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You haven’t heard from us in awhile. Why, you may ask? Because we have been restructuring our teams and dedicating all our resources towards some very BIG and exciting new developments.

During the next 5 months, we will be unveiling some amazing updates to Call Dibs, all leading up to our biggest release yet in June. So keep in touch, follow Call Dibs on Facebook and Call Dibs on Twitter and let us know what you think.

Here at Call Dibs, we have the unique opportunity to be an active part of the military community, but are also immersed in the newest and best developments in technology and social networks. After many months of receiving user feedback and studying the role of comments in digital communities, our tech team got to work, and this weekend, we will be releasing an update that will provide the Call Dibs community the ability to comment on listings.

The private message option to communicate securely with a seller will still be available as well. Comments will allow more communication and relationship building between users within their respective military communities. But don’t worry, we’ve also built in the ability for a seller to “delete” a comment if they find it undesirable on their listing.

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Call Dibs is not just a place to sell and buy items – it is a community.

People can definitely meet in communities or social networks. But community is where they develop these relationships. Community can form anywhere, even on a social network site. It is a natural tendency for human to congregate around similar interest and goals. There are many interesting dynamics between communities and social network…both of them have very [real] roles in the human society; that is why they are the most stable social structure in human history. -Michael Wu, Ph.D. (Community Vs. Social Network).

As we continue to develop the platform to allow for more connectivity and relationship building, we foresee it becoming a vital tool for military members and their families to communicate and assist each other, during times of transition and the general hustle and bustle of daily military life.

Merry Christmas from Call Dibs

The Call Dibs team would like to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas.

No matter why, where, or how you celebrate, the winter holidays are a time for military families around the world to join together and make new memories, cherish old ones, and talk about adventures to come in the year ahead.

As our military lives also come with tragedy and heartache, during this time we want to reach out to those who have lost a beloved soldier and take a moment to honor and remember their sacrifice.

While many service members are fortunate to be home for the holidays, spending time with their families and friend, many more are serving abroad and in harm’s way at this very moment. These service members and their families must not be forgotten either.

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On a lighter note, the holidays are all about tradition, and we´re excited to kick off a new tradition of our own starting today:

The Call Dibs 12 Days of Christmas

“On the first day of Christmas my true love gave to me… the perfect present for hosting a New Years Party!”

Be sure to follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for an exciting 12 days of celebrating ahead.

Happy Holidays,
Your friends at Call Dibs

Holiday Giving & Saving Ideas

With just two weeks left until Christmas, here are some ideas to help you save money and still give meaningful gifts for the holidays!

Creative Giving

Looking for a little gift inspiration for friends and family on your Christmas gift exchange list? Here’s an idea from Erica McMannes, Call Dibs Director of Promotions: Make it a Pinterest Christmas!

Erica did this last year, making Modge Podge Christmas Blocks for her nephew’s first Christmas and up-cycling a thrift store find with some paint, corkboard, and fabric to make jewelry boards for her sisters.

DIY Jewelry Board

DIY Wooden Block

Pinterest is a great site for ideas and inspiration. We’ve pinned some things to help, so check out Call Dibs on Pinterest.

Green Giving

It’s natural to want to de-clutter after Christmas. So why not do it before the holidays?

Gift your infant swing, highchair, or other infant items to a family member or friend who may have just had a baby; or give children’s books your kids have grown out of to little ones. You’ll be giving them something they need while also being green :)

Charitable Giving

We all have a lot to be thankful for during the holidays. One to express thankfulness is to help out those who may be less fortunate.

Give a donation or participate in an Angel Tree. Donate in a family member’s name and then let them know you did so in a Christmas Card. They’ll be happy to know that your gift to them was giving a child or family in need something special. Your children can also participate in goodwill towards others by donating one of their Christmas gifts to another child.

Angel Tree Giving

Time and Talent Giving

This time of year it’s important to keep in mind the true spirit of the holidays. As a military family we are all spread out across the U.S., and for some of you across the world. Having the opportunity to get all of my family gathered in one area is rare. This year our gift to one another is making it home for the holiday. What matters most is the time we get to share when we are all together. Instead of giving gifts share an experience or give of your special talents.

  • Give a private yoga lesson
  • Make a piece of artwork by painting or sewing
  • Change someone’s oil
  • Babysit a friend’s kids for a night
  • Give the gift of making a memory. Plan a night out or an event for everyone to enjoy together, then take a picture and send it to those who were there to cherish the good time.

Kids Giving

Make a meaningful gift that includes your kids. Take candid pictures of your little ones and photo collage them for Grandparents, Aunts and Uncles. Help kids do a craft and personalize it ie: cookies, ceramics, or pictures.

Giving something homemade and/or handmade just gives your gift an added sentiment.

Wherever you find yourself this season, all of us at Call Dibs wish you a Happy and Healthy Holiday!!

Don’t Have a Jacket Attack…Call Dibs!

It happens…but it doesn’t have to. Whether you’ve just spent three years in the squalor of Fort Polk heat or are just traveling to see family at Fort Drum over the holidays, you may have just realized (as I did) that the ENTIRE family needs winter gear.

Being rather thrifty, I panicked at the thought of needing to outfit a family of four with winter gear: boots, coats, hats, jackets, the works. As I was trying to wrap my brain around completing this daunting task, I told myself, “stop having a jacket attack, you’ll figure it out.” And I did!

