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Darko Savic
Darko Savic Jan 12, 2022
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A network for worldwide exchange of surprise gifts. You send your local goodies to a stranger across the world and get something of equal value from a completely different country. The system is designed for maximal diversity and culture shock.
People love:
  • receiving gifts and the anticipation of surprises
  • giving gifts and hearing how people felt about them
  • shopping
  • representing the uniqueness of their localities and cultures
This does it all in one platform.
How it works
A platform that mediates the exchange of gifts among strangers all around the world. The person that receives a package from you is not the same person that sends a package to you. The platform mixes and matches people according to an internal algorithm that is designed for maximal diversity and culture shock.
To receive a gift you have to:
  1. put money into the platform's escrow fund for safekeeping, in case you don't hold up your end of the bargain
  2. send a package of at least an identical value (if not more expensive) to whichever address the platform instructs you
The platform keeps track of the areas where you already received packages from and makes it so that you always get something from a place geographically as different as possible from the previous packages.
In the event you fail to provide a tracking code and the recipient does not receive your package, the platform pays a reputable member to send a replacement.
It's mandatory to rate each gift your receive and desirable to provide a feedback message to the sender. People gain points based on reviews and grow in rank. As you gain good reviews and your account ranks higher:
  • you get paired with other people that are known for sending amazing gifts
  • you get to send/receive multiple packages simultaneously
  • you get to opt for more expensive packages (higher tier)
Iterate your gifts
Consider each package you put together as a piece of art. You want it to evoke positive emotions in the receiver. You give each package a name, description and a list of items. Only you and the platform moderators can see the description and the list. But everyone sees the name the package is known under.
Based on how your package performs you can decide to iterate or reuse it as often as you want.
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Birthday gifts instead of/along with random surprises

J. Nikola Jan 13, 2022
I like the idea and support it. To make it even more adorable, I would suggest gifts be delivered to people on the platform exactly on the day of their birth! That way, people who usually receive many gifts for their birthday would receive one more if they were active on the platform. Also, people who don't receive birthday gifts would receive them now :)
If the birthdays are too rare (once a year), the same could be applied to name days, mother days, father days, etc.
Sure, random gifts are really cool since people don't expect them and they can have a greater impact. I just wanted to add another factor and hear what you think.
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J. Nikola15 days ago
As I understood, it would simply be a platform where you log in and get random gifts, based on how many you send. So the service would be strictly online-based, with no real-world delivery options? If that's the case, maybe existing gift-sending companies such as GiftPack and Okimochi box can be your partners and/or investors. They could even jump in when there is a lack of gift ideas.
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Darko Savic
Darko Savic15 days ago
J. Nikola you would send and receive actual, physical gifts. You would go out, buy stuff and package it. You would send them off to whatever addresses are provided by the system
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