Are you a FarmVille item collector? I know I am. I constantly have a Gift Box that's as close to the 500 item limit as possible, filled with everything from extra Bottles and Love Potions to (now) all six different building materials. I have over 100 Mystery Seedlings, enough Watering Cans to survive a virtual apocalypse, and various quest items for every future quest I know I'll come upon in the English Countryside. Add this to the random ducklings, animals, trees and decorations and you have...well, you have a lot of items!
Now, while the item limit in the Gift Box is technically 500, there are ways of going over that limit. Did you know, however, that doing so can actually end up hurting you in the long run? If your Gift Box is over 500 items, and you happen to own a stockpile of Special Delivery Boxes, you might have noticed that miraculously, without warning, those Boxes start to disappear - perhaps 10 here, 25 there, or even random numbers. Did you notice that those Special Delivery Boxes only go away when logging into the game, and not while actually playing? It turns out that for users that have over 500 items, this is the first item to go, as Zynga has developed a system to track "hoarders" and figuratively punish them automatically, without warning, removing excess items from Gift Boxes that have exceeded the 500 item limit.
Is this fair? On the one hand, I suppose it is just Zynga's way of enforcing their light rules, but on the other, the validity of a Gift Box item limit is a discussion in and of itself (I happen to be of the mindset that we should be able to hold as much as we'd like, a la FrontierVille, but again, that's another story). For now, until (if) we ever receive an upgrade to our Gift Box space, make sure to keep yourself under 500 items in your Gift Box each time you log out to stop yourself from losing items when you return. Hopefully we won't have to put up with this for much longer. Stay strong farmers. Stay strong.
Have you lost any items other than Special Delivery Boxes because you exceeded the item limit? Should there be an item limit at all? Share your thoughts with us in the comments.