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๐ŸŽƒ A Haunting We Will Go โ˜  Halloween elf Exchange (2019)

                                      *  Sign ups are now closed*

                                       DEADline to sign up was 9/30

                                     ๐Ÿ‘ป     ๐Ÿ‘ป     ๐Ÿ‘ป     ๐Ÿ‘ป     ๐Ÿ‘ป     ๐Ÿ‘ป

 
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Something's brewing, and it 'll be ghoulishly fun! A wicked good time for everyone...

 

If you are interested in joining, please see the Eligibility Requirements, Rules, and Key Dates below to see if this will be a good fit for you!  

 

We are looking forward to some haunting good fun!  

 

Bugs & hisses,
PrettyinPA & ZombieMetroAnt 

 

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๐ŸŽƒ important information for all potential Ghoulfriends...

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๐Ÿ‘ป ELIGIBILITY 

Have you participated in a gift exchange on BT/BIC previously?

 

Yes
Previous participants in exchanges that either MCakes, @prettyinpa  or I have hosted without incident on their part are pre-approved. If you participated in an exchange that MCakes, PrettyinPA or I have not hosted, please kindly provide a link to that exchange thread for us to do our due diligence. If there were no issues from the exchange on your part, we are excited to have you on board!

 

No
Meet one or more of the following requirements:

1.Must be willing to do a $50 box deposit that will be taken at sign up and returned once your Ghoulfriend has given us confirmation of delivery.
2.Must be vouched for by 2 members of the community who PrettyinPA or I are familiar with.

*Since we are trying to be as inclusive as possible while also protecting other participants in this exchange, PrettyinPA and I will have final discretion on participant eligibility. We realize that this is very subjective, but we must establish a certain degree of trust between users as there is sensitive information being exchanged. Thank you for your understanding.


๐Ÿ‘ป RULES

By expressing interest in signing up for the exchange, you are agreeing to the following:


-The minimum spend for this exchange is $50. You do not need to go over this amount, but in the spirit of fairness you may not go under it.

-If you have not participated in an exchange previously, you must ship your gift on or before October 21st. If you miss this deadline and do not communicate with PrettyinPA or I about the reason for your delay, you will not get your box deposit back. Instead, we will use your box deposit to create a gift on your behalf. No Ghoulfriend will be left behind!

-Provide tracking number(s) to PrettyinPA or I once you have shipped your gift. This can be done via Elfster or messaging PrettyinPA or I.

-Acknowledge receipt of your gift ASAP, even if you need a little more time to do a full post. This is a courtesy to your giftor to know it was received (it is stressful waiting to know if a package made the journey ok!) and for PrettyinPA and I to keep track of the progress in the exchange. You may do this via Elfster, by posting on this thread that you have received the parcel, or by messaging either PrettyinPA or I.

-You must post pictures of your gift. This is an integral part of the exchange experience and we want to share in the excitement with you! We know how much thought and care goes into curating a gift, and we want to acknowledge your giftor's efforts as well. You may provide pictures for either PrettyinPA or I to post on your behalf if you are having issues posting, but please know that the pictures are a firm requirement.


๐Ÿ‘ป KEY DATES

Sign Up Deadline: 09/30/19

Draw Day (This is the day you find out who you are shopping for, yay!): 10/1/19

Ship Date for First Time Participants: 10/21/19 (*If you are shipping from Canada to US or vice versa, this deadline will be earlier)

All Gifts Must be Received: On or before 10/31/19 (Halloween Day)



๐Ÿ‘ปTo sign up, please comment on this thread! ZMA and I will be messaging approved participants with more details and will be updating the Participant List as we go. 

 

๐ŸŽƒ Tips, Tricks & Other spooktacular ideas!

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๐Ÿ’€ Elfster Tips:

-> Ask questions! Anyone can ask anyone an anonymous question, that will help you get a better idea of likes and dislikes, haves and wants, etc. It is important to note of any dietary restrictions 


->When you purchase something, click "Mark As Purchased." They won't see it, but they might be using the same wishlist for other gift exchanges, so this can prevent them potentially getting the same gift from two different people.


->If you got something for yourself, remove it from your wishlist!

 

๐ŸŽƒ Shipping suggestions: 

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How to ship abroad/add a customs label while still using online shipping:


1. Creating an account: First, you must create a free account on the USPS website. The paypal.com/shipnow site will not let you create customs forms.


2. Shipping Label: To create the shipping label, you want to use the "Click n Ship" function from the dropdown menu under Mail & Ship. Many of the directions from above are basically the same but the key difference is under, "Where are you sending to?" you will need to use the dropdown menu to select the country of choice.


