Sex toys, cameras among anonymous items shipped to Moncton student federation

University of Moncton joins the list of higher-learning institutions receiving anonymous packages shipped from Amazon. Everything from BBQ tools, to cameras for deer hunting, to sex toys.

Everything to be returned to Amazon, except the sex toys

The University of Moncton is one of at least eight student unions across the country on the mailing list for goods from Amazon, shipped anonymously. (Pierre Fournier)

A strange collection of items is piling up in the University of Moncton student federation. All sorts of gadgets and electronics are being collected in a box, to be returned to Amazon. 

At least 30 packages have arrived since November 2017, no one at the office is claiming them, and there is no return address.

Federation president Tristian Gaudet contacted Amazon to figure out where it was coming from.

"They don't seem to know why we are receiving them."

"It's kind of odd because we're receiving it at our old address. That was being used in the nineties."

Items include a record player, watches, dog toys, a dashboard camera, iPod case, phone chargers, foot hygiene products, a hunter's video camera and half a dozen sex toys, to name a few.

According to Gaudet, since the packages started arriving, opening the office mail has become a lot more fun.

"Everybody gangs up to see exactly what's in the box. 

"There doesn't seem to be any links to what we are receiving and why we are receiving them, but whatever, it just keep coming in."

He estimated that all told, the shipped items would be worth about $1,000.

"Who's paying for this we're not sure."

And strangely enough, U de M is only one of many student unions getting the odd assortment of items in the mail with no return address.  

Royal Roads University in Victoria, University of Regina, University of Manitoba in Winnipeg, Ryerson in Toronto, Wilfrid Laurier in Waterloo, Ont., Dalhousie in Halifax, and St. Francis Xavier in Antigonish, N.S., have also confirmed they've been receiving mysterious Amazon packages since the fall.

The U of M federation council decided to return the items to Amazon — everything except the sex toys. Those are being donated to a "sex toy bingo." It's an annual fundraiser, where the bingo winner gets a sex toy.

Gaudet said the items may as well go to use. 

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Tori Weldon


Tori Weldon is a reporter based in Moncton. She's been working for the CBC since 2008.