When I started this blog, I told myself that I would write reviews about whatever, and not about my personal life, unless it’s relevant to the review. Unfortunately, this is a straight up rant because I don’t know where else to express these feelings.
So. I just finished (or am on the way to finishing) my first Reddit Gift Exchange. We’ve all seen super duper awesome, expensive gifts given like iPads, computers, and even something from Bill Gates (sadly not a Surface. Whether I think that’s awesome or not is neither here nor there). There are also super duper cool gifts (if not monetarily expensive) like artwork and other crafts. Most probably wish to receive something as awesome, and maybe even some sign up in the first place, specifically hoping to get a brand new NDS or what have you. I was one of the former, but not the latter. So, with shining eyes, I registered for a reddit and a redditgifts account, clicked the signup button for the Hockey gift exchange, painstakingly filled up all of the required info (and writing a very detailed Likes/Dislikes since I hadn’t posted anything in reddit, so my match had nothing to stalk me with), and patiently waited for Matching Day. /r/hockey (the sub-reddit/forum for duh hockey) already had an unofficial gift exchange, and I think most participants received something, so I rested easy. I’ve always believed that hockey fans are the best, among the Top 4 sports, so the percentage of me being shafted was pretty small, I thought.
I’m just a new hockey fan, actively watching games live only a few months ago. I really wanted hockey swag to decorate my work with, so I WAS SO EXCITED for the exchange.
Unfortunately, in any, and all, exchanges, there will be scammers who join for free stuff. Reddit has a system that tries to lessen scammers, but I can’t comment on its efficacy. So if someone gets matched by a scammer, people can volunteer to be rematchers, giving the shafted person something, while receiving nothing in return. Of course rematchers can also shaft you.
So, hockey fans (best in the world) + Reddit system + Rematchers = WIN, right?
Well, yes, in theory. When Matching Day came, I excitedly checked who I was matched with, and saw he was a new member (ruh roh), so didn’t have any posts (ruh roh x 2), and when I messaged him, he didn’t reply (ruh roh x 3). As a good Santa, I still sent him something, though admittedly didn’t go all out. I’d like to say that I felt bad, but after he still didn’t reply to ANY of my messages and didn’t even post the gift he received, MEH. I can’t definitively say he was a scammer, but well……….. I thought to myself, I still have my Santa. Giving is just one part of the exchange, right?
Well, my Santa checked my info twice (once during the start/middle and once at the end), but never sent me a message or a gift. Sigh. Well, fine. I received an email saying I was a rematcher for someone, promptly sent them a message and a gift (2 shirts and a pair of earrings), and all/most was well. Actually, when she posted her gift, she didn’t include the earrings, and when I asked her about it, she didn’t reply. Meh. Honestly, I AM annoyed. I mean, c’mon, this random person gave you something without expecting anything in return and you can’t even reply to her question. Well, whatever, her post seemed positive, at least. While looking around, I also noticed that I was rematched to someone and said person checked my info a couple of times. Woo-hoo!
I had cancelled my participation as a hockey rematcher because of funds but felt bad and signed up again. Again, promptly sent the guy a message and ordered the gift (signed puck).
A couple of days later, my rematch santa sent me a message saying that he didn’t have much money anymore and so gave me a 3-month Elf subscription. I said thanks and posted in the gallery.
Sigh. I thought to myself, why be a rematcher if you know you can’t give anything? zzzzzzzzz
I know a lot of people say that the happiness is in the giving. Well, I gave and gave and gave, and sure, I’m happy, but I’d still like to receive something more in turn. This is a gift EXCHANGE, after all. I mean, I am thankful to my rematcher coz at least s/he gave me something, but sigh. I spent, what, $100 and I got $10 in return? Not even something I can physically hold. I wasn’t even expecting a computer, for crying out loud. A shirt would’ve been fine, and I also asked for a puck coz I’ve never seen one irl. Good thing I ordered one on Amazon coz my Santas didn’t even give me that. Sigh.
So here comes Arbitrary Day and I signed up for it, but, I don’t want to get my hopes up again, just to be thoroughly disappointed. I don’t think I’ll be a rematcher, either, for this round.