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"Snoogans' TB longevity strategy #1. Drill a great big friggin hole in it to eliminate any collectable qualities of your TB."

 

How's this for drilling a big friggin hole? ElRock TB!

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:D:D

Awesome idea. Simple, non-collectible, small-ish, and durable. Very cool.

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To add to the thread, I have 4 GC/TBs and all of them are out of my home country! Three in Europe (opposite side of the world!!!) and one in transit (where ever, I don't know)

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I find many TB are mistakenly logged as discovered instead of retrieved when taken to move on. They then stay on the cache inventory, so when dropped the y can not be logged into the new cache. Meanwhile the TB is found missing from the original cache and eventually logged as lost.

If you try to alter the discovered log you cannot because an action is associated with the original log.

It needs to be made clear if you log a TB as discovered it should be left in the cache or logged as retrieved. I think it his should be made clearer in the logging drop down

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One important thing that was not mentioned yet (I know, your getting to it) is: Don't take pictures showing the TB's Serial Number....and then post them up to your bug's page......DUMB, real DUMB.

 

Was about to upload a photo that showed the code for my first TB. Glad I read this. All of the comments in this are great. My travel bug is about to achieve its goal! :D

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Wish I had read the thing about the passport. My bug was 2km away from achieving its goal but because of no goal on the bug now it is 100 :(

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This is all great advice. While I've known about geocaching for several years I didn't really get into it until this summer. That being said I ended up spending way too much money on GS buying cache containers and other things but for every $25 spent you got a free TB...so now I have 6 or 8 to send out into the world. I think I will try as many of these suggestions as possible.

 

I love finding TB and have grabbed, discovered and moved (dropped) a bunch. I've been trying to not hold on to anyone more than 2 to 3 weeks but there is one that I have grown really attached to and will follow it on its journey so I'm hoping to find a cache that I think will give it a good chance of someone finding it and doing the right thing.

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To the extent that a QR code improves the chances that a TB will be logged properly, it is possible to generate and attach a QR code to any TB, even those that were not produced by Groundspeak as QR bugs. Discussed here.

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I just recently bought my first travel bugs and will definitely be following all of the suggestions here to make sure they last as long as they can!

 

I do have one other idea, but I'm not sure how good of a longevity strategy it is. What if I included a picture of my small brothers/cousins releasing the bug both on the TB page and with the TB itself (this one would be laminated, of course)? Would this make someone think twice about taking it for themselves if they see a picture of the children they'll be taking it away from? I know a guilt trip is kind of a cheap trick, but I think it would kind of be a cute idea regardless so people could see where the TB started its life.

 

Thoughts?

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I just recently bought my first travel bugs and will definitely be following all of the suggestions here to make sure they last as long as they can!

 

I do have one other idea, but I'm not sure how good of a longevity strategy it is. What if I included a picture of my small brothers/cousins releasing the bug both on the TB page and with the TB itself (this one would be laminated, of course)? Would this make someone think twice about taking it for themselves if they see a picture of the children they'll be taking it away from? I know a guilt trip is kind of a cheap trick, but I think it would kind of be a cute idea regardless so people could see where the TB started its life.

 

Thoughts?

There are many strange motives for taking TBs. But your idea is worth a shot! Go for it. On the TB page, take and post a close-up picture or two of the TB with its attachment (with no tracking numbers in view), so finders may more easily identify it in the wilds.

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I released this one about a week ago. http://coord.info/TB6RG9Q

 

It has a tag explaining that it is in a race.

It is cute, but not special (after all, it IS a rubber duck)

It is securely attached, but by the original chain (gulp)

There is a motive for geocachers who help it to achieve its goal.

 

How likely is it that people would help this TB achieve its goal?

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How likely is it that people would help this TB achieve its goal?

Not even going to address the question. Just gonna say --

Remember this: Once you release it, it is out of your hands and control. (period)

 

There are lots of people (geocachers) out there. All have differing ideas; goals; mindsets; objectives; desires; etc.

 

Many goals have been reached... many goals have never been attained.

Truth of the matter is, some TB's never get beyond the first placement, they just turn into "smoke".

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How likely is it that people would help this TB achieve its goal?

