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Clearing Up Some Misconceptions

Posted by READ Alexandra

Hello everyone,

I'm writing this announcement to clear up some misconceptions that have been brought up to me:

  • We are not sponsored by any Steam groups.
  • We do not have any relationship to any Steam groups that are not our own.
  • You're welcome to advertise how you'd like, so long as it is clear that you did not make the site yourself.
  • Site staff are listed here.
  • Cutie Café and site staff do not necessarily endorse the actions of any particular person.

Thanks for helping the site grow via word-of-mouth. I appreciate how far we've come from a year and a half ago and hope that we can grow our community more within the coming months. Work is still ongoing towards rewriting the site and making it better than ever before.



Holiday Gem Deposit Quota

Posted by READ Alexandra

Due to the recent volatility of the Steam Community Market, the maximum number of Gems I am accepting right now per person per two weeks for the time being is 43,137 (subject to change based on market bids and asks). Your credit balance must also not be able to cover your reservations unless a deposit is made.

New Payment Policy

Posted by READ Alexandra

Effective immediately, credit deposits must be made to pay with Gems (credit deposits can be made while a group buy is in the payment phase). Steam Inventory deposits from accounts created after August 30, 2018 will be assessed an additional 7% fee unless the items purchased directly from the Community Market to deposit (must provide proof).

Mann Co. Supply Crate Keys are now also being accepted on a limited basis.

Gem to USD values can be determined at

Please see for more information about group buys with Alexandra.

Trade Offer Issues

Posted by READ Alexandra

It's come to my attention that there have been multiple issues with trade offer sending and receiving. If you have not received your reservations within 24 hours, check your trade offers here to make sure that the offer hasn't been cancelled. If it has, please re-send your offer.

New Notification Method Requirement

Posted by READ Alexandra

A linked notification method will now be required for everyone participating in group buys with READ Alexandra. You can link an e-mail address here or click here to connect your Discord account and join our Discord guild. Failure to link a notification method will result in a kick from any reserved group buys or subscriptions.

GMG Pick-n-Mix Cancelled

Posted by READ Alexandra

Due to overwhelming demand, GMG restrictions, and limited stock on their end, I'll have to cancel the Pick-n-Mix. Was planning on running it using some mental gymnastics, a highly-complex spreadsheet, and a coordinated team of professional hamsters but ran out of time before the most popular stuff ran out of stock. Extremely sorry for the inconvenience.


Posted by READ Alexandra

I've added Ko-fi as a payment option for those who despise Patreon or just want to make a one-time donation. Click here to buy me a slice of pizza. Each slice of pizza counts as a month of Premier.

I'd like to thank everyone for their continued support and for finding the site useful. I'm working on v3 (better, faster, stronger) and it should be released within the next couple of months.

Back to the grind!


Friendly reminder

Posted by READ Alexandra is a buy on demand service. Reservations signify a bona fide intent to pay. Failure to do so will result in a site suspension ranging from several weeks to several months depending on the number of items late and cost accrued.

I am very flexible about late payments. Please contact me before the item enters the ended period to arrange.

Missing Items

Posted by READ Alexandra

Hey pals! Before asking me about something you're missing, check the bundle site itself to make sure it's me and not them. GoGoBundle is a frequent offender of this, they seem to be adding/removing items all the time after we do our initial scrape of the bundle page.

Also as reminder, the items on group buy pages are fetched using an automated process and are in no way guaranteed to be accurate. Think of it as an extra convienence feature rather than a sure thing.

New PayPal fees

Posted by READ Alexandra

Hey pals! If you are not US-based, today starts the new fees, so don't be dumb and make sure you select Pay for Goods and Services and pay the amount on-site that corresponds to the "If you have to pay fees" section. If you send me the wrong amount, I will be unable to refund you, because that costs me money each time, and you will get dinged on the fees again because I will not mark you as paid until you have paid the full amount. Be careful! I'll push an update sometime this week to make it only show the "pay fees" price for people outside the US and vice-versa.


Posted by READ Alexandra

In light of the new Steam update (:steamfacepalm:) that might make it easier for impersonators and scammers to flourish, I'd figured I'd go over some basic safety tips to make sure you're dealing with the real me and not an impersonator, considering that being the top host on this site may make me a huge target. I don't know of any impersonators of myself as of recent, but in the event that they start popping up, here's how to distinguish an impersonator profile from my real profile.

First of all, don't accept adds from "me." I will never add you on Steam for business. All communication should be held through private messages or support tickets. However, in the event that you need to contact me through Steam for some reason, verify that:

In the event that you still aren't sure and are a bit tech-savvy, you can do a DIG lookup on which contains my Steam ID, or you can ask me for a PGP-signed message which you can verify against my Keybase account and associated public key.

