[April Fools] Be Part of an Exclusive Club - Introducing OzBargain PREMIUM

Happy April Fool's Day!

It's 3PM AEDT and we are pulling the plug now. Yes OzBargain Premium is our April Fools Day joke for this year. Many who can spot it from miles away but it appears that some still fell for it.

See our April Fools post in 2018, 2017 #1, 2017 #2, 2016, 2015, 2014 and 2013.


OzBargain was started in 2006 as an extension of a hobby of mine — finding bargains and sharing them. Over the years this website and its community continues to grow, and I myself have also transitioned from running it as a side gig, to working for OzBargain full time, to employing a small team of community managers and developers. It has always been free for anyone to join, and even free for merchants to participate and share their offers. Today, however, marks a new milestone in the history of OzBargain. Let me introduce the new subscription based membership plans — OzBargain Premium.

OzBargain Premium

It is actually not something "new", but OzBargain Premium membership has indeed been around for a few years. It has been hinted many times on the site by some pre-alpha testers, and some of them might even pop in here today to share their reviews and experiences with Premium. What changed is that Premium is now available to ALL OzBargain users, starting from a small cost of 🔋100/month, which is around a medium cup of Flat White (or 5 cups of 7-Eleven coffee). More about the new currency later. There will also be multiple levels of membership at different price point — Premium, Premium Plus and Premium Ultra — which would suit even the most hardcore OzBargainer and retail business.

So, what will you get from your Premium membership? Here are some highlights:

Premium Deals / Premium Competitions preview

This has got to be one of the most frequently requested “feature” due to increasing popularity of OzBargain. Often by the time the deal gets on the home page it has already been ozbargained — either caused by out of stock or retailer’s web servers catching fire. We are now able to spot some these Premium deals in advance, and release them to the Premium members for up to 30 minutes before making them available to the general public. Premium members get to broden them first!

Preview Deals

Premium Lounge access

Premium members will have exclusive access to member-only forum, where they get to check out upcoming features, discuss the latest conspiracies and unlock other hidden OzBargain secrets. Not to mention the elitist feeling of exclusivity. Unfortunately we are not able disclose what has been discussed in the Premium Lounge, as first rule of Premium Lounge is — you do not talk about the Premium Lounge.

Premium Lounge

Limit increases

Too many people disagreeing with you and 5 comment -ve votes never enough? Worry not as Premium members can -ve vote 20 comments per 24 hours to shoot down those trolls! If you upgrade all the way to Premium Ultra, you will be empowered with unlimited -ve for comments — including those marked as Moderator’s! There are other limit lifts, for example number of Classified, number of Store Rep deals, etc. Feel the power — get OzBargain Premium!

Rage Face Negative Votes

Premium support

Premium members also get Premium support from the moderators. As per our guidelines, consider yourself lucky if your TWAM is ever answered by a moderator within 24 hours (Monday to Friday only). However TWAM and support tickets from Premium members get special priority. Premium Ultra members can even dial 1800 OZBMODS to gain direct access to the moderation team to get your account issues resolved!

Dial a Moderator

Spammer Business friendly

Premium Ultra membership provides you unlimited potential to dump your rubbish onto other OzBargain users with unlimited Store Rep deals. OzBargain users don’t appreciate your offer and neg vote it? One click & it’s gone! What if your sockpuppet account accidentally got caught and sin-binned? Premium Ultra members just need to spend 🔋1000 and it will be out of gaol in no time! Perfect for Business users — retailers, wholesalers, service providers or marketers.

But that’s not all. You can see the full membership comparison on the OzBargain Premium page.

Premium Plans

🔋EneCoins

To subscribe to the OzBargain Premium membership you will need to pay with our new virtual currency — EneCoins. It was first announced on this very day 2 years ago, and then after much research and intense development, EneCoins has evolved into a virtual currency backed by crypto, blockchains and other hot buzzwords. Right now it can be used to pay OzBargain Premium subscription, or transfer between OzBargain members (for example paying for a Classified item). You can acquire EneCoins with Australian Dollar, starting from $4.99 for 🔋100. Check out all the details at the EneCoins page.

That’s it — the new era of OzBargain. I will be answering questions regarding OzBargain Premium here today. Ask me anything.

