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EnergySaver
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Joined: 2004-05-28
Posts: 1440
Location: Ozaukee County

PostPosted: Sat Jul 30, 2005 7:52 am Reply with quote Back to top

The cards have never bothered me ... I've never come across a full cache and thought ... these darn cards are filling it up ... it's usually the giant happy meal toys. Never considered a business card as bulky. But the things in the magazines, yes those drive me nuts.

But I did learn something here .... I too always thought that the business cards were how people sort of "sign the logbook" .... never considered them a trading or collectors item, that was proper to take. But now that it's been said, it makes total sense.

We have a card too ... but to this point have mainly used it to give to muggles that we meet in the woods, as parting information after we explain geocaching. Are card has the website, our team name, some fun pictures (that the kids did) and a brief description of what geocaching is. We've also given out many in places like Gander Mountain and Dollar Stores when the clerks that are helping us find something ask us what we're doing.
 
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Trudy and the beast
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Joined: 2002-07-26
Posts: 2375
Location: Milwaukee, WI, USA

PostPosted: Sat Jul 30, 2005 8:05 am Reply with quote Back to top

quote:
Originally posted by Really I'm Not Lost:
I don't mind the geocachers cards with team names in fact some are interesting, the only two I ever took were a Trudy and the beast magnet card (on the fridge still) and a get out of hell free card that I thought was neat. I logged both times that I took the cards even though I wasn't sure if I was suppose to take the t&b magnet. if it was a mistake, I thought they would email me and I would put it back (local cache).

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Actually we were flattered to find someone valued our card enough to take it home and display it with their children's art.

The topis is in fact, rather timely. We had 1000 cards printed and are now down to less than 100 left. 80% of the responders here read and or collect these cards. We believe this is reason enough to continue (print another 1000). We plan on returning to Door County soon. Let us know how you like the second edition. ~tb

 
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OuttaHand
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Joined: 2003-05-19
Posts: 203
Location: Elkhorn, WI USA

PostPosted: Sat Jul 30, 2005 9:19 am Reply with quote Back to top

I, too, have a Trudy & the Beast magnet card in my case of caching trades. I think it's pretty neat.

As far as regular business cards go, I don't think they are any real problem. But I do think it would be nice if they were organized in some way. Normally I see them floating around the cache, making their way to the bottom of the box, getting all grubby and damp. If they were rubber-banded, or paper-clipped and kept in the ziplock with the log book, that would certainly be much nicer. That's just my $.02
 
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DCexplorer
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Joined: 2003-08-21
Posts: 201
Location: Sturgeon Bay, WI, USA

PostPosted: Sat Jul 30, 2005 11:45 am Reply with quote Back to top

So I've learned a few things:

1. It's OK to collect cards
2. Actual business cards (like a Realtor or car salesman) that aren't Geo-cards and aren't a trinket should be pulled due to their commercial nature.
3. Cards would be less annoying if they were or rubber-banded or paper-clipped together
4. Have the geocaching web site address on the cards as well to hand out to trolls and muggles
 
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MajorBrat
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Joined: 2005-04-07
Posts: 303
Location: Silver Lake, WI USA

PostPosted: Sat Jul 30, 2005 12:27 pm Reply with quote Back to top

One word: CITO

(yes, I know...it's actually 4, but I didn't spell them out!)
 
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Gram and Gramps
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Joined: 2004-01-02
Posts: 344
Location: Waupaca, WI USA

PostPosted: Mon Aug 01, 2005 2:40 pm Reply with quote Back to top

We don't collect cards.
We don't have a card.
We don't view them as clutter.
We do enjoy looking at them when conditions permit.
Maybe we oughta have some printed and start collecting, eh?

Grandma & Grandpa
 
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Cache_boppin_BunnyFuFu
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Joined: 2004-05-06
Posts: 2008
Location: Waukesha, WI, US

PostPosted: Mon Aug 01, 2005 8:26 pm Reply with quote Back to top

quote:
Originally posted by DCexplorer:
So I've learned a few things:

1. It's OK to collect cards
2. Actual business cards (like a Realtor or car salesman) that aren't Geo-cards and aren't a trinket should be pulled due to their commercial nature.
3. Cards would be less annoying if they were or rubber-banded or paper-clipped together
4. Have the geocaching web site address on the cards as well to hand out to trolls and muggles



Agree with these comments whole heartedly. Never had a problem with the cards, except for REAL honest to goodness Business Cards. I enjoy the Geocachers cards!! If it were not for T&TB and their card, I wouldn't have had a place to stamp my stamp on a perm cache we found in GB. The container had no lid & no LOG!! Rubber banding them or getting a separated zippy-lock bag would be helpfull!!!
 
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WISearchers
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Joined: 2002-12-23
Posts: 381
Location: Madison, WI, USA

PostPosted: Tue Aug 02, 2005 6:34 pm Reply with quote Back to top

I've only removed a few things from caches without replacing it with something:

1. A real business card, not a T&tb type card. I don't think any advertising like business cards should be in caches, except for spif items squishy balls, pens, or stuff you get at trade shows.

2. Anything remotely to do with my soul being saved. (Separation of Church and Geocaching, right? Image

3. Anything food, candy, incense, soap or otherwise stinky things.

I'm in the category where I like to find the calling card items or cards, so long ast they don't break rules 1, 2,or 3.

I'm also in agreement that I'd rather find signature cards than left over Space Jam or Flubbler McToys that have been little Johnny's mouth or God knows where else.

My $0.04.

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[This message has been edited by WISearchers (edited 08-02-2005).]
 
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LightningBugs Mum
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Joined: 2004-09-26
Posts: 1604
Location: Fort Atkinson, WI

PostPosted: Wed Aug 03, 2005 8:19 am Reply with quote Back to top

I like collecting the cards and other sig items. And I like it when somebody collects my sig item (wooden nickels) out a cache. Sig items collectors are merely a subset of the geocaching public. I often find the cards put in the baggie with the log book - especially in the bigger caches. This is handy since they are kept clean, flat, and easy to find in a box full of loot.

Looking at it from a cache owner's perspective: It seems that some people feel the sig item was put there for the cache owner and therefore is untradeable. But most of the time, in my experience, the cache owner doesn't care. IF they even actually do cache maintenance, most of them leave the sig items there. I, as a sig item collector, will take sig items from my own caches when I go out to replenish them. But if a cache finder traded out someone's sig item from one of my caches, I don't feel like they took something that should have been mine.

I guess the only exception might be when the log book is unsignable for some reason and the sig item was left in lieu of a signature.

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