Camgirl Mail by MayaBum

 

As a camgirl I have always offered things tippers could buy from me that required shipping. I have definitely learned a few things along the way and have wanted to share tips about Camgirl Mail for a long time now. I try to reach out to models directly when I see them asking questions I think I can offer insight about, but having ALL of this information upfront BEFORE mistakes are made could save models from compromising personal information.

Before I get started about mail, I want to take a moment to note that privacy and safety are a big part of why I started Camgirl Vacation and built it the way I have. Model get togethers require sharing personal information when creating content and making payments for events. Camgirl Vacation is not just me taking money via google wallet or a ticket host site to put models up in a house share. It is so much more than that. It is a legally operating business with a license, insurance, secure payment processing and has been created around a few vitally important values to offer attending models a superior experience. Safety, affordability and fun structure are things nearest and dearest to me. I want models attending Camgirl Vacation events to feel there was true value in their ticket and leave events with far more than they came with. This is about so much more than sharing a house, it is about sharing an experience. Networking, information sharing, content collaborations, webcam show collaborations, bonding, and so on. This article I have written about Camgirl Mail is something I could easily share verbally with an attendee of an event in just a few minutes, imagine how much a whole group of models sharing a space can learn from each other in a few days together. It is truly a beautiful thing and I am looking forward to fostering these environments for models for a long time to come. The first Camgirl Vacation event of 2018 is fast approaching, it will be hosted in Colorado April 8-13th in the Rocky Mountains following Denver exxxotica. This event still has space available so please check out https://www.camgirlvacation.com/events-1/rocky-mountains for more information or https://www.camgirlvacation.com/contact and fill out the event pre-registration form to apply. Camgirl Vacation can also be found on Twitter @CamgirlVacation.

Now, bear with me as I take you through what I know about various mailing systems. I know I can be long winded, but I want to try to cover ALL the things I have seen questions about 🙂

First, obviously we do not share our real name or our real address. That’s a no brainer, but let’s just start here with a few notes about it because I have found that sometimes things I think are obvious aren’t on other models radar as things to be worried about. Do not use your real name or address as a return on a package. Do not give out this information to a member to send you things directly no matter how much you trust them. Do not take selfies or snaps with package labels visible, even covering this information up with an emote can be easily removed to reveal your information underneath.  I have also seen screenshots of amazon products where models didn’t crop out the section at the bottom where Amazon’s one click buy attempts to be helpful, but shows your name and city. There are so many little things to watch out for! Be careful, always! If you do anything hastily you put yourself at risk of slipping up and revealing something that you may not want to.

Amazon:

Your default name and address in your amazon account will be the address associated with any wishlist you allow members to buy from directly. Individual wishlists settings can be changed and learning how to use all your options can be beneficial or detrimental if you aren’t bing careful!  I set my default address in amazon to my cam safe mailing address. This is something I have to manually change to select my home address when I purchase things off amazon and want to ship them directly to myself, but it is worth it for me to have an amazon wishlist that members can purchase from directly. When members add items to their cart and check out, amazon asks them if they want to ship to wishlist address and shows them this: Maya Spark **Hidden for privacy** Las Vegas, Nevada. Although Amazon does not give the street address, it does show the buyer your name and your city and state. If that were not my cam safe address it would have my real name and my real city and state.

Here are some options for getting set up with a cam safe mailing address. Once you have a cam safe mailing address, you will be able to use it as the return address on your sent packages and in your amazon for wishlists.

PO Box:

USPS PO boxes are not unreasonably priced, a small box will suit your needs because they will simply stick a note in your box if you have a package that does not fit in it. PO Boxes are not something I recommend for models who live in small towns or who are uncomfortable revealing their city. If you are a model who is open about her city, I would not recommend picking up your mail alone or if you are concerned about your safety, ask someone else to pick it up for you. In which case, when you initially sign up for the PO Box have that plan already in mind because if you send someone else on your behalf they will need to be an authorized user of that box to have packages not in their name released to them.