Comments

  • Haha dial a mod, love it… Happy April fools…

  • I understand this PREMIUM club has been formed partly in response to Brexit and the new opportunities that will be able to be exploited, once the UK crashes out of the EU.
    Lots of deals will be going on.

  • Has anyone got a Hack for this new service, I am a poor XX and I need one now!

    • +3

      Looks like OZB Premium is open to Russian / India users as well, so if you know how to use a VPN you might be able to get enecoins for a lot less if paying in a different currency. See here for the how-to

    • +2

      Pretty sure like Netflix you could share a username with ten of your closest friends. Just an idea……

    • You can purchase 1 month of Premium for 1 Eneloop battery. So the average Ozbargainer has lifetime membership.

  • This is actually a great idea… Can't believe it's already today, and to be honest I'm a little disappointed.

    • +2

      New Features for Premium coming soon:

      "Hey Google, any good deals on Ozbargain?"
      "Sure. Trending on the Ozbargain front page today: 15% Sitewide on eBay, Dyson V6 Animal for $200 and $1 Dollar Milkshakes at Mcdonalds…"

      Don't delay, get yours today for just 100 🔋 a month.

      🧦🧦🧦

      • I'm still waiting on fcuking PalPay to come back up!

  • +3

    Don't forget cashrewards for another 5% cashback

    • +5

      Wait for the rate match from a rival cashback company…

  • Jokes aside, can we actually pay for more neg votes? I so would lol.

    • +1

      How much will you pay me to neg you?

      • About 100🔋. I bought them and it still hasn't transferred my membership over.

        Scotty's slipped up!

  • Nice try

  • Good one scotty. Almost got me fooled.

  • +9

    Haha atleast we could read it unlike like mandarin last year lol 😂

  • -3

    Happy April Fools Day …………………………………..

    • +1

      That's incredibly offensive.

      • not intended to be , just depends what side of the bed you got out on.

        • Oh, now you're talking about beds when I may be sleeping rough.

          That's also incredibly offensive.

  • +1

    This story would be more plausible if Ozbargain were scooped up by Jack Ma to add to his group.

    • +1

      Didn't we try that last year? Unfortunately Uncle Ma didn't even pick up the call.

  • FYI, try wiring to their offshore. I just got a confirmation email. Premium for life apparently

  • Reading through, and thought OMG, not an April Fools joke it’s only the 31st. Got me.

    Bit like I now expect an announcement from Ricciardo…….”April fools…….only had a 2 race contract with Renault and now I will drive for Ferrari……”

  • +2

    If you can't get through, use the Manual Link: https://www.ozbargain.com.au/privatemsg/msgto/1

  • +3

    nooooo palpay is downnnnnn
    SHUT UP AND TAKE MY MONEYYYYYYYYY

  • Ahh crap , Friday drinks are going to be so crowded now :(

    I'm upgrading to Ultra so I don't catch fleas.

  • +1

    So… what’s the date today??

  • +2

    I thought Ozbargain had died :(

    Quality prank!

  • +1

    I’m holding out for exclusive membership to ozbargain prime

    • OzBargain Plus.
      OzBargain Prime.
      OzBargain Premium.

      Why is it that all life upgrades start with a capital "P"? Hmmmmm.

      • life upgrades

        LOL.
        Netflix starts with an N.

        • Netflix starts with an N.

          That's our alphabet. I'm offended.

  • How much?
    I'm in.
    If a prank, then HAHA

  • +3

    I fell for this hook line and sinker all the way up to the pay to get out of sin bin line… well played!

    • same lol

  • all the things we dream of…..

  • Nice joke.

  • -1

    Quality prank.

  • Sad it still doesn't work on mobile site…can you fix this Scotty? The current premium membership benefits is only working on desktop

  • +1

    👍

  • +3

    Site down. Ozbargained.

  • April Fool..

  • +1

    Wasn’t Ozbargain state funded by the commies?

  • Thanks for the laugh (and scares) Scotty!!

  • All for premium subscriptions as the site is awesome and I've told so many people about it… But it could have been simpler, sorry to say. $5 a month, or $x for a year…i dont trust cryptos. But i guess I'm one person and this means nothing to anyone. Happy OzBargaining all!

