Gaia Dumpster Dive is a Gaia Online feature. It accepts donated items and gold from a user's inventory.


In order to donate to the dumpster a donator must go to their inventory screen and select an item for donation. A pop-up screen featuring the item details will have buttons at the bottom to click. Clicking the 'Donate Item' button will take the donator to a second pop-up that may feature NPC:Old Pete whom might give a warning about an item's 'rarity' status. Once choosing either to cancel or confirm a third pop-up will show the results of donating, by then the user can close or x-out of the window.

In order to donate gold, the purchase of a Mythrill Coin must be done first as it is container that will hold the currency to donate. There are set amounts for these coins usage.

When the dumpster is empty it becomes locked and the 'Dive' button is removed. [NPC] Old Pete will be standing beside it asking for donations in order for the dumpster to reopen. If the donation flux is apparent then the NPC:admin account will begin to 'donate' various game, aquarium, and housing related items until things are balanced.

Feature timelineEdit

  • Jan 19 - Testing of feature
  • Jan 20 - Opening of feature
  • Jan 27 - Announcement of feature
  • Jul 28 - Feature upgraded to 2.0

Feature ItemsEdit

Gaia NPC itemsEdit

Other itemsEdit


Additional infoEdit

Site feedbackEdit

Much of the feedback about the feature has been the type of items received. Those who obtain an item of a certain value or appearance will have a criticism about it even though the items within the dumpster are donated by various users and queued by time of donating.[1] Which leads to another form of complaint, the amount of times one person can donate and the quantity of the item they choose to donate.[2]

There are certain users who take advantage of the feature and will donate multiples of one type of item; for example the Item:Philosopher's Cache, a type of Chance Item used for Gaia Item Alchemy. There could be over hundreds of this item queued within the dumpster and it would take numerous users from around the site to whittle them down.[3]

Technical issuesEdit

There have been reports of:

  • The 'Dive' button not accepting click actions. This is still an on-going issue and the reasons are unknown.[4]
  • A message claiming an item has been received but the item is not in the user's inventory.[5]
  • Users donating items but the items are not ending up in the dumpster - FIXED.[6]
  • Users receiving admin donations even though donations have been made multiple times - FIXED.[7]

General errors

  • Given that there is a waiting period before one can 'Dive' again; there are times when the dumpster will lock out a user, preventing them from retrieving anymore items.[8]
  • The lock-out mechanism can lead to a false report that the dumpster needs more items to be donated.


  • The feature has been compared to the action of Goodwill and also Neopets' Money Tree.[9][10]
  • The man next to the dumpster is NPC:Old Pete, a hobo-tramp.
  • In December 2009 the game When Gods Fall was released. In this game the action of dumpster diving is being done.
  • During April Fools' Day Event 2K11 the item 'Cat Faces' was obtainable by dumpster diving.

See alsoEdit


  1. Topic lmao @ the ppl getting mad over dumpster dive - Posted: gIiscor Fri Feb 09, 2018 6:24 am
  2. Topic Dumpster Dive suggestion - Posted: BeMuled MissBeth Wed Nov 30, 2016 4:17 pm
  3. Topic Dumpster Dive Philosopher's Cache - Posted: iZomeh Tue Feb 07, 2017 4:56 pm
  4. Topic Dumpster Dive - Dive button issue - Posted: l3unniii Mon Jul 16, 2012 10:21 pm
  5. Topic Dumpster Dive - Item not in inventory - Posted: Juniper Elaine Blair Thu Feb 21, 2013 9:41 am
  6. Topic Dumpster Diving eating our donations (FIXED!) - Posted: Emerald Jadeleaf
  7. Topic Issue Resolved - admin-only donations - Posted: BelfryBat Mon Feb 01, 2016 12:55 pm
  8. Topic Dumpster Dive - Posted: Loves her Dresses Wed Feb 09, 2011 12:33 am - Account lock-out
  9. Topic Ask the admin (01/03/2011) - Posted: Narumi Misuhara Mon Jan 03, 2011 9:28 pm

External linksEdit

Announcement forum

  • Topic Dumpster Dive is open again! - Posted: [NPC] Old Pete Thu Jan 27, 2011 2:06 pm


  • Topic Dumpster Dive Etiquette? - Posted: sugasu Tue Jul 29, 2014 4:41 pm

Staff notices

  • Topic Dumpster Dive Test - Posted: Narumi Misuhara Wed Jan 19, 2011 3:21 pm
  • Topic Dumpster Dive Open - Posted: Narumi Misuhara Thu Jan 20, 2011 5:16 pm
  • Topic DD 2.0 Pushed - Posted: Narumi Misuhara Thu Jul 28, 2011 3:33 pm