The Monthly Collectible Letter is a special letter that is released once a month. This letter contains high quality Premium Items called Monthly Collectibles. It is only obtainable by purchase via the La Victoire for a fee of $2.50(USD) each, occupying the first slot of the shop. It can also be obtained from other users.
Formerly announced as Donation Letter, Thank You Letter,. In their sealed form they are known as Sealed Envelops or Sealed Letter, this changes once the contents are released.
- For the envelopes of 2003 there is a description error on Marketplace, the original descriptions have been wiped clean, it is possibly due to server changes over the years.
- An envelope from a mysterious benefactor. Upon opening the letter, it reads: 'We hope that this gift shows how much we appreciate all that you've done for us. Thank you for your support!' (2003 - 2005 - 2009 - 2010)
- An envelope from a mysterious benefactor. It is sealed with a strange magic power. The seal seems to grow weaker as it nears the middle of the month. (2004 - 2006 - 2013- 2014)
- A letter from a mysterious benefactor. It is sealed with a strange magic power. The seal seems to grow weaker as it nears the end of the month. (2007 - 2010 - 2011)
- A magical letter arrives from a mysterious benefactor. A vital force beats within, waiting for the middle of the month to reveal itself. (2011 - 2012)
- A magical letter containing special items available only for the month of Month. Upon opening the letter, it reads: "Thank you for your support! Hope you enjoy these!" (2011 - 2012 - 2014)
History of the LetterEdit
Between the months of April and May of 2003, Gaia Online users made a thread in the (then) Question & Feedback forum to ease the cost of Gaia Online. The users were aware the Administrators pay for Gaia Online out of their own pockets and after deliberation, a donation system was set up.
This option allowed users to donate for the purpose of simply helping Gaia Online out with such expenses. However, the Administration of Gaia Online secretly created a Thank You Letter and manually put them into the contributors inventories. When these Thank You letters were opened, they revealed the first Donation Item, the Angelic Halo.
On December 1, 2003, the first "Sealed Envelope" was introduced. Prior to this, letters were only sent to the user on the 25th of that month. This caused a few problems as scams were developed where users who could donate would sell "donation spots" to potential buyers between the 1st and 24th. This ultimately required the buyer to trust in the seller that they would receive their letters on the 25th as there were no receipts or collateral to provide proof. Thus, Gaia's response to this problem was a sealed letter that could be instantly obtained when a donation was made.
While the original date of opening the letters was the 25th of each month, this date was moved in 2006, several changes were made to the donation system. The Administrators put up a poll about the best time to open Thank You Letters. As a result, in May 16, 2006 the letters were to be opened at the middle of the month.
- Announcement Donation items name change to monthly collectibles - lanzer Mon Oct 30, 2006 10:08 pm
On October 30, 2006, the items were renamed from "Donation Items" to "Monthly Collectibles," the staff citing concerns that since Gaia is a for-profit organization, it shouldn't give the impression of being a charity.
- Announcement December's Monthly Collectibles: Packed with VALUE! - [NPC] Rina Mon Dec 04, 2006 7:03 pm
On December 4, 2006, there was an announcement about three items to one letter, referred to as a value pack; the cost of the letter remained the same. While it was advertised and hyped as being special, in truth it was done to encourage Gaians to buy the sealed in order to compensate for the low sales of the November items. The three to one letter continued throughout 2007, though it is unknown if it was done due to popularity or done for financial reasons.
- Announcement Monthly Collectibles: A New Date! - admin Thu Jul 17, 2008 2:55 pm
On July 17, 2008, an announcement was made that the Monthly Collectibles would get a new date, going into the next month (August) the dates for the release would be the 8th. But the announcement stated that if the 8th didn't work out, then there would be adjustments until there was a date that would work for everyone. A reminded was posted August 5th.
- Announcement October's Collectibles: Coming on the 15th! - [NPC] Rina Thu Oct 02, 2008 7:00 pm
On October 2, 2008, an announcement was made that the MC date would be switched back to the 15th.
- Announcement Exciting changes are coming to Monthly Collectibles! - [NPC] Rina Mon Mar 03, 2014 10:26 pm
On March 3, 2014, with the Animal Base Avatar feature released February 25, 2014, from now on, Monthly Collectibles are going to have three items: two for humans, and one for critters.
- Announcement April's Monthly Collectibles are here! - [NPC] Rina Mon Apr 14, 2014 10:46 pm
On April 15, 2014, an announcement was made that Monthly Collectibles Letters would also offer bundle packages. They are priced for 999 Cash and there are five letters within.
Value Pack: three itemsEdit
announcement of faq copied verbatim
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Does your Monthly Collectible letter feel a little heavy this month? That's because it's packed with value. The December letter contains a choice of three Collectibles!
Frequently Asked Questions:
Q: So what?
A: Normally, letters only contain a selection of two items. This one has three! For those of you who aren't so hot at math, that's one more item.
Q: What are this month's items?
A: We can't tell you yet. You'll have to wait until the 15th, like everyone else!
Q: But are they cool?
A: If they weren't cool, we would be too ashamed of them to make this announcement.
Q: Why three instead of two?
A: Because we love you 50% more than we did last month.
Q: Does the December letter cost more?
A: No, it costs the same amount. Hence the "value"!
Q: Does this mean I get an extra item for free?
A: Nay, you just get to pick from three different items in each envelope instead of two.
Q: So, basically, is this just really, really great?
A: Yes, this whole thing is really great, and we're all so excited that we've been jumping around and shrieking about it all week (seriously)
Ways to buy LettersEdit
- PayPal - Gaia has a cap on PayPal donations; donating more than $200 will result in your trading account being frozen.
- Debit/Credit Card - Visa, Mastercard, American Express, or Discover are accepted.
- Money Order/International Money Order (in USD denominations).
- Snail Mail
- Landline Phone
- Gaia Cash Shop
- Trading with fellow Gaians
- Purchasing from the Marketplace
- Upon clicking the letter the text displays the items to choose from. "Thank you for your donation to Gaia! Which item would you like to receive?"
- With the arrival of the September 2010 letter, it was the first "Thank You Letter" to be presented in the header.
- With the arrival of the January 2011 letter, the change from envelope to scroll began.
- Letters from 2003 are decorated with smiley faces. On 2004 it is a gold seal, and 2005 are pink "Gs", these represent Gaia's logo change at that time.
- Letters from 2008, 2009, 2010, and 2012 are decorated with Mini Angel Wings. The letters from 2006, 2007, and 2011 are decorated with the G-Pin, a pin handed out by Johnny K. Gambino.
- The Letters from 2014 sport no "G" or "Wings", they are instead wrapped in a bow. The name of this series when released is 'Sealed Letter', it then changes to the current name upon item reveal.
- The 2014 letters are currently the only ones to be a holdable item after the items inside are revealed.