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[–]onajag 5 points6 points  (1 child)

Can we get rid of this thread already? It stinks like a rotting old carcass.

[–]Unglossed 9 points10 points  (0 children)

Also don’t leave gifts in your car. Car break-ins increase around holidays because they know many people are hiding gifts in the trunk.

A friend lost an engagement ring this way the night before Christmas. Had it hidden in the glovebox.

[–]christiv7 5 points6 points  (0 children)

Yeah I randomly got a package delivery stolen from me on Christmas Eve, and it's from eBay so I can't really do anything about it

[–]TrippySubie 28 points29 points  (0 children)

dont open the gift to update it lmfaoooo

[–]RichardPwnsner -5 points-4 points  (4 children)

(1) if you know it’s there, you probably already brought it in;

(2) don’t do this, the recipient’ll almost certainly be able to return it either way, but some retailers are weird;

(3) batteries aren’t vegan.

[–]Shryquill 5 points6 points  (3 children)

What makes you say (3)?

[–]RichardPwnsner -2 points-1 points  (2 children)

What makes you creep?

[–]Shryquill 2 points3 points  (1 child)

Reddit is timeless ;)

[–]RichardPwnsner -1 points0 points  (0 children)

FWIW it feels awesome to call out someone other than an ex.

[–]GoldenOPx 9 points10 points  (0 children)

I always request for packages to have to be signed around this time of year. It saves me a lot of hassle and worrying about running home to get packages.

[–]imagine_amusing_name 17 points18 points  (1 child)

Bonus tip: leave boxes outside for enormous butt plugs, mains-powered dildos and an inflatable sheep with "easy clean mouth hole".

No one will go within 50 FOOT of your house even if you have a 90" tv and PS4 pro.

[–]tinosaurus 8 points9 points  (0 children)

This will help also if you are lonely, and no one even looks at you, because when doing this tip, you will get looks from every single one of your neighbours.

[–]imagine_amusing_name 5 points6 points  (2 children)

Protip: Leave outside a box for a Jaguar console or a Nintendo Switch Barbie Horse Princess bundle. Thieves will feel sympathy for your poor ass and will buy you a PSVR.

[–]KFrosty3 0 points1 point  (1 child)

I would steal that barbie horse princess bundle. You'd be surprised at the things that end up gaining value

[–]imagine_amusing_name 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Protip: not apple share price :)

[–]soodisappointed 8 points9 points  (1 child)

Is there ever a season to just leave valuables sitting around outside in a box at your door?

[–]just-a-traveler 9 points10 points  (0 children)

It refers to the empty boxes

[–]YoungRicoSuave 13 points14 points  (0 children)

LPT: If you buy a new video game console as a gift for someone, give it to them a day or two before Christmas, especially if it comes with a digital game or mandatory update they need to download. Servers tend to go down or crash during Christmas Day because of the mass amount of new players trying to connect online.

[–]JessInaDress 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Keep the tv boxes for when you move.

[–]Ibrokemy2ds 6 points7 points  (0 children)

I DM'd OP about removing this post and resubmitting it without the updating thing, but they aren't responding :'(

[–]phycocrazz 16 points17 points  (10 children)

Don’t update consoles. When I got my Xbox One and had to wait HOURS for it to update and download Halo 5 on my slow ass Internet, actually being able to play was well worth the wait and excitement

[–]psfilmsbob 2 points3 points  (5 children)

If you bought a console for your kids...yeah, update it they don't want to wait.

[–]Krasstrout 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Yep, nephews got an Xbox one last year and it was ridiculous how much larger the update was, and no was around it for the kids with a 1 MBps connection.

[–]Ibrokemy2ds 6 points7 points  (3 children)

I second this for a different reason. You're gonna disappoint your receiver if they happen to be into homebrew. The 3DS model I got for Christmas last year usually comes on 9.2, but the gifter had opened it and ran through the setup process on their own time, updating it in the process. It took forever for the firmware it was on to get an ARM9 exploit.

[–]Thunderthighs8792 0 points1 point  (0 children)

But the 3DS can be hacked on any firmware now.

[–]psfilmsbob 5 points6 points  (0 children)

This is such an unlikely event that I can't even imagine it applies to almost anyone who bought a console as a gift.

[–]kosashi 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Yeah, screw pre-crippled devices :(

[–]phyxated 11 points12 points  (0 children)

Remove shipping labels from large boxes (think Amazon) before you take them to recycling or your disposal. We have recycling centers that take oversized boxes like TV/refrigerator, etc and I frequently see expensive items with shipping labels right on them. Instead of driving around and looking for your stuff, they'll just go to a central location and case your house remotely.

