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Ask Slashdot: How Do You "Unwrap" e-Gifts? 86

Posted by samzenpus
from the virtual-stockings dept.
theodp writes "With all of the content that can be delivered electronically — e-books, music, apps, movies, e-gift cards, tickets — the percentage of Christmas gift giving that's digital is growing each year. However, the e-gift unwrapping user experience on Christmas morning leaves much to be desired. In addition to providing old-school mail delivery of gift cards, Amazon offers a variety of other options, including e-mailing a gift card on a specific day with or without a suggested gift, posting it on someone's Facebook Wall, or allowing you to print one for personal delivery. Another suggestion — using USB drives — harkens back to the days of burning CDs with custom playlists for last-minute gifts, but you'll be thwarted by DRM issues for lots of content. So, until Facebook introduces The Tree to save our e-gifts under until they're 'unwrapped' on Christmas morning with the other physical gifts, how do you plan on handling e-gift giving and getting?"
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Ask Slashdot: How Do You "Unwrap" e-Gifts?

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  • E-gifts (Score:5, Insightful)

    by girlintraining (1395911) on Monday December 24, 2012 @07:07PM (#42384431)

    , how do you plan on handling e-gift giving and getting?"

    I pirate. Most of what's "e-gifted" is just supporting the entertainment industry; and I'm loathe to support them until they clean up their act with all the DRM crap, manipulating the market prices, and throwing people in jail for trivial crap, as well as co-opting our entire legal system and feeling entitled to profits. So... I just give people cash or socks. Because holy shit, adults love socks. And cash. Everyone does, actually.

  • Re:Received? (Score:4, Insightful)

    by Bill Dimm (463823) on Monday December 24, 2012 @07:57PM (#42384667) Homepage

    Ask them.

    That's a little hard to do without rubbing in their faces the fact that they (perhaps) weren't grateful enough to thank you for the gift.

  • by ilsaloving (1534307) on Monday December 24, 2012 @09:10PM (#42384977)

    Call me old school, but the whole point of Christmas is to be together with loved ones. The idea that everyone is sitting around the tree in their pajamas, and suddenly whip out their iPhones 'n whatnot to check their email to see what presents they got, just seems.... tacky.

    Unless the product in question could *only* be delivered via email, or if you were sending a gift to someone very far away and it's just more realistic to do it that way, then virtual presents just feels wrong. If you don't want to give someone a physical for some reason, then make a donation to a charity in their name or something.

    Humans are naturally physical and a huge amount of our interaction with the world revolves around touch. It's already been well established, for example, that people value software far less when it's not delivered in a box than when it is. Not only will people who recieve a virtual gift be virtually guaranteed of cherishing it less, but people will be thinking (subconsciously or consciously) that the giver was somehow cheap, in some vague unidentifiable way.

  • Re:E-gifts (Score:5, Insightful)

    by Jafafa Hots (580169) on Monday December 24, 2012 @10:59PM (#42385329) Homepage Journal

    Guess what.

    Despite what you think, the mere fact that you created something does NOT mean that you are "entitled" to profits.

    If your business model requires a law to be passed that prohibits billions of people from exercising a trivially easy behavior that you would never personally notice otherwise, then your business model is shit.

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