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I picked up a TB last week and plan to deposit it soon.

 

I do not want to keep it for an unreasonable time. But I am still looking for a good place to deposit it at.

 

Any ideas? One week? One month?

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About two weeks or so. If you find you'll be holding on to the bug for three weeks or more, notify the owner of the situation. Most are pretty cool about it if they know their bug hasn't been forgotten. If you want to hold the bug for over a month, maybe to take it on a long trip, get the owners permission first.

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As long as you want.

 

People like to pretend there is a two-week maximum rule. Those people are mistaken.

 

It's a rule of thumb based on how long before an owner starts wondering about their bug.

 

But yeah, if you don't mind getting emails asking when are you going to move the bug, hold it as long as you want. :laughing:

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I typically send a polite email after a month has gone by. A lot of cachers simply forget they have my coin or TB and this takes care of the problem. For those who are no longer interested in caching, or for whom life has gotten in the way of caching, I offer to send a SASE so they can snail-mail us our coin/TB back so we can get it moving again.

 

Most cachers are reasonable people. There are only a few who seem to think they can do whatever they want with other people's travelers. I guess there are rude people who only think about themselves no matter where you go. :laughing:

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As long as you want.

 

People like to pretend there is a two-week maximum rule. Those people are mistaken.

And there are always the type of people who obviously dont want to play the game by moving on other peoples travel bugs at all

the guidelines state that if you dont intend on moving travel bugs dont collect them from the cache and if you do try and move them on quickly rather than keep them for really long periods of time like you seem to be doing :laughing:

Seeing as you seem to have quite a few, it would be nice if you would take this as a hint and move them all on soon.

This may seem a bit harsh, but travel bugs do cost money and the owners would like to see them moving and not being hoarded by members like you :)

 

Edited to add this extract:

Is there any Travel Bug etiquette?

Use the Golden Rule when you find a Travel Bug. Most owners would rather see their travel bugs do a lot of travelling, so try not to hold on to a travel bug for too long. If you plan on holding onto the bug for more than 2 weeks, make sure to send a courtesy email to the owner letting them know.

From the FAQ for travel bugs

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Forget it guys, he's just trolling.

 

Apparently someone holding a bunch of bugs is supposed to be shocking to us. We all know that it's a hard world for travel bugs. Ignore him and he'll get bored and move on to some other place to get the attention he craves.

 

Welcome to the forum of Unending Angst!

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Not trolling, not trying to get people upset, not looking for attention. I'm just being realistic about TB/GC "requirements".

 

I have some bugs now, and nobody owns them but me. I am definitely moving them on, I just don't want to drop my bugs in mediocre caches. I've emailed several of the people that started the bugs.

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Not trolling, not trying to get people upset, not looking for attention. I'm just being realistic about TB/GC "requirements".

 

I have some bugs now, and nobody owns them but me. I am definitely moving them on, I just don't want to drop my bugs in mediocre caches. I've emailed several of the people that started the bugs.

 

 

glad to see that. I was about to put a request on the couple of TBs that I put out there to avoid Tallahassee. You took up quite a collection there a couple months ago. I'm sure the caches you choose to drop those TBs in will be spectacular.

 

the bright side, at least you are logging that you grabbed them. Many TBs that are headed for Neverland just disappear.

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someone took my sons TB 6 months ago. It was his first bug & they were the first to pick it up. They have done 200 caches since & still not dropped it to continue its travels. Problem is they're dutch. So does anyone know dutch for "drop the TB to stop my little boy crying himself to sleep each night you big meanie" ???

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someone took my sons TB 6 months ago. It was his first bug & they were the first to pick it up. They have done 200 caches since & still not dropped it to continue its travels. Problem is they're dutch. So does anyone know dutch for "drop the TB to stop my little boy crying himself to sleep each night you big meanie" ???

 

Try the local reviewer for that area: Kruimeldief

 

Oh by the way, you don't want to show the tracking numbers in your photos or post it anywhere on line.

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I am in a similar boat insofar as I have a travel slug that I picked up in Wisconsin in early September and haven't moved. In this situation I emailed the owner and asked if we could take it with us to New York in December, and he agreed.

 

I like moving TBs and coins because I like seeing where they've come from. I can hold a TB or coin and say "wow, this has been at X, Y, and Z and I'd like to go there someday". But the real thrill is then putting them somewhere and seeing their further travels; I always add myself to the watch list of all the TBs and coins I move because I'm just so fascinated by all the places they go, after they've been with me.

 

We're planning a cache-tour around Christmas when we go to New York; we're planning on hitting at least one cache in every state between Illinois and New York, and think it'd be great to put some real miles on some of the TBs and coins we have, instead of moving them just a couple of miles here and there. I know that it could be someone else who then takes them on to some far-flung part of the world, I guess I'd just like the opportunity to do it myself once in awhile too. :)

 

My kids have had a lot of fun playing with some of the more clever coins we've discovered (one shaped like a cow, another a big gem), but it's always emphasized that they belong to someone else and that we can't keep them. And frankly, I don't *want* to keep them...that's simply not the point; I'd hate to think that the journey ended with me. This makes me actually quite careful about where I put stuff...I'd hate to discover that the cache was plundered, all the items taken, and maybe it was my fault for not putting it back well enough? Maybe someone saw me? This is especially worrisome in an urban setting like Chicago where there are plenty of people around.

