel actually since she spent lots of time on this. I just wanted to have a reason to send out more gifts and it's just $15-20 bucks so it's more a selfish feel good, in the spirit of the holidays, endeavor than anything else.

I think at the end of the day, it is really the gesture of doing a Secret Santa on an online community where everyone is anonymous and nearly impossible to accomplish in normal forums that counts rather than the receipt of the actual presents. Happy holidays you guys!
kffight3r (rep: 712) posted Dec 03, 2012
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arsiel
Hey Acidbaby, I'm assuming you got your first package today which means you know who's who. As for your second package, it's coming! But it's under your Secret Santa's name. It's sent to the wrong address but not to your name for some reason. Just an FYI.
Here's the tracking number for part two: 9101969004255045642402 (USPS)

I put it here instead of emailing it to you since you seem to check this more often @_@
arsiel (rep: 13k) posted Dec 05, 2012
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Acidbaby
I did. I was like uh wth did I order from Amazon? Thank you, I am doing my shopping this weekend. Yours will be on its way soon.
Acidbaby (rep: 6.83k) posted Dec 05, 2012
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arsiel
Why are you giving things away! D:
arsiel (rep: 13k) posted Dec 05, 2012
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Acidbaby
You already knew anyway
Acidbaby (rep: 6.83k) posted Dec 06, 2012
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marcemusza
I bought a plastic christmas tree but I think it will take too long to get in my country :S
marcemusza (noob) posted Dec 07, 2012
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dealwagger
Oof arsiel and bbtag, that's kind of harsh on the people that backed out--which includes me. I am understanding of the fact that this was an impromtu, first-time thing here and that's why the rules were not clear up front. When this was first mentioned the gifts were described as "something small" and after I signed on they were "a strict minimum of $15." My thinking was that we were going to send something thoughtful and nice that was more of a token than anything else.

Again, I understand that this took a lot of thought beyond when it was just mentioned. I would not have said I'd participate if I knew people would be giving gifts up to $25 in value when I'd be looking hard to score a deal on something worth at least $15. Don't want to get more than I receive, and I like you guys a lot :) A few months ago it would have been easy for me to spend up to $50 on a gift for you guys and I would have done it happily :), but my finances have changed. Glad it all worked out for those that could do it! (Sorry this is long, just wanted you to know I care.)
dealwagger (rep: 10.2k) posted Dec 08, 2012
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arsiel
It was just frustrating since it was pretty late into the whole thing. If there wasn't a solution, it would mean someone who didn't send a gift would get one and consequently, someone who sent a gift wouldn't receive one. That was my main worry.

I'm just glad it worked out.
arsiel (rep: 13k) posted Dec 08, 2012
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Acidbaby
First package on its way. Says 15-19th for delivery. Will let you know when I get tracking.
Acidbaby (rep: 6.83k) posted Dec 08, 2012
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newjerseychickxo
Am I to late to get in this?
newjerseychickxo (rep: 13.6k) posted Dec 08, 2012
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Acidbaby
Yeah everyone is already paired up and gifts being sent.
Acidbaby (rep: 6.83k) posted Dec 08, 2012
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arsiel
Yeah sorry newjerseychickxo, where were you a few weeks ago?!

And OK, sounds good Acidbaby. Looking forward to whatever it is! (:
arsiel (rep: 13k) posted Dec 08, 2012
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jkbane
I still dont know if i am in or out. If its too late, thats cool. I just need to know if I need to send something
jkbane (rep: 2.3k) posted Dec 08, 2012
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arsiel
-_- jkbane, I waited for you for an extra few days to RSVP to the event. Didn't you get an invite email? :/
arsiel (rep: 13k) posted Dec 08, 2012
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jkbane
I didn't get an email. No big deal.
jkbane (rep: 2.3k) posted Dec 10, 2012
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Acidbaby
Just wanted to say thank you to my Secret Santa :) Got me a nice case and Samsung TecTiles for my Galaxy S3. Much appreciated because those tectiles are cool as hell but its something I probably would have not bought for myself because its not a neccessity so I was very happy to open that today. Thank you and thanks for taking the time to organize all this on such short notice.
Acidbaby (rep: 6.83k) posted Dec 10, 2012
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arsiel
:)

I was afraid the tectiles weren't shipping since the tracking number wasnt working. Glad you got everything (and like it all)!
arsiel (rep: 13k) posted Dec 10, 2012
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munkin2u
I received my gift today and love it! Sent a message to my Santa thanking her :)
munkin2u (rep: 1.26k) posted Dec 11, 2012
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