[–]MDCCCLV 14 points15 points  (4 children)

Never open someones else's gift, for any reason.

[–]Ibrokemy2ds 2 points3 points  (3 children)


[–]MDCCCLV 2 points3 points  (2 children)

I broke my 2ds too!

[–]Ibrokemy2ds 0 points1 point  (1 child)

NTRBootHax is your friend.

[–]MDCCCLV 0 points1 point  (0 children)


It was a massive structural deficit.

[–]sunflowercompass 18 points19 points  (3 children)

Don't do the startup setup unless you already know their wifi password. They'll get lost trying to find the menu. Since you already did startup, they won't get a new user wizard popup or equivalent.

[–]Ibrokemy2ds 8 points9 points  (1 child)

Scratch that, never open someone's console. I PM'd OP about taking this shitty advice down.

[–]psfilmsbob 11 points12 points  (0 children)

Holy shit. Most people buying a console as a gift are parents buying for children. This is exceptionally good advice for about 99% of people giving a console as a gift.

[–]duulcet 6 points7 points  (0 children)

You can restore after updating.

[–]oldwhiner 8 points9 points  (0 children)

Leave cookies and milk out for the thieves at least, you heartless grinch.

[–]throwtrumpout 15 points16 points  (1 child)

Real LPT Leave empty gift boxes in neighbors trash so thieves rob neighbors home instead.

[–]AMZkronos 2 points3 points  (0 children)

this sounds more like an ULPT

[–]Rocko9999 26 points27 points  (15 children)

Stop with the updated console devices advice. Don't unwrap any gifts.

[–]MDCCCLV 7 points8 points  (2 children)

Yeah, I would be pissed. That turns something new into used - acceptable.

[–]Ibrokemy2ds 1 point2 points  (1 child)

Also homebrew potential. The gifter updated my 3DS I received last year, I was pissed when it took forever for the firmware they updated it to to receive an ARM9 exploit.

[–]psfilmsbob 7 points8 points  (0 children)

Just because you're an uber nerd doesn't mean this applies to...Well, pretty much anyone.

[–]ExpertBirdLawLawyer 12 points13 points  (1 child)

True story, my cousin got a $3k audio setup and left the boxes outside. A few days later his home was broken into. Stay vigilant!

[–]sunflowercompass 2 points3 points  (0 children)

That's teenage neighbors.

[–]DontLetMeCaveIn 24 points25 points  (5 children)

Downvoting because of the second “tip.”

[–]Ibrokemy2ds 3 points4 points  (4 children)

Upvoted comment because it asked OP to downvote this shitty advice.

[–]psfilmsbob 6 points7 points  (3 children)

Downvoted you both for being ignorant.

[–]Ibrokemy2ds 7 points8 points  (2 children)

How are we being ignorant? Telling someone to open up someone else's gift and install an update without their permission is not okay. The only exception is if you're gifting it to a child that is your own.

[–]psfilmsbob 7 points8 points  (1 child)

Which is who 99% of console recipients are. You think people are buying consoles and high end devices for friends?

[–]Ibrokemy2ds 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Yes. Good people exist.

[–]aj4ever 2 points3 points  (1 child)

I am already buying a present, why the hell would I also buy batteries?

[–]merc08 7 points8 points  (0 children)

If the gift you are giving requires batteries and you don't include at least a set to get it started, then you are giving a partial gift. And the recipient might not even be able to play with it until after the holiday.

[–]henryngu904 2 points3 points  (1 child)

I think someone stole mine yesterday, ironically. Am I just SoL $400?

[–]RandomJeepNut 1 point2 points  (0 children)

A package? Call the shipping company ( UPS, Fedex, USPS, etc...) and open a claim. Not an instant resolution, but might help you out.

[–]reaperindoctrination 27 points28 points  (2 children)

Please do not open consoles in order to update them. The experience of opening the box and removing the console for the first time is a big deal. The same went for games before they started phasing out physical releases.

[–]Ibrokemy2ds 6 points7 points  (1 child)

Not just that, but homebrew potential and condition can be important factors. I don't see any reason why you should update someone else's shit.

[–]psfilmsbob 10 points11 points  (0 children)

Jesus Christ, get off the homebrew dick.

[–]just_a_random_dood 37 points38 points  (3 children)

I would be really mad if someone got me a 3DS that still had 11.2 but then updated to 11.5.

Please don't update for someone else, let them decide what's best for them.

[–]Realman77 4 points5 points  (2 children)

I haven’t updated my 3DS in like forever, why does version matter? Home brew?

