OzBargain has turned 9, and we are hosting a Treasure Hunt to celebrate the birthday! (10-27 Nov 2015)
Last edited 30/11/2015 - 09:10
UPDATE: OzBargain Treasure Hunt has finished. For those who have claimed treasures, please go to marketplace to fill out the delivery information.
TL;DR: To celebrate OzBargain's 9th birthday, we are running a treasure hunt / prize giveaways between 10 and 27th of November. Just log into this site to participate.
OzBargain is turning NINE on the 27th of November 2015. Instead of running silly (but extremely entertaining) competitions like last year and the year before, we are running a little game of treasure hunt this year, giving away a few very desirable prizes (according to an OzBargainer's standard, at least). To participate,
- Make sure you are logged into OzBargain, and are not currently in the penalty box.
- Browse around the website to spot treasure items.
- Claim it when you spot one!
- At the end of Nov 27, prizes will be given out for the treasures you have claimed.
Sounds easy? Here are the details.
Who can participate?
Everyone can participate. However you need to be a logged in user to see the treasures.
Users who are currently in penalty box will not be able to see scattered treasures nor claim them. Sockpuppeting or creating multiple accounts will also risk to have all your accounts banned — so don't even try. Users who have been found gaming the system (cheating, bots, programmatic, etc) will also be blocked from receiving the prizes.
When is the treasure hunt starting & finishing?
Treasure hunt will official start today (10 Nov 2015). I'll be seeding the site with treasures later this afternoon. The hunt will finish on 27 Nov 2015 at 11:59PM ADST, and the treasures you have claimed will be your winning items.
I will be buying and sending the prizes to the winners the following week after we have collected the delivery information. Since it's OzBargain and it makes no sense buying RRP — so the prize winners might need to wait a bit when I go and hunt the actual items.
Here is a rough list of products we are giving away:
- OzBargain T-shirts
- Eneloop AA 8pk
- Eneloop Family Pack
- Samsung microSD 32GB
- Woodworm Umbrella
- Quilton Toilet Tissues
- Telstra $30 Pre-Paid SIM
- Hoyts e-CineVoucher
- Xiaomi Piston 3
- Xiaomi Powerbank
- Coles Myer Gift Card $25
- WISH Gift Card $20
- WISH Gift Card $100
- Getflix Lifetime Subscription
- Crucial BX100 256GB SSD
- LEGO 75102 Star Wars X-Wing
- Fitbit Charge HR
- Nespresso U
- GoPro Hero
- Xbox One Console
For products marked with
[x], the treasures are split into multiple parts, and you need to claim all the parts to be the winner of the treasure. For example you need to claim all 3 parts of Xbox One Console in order to win the prize at the end.
We will also be adding more products throughout the treasure hunt. What other treasures should we give away? What other hot products that an OzBargainer should own? Suggest in comments!
How do I spot a treasure?
Treasures will be scattered around OzBargain website. Here is an example:
It's all in the probability. For example on each page loaded, 2% of the chance an OzBargain T-shirt will show up in the page, but the probability is lower for other higher-prized items. Basically if you are an OzBargainer that can't stop reloading the home page, sooner or later you'll spot one.
HINT: Treasures will only appear on
- Front page (between the deals)
- New deal pages (between the deals)
- Deal/forum/competition pages that have (1) at least 15 comments (2) last commented less than 30 days ago (between comments)
Throughout the treasure hunt game, I will also place some treasures with higher probability in specific pages. More hints will be left in the comments on where to find them.
Also note that the treasure will only stay on the page for 15 seconds. So it might be wise to scroll up & down when you first load the pages to see whether there's a treasure.
How do I claim a treasure?
When you click on the highlighted row, you will be shown what treasure it is and a button for you to claim it. Once it is claimed it will be added to your inventory which you can then check in the marketplace page later. A user can keep at most 4 items in the inventory. Here is an example when treasure is revealed and ready to be claimed:
Once a treasure is revealed you should have 3-4 minutes to claim it (before we expire it in the backend). If you already have 4 items in your inventory, you will then be given an option to drop an existing item to claim the one on the page. Dropped item will be released to the wild to be picked up by another lucky guy.
Treasure Hunt Marketplace is the place where you can
- See what treasures are currently in your inventory
- Put items in your inventory to be traded on the market
- See treasures other users are currently trading on the market
- Request / Accept / Reject trades
When a treasure is first claimed, it would be private under Your Items. Click on the toggle "Trade on the Marketplace" to make it public, available for trade.
Under Marketplace you will see a list of items that other users have made available to trade. Clicking on "Trade Item" will bring down a list of your own items that you wish to swap with.
When currently there are pending trade requests against the items under your inventory, there will also be a section Trade Request. You can then approve or reject those trade requests. Users will be notified when there's an incoming trade request, or when your trade request has been approved or rejected.
Please note that item trading is one to one only — one item in yours inventory trading with another item that's currently on the market. It is not possible to do one-to-many trading.
Two users, let's just call them Alice and Bob, have the following items in their inventory:
- Alice: OzBargain T-Shirt, Xbox One Part 1/3, Xbox One Part 3/3, Eneloop AA 8pk
- Bob: Xbox One Part 2/3
Since you cannot win by simply having part 2 out 3 of a high prized item, Bob puts his Xbox One Part 2/3 on the market. While browsing the marketplace Alice found that's exactly what she needed. So she clicked on "Trade Item" next to Xbox One Part 2/3. Being a cheapskate she decided to use her Eneloop AA 8pk to request the trade.
"WTF?!" as Bob already has boxes of unopened Eneloops at home, so he responded with "Reject" on the trade request. Not be discouraged by the rejection, Alice requested the trade again with her most valued possession — OzBargain T-Shirt. Moved by her determination, Bob accepted Alice's trade, items swapped inventories, and both live happily ever after (with their OzBargain treasures, of course).
Sounds exciting? Get your hunting hat ready and have fun!