Stay safe! :pinkheart: Alex

Payment delays

Posted by READ Alexandra

EDIT: Back!

I'll be out until Tuesday evening ET on a little vacation. Payments will probably be delayed by up to 24 hours, send me a DM if you're still not marked after that. If you hit a site bug let us know on-site through the help system, or if you're having other payment-related issues DM me. I'll be putting up the Monday bundle tonight, and pushing through the SteamGarbageGround when I get back.

Login errors [FIXED]

Posted by READ Alexandra

EDIT: Hey everyone! Thanks for hanging in with us, we had a little bit of an issue authenticating sessions due to a breaking Valve change that we were surprised with about four hours ago. If you're trying to log in to sites like or TF2Outpost and get an error, this is probably why.

We've fixed this on our end and have submitted a patch to the creator of the library that we use. If you're still having issues logging in, please let me know at im at alexandra dot moe.

Sorry for the inconvienence!

Original: Valve has changed the Steam login mechanism, which is returning SteamID 0. You'll know that your login failed if you have the typing Kermit GIF as your avatar. If you logged in before about 2 hours ago, you should be fine. A fix will be coming soon.

Paying On Time

Posted by READ Alexandra

Hello everyone - I'm sorry to say this, but I will have to start immediately suspending people who have not paid me past the "ended" period, or 4 days after keys have been added to a store buy. I've tried to be very lenient on payment, and I've tried to be very nice about this in notifying people manually, but it's too frustrating and too much of a waste of time; I should be working on the site itself instead of manually going through and doing something the system is supposed to do. I did not start to end up doing everything manually. If you believe that you might need extra time for payment, please don't hesitate to let me know. As others can attest, I am very responsive to situations that require a little extra time, but I can only be lenient if you let me know beforehand.

Note that suspensions will remove all of your reservations, and restrict your access to the site.

I would like to thank the people who have been paying on time like they're supposed to. I really appreciate them making this job several times easier for me. :HatHealth:

If you have any questions about this announcement, feel free to drop me a PM or leave a comment below.

Discord Notifications

Posted by READ Alexandra

Hey everyone! Just wanted to say real quick that Discord notifications will not work unless you join our Discord server, here: Sorry I didn't put this in more places, totally slipped my mind. Have a great rest of your week!

-- READ Alexandra

Same, New Great Taste

Posted by READ Alexandra

We've moved server providers to help improve site reliability and performance. If you notice any issues, please let us know through a support request and we'll look into it. While we're taking a look, use which is running on the same server as before but will be significantly less performant.


Posted by READ Alexandra

Please tell me what I'm doing wrong (or right) so I can make the site better here!

Poll: In-game currencies

Posted by READ Alexandra

I'm considering adding some new in-game currencies to You won't be able to pay directly with these, you'll be able to deposit to get credits, and their worth will be based on the current bid/ask or a flat price. Haven't really done too much research into these economies to know exactly what they're worth, but I'd like to see what is popular before I put too much effort in. I'm also open to other suggestions, but the items offered must be very liquid and stable and should be able to be exchanged for cash. Hosts will individually be able to opt-in/out of each type of extra item I offer.

Add a comment below with any of the following emoticons or leave your own idea to vote:

  • :stop: Don't add anything. PayPal and Steam Gems are fine.
  • :csgohelmet: CS:GO keys
  • :crate: TF2 keys
  • :jarate: TF2 Earbuds
  • :d2bloodseeker: DotA 2 keys
  • :Z: Select H1Z1 keys/cases
  • :player: Select PUBG keys/cases


Posted by READ Alexandra

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Welcome to v2!

Posted by READ Alexandra

And we're live!

A few things I noticed that I will be fixing soon:

  • settings page UI is slightly broken for normies, but everything else should work fixed
  • there's no link to the credit info page anywhere. so here it is fixed
  • emails send out links to change the link to say "" and they will work fixed
  • no FAQ page, because i haven't written it yet, but that will be there soon
  • credits will be transferred over tomorrow done
  • anything that says "forum" (that feature will come soon)

And here are the things that do work right now:

  • reservations/payment/claim
  • discord notifications (they will work by the time it matters :^))
  • emails
  • private messages
  • tickets
  • subscriptions
  • automatic host application system
  • announcements
  • comments
  • admin control panel

To kick us off, I'll be hosting the Bunch Keys New Year Frenzy bundle here. If you come across any site issues, please send me a PM here (click on my profile -> send private message), or submit a help request.

Have fun! I guess...