Not even going to address the question. Just gonna say --

Remember this: Once you release it, it is out of your hands and control. (period)

 

There are lots of people (geocachers) out there. All have differing ideas; goals; mindsets; objectives; desires; etc.

 

Many goals have been reached... many goals have never been attained.

Truth of the matter is, some TB's never get beyond the first placement, they just turn into "smoke".

The reason I am asking this question is because the goal is rather unusual, and I am wondering if I should simplify it or keep it the way it is.

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I'd keep the unusual goal the way it is.

- Just don't have high expectations of it meeting any of your goals/wishes, then you're good. :)

 

Never saw anyone "discover" their own trackables before. Unusual.

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The reason I am asking this question is because the goal is rather unusual, and I am wondering if I should simplify it or keep it the way it is.

Yeah... I looked at the TB page. I would say that you are asking an awful lot from many people who care little beyond "getting a score" from logging a TB.

It used to be that moving a TB towards a requested goal was the thing to do.

In my opinion (take it for what it's worth) many, if not most, folks today -- even if they bother with TB's -- do so because it adds another point to their "score" -- nothing more.

 

Sure, somebody very well could take it to heart and do some of those things... but I certainly wouldn't count on it. For one thing, over the last few years I find very, very, very few bother with photos much anymore.

 

You can ask or request... just sayin' though, don't expect....!

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BTW, my sister has a cat Cachekinz, and she doesn't know what goal to give it or what to attach. Any ideas that would increase its chances of survival?

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BTW, my sister has a cat Cachekinz, and she doesn't know what goal to give it or what to attach. Any ideas that would increase its chances of survival?

Never mind, I already have a goal set.

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can you explain your rule #4 a little more, whats a TB Goal sheet, or a TB Passport?

I'm not the OP, but what he was referring to is attaching something more than just the TB tag to the traveler. Some folks attach a laminated card or sheet with explicit instructions as to its "goal" and or instructions on how to log the TB properly on gc dot com. Sometimes this is referred to as a "passport" or "goal sheet". I myself attach a Travel Bug Buddy along with TB tag to all my travel bugs. It does the same thing except state the goal of the TB (which none of mine have anyway).

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can you explain your rule #4 a little more, whats a TB Goal sheet, or a TB Passport?

I'm not the OP, but what he was referring to is attaching something more than just the TB tag to the traveler. Some folks attach a laminated card or sheet with explicit instructions as to its "goal" and or instructions on how to log the TB properly on gc dot com. Sometimes this is referred to as a "passport" or "goal sheet". I myself attach a Travel Bug Buddy along with TB tag to all my travel bugs. It does the same thing except state the goal of the TB (which none of mine have anyway).

 

This.

 

It happens often that while caching abroad people find a TB but have no means of checking its mission (roaming fees for Internet connections are absurd). They take the TB, come back home and read "I don't want to leave <insert country>".

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On 10/15/2007 at 2:03 PM, PNWWizard said:

For longevity I've had fun with Shoot This Dog TB. It's a plain, fabric dog collar with a TB attached. I've also attached a tag asking finders to take a photo (shoot this dog) of the collar on their dog. It's travelled almost 13,000 miles! And the photos are a riot.

I was just thinking about sending out a dog-related TB when I saw your post.  Hadn't thought of using a collar.  That's a neat idea.

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On 10/10/2009 at 4:06 AM, Vater_Araignee said:

TB longevity strategy #(fill it in yerself) SCRAP THE PAPER INSTRUCTIONS! No laminating doesn't help it only delays the inevitable. Shrinky Dink printer sheets are the key.

Print them in reverse.

Cut them out.

Shrink them in the oven.

Coat the backsides with super glue.

Attach to bug.

You can get 10 dog tag size hard plastic instruction tags from one sheet.

Heck, wile your at it, make copies of the metal tags and send out the copies.

...

Great idea!  I have a bunch of Shrinky Dink sheets left over from Girl Scout camp years (several times we made Shrinky Dink swaps).

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On 11/12/2010 at 10:42 AM, Daz & Mel said:

We have just released a couple of bugs, im hoping they will do well, and they also contain puzzles for cachers to solve...

http://www.geocaching.com/track/details.aspx?id=2788009 - this is my bug currently up a mountain in teneriffe

http://www.geocaching.com/track/details.aspx?id=2787985 - This is Mels bug, along the same theme... doing the rounds in the uk.