By combining a few searches on Call Dibs with a few visits to local thrift stores, I was able to buy high quality, gently-used winter outfits for both of my boys — for UNDER $40 bucks! If I had purchased every item brand new my total would have been closer to $250.00.  

I love using tools at my fingertips to take care of my family, within a budget, and Call Dibs once again came to rescue. So spare yourself the “jacket attack” and utilize tools designed to assist military families and the greater military community with buying and selling, like Call Dibs!

Here are a few great winter listings currently available.

(See I even did some of the work for you!)

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~Happy Holidays~

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Erica McMannes
Call Dibs, Director of Promotions

Cyber Monday

Black Thursday… Black Friday… Cyber Monday… good grief!

Here at Call Dibs we mostly avoided the rush of holiday shoppers, opting instead to spend the long weekend with friends and family. Isn’t that what Thanksgiving is all about?

That being said, Christmas is only 23 days away. (Can you believe it?!?) If you haven’t already made your list and checked it twice, now is a good time to get started.

Call Dibs can help with both holiday gift giving and making some extra cash during the holidays.

You’ll find all kinds of cool things for sale on Call Dibs, including video games, electronics, books, DVDs, clothing, and a whole lot more. Check out what’s new!

A few things to keep in mind when shopping on Call Dibs:

  • Prices are negotiable. If you’re interested in something, make the seller an offer!
  • Many items can be easily shipped. Don’t feel like you need to limit your search to only your surrounding area.

Selling is just as easy as shopping on Call Dibs. If you’re looking to make some money or just make room for new stuff, it’s free to list your items using the app on your iPhone, iPad, laptop or computer.

Your items will be seen by thousands of Call Dibs shoppers just like you. So what are you waiting for?

Happy shopping and happy selling!
– Daniel Strickland, Call Dibs Marketing Director and Navy Veteran

Top 6 “Friendating” Tips From Those Who Know Best

A few months ago, when I was in the middle of a PCS and in the throes of moving chaos, I shared the concept of “friendating.”

Things have settled down now and I’ve received some great suggestions from fellow milspouses and Call Dibs users across the world. I’ve put together a list of top 6 tips for making your way through the meanderings of making new friends! We’ve been doing it since Kindergarten, right? So we should be experts, right? I actually find it to be quite the opposite, so reading others’ experiences and gathering an arsenal of resources can really help!

Extend your Military Community! Tell your friends and your battle buddies!

  1. Friendating as a Military Spouse
  2. The Ever-Changing Life of a Military Wife: Military Friends
  3. Friendships in the Military – Finding New Friends After PCS Relocation
  4. Make New Friends, But Keep the Old
  5. Army Wives Club: Meet Other Army Spouses/SOs
  6. Not So New Normal: Only For a Season

Keep the ideas and suggestions coming! I’ll continue to update and share more resources as they come.

Happy Friending!

Erica McMannes  Dir. of Promotions Call Dibs/Adjacent Apps

Erica McMannes
Dir. of Promotions
Call Dibs/Adjacent Apps

Giving Thanks

Since we launched in June 2012 in Monterey, California, Call Dibs has assisted in selling over $300K worth of goods – ranging from electronics to cars and clothes.

It has taken us a little over a year to discover and define what our community members require to buy and sell goods before and after a PCS. It’s also taken this long for our military entrepreneurs and power users to learn how to effectively make sales.

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2014 will be exciting for many reasons. We’ll be making some significant updates to Call Dibs. We’ll be growing our business, adding some new faces to the team, and begin working on a new product for our military community.

Thank you all for using Call Dibs! If it were not for our first adopters providing feedback and sharing Call Dibs with our community, our success would not have been possible.

Enjoy this Thanksgiving and keep our Warriors, especially those who are away from home, in your thoughts and prayers.

Best Wishes,

Anthony – Call Dibs CEO and Army Veteran

Erica and Anthony - Call Dibs Team Members

Erica and Anthony – Call Dibs Team Members

 

Call Dibs Highlight: SpouseBuzz

Last month, Call Dibs Co-founder Anthony Garcia and Military Content Manager Lydia DiCola had the opportunity to attend the Inc. 500/5000 conference Military Entrepreneurs Mentoring Fair in Washington, D.C.

The fair was a hub of military connections and networking with other successful military affiliated services and companies. Lydia and Anthony had the chance to meet up with Jacey Eckhart, Military.com’s Director of Spouse and Family Programs (SpouseBuzz.com). She took a few moments to interview Lydia on how her involvement with Call Dibs illustrates the unique opportunities military spouses encounter while they balance military life and career development.

You can find the entire story covered by SpouseBuzz here — “Real Spouse Employment: Help Develop An App.”

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~ Call Dibs!

Typhoon Haiyan Relief

Meet Mike…

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Mike is a team member who has been working on Call Dibs from the very beginning. Mike is also from the Island of Cebu, located in the Philippines. Cebu was devastated by last week’s Typhoon Haiyan.

Fortunately, Mike’s family is doing okay. Sadly, thousands did not make it and over 600,000 are homeless.

Last night we implemented a button on the Call Dibs iPhone and iPad app that makes it super simple to donate to the American Red Cross.

I donated this morning and it took me less then 30 seconds. The button takes you directly to the App store and asks for your desired donation. Once selected, Cebu and the Philippines will immediately receive your support. It’s as easy as downloading an app.

Mike and the Call Dibs team appreciates any assistance you can provide. Our brothers and sisters of the Philippines appreciate it even more.

– Anthony Garcia, CEO and Army Veteran

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