 

Ultimately, for me, I'm here to "play the game" and I want everyone to have fun. If I'm holding onto something for what seems a long time, it's because I want to make sure I'm doing justice to the owner, not because I want to keep anything.

 

Besides, who wants to hold onto a Green Bay Packers coin? I'm a Bears fan (ducks) :D

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I have, due to some very unfortunate circumstances (does cancer count?) had a geocoin and a TB in my possession for nearly two years. I have finished my treatment and hope to get out into the woods this coming weekend. I plan on placing these trackables in caches when I'm out. Thankfully, I have not been hounded by the owners of either item to place them.

 

I have a couple of my own TB's out there and one has had a couple erroneous logs (or failure to log the item out of the cache) and I'm pretty lenient on them. They've always turned up. One reviewer wanted to deactivate one of them, and I told him to reactivate it because it's had longer stretches of being listed in a cache where it actually was not located previously. Within a week it turned up.

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I am in a similar boat insofar as I have a travel slug that I picked up in Wisconsin in early September and haven't moved. In this situation I emailed the owner and asked if we could take it with us to New York in December, and he agreed.

 

I like moving TBs and coins because I like seeing where they've come from. I can hold a TB or coin and say "wow, this has been at X, Y, and Z and I'd like to go there someday". But the real thrill is then putting them somewhere and seeing their further travels; I always add myself to the watch list of all the TBs and coins I move because I'm just so fascinated by all the places they go, after they've been with me.

 

We're planning a cache-tour around Christmas when we go to New York; we're planning on hitting at least one cache in every state between Illinois and New York, and think it'd be great to put some real miles on some of the TBs and coins we have, instead of moving them just a couple of miles here and there. I know that it could be someone else who then takes them on to some far-flung part of the world, I guess I'd just like the opportunity to do it myself once in awhile too. :)

 

My kids have had a lot of fun playing with some of the more clever coins we've discovered (one shaped like a cow, another a big gem), but it's always emphasized that they belong to someone else and that we can't keep them. And frankly, I don't *want* to keep them...that's simply not the point; I'd hate to think that the journey ended with me. This makes me actually quite careful about where I put stuff...I'd hate to discover that the cache was plundered, all the items taken, and maybe it was my fault for not putting it back well enough? Maybe someone saw me? This is especially worrisome in an urban setting like Chicago where there are plenty of people around.

 

Ultimately, for me, I'm here to "play the game" and I want everyone to have fun. If I'm holding onto something for what seems a long time, it's because I want to make sure I'm doing justice to the owner, not because I want to keep anything.

 

Besides, who wants to hold onto a Green Bay Packers coin? I'm a Bears fan (ducks) ;)

 

I don't want too sound too harsh but...

That travel bug could have circled the globe in the three months that you have been hanging on to it!

also if you think you have muggled or spotted at a cache then dont place a tb there and place the cache back as or better than you found it and it wont get muggled.

But at least you went to the effort of contacting the owner.

where as my TB that has travelled just 4 miles is still in the hands of the person that logged it 9 months ago and despite me trying to contact them twice have not responded, this is a real shame as this is my Cub packs TB and we were hoping to watch it travel around the world. Most of the cubs that placed this in its first cache have now or will very soon be leaving the group, so it would be nice if cachers would allow them to travel. :D

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As long as you want.

 

People like to pretend there is a two-week maximum rule. Those people are mistaken.

 

C@ptainHook,

I respectfully ask you to please release the travel bugs and coins you are hoarding. The pirate thing is passé, it's so yesterday. We went through the "pirate" phase years ago, and nobody thought it was funny, or clever, or cool then. Your idea is not new, and it is not embraced by other geocachers. So, before you lose the friends you might have made in here, please place them in a cache near you.

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On 11/25/2009 at 5:35 AM, Eartha said:

 

C@ptainHook,

I respectfully ask you to please release the travel bugs and coins you are hoarding. The pirate thing is passé, it's so yesterday. We went through the "pirate" phase years ago, and nobody thought it was funny, or clever, or cool then. Your idea is not new, and it is not embraced by other geocachers. So, before you lose the friends you might have made in here, please place them in a cache near you.

Eartha

Groundspeak Volunteer Forum Moderator

 

10 minutes ago, C@ptainHook said:

No.

It's time he walked the plank.

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4 hours ago, C@ptainHook said:

No.

"No", reads like a hoarding disorder, or a two year old.

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Resurrected an 11-year-old thread to post a "no"?

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Why is this person still here ?  Should have been banned by now.