3. Finishing the Shipping Label:Fill in all the corresponding information until the end of the form including the value of the package. The Canadians on the board may have more to speak to with this but I always kept this amount on the lower side so the recipient doesn't get hit with high customs fee. (average amount I would put would be $10-$20) A great feature is at the end of the page it will give you all your options for shipping. I can tell you on a personal note that when I ship to England I always choose first class international mail and I have never had a problem. Once again, delivery confirmation is thrown in for FREE.


3. Beginning the Customs Form: You will then get to a page that will you through step by step filling in the customs form. The first question will ask you to "Enter Package Information." This is where you can just write this is a gift box for a friend. You do not need to write anything more!


4. Customs Inventory: Next up is, "Enter Item Information." Okay, this one is a little tricky. If you want to itemize, and fill in every single thing in the box, you can. If you only want to do a couple, you can. I've done both over the years and both have been okay. I'm not going to tell you though that it will work every time so ultimately, the decision is up to you. Make sure though that you mark each item a GIFT so that the recipient does not get charged increased fees. Also, and this is IMPORTANT, the total that adds up for the all the items has to be the same total you gave on the previous page for the value of the box. So if you make something worth $1, that's fine! (Again, Canadians speak up hear if I'm wrong but my abroad friends always told me it was better to do this to reduce customs fees for the recipient.) Lastly, each weight of each individual item will need to add up to the to the total weight item, so I've honestly literally made up ratio numbers in the past. (I have never had a problem in years of sending packages)


5. Tarrif Number: Lastly, you do not have a tariff number so leave that blank. Okay, one last thing, choose your AES exemption. I would choose the second one having to do with gifts.


6. Obtaining the Label/Customs Form: The steps following this are similar to the ones from above except that I believe the payment options for USPS may also include credit card options as well as PayPal. Go ahead and print your label which will also contain your completed customs form. (Please note: you may need to sign your customs form before affixing it to your package) On a positive note, YOU STILL SAVE MONEY BY USING THE ONLINE POSTAGE SYSTEM!


7. How to actually ship it:For international packages, my personal advice is yes, bring it to the post office, and yes, actually check it in and get a receipt saying it was checked in by a postal worker. Since many international packages take quite longer than domestic and tend to get delayed at different intervals, you want to make sure that everything is okay when it first enters the system.

 

 
Duty info (thanks Veronika23 Heart):

The US can receive a gift up to 100$ USD. If you are sending a gift from Canada and mark it as 100$ you are actually saying it cost you 100$ CAD. Today Google converts that to 73.30$ USD so your recipient should be ok and not pay additional fees.

Canada can receive a gift up to 60$ CAD. If you are sending a gift from the US and it was 60$, you are actually saying it cost you 60$ USD. Today Google converts that to 81.86$ CAD. So your Canadian recipient in this case might pay duties/taxes/fees. But if your gift only cost you is lets say 35$ USD today Google converts that to 47.75$CAD. So the recipient shouldn't pay fees.

I believe customs will check the rate on the day the item is processed.

For the US ladies. The cheapest way to ship to Canada is via USPS First Class International mail.

 

 ๐ŸŽƒ Participants: 

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๐Ÿ˜จ faeriegirl
๐Ÿ˜ฐ Anastasiya13
๐Ÿ˜ฑ PrettyinPA
๐Ÿ˜ˆ ohheyitscindyk
๐Ÿ’€ Brutalitops
โ˜  cc3616
๐Ÿ‘ป SpaceLlama
๐Ÿ‘พ gonerogue
๐ŸŽญ mermadelove
โ˜  itsfi
๐ŸŽƒ Lipstick4soul
๐Ÿ”ฎ Lazybeautybeast
๐ŸŽญ Kim888
๐Ÿ’€ quspork
๐Ÿ‘ป SportyGirly125
๐Ÿ˜ˆ Buootiful
๐Ÿ”ฎ Snoflakefaerie
๐ŸŽƒ MichelleShops
๐Ÿ‘ป Nickelliebear1
๐Ÿ˜ฐ Samtian
๐Ÿ’€ SunKissedBlush
โ˜  bem564
๐Ÿ˜จ Sarah2TheHi
๐ŸงŸ ZombieMetroAnt

 

Mix one part Scream with two parts Scare,

a pinch of Fear, a dash of Dare...

and give your elf a Halloween Box Extraordinare!

 

 

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Re: ๐ŸŽƒ A Haunting We Will Go โ˜  Halloween elf Exchange (2019)

@ZombieMetroAnt @prettyinpa @itscarin @Buootiful I was so disappointed. My first adult Halloween giving out candy I bought full size candy bars wanting to be the "good house" in the neighborhood and had no trick or treats. It was sad.

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@ShortErica "the good house" thing is so real, I did the same after I bought my grandma's house- a place I trick-or-treated in a nice, safe, well-populated suburban neighborhood... and we got one kid! I couldn't believe it, I feel your pain

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@Brutalitops I feel both glad and sad I'm not alone in this experience.

