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Topic: Do you still want RAOK wishes from previous months?

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Subject: Do you still want RAOK wishes from previous months?
Date Posted: 4/25/2011 1:16 PM ET
Member Since: 4/28/2009
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Just a question that's come up recently---    I often will get coupons or find items that match a wish someone posted a month or two earlier.  If I have the person's address from sending an earlier RAOK, I will just  send the coupons or item without asking if they still want/need it (since it's on my mind, it's more likely to get wrapped and mailed right away than waiting for an answer from someone). Am I wrong to do this?  Or should I always PM first?

(I figure if people have asked for collectibles or broken jewelry or craft items, they are still going to want those things and a surprise in the mail is nice sometimes.)

Date Posted: 4/25/2011 2:22 PM ET
Member Since: 2/6/2009
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I think it would be best to ask first though not because people don't like surprises in the mail. It's more for personal reasons. I will soon be leaving my college behind and returning home for the summer. If someone were to send me a RAOK to my college address (the address I've used for the past few months) during the summer, it would probably be left in the mailroom forever, as my college has a policy of not mailing things forward.

Surprises are lovely but people move or addresses have to be changed for whatever reason. It's probably a slim chance but it does happen, in cases such as mine.

Date Posted: 4/25/2011 7:22 PM ET
Member Since: 4/27/2009
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Still send coupons to members I have on a list for over a year now.  If they don't want them, I hope they would let me know.  Maybe should check to see if some I don't hear thank you from are still members.

Date Posted: 4/26/2011 2:05 AM ET
Member Since: 10/25/2005
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Send them everyone loves surprises.  Jean

Date Posted: 4/27/2011 8:32 PM ET
Member Since: 2/25/2009
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I still receive your coupons, and although I'm not the best at remembering to thank you each time, I LOVE getting them! Thank you so much for your effort!! 

Date Posted: 4/29/2011 5:03 PM ET
Member Since: 11/28/2008
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I love getting them but I travel a lot so I often don't get mail for several weeks. And I hate having to tell someone that I don't know if something has come in or not. If I know it is coming at least I can ask the person who gets my mail. But I do love getting packages:)

Date Posted: 5/3/2011 2:33 PM ET
Member Since: 12/12/2005
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Date Posted: 5/7/2011 1:59 AM ET
Member Since: 5/4/2006
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i want to be on a coupon list..lol i loove coupons. and i say...send ..everyone loves suprises that show up out of the blue on a bad day and make u smile

Date Posted: 5/13/2011 1:18 PM ET
Member Since: 7/3/2006
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I love getting beads in the mail, and like to surprise the sender with pairs of my earrings!