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[*] posted on 12-10-2019 at 22:09
2019 Secret Santa


Hey all. It is that time of year again for organising the annual Secret Santa. There was a bit of a debate last year as to whether this has become an official tradition. I think we can say that it is.
I am posting in Misc so that those members without access to whimsy can join in.

Here is the form to fill out:
https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1lxhzQg3MZ7sIAu15zBjWDWX5ESi...
(Let me know if I have missed anything obvious – I can edit and add to the form.)

I will keep registrations open til the end of October and send out info in the first couple of days of November. That gives six weeks or so to organise and send and have them delivered.
This thread is for comments, discussion and suggestions prior to registration closing.



A couple of things that are worthwhile saying
  • This is a chance to be nice to other SM members. It is not really the intention to complete your wishlist of expensive lab gear. It is intended to be low budget.
  • If you are on a tight budget but really want to be involved then let me know. I can match you up with someone in an equitable fashion.
  • I have included an option for if you wanted to send a small item off to more than one person. This has happened in the past and it was a really nice gesture.
  • We had a problem last year where a number of people felt a bit cheated when items arrived extremely late or not at all. If you choose to get involved you are committing to being nice to another member before the year is out. It does not need to be expensive but you do need to be true to your word.


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[*] posted on 14-10-2019 at 18:36


Bumping this so it appears in Today's Posts.

Take-up has been slow so far.
I am happy to have conversation in his thread. :)
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[*] posted on 15-10-2019 at 09:42


Ain't been real active for months, but this IS becoming tradition and I'm gonna be in again this year. It's a lot of fun.



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[*] posted on 15-10-2019 at 11:06


Is anybody up on the tariff and customs implications?

Are gifts exempt for some countries?

I'd hate to ship somebody an annoying customs bill because I didn't understand the local laws and how weight and declared value affects them.

Of course there are plenty of chemists here in the USA, but I wouldn't mind going international.

@j_sum1: I know, don't send any drying tubes to anybody in Australia.

I think I'll skip the idea of a baggie of unidentified powder for the recipient to analyze on any international shipment as well. That might be tough to explain adequately to the customs guys.





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[*] posted on 15-10-2019 at 12:50


@SWIM have both sent and received international packages. no problems

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[*] posted on 15-10-2019 at 13:52


i have sent and received chemicals and minerals internationally with no issues. never had a parcel opened in either direction. that said i do label everything and declare with slightly 'loose' descriptions. eg "Hobby minerals cleaning kit" = nasty acids :)



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