PLEASE PM YOUR INFO TO @Chica ! THANKS!
OperationGaga! The merry season is almost upon us (already is for some..) and we want to do this event for the members to give a gift to a fellow member, but it's a secret who the sender is!
Younger members (under 13, even though I doubt some are here) cannot participate.
Your parents might be freaked out if you get a present from a stranger you met online.
There is a limit however, please only spend like 15-20 in total, don't go crazy please.
Remember the person you're receiving from might have just bought you like a bag of candy and a toy from Dollarama.
WE NEED A DECENT AMOUNT OF PEOPLE DOING IT OR I'LL HAVE TO CANCEL.
If you would like to participate please PM CHICA (ONLY) with the following:
What is your address or P.O. Box?
Where are you willing to ship to?
Things you like?
Merry Fucking Christmas..
.. and don't be little shit heads and tell each other who you got.
Important Rule About GGD Secret Santa:
Absolutely under no circumstances do you share any of the member's private information, such as address, state, city, country, or first and last names. You sign up to this agreeing to abide by these rules. If you do not obey these rules, you will be punished by permabanning -- this is serious stuff.
And now, a very important mailing tutorial and advice article by Chica:
How To Do OGG's Secret Santa 2012
~ ChicaSkas, your resident postal goofball.
1. Make sure you have an address where you can safely receive mail, either envelopes or packages.
If you live with your family still, and they are not comfortable with you giving your address out over the internet, you have a few options at your disposal so you can still participate.
a. If Mom says, 'No way in hell you're giving our address to a stranger online!', then you must look elsewhere.
Do you have a trusted friend, relative, neighbor, coworker, or classmate who would be willing to let you use their address to receive the parcel? If you do use an address *besides* your own, make sure you list it as "In Care Of., or more commonly in the US, written as: 'C/O'.
In Care Of means you are receiving something in the care of your surrogate, example, Grandma instead of Mom (if you live at Mom's) You would write an In Care Of address something like this:
C/O Grandma Mabel
1173 Beacon Street
So, the mailman will know the parcel is for Grandma, and Grandma will know the parcel is for me.
Mom, if all goes well, will be none the wiser.
Second Option For Receiving Mail:
2. Get A Post Office Box.
So, you don't have any nice relatives or neighbors who will let you use their addy? You do have options. Depending on where you live, you can temporarily rent a Post Office Box at your local post office or MailboxesEct store, or other mailing outlets.
Usually they are fairly affordable, for example, here in the United States you can rent a P.O. Box for 6 months for $29.00.
If you are a cheap skate, or just plain broke, you can sign up for a service called General Delivery at your local post office, it is a free service, make sure you talk to a window clerk at the counter to initiate it, it is a very convienient service -- the only catch is you MUST check in with the post office once every 10 days to pick up your mail, otherwise, the Post Office will return your mail to the sender after 10 days.
You might pitch the idea of a Post Office Box or temporary General Delivery to a reluctant parent, to reassure them your home address will be safe from internet predators.
3. Mailing Stuff To Your Secret Santa!
Many of you, sadly, were most likely never professionally taught in a Post Office or at school about how to pack and mail things.
I will offer you a quick refresher here
Always get the addresses right, especially if your secret santa is overseas, copy the address exactly as they sent it to you, including any funny numbers or symbols you may see, copy it as closely as you possibly can, otherwise, print the page in the PM or email and tape the cut out address directly on your box. Also, if your secret santa lives overseas, you'll have to fill out a Customs Declaration form before you can mail your parcel (this doesnt apply to letters). Check with your post office, the clerks there (or me! if you can't reach them) will tell you how to fill them out.
Since most of us are starving students or broke in general, the gift limit on Gaga Daily and Operation Gaga is $15.00 us dollars.
You can go higher if you like, but beware you may not get a return gift of equal value. Also some people feel obligated to reciprocate if it's really pricey, and for some of us that's tough to do.
The standard way to address your box is like so:
This image shows a letter, however if you have a parcel, just address a sheet of paper in the same way and tape it to the parcel, making sure to cover all areas where the paper could get caught on something and rip off.
I like to tape the hell out of stuff, I always tell people to tape it to death and let them use a chain saw to get it out. Usually they smile awkwardly at me, but hey, they get the idea!
Tape your packages very well, The farther they go, the more tape they need. While we at the post office are not as horrid as UPS and FedEx.... (did you see the horrible video of the temporary UPS worker who chucked a plasma tv over a block wall fence!?!)
(we hate this guy, he gives delivery people a bad name, may he have his tv smashed the same way someday)
Stupid Delivery Guy Could Care Less About His Job:
Still, tape your boxes well. You never know when some jackass will try that with YOUR box.
This is a very smart video on how to tape a box, even though it says its for a moving trip, the same rules apply for postal shipping:
Check it out to learn the H method of taping -- very handy and safe for whatever precious thing is in your box.
How To Tape A Box Properly:
I think that pretty much covers it, if any of you have any postal related questions I will be more than happy to answer, as it's my day job.
Happy Mailing little monstas