[–]aih5012 2 points3 points  (0 children)

/r/3dshacks for Homebrew and shit

[–]just_a_random_dood 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Yeah, basically. Gotta have B9S

[–]xbrg1 14 points15 points  (0 children)

You mean open the gift for updating console before the one receiving does? Sounds like an excuse to play yourself

[–]backtoril 8 points9 points  (5 children)

Buying batteries in advance can also help avoid fires. If you purchase batteries beforehand, you won't take them out of fire alarms/smoke detectors. Keep your family safe this Christmas!

[–]ctilvolover23 8 points9 points  (3 children)

I don't know anybody stupid enough to take batteries out of fire alarms or smoke detectors.

[–]WaterRacoon 4 points5 points  (1 child)

They're usually not even the same batteries, at least not where I am.

[–]ctilvolover23 1 point2 points  (0 children)

The same way with me too.

[–]Bosbach 0 points1 point  (0 children)

... during Christmas!

[–]extremely-moderate 10 points11 points  (0 children)

Crud, I never even thought of that. Now I know what to do when I need a 9 volt.

[–]AchromaticSky 29 points30 points  (2 children)

If you have a neighbor you don't like, put the boxes in front of their house so they get robbed instead.

[–]Disheartend 1 point2 points  (0 children)

make sure the boxes are heavy as heck!

[–]Mr_Clod 49 points50 points  (0 children)

Do not update consoles/devices. I want to be the first to open it. To remove that plastic. To update the thing myself.

[–]LabeledAsALunatic 30 points31 points  (1 child)

Don’t actually update a console, unless you know the person receiving wouldn’t want to that them self.

[–]Timuchin99 11 points12 points  (6 children)

Can't stress the first part enough. Where I live thieves have started following FedEx and UPS delivery trucks. Package theft has become rampant.

[–]Disheartend 2 points3 points  (0 children)

yep one of my friends had this issue, and she bought a LE 3DS online, the delevery person apaprently chased after the guy for a lil bit or something? not sure.

[–]samiariel 9 points10 points  (4 children)

I served on a jury last month for a guy who was caught stealing amazon packages from an apartment building

[–]merc08 10 points11 points  (3 children)

I hope you voted for life in prison.

[–]samiariel 9 points10 points  (2 children)

at the end of the first day he plead guilty. i still want to know what his punishment was

[–]merc08 9 points10 points  (1 child)

I hope the judge threw the book at him. A real heavy one.

[–]RandomJeepNut 2 points3 points  (0 children)

One? How about 3 or 4. I despise people who steal and thieve like that. Just taking stuff off of someones porch, not know what it is, when it could be someones life saving meds.

[–]ctruvu 86 points87 points  (0 children)

please dont update shit. some people might want to jailbreak or homebrew or whatever

if you're gifting a gaming system or iphone it wouldn't hurt to look up or ask someone about which firmware to use

and in the case of sony mirrorless cameras there's also an irreversible update that changes long-exposure noise reduction algorithm to eat stars

don't update shit.

[–]gettoanto 20 points21 points  (0 children)

For all developers , don't put an update for your game during Christmas

[–]Rocko9999 183 points184 points  (6 children)

Stop with the update devices advice. Leave it wrapped up. Brand new.

[–]Shadows802 22 points23 points  (4 children)

If you do give them a console make sure you give them rechargeable batteries because they will go through a lot of batteries with wireless controllers, leading to more expense and more toxic waste in the long run.

[–]websurfer83 1 point2 points  (0 children)

What consoles require rechargeable batteries? I have a PS3, PS4, Switch, and PS Vita. They have micro USB, or USB C for charging purposes. No batteries required.

[–]Disheartend 2 points3 points  (2 children)

rechargeable batteries

what? most new systems have batterys built into the system, save for the xbox one controllers.

this is kinda a dumb tip unless your giving somebody an xbox controller or something of the stort.

[–]Shadows802 4 points5 points  (1 child)

Yeah I have an Xbox so there is that...

[–]Disheartend 0 points1 point  (0 children)

its still a good tip if xbox user, I have an xbox controller for pc but no actaul xbox. I have a Switch/Wiii ECT.

that being said I have a wirless wavebird for my gamecube some where.

[–]Famixofpower -5 points-4 points  (0 children)

Well, the servers are always down on christmas due to DDOS attacks and last minute shoppers, so be thankful you got a fucking console, doesn't matter if it's still in the shrinkwrap or not.

[–]Interesting_iidea 430 points431 points  (12 children)

LPT don't open anyone's console or device to update it, breaking the seal and opening it and getting that brand new smell, turning on for the first time cannot be replicated. If they have to update it so be it, more time with the family while it updates.

[–]vlunkr 5 points6 points  (0 children)

Seriously, I had to downvote for that part. It's a nice gesture but it's too fun to open new stuff. If you think they need help, sit with them after they open it and help them.

