Here is a great way to buy your loved ones an e-gift on permies.com - with just a few clicks.
Select a gift
Permies' "digital market" has a huge amount of permaculture-related e-gifts that you can buy. Choose a gift your loved ones would like. It can be anything from a permaculture playing card eBook to a full length 8-dvd set of DIY rocket mass heaters.
Click the following link to go to the digital market, and choose an excellent item:
Now that you have selected an excellent item from the digital market, the next step is to buy it as a gift. To do that, go to the selected item by clicking it. Once you are in there, scroll down until you find a black box, like this:
See a link called "Buy this as a gift"? Click that link and it will take you to Paypal. HOWEVER, it is possible that you have already bought this item for yourself before, in which case you wouldn't see a black box. If that's the case, scroll further down until you find the end of the thread. A little below that there is another link called "Buy this as a gift":
Complete the transaction on Paypal
At this point, it should have taken you to Paypal. On Paypal, complete the purchase as you normally do. Once you do that, it should automatically take you back to permies.
Send it to the person who should receive it
If you have followed all three steps above, congratulations! you have purchased the gift. All you have to do now is just send the gift to who you want to gift it to. At this point, it should have automatically taken you to this screen:
There are two possible ways to send this gift:
Method A: Simply copy the given link (which is "https://permies.com/g/ipdldt1t5t" as shown in the above screenshot) send it to the gift receiver.
Method B: If you know the email address of the gift receiver, enter that into the given text field and click the "Send" button. For an extra surprise, if you don't want to reveal it to the receiver who sent them this gift, you can select the "I wanna stay anonymous" checkbox
Got a question? Reply to this page, and we will help you sort it out.
With lots of Gift Codes going out with the Better World book Kickstarter, and likely even more in the future, I was wondering if thought had been given to providing a way for recipients of those codes to painlessly redeem them for a quick, obligation-free, one-off download/view — instead of having to create a permies.com account in order to redeem them?
I think making it as easy as possible for "borderline-interested" people to access content would help lower the barrier-to-entry and infect more brains.
I'm thinking that the link to redeem the gift code could land the recipient at a page that asks if they would like to either: a) Have the item permanently added to their permies.com account for unlimited future access, or b) Have the item downloaded/displayed anonymously once and once only — with no need to create or have an account.
If they choose option b) they should then be advised that after the download/view is complete, should they wish to download/view the item again, they can do so by creating a permies.com account and then going to [some page] and entering the code in the appropriate place (I couldn't actually find such a place, to be honest) or clicking the link a second time.
Of course, instead of a single download/view, option b) could open up a 24-hour window in which they could download/view the item as many times as they want, or some other arrangement that has advantages.
The reality is that a non-trivial fraction of borderline-interested folks won't bother creating an account just to access a single item... which would be a waste of a gift code.
Im not on the staff here, but it takes less than a minute to make an account and is no big deal. It would be a shame if anybody thought that the gift codes werent worth that minute to make an account. But even to me it doesnt sound like the backend work of making that happen is worthwhile.
People are always welcome to create an email just for this if they dont want to use their normal one.