Signing up for a PO Box is not difficult. You are required to use your legal name and information to obtain the PO Box, they will check your ID. Your actual real, legal self will be the PO Box ‘owner’, but you can also add on any other names of people receiving mail or picking up mail at the PO Box. The USPS is bound by law to keep your information private. I tested this myself, I called my post office station and asked who the owner of my PO Box is and they would not give me the information.  They will only release the information if subpoenaed in writing by a court of law.  When I signed up for mine, I put Maya Spark in the designated “other users” section and when the clerk asked me about Maya I simply explained that I am Maya, that Maya Spark is my professional name. Much like a writer has a pen name or a music artist has a stage name and that the mail addressed to Maya would be business mail or fan mail. It has never been an issue for me. When I pick up packages, I know they will be addressed to Maya because I don’t receive personal mail at the PO Box so when they ask “what’s the name on the package” I say Maya Spark and they give me the package. If you plan to have your significant other or someone else pick up mail for you, you should either rent a large box so that your packages will fit inside it and you/they will not have to deal with a postal worker to get the package for you or put them onto your initial application as an authorized user. They should go to the post office with you when you initially rent it because they will verify that person’s ID as well. In this case when they pick up a package for you they can tell the postal worker it should be addressed to Maya Spark, but they are an authorized agent for the box.

After you are all set up with the PO Box I recommend creating an online USPS account. For one thing, you can claim your PO box within your online account and can auto renew it with online payments. This removes the need to deal with a postal worker at a counter again for the maintenance of your PO Box as long as you keep it paid up. PHEW! Additional perks of an online USPS account are ordering FREE shipping supplies – they will deliver packs of the flat rate boxes and envelopes right to you (or wherever you chose) by ordering them online which is especially convenient if you know you have something special coming up where you will be shipping a lot of things. You can also create, pay for and print your shipping labels online. HELLO MEGA TIME SAVER! Also, anxiety saver if you hate waiting in line and dealing with the postal people as much as I do. Simply attach the label to your package and drop it off at the post office at the end of the counter or in the large drop box next to the self serve station. Your online account will retain addressed in an address book for you which makes keeping track of member’s addresses easy and secure if you ship to the same people often.

A Stamps .com account also allows you to print labels at home and for a slightly discounted price to the USPS prices, however you will pay a monthly fee of $15.99 so really weight out if you ship enough packages per month to make paying the fee worth the savings on postage. Both of these services are pretty user friendly and you will learn how to use them with some practice. I can’t walk you through them entirely, but know I have had no trouble signing up online accounts with my model name, model email and model safe address. Always read all the things and take your time until you figure out how to use all the features. Be aware that international packages require a customs form that requires a phone number so when you set up your online account, use a work or fake phone number in your account information. It won’t pop up often, but if you print off a $20 international label with your real phone number on it, you’ll regret it and wish you had known this before hand.

Mail Forwarding Services:

I actually no longer use a PO Box. I now use a service called Mail Link Plus. You can go to their website and check it out. I don’t know the names of other services like this, but they probably exist if you want to search around. This one is MailLinkPlus .com and I am VERY happy with them! First you will make an online account, second you gather ID copies and complete some forms including a USPS form that has to be notarized (My bank has a notary so I just took it in there and was in and out in 10 mins) because the mail link place is in Nevada and cannot verify your information themselves, they need to know that someone legally did verify that you are who you are and your identification is legitimate. Again, there is a section where you will put any other name you will be receiving mail by at that address which is where you will put your model name. This is a better option for me because I recently moved out of a large city where I felt comfortable having a PO Box to a small town that I do not feel comfortable openly advertising the name of. When an item is delivered to my box, I get an email notification. I can log in anytime and see a list of what is in my mailbox. I can request a forwarding shipment anytime and select the shipping speed based on how much I wish to spend on it. Of course, I am required to keep a small balance of money in my account with them to use to pay for the cost of shipping packages to myself, but the cost of this is worth it to me to keep my location private. I also use this address as my return address on packages that I send. Let’s say I send cookies to a member and something goes wrong so the package is returned to sender, I can have them just discard the package for me and not waste time and money returning stale cookies all the way back to myself.

Package Types and Tracking!

This is super important! 

Envelopes and small, relatively flat packages do not require a return address, which may make you feel like you are off the hook. HOWEVER! If you place a stamp onto an envelope with polaroids or have the postal worker print a label for a few dollars at the counter for a small package with a pair of panties in it, know that it will be stamped over with location information once it reaches the distribution facility. For instance, a model who lives in a small town outside the Denver area sends a hand addressed envelope without a return address to member Bob Frank in Florida. That envelope will show up in Florida with a postal processing stamp over the postage from the Aurora Colorado regional distribution facility. You may have thought you were totally anonymous, but now that member sees where the letter originated (or within a handful of miles, up to a few hours away from where you live. You should be aware of that to assess your risk.)