[–]lifeisahologram 168 points169 points  (10 children)

Breaking the seal, and removing all that plastic wrap is soooo fucking good. Ive never done crack, but id imagine it's the same feeling.

[–]brandyisabella 1 point2 points  (0 children)

On a completely abstract note, where do all those shortly used game systems end up? I don’t like to think about it.

[–]Shwifty_anarchist369 52 points53 points  (7 children)

Done both...it is, but only the first time.

[–]ChimaekIsDelish 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I know what you mean.

That's what dopamine flooding across your brain feels like.

[–]Crusada 32 points33 points  (5 children)

LPT: Dont do drugs more than once?

[–]RockitDanger 3 points4 points  (1 child)

Say no to drugs Say yes to drug

[–]AlixSacha 4 points5 points  (0 children)

This is really fucking with high me

[–]TemiOO 26 points27 points  (2 children)

Reminds me of that dude who tried heroin for he first time and he posted it on Reddit, everyone’s like ‘it’s gonna mess you up dude you gotta stop while you still can’ and he was like ‘nah you guys don’t know what you’re talking about.

Long story short, he battled with a heroin addiction for like 3 years

EDIT: Found him.

[–]ChimaekIsDelish 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Yah, but heroin is different. Don't fuck with opioids. Ever. That's the one drug class you stay away from.

Coke, on the other hand. Well, it's alright. Just alright. The feeling is solid — you feel strong and confident and all "Hoorah!" for like 20 minutes to an hour. But the drips are nasty, almost triggers your gag reflex. It's definitely not some crazed rush, like you might expect if you've seen Chapelle play Tyrone Biggums. Can't say I have any desire to ever try it again, moreish as it may be in the moment.

[–]90s_Entrepreneur 8 points9 points  (0 children)

Oh man, I just read all his posts. Glad he got sober.. crazy story

[–]sarcazm 51 points52 points  (9 children)

Last year or the year before, I got a 3DS for my son for Christmas. To my surprise, it does NOT come with a power cord (unless they've changed this since then). A little annoying that every store was closed on Christmas and he couldn't charge his 3DS.

[–]Storm137 0 points1 point  (0 children)

2DS comes with it.

[–]Brawl___Stars 43 points44 points  (7 children)

That’s dumb as hell, how does a console not come with a power cord? That’s like buying the switch and you only get one half of the controller

[–]purrsandscratches 0 points1 point  (0 children)

makes it cheaper for those who already have a cord, why not? im more surprised the store didnt ask if you needed a cord

[–]vlunkr 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Apparently it's a thing in Japan.

[–]Camelbeard 6 points7 points  (2 children)

Back in the day when printers woulf still need a special printer cable (lpt cable), it was pretty normal to buy a printer and also buy the cable.

[–]Brawl___Stars 6 points7 points  (1 child)

That’s understandable but that was back in the day, there is no reason for that to happen now

[–]Disheartend 2 points3 points  (0 children)

yeah but most people already have a cable is nintendos assumption.

for example, I have 3 already.

[–]GauntletPorsche 37 points38 points  (1 child)

Nintendo's logic was you would only be buying a 3DS XL (which lacked a power cord) if you were trading in a regular 3DS. Lots of gamers complained about this

[–]Frewdis 11 points12 points  (0 children)

And when you did trade it in, the stores wanted the charging cable with the old console. So you still had to buy a new cord.

[–]NoahSL 137 points138 points  (0 children)

Don’t open a gift you got for someone. No matter your intentions, it will probably not be genuinely appreciated.

[–]Jeremy1026 28 points29 points  (0 children)

And don’t forget where you put the batteries, and have to run out Christmas Eve to get more. Source: last year we bought a 100 pack of batteries from Woot in ~August. We then put them away, to only find them this past April.

[–]axmantim 325 points326 points  (8 children)

Yeah, don't update consoles or any other devices that require an account to sign in to. Let the person who received it create their own account and set it up as they please.

[–]Famixofpower 9 points10 points  (0 children)

You know that you can still make your own account, right? They're not soulbound items that can only have one account.

Even then, the servers are always down on christmas

[–]F10x 170 points171 points  (1 child)

Yep. Every year that's a tip, and every year there's a deluge of people coming in and saying "If you open someone's brand new system, they will not be happy even if you updated it for them." Unwrapping and pulling the protective plastic is wonderful. Hell, if I get a new monitor for a coworker, I'll offer to let them open it.

[–]alex591 89 points90 points  (0 children)

if I get a new monitor for a coworker, I'll offer to let them open it.

You are a great boss.