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@ShortErica ๐Ÿ˜” weโ€™re going to have to bring trick or treat back!

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Definitely @itscarin! Now that my boys are 3 I'm excited for a more eventful trick or treat vs. last year they still were confused. We've been practicing knocking on doors inside the house and say "trick or treat!" Hahaha!

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@itscarin-  Thanks for the explanation. Last time I lived in a neighborhood (about 30 years ago) we had lots of trick or treaters and they were the cutest little things. I can see not doing it where we live since all the farms are a ways back from the road and they are far apart. I guess the kids must just go around in the town where the Post Office is, as I have seen some going around in the daylight. But as a kid, we didn't go out until the sun went down, otherwise we were called scaredy-cats. It really is sad and I don't understand why the parents just don't go door to door with the kids and make sure they don't get into trouble.

Re: ๐ŸŽƒ A Haunting We Will Go โ˜  Halloween elf Exchange (2019)

So only trick or treating in the bars? Smiley Happy That's a lot of work to change the day. Does the head of that committee happen to be named Taylor? Smiley Happy @Samtian 

town hall netflix GIF by Gilmore Girls

Re: ๐ŸŽƒ A Haunting We Will Go โ˜  Halloween elf Exchange (2019)

@Buootiful Haha I feel like that GIF is another show I'm not familiar with.

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It's from the tv show, Gilmore Girls. He was the Town Mayor of Stars Hollow. He over-regulated everything and singled out anyone that violated business codes and enforced the town's laws . Plus, they would have town events EVERY month  that he oversaw zealously Smiley Happy @Samtian 

 

I never got into it when the show ran but stumbled on it because of a podcast called Gilmore Guys. Interesting to find out why these guys watched it.  I thought it was too much of a girly show but it's really about smart, strong women and a mother-daughter relationship we all wished we had. It's my show to watch to feel good Smiley Happyand the best when you are sick!

๐ŸŽƒ A Haunting We Will Go โ˜  Halloween elf Exchange (2019)

I may have gone a little overboard shopping for my ghoul friend today. I'm still waiting on a few things to arrive...but my box is already nearing capacity! ๐Ÿ˜… I feel like this happens to me every time! ๐Ÿคทโ€โ™€๏ธ I'm hoping to ship this week! ๐Ÿ’€๐ŸŽƒ

Re: ๐ŸŽƒ A Haunting We Will Go โ˜  Halloween elf Exchange (2019)

I got started shopping for my ghoulfriend today, I had some rewards points from a retailer that have to be used up by Nov and I couldn't think of anything for me (shocking!) but they have cool stuff for gifts, so I spent them on her. Win-win. I hate letting points and freebies expire so this makes me feel good.

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Ok so I have one thing to buy today and a package arriving on Thursday. Hoping to ship out on Saturday. Awwww.....yeah!!!! 

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Iโ€™ve got 2 packages coming this week so Iโ€™m hoping I can ship early too๐Ÿคž

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@faeriegirl awwww yeah! Letโ€™s get this Halloween party started! 9E3622A8-4BDC-4E22-8448-9941475BDD9B.gif

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Yay, @mermadelove !  You always get the show started with your early shipping. I'm still planning my box decorations.

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@prettyinpa I had to get my decorating game on point ASAP because Little Miss Mermadelove was trying to steal everything to decorate the house with! I told her she could have the leftovers and she was getting a bit antsy! I tried to explain to her that since we go out trick or treating and arenโ€™t home to pass out candy it might not be nice to decorate the house, but she wasnโ€™t having any of it. Looks like we will be leavening out bowls of candy this year! Fortunately we live in an area where people will actually take one or two treats and leave some for the next folks! Where I grew up in NJ the kids were mean and it was first come first served! Whoever got there first took all of the candy like little piggies!!! E746FA41-C5DA-4485-8980-8280730DFF9A.gif

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@mermadelove-  That Little Miss is so cute! I remember her and the Halloween boa last year. I'll have to keep my eye out for another for her when I'm doing my decoration shopping for my box. I saw a pretty cute one the other day but wasn't into decorating yet so didn't get it.

You're lucky to get trick or treaters, our house is up a rutted mountain road so all we get is coyotes, who would eat the candy if we left it out.

Re: ๐ŸŽƒ A Haunting We Will Go โ˜  Halloween elf Exchange (2019)

@prettyinpa  lol all I remember is her eyes bugging out when her package from you arrived!!! She loved that t shirt! And the enormous googly eyes!

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@mermadelove-  Yeah, I got a kick out of seeing her happiness with my mermaid and Halloween trinkets. She is so pretty and such a happy child.

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@mermadelove  So fast!!! Canโ€™t wait to see all the fun boxes when everyone shares!!!

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@Kim888 This exchange and Galentineโ€™s are legitimately a highlight of my year!!!! 

So much good cheer! 

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