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John Grisham The Racketeer Geocoin


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A few days ago while geocaching in New York’s Central Park I came across a strange tracker reference # TB5CX0R

 

The was the first time I’ve ever seen or heard of a tracker that was an advertisement for a product (a novel) and that seemed odd to me. Also rather odd was its travel history, over 27,000 miles in only five weeks.

 

Does anyone know anything about this? <_<

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rather odd was its travel history, over 27,000 miles in only five weeks.

 

Does anyone know anything about this? <_<

I found a couple of those Racketeer coins. They were used in a photo contest, part of a book promotion.

 

That one's been traveling for a year and five weeks :anicute:. Looks like a trip to Brazil caused a bunch of mileage last year. I have a Geico coin that gained 12,000 miles when someone dipped it in a "Mystery Cache" that has its fake coords in the Indian Ocean. :ph34r:

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A few days ago while geocaching in New York’s Central Park I came across a strange tracker reference # TB5CX0R

 

The was the first time I’ve ever seen or heard of a tracker that was an advertisement for a product (a novel) and that seemed odd to me. Also rather odd was its travel history, over 27,000 miles in only five weeks.

 

Does anyone know anything about this? <_<

 

Not the first, probably won't be the last trackable set out that is basically advertising.

 

Geico gecko tb

http://forums.Groundspeak.com/GC/index.php?showtopic=275036

http://www.geocaching.com/geico/

 

Minelab coin

http://forums.Groundspeak.com/GC/index.php?showtopic=304123

 

there was another one for Meridian Bank when it opened in Canada.

 

Trackables don't fall under the same "commercial" guideline as cache listings.

 

 

B.

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Yup Promotionals are nothing new. If you go to the Trackables Page you'll notice after Geocoins and Travel Bugs a category entirely dedicated to them and links to the various and sundry varieties that have been made and released. I believe the Jeep4x4s were the first or pretty darned close. Also many have made geocoins to promote their website or other such enterprise but I digress as these don't fall under the Promotional group. Anyway the links make for interesting reading if you're curious about the development of this side of geocaching.

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I filled out a form on the web and got one. I thought it was a fair exchange: they get promotion, I get a TB. Everything above "Current Goal" in the TB's page is out of control of the TB's owner, so that's where they put their spiel. I thought the Racketeer verbiage was reasonable: just a quick plug for the book followed by information that explains the TBs and how they were distributed. A promotional freebies go, I think this is one of the better ideas.

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