Im hopin they will do well.

Daz & Mel

We have a Wordlock, the combination of which we've long forgotten.  I've tried every word I can think of that's spellable on there; no luck so far.  Wondering if it was randomly set.  Maybe I'll send it out as a TB.

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Just have to say that I appreciate all the advice and comments here. It helped me develop plans ... and adapt my expectations.

A happy ending: TB85EWW .

I've no doubt that I was exceedingly lucky that it was picked up by very experienced cachers, but I made sure to stay in touch ... and they didn't seem to be irritated by that. :-)  I continue that practice with the others I've released, with good results. A simple thank you note for picking up and moving along is all I do ... and I get very cordial replies.

 

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Great thread!  I just ordered some tags, so this thread is very helpful for me! 

 

In the original posting it talked about a TB Passport, but the link was broken?

 

Also....is there a cheaper way to buy TB? I am open to "letting them go" and be chill about their outcome. However, it would be easier if the tags were cheaper. Just curious if there is a way to buy in bulk or some other cheaper way. I searched buy in bulk on the "shopping section" of this website, but they were still about five bucks a piece.

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1 hour ago, BugLuv said:

Great thread!  I just ordered some tags, so this thread is very helpful for me! 

 

In the original posting it talked about a TB Passport, but the link was broken?

 

Also....is there a cheaper way to buy TB? I am open to "letting them go" and be chill about their outcome. However, it would be easier if the tags were cheaper. Just curious if there is a way to buy in bulk or some other cheaper way. I searched buy in bulk on the "shopping section" of this website, but they were still about five bucks a piece.

 

How many TBs do you intend to buy at once?  Buy eight in the shop, and they're discounted to $4.25 each.  Buy sixteen, and get free shipping (on orders over $35).  I bought "Road Trip Crew" tags pretty cheap on closeout after that promotion was over.  You have to shop around to find great deals, which may be a "puking pumpkin" tag that nobody wanted, and it didn't turn out to look quite right anyway.  That's why it's so cheap. ;)

 

The most common thing that people mean when they want a "TB Passport" is the TB information, its description and goal.  On your TB's page, click "Print Info Page" in the menu to the right.  Just before you print it, you may see a printer menu where you can re-size that page as you like.

 

If you're crafty, you could make a small "Passport book" with whatever information you think would be good inside.  Anything made of paper tends to pretty much be destroyed in caches.  "Waterproof paper" doesn't shred, but gets a layer of black slime mold. And all the printing fades and runs. But maybe it's good for a while.  :)

 

 

 

Edited by kunarion
I got my arm got stuck in the blood pressure machine at the grocery store and couldn’t get out.

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Edited 6 hours ago by kunarion 
I got my arm got stuck in the blood pressure machine at the grocery store and couldn’t get out.

 

LOL!!  So funny!

 

I don't have an exact number. I just thought I might as well release a bunch, since they seem to get lost/stolen/not picked up. I have some cool, free ideas I want to try for the hitchhikers. I will check out the clearance rack. : ) 

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4 hours ago, BugLuv said:

 

Edited 6 hours ago by kunarion 
I got my arm got stuck in the blood pressure machine at the grocery store and couldn’t get out.

 

LOL!!  So funny!

 

:D

 

I saw "Reason for edit" and thought... why am I leaving that blank?!  So I typed a reason.  :P

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I had an interesting conversation with someone who took one of my TBs. I asked if they were going to drop it in a cache soon as it was in a race. They replied I did, I put it in a munzee cache. After further discussion I was able to determine that they put it in a light pole that a munzee sticker was on. So using this logic TBs may be put in non "geocaching" caches by mistake.

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2 hours ago, Evil Tom said:

...So using this logic TBs may be put in non "geocaching" caches by mistake.

 

Yep.  A friend of ours found two in a cache of a sorta-competing site a few years ago. 

It was a container in the woods, just not one of this site's containers. 

Hopefully a cacher just-for-the-heck-of-it lifts that and fixes things for you.    :)

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