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autonoz

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On another forum I belong to they have a pass around game. A box is filled with stuff and sent to the next person. That person takes a few things he is interested in and then replaces them with items he thinks the next person would want. Has this been done here? Is there any interest in it?

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Here is a tracking link so everyone can see where the box is and where/when it's going next.

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1c9ibB9G2luefRS7bvUguhZ58EZwUCcEHILNHdTB6a_E/edit?usp=sharing


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Rules for pass around game;


Items must be related to our hobby

Item may be an item you made with our hobby

No items may be edible, alive, or alive in the past

No illegal items

Replace the same number of items as you remove if room permits.

Consider the value of the items you remove and replace with comparable if possible. Just be reasonable.

No bad mouthing items if they are not up to your standards, be respectful of the previous senders

Pictures are welcomed and encouraged

If the box is in your presence it is your responsibility to contact the next member below you on the list for their address

It is desired that the box is mailed out no later than seven days of receiving it. Life happens, we know, but make an honest effort to follow this timeline.

If box needs replaced because of damage, please do so, the boxes are free.


I say list your main equipment (mini lathe, mini mill, full size lathe or mill etc.) next to your name on the spreadsheet and maybe the sender will have something related to your machines. There are no guarantees.


Remember the cost of shipping is for a medium flat rate box. $12.65 There are no guarantees that the items in the box will be something useful to you or even reach the value of the amount you pay to ship. I hope this is not the case but be part of this at your own risk.

Post 55 has the link to the spreadsheet


As of right now this is for the US only until there is an agreement on shipping
 
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They wouldn't want to send it to my place! It would turn into a 100 lb box of stuff in a heart beat! Definitely a neat idea.
 

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It sounds good. You can pm me for my adress! LOL :D
Seriously, are trere any steadfast rules to adhere to?

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i am in , a bullet casting forum i belong to does this as well . and it is quite amazing how long a few of the boxes have been making their way back and forth across the country .
along with some of the really great stuff that has been given and taken .

and a few rules wouldnt be a bad idea , while the rules would be up to op , a few basic rules that made things go smoothly on the other forum are ..

good contact info before shipping to the next person in line , including a telephone number and email address of both the sender and receiver , this helped to keep track of the box a few times simply because
crap happens ... computers crash ,poor access to the internet and people have emergencies, etc etc etc

and shipping .... keeping it limited to a specific usps flat rate box really simplifies things , everyone knows what the postage will be ,and makes it very simple to keep it in a nice fresh undamaged box. ... and a 70lb weight limit :)


the one key thing that made it a huge success was .... forgetting about the monetary value of what you take out and put in .
 

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I agree with the flat rate box. If we can get enough interest I think it would be fun to do.
 
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I think it is a great idea. Maybe create a 'sticky' thread just for the pass around box. When one person sends the box out, he posts that it has been sent, and the username of who he sent it to. When that person receives the box, he posts a 'receipt' thanking the sender. Once he has the box ready to go again, he posts a 'send' notice in the thread. Keeping track of the box in this way means that no one person is stuck with the job of keeping track of it.

There should also be a limit as to how long the box may stay in one person's possession. Ten or fifteen days should be more than enough time in most cases to allow for vacation absences, etc. and get it on its way again.

The only other problem I can see is that there may be complications when sending to a member that lives overseas.
 

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Maybe have a box for each continent.

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A lot of times people will post a picture of the items they kept from the box.
 

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Hey, if there is a chance of including Canada, then I am in too!
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Sound like a good idea. Should be fun. I've been planning for a few days to start a pay it forward thread & just got it posted two threads before reading this.

I had bought a three piece fly cutters then bought a second set of 5 pieces. Since 3 were close to the same I decided to pass them along on the pay it forward thread.
 

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I would send the originating box out. How would we distribute the order of recipiants? Should we limit this to a specific number of participants and then if it is a success we can do oanother> I would not want ot exclude anyone, but never doing this before it is trial and error for me. Who can start a sticky thread if there is enough interest in this?
 

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there should be a way to update whats in the box before shipping from each person so this way it doesnt go to someone that doesnt want anything in the box..so it doesnt waste time or postage..
 

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I like the surprise idea better. Just because you don't want anything doesn't mean you can't add to it. ;)

A note about the item would be cool also especially if it is a home made tool.
 

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True, that makes it more fun....so nothing live should be put in the box...LOL
 

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Ah Not spiders and snakes. I think the surprise is part of the fun. But you have to remember some of us have Mini mills that don't take large things. And we have to set the limit on postage like you said. That way you know what it is going to cost to send it to the next person.
 

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roger that, Hay you can get a lot of pieces of steal in the med box I think. didn't they use to advertise that as long as it fit in the box you could ship it for that price. I guess someone must have taken them up on it if they now say 70 lbs,
 

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Give me a deffinate as to who is in and I will post some rules and make a plan. I will post the rules, but a wait week for others to add to the rules so we all agree. So far if everyone agrees it is a medium flat rate box.
 
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The box coming apart is not that big a deal. The flat rate boxes are pretty sturdy. If you get it and it is no longer of good use, just get a new one from the PO. They are FREE. The biggest problem with this idea is the number of people involved and what order of recipients it is sent to. You cannot change horses in mid stream with this. Initially someone will be doing a lot of work. If order is maintained then all will go smooth. Good Luck and Have Fun.

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The concern with it coming apart is that the contents inside could come out. Clear packing tape on the outside helps greatly. Also making sure any empty space is filled with packing helps also.
 

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The concern with it coming apart is that the contents inside could come out. Clear packing tape on the outside helps greatly. Also making sure any empty space is filled with packing helps also.
Fabricate a lightweight box to exactly fit inside the flatrate box. It'll use up some of the capacity but will largely eliminate concerns about the box bursting.
 

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I think the items might have to be packed in a small but sturdy wooden box to safely be repeatedly shipped about. Remove screws to get the lid off.

Personally,I think the cost of shipping might be a big problem with this plan. And,one weak link in the chain of members would spoil the whole thing.
 

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Im in

Sent from somewhere in East Texas Jake Parker
 
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