Packages – If you use an online account to print your labels at home from the USPS or Stamps .com websites you avoid the distribution center stamp on the package … HOWEVER, there is now a tracking number involved. If a member is tracking a package you send not only do they have your nearest distribution center listed, but the origin as well. So using Denver as an example again .. If you drop off the package at a small Lakewood Colorado post office that will show as the first acceptance scan, showing even closer to where you likely live and the post office you frequent. DO NOT GIVE OUT TRACKING NUMBERS UNLESS YOU WANT TO REVEAL THIS INFORMATION TO THE RECIPIENT! Additionally, the member will receive the package with the tracking number on it and although most will open it up and throw out the box, never giving it another thought … I strongly recommend knowing who you are sending packages with tracking information to. Tracking numbers stay active for quite some time and long after a package has been delivered the tracking number can still be looked up, revealing every scan on the journey the package made from the post office you dropped it off at to the delivery at the member’s address. BE CAREFUL!

I personally prefer to spend a little bit more to send most things using the USPS flat rate option because 1) the packaging is free and 2) it gets there in 2-3 days (except at Christmas time, that’s a total bust usually) Most of what I send is panties and baked goods so I want the packages to get there faster 3) don’t forget your postage is a business expense and should be tracked for tax purposes so spending a little more for better service has a few advantages.

However, if you purchase a small scale (Amazon ~$15) you can still print labels at home using the first class mail option if you can put in the weight and the package dimensions. A medium size manilla envelope with a pair of panties in it is usually about $2.50 first class mail and takes 3-5 days to ship as opposed to a flat rate envelope at $7ish priority mail and takes 2-3 days to ship. If you save boxes and packing material you receive from amazon, you can recycle it to send packages in. Be sure you remove all the labels, black out any shipping bar codes etc. A small-medium box that is not too heavy it will cost about … $10 or so for 3-5 day shipping, but again you will need to be able to put in the weight and dimensions of the package.

International Mailing:

International packages are a pain in the BUM! I prefer to do this online more than any other package type because of the customs label! If you do it online your return info can be your model info that is in your online account, if you do it in person they can ask for your ID to verify you used your legal return information – DON’T! Recently they have made this even more complicated by requiring a tariff code that tells customs what the item(s) inside the package are. This used to be built into the online label creating system and I don’t know why it isn’t any longer, but recently I had to take to google to find tariffs to complete a customs form and it was very time consuming. Know that I have never successfully sent food internationally. I have had people tell me they have, but frankly I don’t know how they got away with it. I have spent a lot of money on returned packages of treats so I no longer offer that. I have been able to send panties internationally without an issue, but I call them handkerchiefs or bandanas on the customs label to be able to do it. Otherwise things like calendars, photos .. things like that they can’t stop you from sending internationally because they are perfectly legal, just be aware that international shipping can be very expensive and takes a significant amount of time. You should absolutely charge more for international shipping and make your tipper aware that it will take a while. I ship regularly to Canada, Denmark and Australia and it takes 2-3 weeks on average.

Professionalism With Sensitive Information:

As models, we go to unmeasurable lengths to keep our private information secure because we don’t know if we can trust the member on the other side of the screen. I would like to point out that many of our members have the same reservations, yet we expect them to give this sensitive information out to us freely. If a member gives you their name and address to send a package to please treat it with professionalism and keep it private. They are trusting you with their name and location and in many cases a model could do a lot of damage to a member by being careless with packaging or by deliberately abusing this information. The exterior of your packaging should be discrete. You don’t want Amazon sending you a dildo in the original box, right? You expect it to be inside a plain box so no one knows what is inside. Members deserve the same care and discretion with packages you send to them. Be courteous and when you have someone new you’ll be shipping to ask them before hand if there is anything special you need to know about their preferences with shipments. Sometimes you may come to find that building a rapport between you and the member will build trust enough for them to feel comfortable with disclosing this information to you. I hate to admit it, but in 3, almost 4 years on MFC, I have heard some horror stories from Members being on the receiving end of some very unprofessional model behavior. Don’t be that model. Customer service is very much a part of what we do and members *do* notice and appreciate your efforts to provide good service to them.

I am open to discussion and happy to help answer questions if I can. Please remember that I do not speak for anyone buy myself and my experience. You should always do your own research and make decisions that will best suit you and your boundaries.

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