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Enabling Users to Collaborate on Gifting to Friends

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000236956D
Publication Date: 2014-May-23
Document File: 2 page(s) / 54K

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Abstract

This article proposes a method to enable a group of users to collaborate to buy a gift, that is not within their individual budget. The system facilitates forming of this group in such a manner that the group is a socially well-connected group (hence, they are comfortable collaborating), and does not require the users to solicit collaboration (which can be embarrassing, unless you know of other’s intent to collaborate).

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Enabling Users to Collaborate on Gifting to Friends

Enabling Users to Collaborate on Gifting to Friends

Abstract: This article proposes a method to enable a group of users to collaborate to buy a gift, that is not within their individual budget. The system facilitates forming of this group in such a manner that the group is a socially well-connected group (hence, they are comfortable collaborating), and does not require the users to solicit collaboration (which can be embarrassing, unless you know of other's intent to collaborate).

Let's say it is Natwar's birthday. He has an iPhone 5 in his wishlist/gift registry. His friends, who may wish to give him a birthday gift view his gift registry. However, their individual budgets are not enough to buy the iPhone 5. They don't know if any other friends are also willing to share the cost of the gift. And of course, it is awkward for anyone to ask around.

Many (in fact, most) eCommerce sites do allow the users to create wishlists or gift registry, e.g., Amazon, wishlist.com, wishlistr, etc. Some of these also allow users to write comments about the items etc. This enables non-duplication of gift purchase
However, to the best of my knowledge, the collaboration to increase budget is not provided explicitly by these sites

Let's say that the eCommerce store has a in-store social network, or allows people to login using their external ids (e.g., facebook id or twitter id). Example of in-store social network is shopyourway.com...