I know not everyone is into trackables. And if you don't mess with them, then you don't need to say anything here.
I'm not a trackable Nazi. I know we all cache at different paces and, sometimes, things happen, life gets in the way, etc. We also deal with trackables differently. Personally, I don't like mine being dipped in every dang cache someone goes to. Dip it in a new state, country, a 'worthy' cache that has some historical factor, cache coolness factor, photo opportunity, an EC or event, etc. but not every single traditional you come to. But that's just me. Some people like to do that. Really, I don't care - just not my preference.
But seeing some of mine held by people for ages (6 months, 9 months, +) without really being moved irks me. They are taking them to events and they get discovered but they don't get handed off to anyone or actually dropped anywhere. And the cachers ARE caching - actively. They could be dropped to be picked up by someone and moved with the randomness that is the TB/GC game.
There are good reasons people hold them a long time. Life events. Snow. Holding for a trip to take it somewhere. (It's nice when they log it as such so you know). Maybe a kid has it and can't get out like an adult cacher. But I think some trackable holders, especially ones who have tons of them, forget the trackables are not theirs.
Considering 'normal' cachers (think the broad base of all gc.com membership here, not us elite HGCS cachers) don't go caching every day, some even not every week , what is your definition of a reasonable time to hold onto trackables in 'normal' conditions? (i.e., not in the north buried under snow up north in winter, no illness preventing holder form caching, not holding to take on an upcoming trip, etc.). And, do you actually practice that way (most of the time)?
Do you find yourself in one of these categories:
Move it at the next opportunity available
Move it the next time I go caching if it will fit
Move it at the next event I attend or next time I go caching after an event
A few weeks is fine if I find a place to put it
A couple months
Or something else?
There's no wrong answer. Just looking for peoples' thoughts.