T.G.I.M.B.O.E.J. turns one


The Great Internet Migratory Box of Electronics Junk, or T.G.I.M.B.O.E.J. has turned one. In the last year, they’ve learned a lot of things. They learned that lots of people are willing to contribute. Hundreds have signed up on the site to participate. Theyve also learned that laziness is the key road block on this project. The boxes that have stalled generally sitcollecting dust, simply because someone hasn’t bothered to ship it off. If you’re curious what kinds of stuff ends up in one of these, check our initial post. There aren’t any guarantees though, it all depends on what people toss in.


  1. biqut2 says:

    interesting project, been watching this since the inital post, reminds me of the early days of trading software through the mail

  2. matt says:


  3. svofski says:

    I wish we had something like that here, but we only have bears and polar bears. One can dream…

  4. kamanashi says:

    I wish the people would actually send the boxes out. I wanted to see what there was.

  5. stinkymonkey says:

    reminds me of geocaching, heck I have a ton of boxes of electronic goodies @ my folks basement, each time we visit I go down to the basement rummage for parts I might need in the near future etc.etc. I just can see throwing something out that could be used one day… when you get an idea your glad you “pack rat” some times and what better place to keep it all “in someones else’s basement” mwahh!

  6. mlaargh says:

    I’ve got one that I’ve been sitting on since last Xmas… No one on the list would get back to me when it came time for me to resend it. Must’ve been due to the holidays or something. Well, this has been a good reminder. It’s about time I had another go at getting rid of it.

    Who wants it?

  7. googfan says:



  8. @mlaargh: No need to incubate a box for six months: The TGIMBOEJ project admins can help you find someone who wants it.

    Before you send it out this week (HINT HINT HINT), you might want to print out the “new box” forms which have an updated set of instructions.

  9. googfan says:

    seriously though, ill take it.

  10. talr says:

    I’d totally do it- I may not have noticed, but I don’t think there’s an age limit is there?

  11. andre says:

    there are a few doing the rounds on 4hv that I started, if anyone is interested i have plenty more goodies to “recycle”…

  12. shicks says:

    This is the first I’ve heard of this project, but it kind of reminds me of an episode of NUMB3RS where a guy uses a shipping company as the equivalent of a “public storage” facility. All of the packages are continuously rerouted. I wonder how much of his stuff is still viable after a year of transfers. http://www.tv.com/Numb3rs/Scan+Man/episode/1233774/summary.html

  13. I sent out 8 of these. No one bothered to ship them to the next stop… Sad really. I would have gladly sent those same people a care package if that is what they wanted.

  14. Hey, this sounds like great fun :)

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