Originally Posted by cjwaldon
WHITE ELEPHANT sounds like fun! However, I have some reservations. I've seen too many egg swaps and ornament swaps where some members never received their item. Therefor I'm adding a rule that if a participant does not ship their gift, they will be banned from participating in this group again, either as host or player. No second chances.
For that matter, any host that doesn't ship or refund will be permanently banned. Any host that cannot ship but does refund will be put on probation.
I still owe two people due to my Isabel Leghorn rooster sleeping on the job. I discovered there might be a problem when I candled my own eggs a few days after shipping. One player opted to wait until Spring to fulfil. That player's shipping fee was refunded. I have not refunded the other player. I am hoping to reship to the other player in about a week. I can't ship soon I'll refund that player as well.
The best way to flush out hiccups in a game is to try it once. All players will be required to send tracking information to @meltel when they ship. Ideally everyone will ship and nothing will get lost in the mail. @meltel are you willing to keep a worksheet of who is sending what item to which player and adding tracking numbers as they are shipped?
Since this game would be an equal swapping where every player gets something, I don't see why everyone couldn't play. Anyone think of any issues letting everyone play? Of course this type of game would not decrease the time-out period for other games.
I would also suggest that the players have the items on hand at game time, ready for shipping to the winner. Planning to purchase the item after the winner has been determined could be problematic if the item (on Amazon for example) sells out while the game is being played and availability is unknown in the near-term. Handmade items, to be made per winner's preferences could also be troublesome as well. In my experience with swapping threads, life happens and commitments can't be kept. To prevent disappointments, I would recommend the host and players of the white elephant game stay away from to-be-made items and to require that players have the items on hand.