Holds on to other-people's property (over 20) since '11 , and after 11 years all they can say is "no".  Sheesh...  

Agree with Goldenwattle, a grown person acting like a day care kid.

Hoarders have a special place in Hates awaiting them...

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7 hours ago, cerberus1 said:

Should have been banned by now.

 

I'm guessing he / she / it would just create a new account, assuming he / she / it only has the one account.

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On 11/23/2009 at 7:17 PM, WRITE SHOP ROBERT said:

No more than two years

 I picked up a TB (the original tag from 2005) yesterday that someone had held for just over 2 years and posted 113 pages of visit logs.

Another that the same person held for over 4 years and posted 180 pages of visit logs.

Wonder why they decided it was finally time to drop them.

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54 minutes ago, NanCycle said:

Wonder why they decided it was finally time to drop them.

 

I really wonder about some people. If they wanted to do that, why not just buy their own TB that they can carry with them? :blink:

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On 7/26/2020 at 3:17 PM, NanCycle said:

 I picked up a TB (the original tag from 2005) yesterday that someone had held for just over 2 years and posted 113 pages of visit logs.

Another that the same person held for over 4 years and posted 180 pages of visit logs.

Wonder why they decided it was finally time to drop them.

On 7/26/2020 at 4:13 PM, Unit473L said:

 

I really wonder about some people. If they wanted to do that, why not just buy their own TB that they can carry with them? :blink:

 

Misery loves company!  I'm glad to hear that I'm not the only one frustrated by people holding TB's for months at a time an logging pages and pages of Visit logs!   Between that and phony "Discovered" logs from people distributing lists of TB ID numbers and cachers who pick up TB's and never drop them or even log them again, I have really lost hope and interest in TB's.

I've even put notes in all my TB's asking people to NOT log Visits and to promptly move TB's along, it doesn't help.

I've messaged cachers asking them to move along TB's and not log Visits, and it usually just results in a "Mind Your Own Business" response or worse...

I think TB's are a great fun idea that has been destroyed by people laziness or selfishness...

 

 

 

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5 minutes ago, Matt98030 said:

 

Misery loves company!  I'm glad to hear that I'm not the only one frustrated by people holding TB's for months at a time an logging pages and pages of Visit logs!   Between that and phony "Discovered" logs from people distributing lists of TB ID numbers and cachers who pick up TB's and never drop them or even log them again, I have really lost hope and interest in TB's.

I've even put notes in all my TB's asking people to NOT log Visits and to promptly move TB's along, it doesn't help.

I've messaged cachers asking them to move along TB's and not log Visits, and it usually just results in a "Mind Your Own Business" response or worse...

I think TB's are a great fun idea that has been destroyed by people laziness or selfishness...

 

 

 

When I started geocaching and first started picking up travel bugs I noticed that several of them said do not bring to events. Can you guess why?  

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54 minutes ago, Matt98030 said:

 I'm glad to hear that I'm not the only one frustrated by people holding TB's for months at a time an logging pages and pages of Visit logs! 

 Between that and phony "Discovered" logs from people distributing lists of TB ID numbers and cachers who pick up TB's and never drop them or even log them again, I have really lost hope and interest in TB's.

I've even put notes in all my TB's asking people to NOT log Visits and to promptly move TB's along, it doesn't help.

I've messaged cachers asking them to move along TB's and not log Visits, and it usually just results in a "Mind Your Own Business" response or worse...

I think TB's are a great fun idea that has been destroyed by people laziness or selfishness...

 

I agree that the hoarders who hold onto someone else's property for months/years on end are a bit much.   :)

IIRC,  the "Visit" log was created for those people who "dip" (Drop n Retrieve to every cache found until finally leaving it a cache...), to make it "easier" for them to do so. 

Odd that we didn't know a single person who did that...   

Well, it became so easy to do that a large group of selfish people have now become hoarders.  

Using others property for personal mileage trackers I guess.

 

Curious ... how do you tell the difference between a helpful Discover log and a "phony" one ?  Thanks.

My Discover log would tell you what condition your trackable's in, where I really found it (all the incorrect logs...), and I'll even give you the name of that creep who's brought your trackable, along with dozens of others, to every event they attend.  ;)

 

Are you contacting cachers of your own trackables ?  If they're telling you to pound sand, I'd simply lock it.  You'll never see it again anyway...

If they aren't yours, then nice you care, but that's not your worry.

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On 11/20/2009 at 9:04 AM, C@ptainHook said:

Not trolling, not trying to get people upset, not looking for attention. I'm just being realistic about TB/GC "requirements".

 

I have some bugs now, and nobody owns them but me. I am definitely moving them on, I just don't want to drop my bugs in mediocre caches. I've emailed several of the people that started the bugs.

Odd, your profile shows that you've had many for well over 9 years and counting. And you claim to not be a troll?

 

 

edit: after reading your forum posts, I think another person was spot on when you were labeled a sociopath.

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