This was inspired by the original Mystery Envelope thread. http://forum.bitcoin.org/index.php?topic=32935.0
Please take a minute to look over that offer and consider it first. I don't want to take away from someone else's idea, but I do want to offer my own version. International shipping is available, but will require some additional research to determine cost.
My wife was intrigued by the mystery envelope offer and had me order one. We both love the idea of a random thing, especially at the relatively low cost involved. We also go to a lot of thrift stores and swap meets looking for random interesting things. We pass up a lot of stuff because we have limited space and would quickly fill that space without limiting ourselves to certain types of items. With that in mind, I'd like to offer a few different Mystery Items. These are general guidelines, if you want something not on the list, let me know and we'll work something out.
1. Mystery Envelope: Similar to the original Mystery Envelope, small item, regular postage within the US, fits in a standard envelope. .1 BTC, this is more than the original thread, but these will be used items purchased specifically for the envelope or something handmade specifically for the envelope. Update: International shipping is more than the price calculator lead me to believe. Updated prices are shown below.
- Australia: +.2BTC shipping
- Belgium: +.2BTC shipping
1a. Mystery Postcards: You want a postcard from somewhere you visited but forgot to get one? How about a random country other than your own? Maybe you want an old postcard from your home state/country? Maybe you want something completely random. The Mystery Envelope prices will get you 2-3 postcards.
2. Mystery Flat Rate Boxes: USPS Flat Rate boxes, with one or more items, shipped within the US. Box sizes are available at http://postcalc.usps.gov/
, please specify which size box. Other packaging may be used depending on the actual size of the item to get the best price on shipping.
- Large Flat Rate: 2.25 BTC
- Medium Flat Rate: 1.5 BTC
- Small Flat Rate: .75 BTC
3. Mystery Comic Book: I've seen boxes and boxes of comic books. Even though they're not my thing, there's got to be someone out there who's interested in them. .3 BTC for the first one, .1 BTC for each additional.
4. Mystery Book: Generic Mystery book will usually be something bizarrely specific. In the past I've picked up reference manuals for TV/Radio stations, concrete construction regulations, etc. If you would prefer a mystery book from a specific author or genre, please let me know. .5 BTC each.
As always, if there's a specific item, or category of item that you're looking for, let me know and we can work something out. The items above are mostly just a way to give you some ideas. We go looking for older Pyrex, older cameras and books. So if there's someone out there who collects FireKing or Glassbake, we're already putting a bunch of it back on the shelves. There's a box of old reel to reel audio tapes at one of the thrift stores we visit regularly, and I know there's got to be someone out there who collects that sort of thing. If you don't like the prices above, make me an offer, all it's going to do is change the upper limit on what I'll pay for your mystery item.