    Or jokes on me and April Fools? 🤑

  • +1

    Just sold all my cryptocurrency investments to buy Ozbargains EneCoins.
    I've got a feeling that the Ozbargain cryptocurrency is a winner!
    Also bought the Ozbargain Premium Ultra.

    Happy April Fools Day everyone.

  • Got the 2 months one, thanks! Btw why there’s no yearly option? Could’ve saved some enecoins!

  • +1

    Don't forget cashback via CR

  • +1

    Thanks, this is an amazing deal and everyone should jump on it!

  • pfft too late. I already spent all my money on a-LaddaCoins instead. That's the way of the future.

  • I price beat this one at Officeworks.

    Thanks OP :D

    • +1

      They didn't tell you that it's a different SKU so you can't price match? Lucky you met a n00b checkout person at OW.

  • Wow!

  • Love it !

  • +1

    *@#&! Clicked on it as a joke. Accidentally spent $50 on EneCoins!

  • +2

    Paying for bargains is this real.

  • Rushed morning after a sleepless night but for about 15 seconds I had my kids believing Fortnite had been permanently taken down.

  • +1

    Has anyone got any discount codes for Premium membership?

  • Worth it for the extra negs!!

  • really the right time ;)

  • +2

    Thanks scotty
    Bought 10,000 EneCoins and will quit my job today as it is going to be 100x soon.

  • +2

    I would pay for this just to get rid of jv's comments.

    Cheaper than a contract.

  • Ha Ha Premium Lounge topics are hilarious.

    Maybe allow 5 mins read-only access for non-Premium users to see what they're missing?

    • +1

      There is also an option to remove formatting and display comments in plain-text

      Still like the idea now?

      • Platinum Premium Members can override that feature.

        Found that out by trial and error.

        See above, I've already done that to my comment…

  • +3

    I love the new feature to revoke people's neg votes and change their comments… Having fun today !!!

  • Yeah.. Nahh… HAF everyone!

  • +1

    I'll organise a fundraiser to purchase premium memberships for tuzii and PJC so they can get out of the penalty box.

    • -1

      What about WatchNerd, Scab and Ripsnorter ?

      They are people too and deserve forgiveness? I think?????

      • Sadly, due to an unfortunate administration mix up they got the chair. However the procedures have been reviewed, and moving forward this is unlikely to happen again. Hopefully.

        No love for HighAndDry?

        • due to an unfortunate administration mix up they got the chair.

          Fair enough…

    • Great. I'll organise a fundraiser to accrue reparations for their victims.

  • Happy Valentines day.. oops April fool me once

  • Is there a family membership option? If yes, I am in 😊

  • Hmmmm April 1st lol……

  • Can we access this via VPN to get discounted premium costs?

  • Signed up, happy to to pay for premium membership and help to reduce operational cost for Scotty

  • can i pay in eneloops?

    • -2

      Nope, but you can use fruitloops.

  • +1

    Dammit! I want one! Can't seem to get the enecoins working though. Help!

  • God dammit. Has the Premium Ultra accounts been Ozbargained?!!!! I can't even get through PayPal to activate so I can bloody unlimited downvote those non believer trollsssss

    • +1

      If you're being asked to pay via PayPal, you've been scammed. Ozbargain has an exclusive contract with PalPay.

      But yes, I'm having trouble paying as well. A shame, I could really use a premium ultra duper account. Plan on setting up a "store" that sells all the crap I need to get rid of. Though I'm a bit leery about accepting PalPay.

      • Can't believe I've been fooled!!!!!!

  • Who needs cash when u got EneCoins!

  • God damn it, I know this is an April Fool's joke, but I want them sparkling flourish next to my name damn it.

    • +2

      If you behave, I'll let you wash my car.

  • I think I made payments through wrong website. I used getrichquick.com

  • The plot twist is, scotty wasn't even lying….

  • +4

    PalPay servers down - mods not answering the 1800 and jv commenting away with a premium badge. This is the worst Monday ever

  • NICE aprils FOOLS joke here for an premium account, just to bad it is not real.

    • Well, you say that now.

  • Ha ha EneCoins, brilliant!

  • +1

    Any OzBargainers own https://www.palpay.com?

  • Totally awesome

  • Hilarious stuff! You guys outdo yourselves every yea.

  • April fools!