Sending things to users that are not on thier wishlists

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Sending things to users that are not on thier wishlists

Saraid Saraid
I think it would be great if there was an option to send something to a user without it being on their wishlist. A function where you could go to their profile and then click something to send them a product would be great.

I think we can all agree it really ruins the surprise when you have to ask someone for their address before sending a gift.

Thoughts?
12/18/2009
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Epiphora Epiphora
YES.
12/18/2009
Adriana Ravenlust Adriana Ravenlust
But what if they hate it?
12/18/2009
LikeSunshineDust LikeSunshineDust
Quote:
Originally posted by Saraid
I think it would be great if there was an option to send something to a user without it being on their wishlist. A function where you could go to their profile and then click something to send them a product would be great.

I think we can all ...
Well, you don't have to ruin the surprise by asking for their address 'cause it automatically gets shipped to them when you add it to your shopping cart through the wish list.

I think what you're suggesting is interesting, but if you buy someone something off their wish list, you definitely know they'll like it.
12/18/2009
Sir Sir
Well, personally, I'd rather receive something that I know I'll like as opposed to having someone waste their money on something that I won't exactly use or enjoy. But really, receiving any gift is very nice. I think that this would be a good thing to do, but would they be able to know that it's from you?
12/18/2009
Epiphora Epiphora
Okay, fools. You need to realize that Saraid isn't talking about sending stuff willy-nilly. She has reasons. How do I know this? Because the reason she started this post is because she wanted to send me some lube that I have been talking about but wasn't on my wishlist. I hadn't thought to put it on my wishlist yet, so there was no way for her to send it to me without asking for my address.

So yeah. There are situations where this would be very helpful.
12/18/2009
Adriana Ravenlust Adriana Ravenlust
Quote:
Originally posted by Epiphora
Okay, fools. You need to realize that Saraid isn't talking about sending stuff willy-nilly. She has reasons. How do I know this? Because the reason she started this post is because she wanted to send me some lube that I have been talking about ...
Maybe what would work better is an option to suggest a product to a person, then.
12/18/2009
gone77 gone77
Quote:
Originally posted by Epiphora
Okay, fools. You need to realize that Saraid isn't talking about sending stuff willy-nilly. She has reasons. How do I know this? Because the reason she started this post is because she wanted to send me some lube that I have been talking about ...
But then isn't that just an isolated incident that really wouldn't necessitate a feature like that? Just keep your wishlist up to date?
12/18/2009
giggled giggled
Quote:
Originally posted by Epiphora
Okay, fools. You need to realize that Saraid isn't talking about sending stuff willy-nilly. She has reasons. How do I know this? Because the reason she started this post is because she wanted to send me some lube that I have been talking about ...
And there are situations where this would be weird and creepy. Getting random toys from people I don't know (with the sole exception of the folks who ask me to review them - love that!) would make me pretty damn uncomfortable.

If it's a specific situation, such as the one you described, I don't think a whole new feature is warranted. In fact, the problem sounds a lot like it's been resolved.
12/18/2009
Epiphora Epiphora
Quote:
Originally posted by giggled
And there are situations where this would be weird and creepy. Getting random toys from people I don't know (with the sole exception of the folks who ask me to review them - love that!) would make me pretty damn uncomfortable.

If it's ...
I really don't think that would ever happen.
12/18/2009
Kayla Kayla
It could be a feature in the middle. You could request to send the person the product, and it will ask the person if they okay you having their address. The product would be kept a secret. That way, the product will be a surprise, but you could avoid creeps sending products. (Why they would send sex toys to random people is beyond me.)
12/18/2009
Saraid Saraid
I don't want a feature that exposes an address or a name at all, just click on a username and send. Totally anonymous on the receiver's part.
12/18/2009
Jen&Clint Jen&Clint
That does sound like it would be a good idea. I know that sometimes we see things on here and talk about how much you would like to have it but just forget to add it to your wishlist. Sounds like a good idea. Everything is kept private on here anyway unless you know the person well and you don't mind them having your address.
12/18/2009
Adriana Ravenlust Adriana Ravenlust
Quote:
Originally posted by Saraid
I don't want a feature that exposes an address or a name at all, just click on a username and send. Totally anonymous on the receiver's part.
Should they know -something- is being sent?
12/18/2009
giggled giggled
Quote:
Originally posted by Epiphora
I really don't think that would ever happen.
I'm a little confused, then, obviously. Sounded to me like you wanted a feature that would let users send gifts to people without having those gifts be on the recipients wishlist. That scenario would freak me out.

Obviously, I'm misunderstanding what you're suggesting. Perhaps you could clarify?
12/19/2009
Sundae Sundae
Quote:
Originally posted by Epiphora
Okay, fools. You need to realize that Saraid isn't talking about sending stuff willy-nilly. She has reasons. How do I know this? Because the reason she started this post is because she wanted to send me some lube that I have been talking about ...
I can understand how it was frustrating that Saraid couldn't send the lube as a surprise for you Epiphora and I hope you got that resolved. However, I think the wider implications of such a feature are unreasonable and too difficult to manage.

I would hate to think there were things I didn't know about or hadn't approved coming in the mail from anonymous people. I think most people here have fairly expansive wishlists anyway that others could usually pick and choose from with relative ease. It would have to be a fairly unusual situation, like the one you got stuck with, where a wishlist wouldn't suffice.
12/19/2009
gone77 gone77
Quote:
Originally posted by Kayla
It could be a feature in the middle. You could request to send the person the product, and it will ask the person if they okay you having their address. The product would be kept a secret. That way, the product will be a surprise, but you could avoid ...
I could see a feature like this working. But first, I don't think EF would need to give the gift giver the recipient's address. But I think they could set it up so someone could check a box on an item indicating they wish to send it as a gift to someone on EF. In turn the potential recipient would receive an e-mail alert stating that someone wishes to send a gift, but I think the giver would need to at least provide their EF ID (as in Saraid's case) or some sort of identifying name so the potential recipient could make a decision whether or not they wanted to receive a gift from that person.

If the person declines, then EF could send a form letter stating something like, "We're sorry but the person you wish to send [name of item(s) here] is not open to receiving gifts at this time." Or something like that. Just a thought.

I figure EF has to weigh how beneficial a feature like this would be in the long run against the time and effort it would take to create it.
12/19/2009
Backseat Boohoo Backseat Boohoo
Can't you send people stuff that isn't on their wishlist? I don't know if the system has been updated because grad school drained my bank account, but it used to be possible...I would put in something from somebody's wishlist, take it out, add something for myself and decide to send the wishlist item later...and then when I would go to check out with MY item, the system acted like I was still sending a gift. Does that still work?
12/20/2009
LicentiouslyYours LicentiouslyYours
As it currently stands, you have the option to enable gift registry for each wish list you create. In other words, you choose the option to allow people to send you items from your wish list. I would imagine having similar control over allowing people to send you items not your wish list should be possible.

Still, if BB is right and there is a way to do it now, I just wonder how often someone sends a gift to someone who is unwilling to pass along their address. It just doesn't seem like it would happen enough to warrant a new feature.

I will still pass along the suggestion up the ladder.
12/21/2009
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