ToiletPaperGate 2015

neil on 12/05/2015 at 2:50 pm, filed under OzBargain

Woolworths sometimes offers coupon codes to use to obtain discounts on their website. The best ways of using these codes is to stack them with other codes. Quilton Toilet Paper was on sale at the last week of April. By utilizing a number of different coupon codes together, users were able to get it down to $.34/roll and at one point down to $.08/roll. Unfortunately, at $.08 per roll, Woolworth decided to cancel the orders but many were successful as seen by the pictures below.

90% off Quilton 3- or 4-Ply Toilet Tissue 38x8pk $25.78 ($0.08/Roll) @ Woolworths [EDR Req’d]

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How to get the cheapest Netflix plans: Netflix prices by region

neil on 02/04/2015 at 1:18 pm, filed under OzBargain

With the long Easter weekend coming up, this is a chance for many Australians to trial out Netflix. The movie streaming service recently launched in Australia to much fanfare.  However, while the Australian prices for Netflix are reasonable, they are not as good as other Netflix regions.

For years, Australians have been accessing Netflix via DNS Changers, Proxies or VPNs. There is no need to use these anymore if you are happy with the 1,156 Netflix titles served to Australia. The IP address you use to access Netflix  determines which region you are in. Have a US IP? You will have access to 7,387 titles. Have a UK IP? You will have access to 3,318 titles. Canada? 3,945. Many movies are available on 1 region and not on any others. You can sign up to Netflix via any region so why not sign up to the one that’s the cheapest?

Country Basic ($AU) Standard ($AU) Premium ($AU)
Argentina $7.99 ($10.48) $8.99 ($11.80) $11.99 ($15.73)
Australia $8.99 ($8.99) $11.99 ($11.99) $14.99 ($14.99)
Austria €7.99 ($11.32) €8.99 ($12.73) €11.99 ($16.98)
Belgium €7.99 ($11.32) €8.99 ($12.73) €11.99 ($16.98)
Brazil R$17.9 ($7.27) R$19.9 ($8.09) R$26.9 ($10.93)
Canada $7.99 ($8.25) $8.99 ($9.28) $11.99 ($12.38)
Chile $3790 ($7.93) $4290 ($8.98) $5690 ($11.91)
Colombia $14000 ($7.13) $15700 ($8.00) $21000 ($10.70)
Costa Rica $7.99 ($10.48) $8.99 ($11.80) $11.99 ($15.73)
Denmark 69kr. ($13.08) 79kr. ($14.98) 109kr. ($20.67)
Finland €7.99 ($11.32) €8.99 ($12.73) €11.99 ($16.98)
France €7.99 ($11.32) €8.99 ($12.73) €11.99 ($16.98)
Germany €7.99 ($11.32) €8.99 ($12.73) €11.99 ($16.98)
Ireland €7.99 ($11.32) €8.99 ($12.73) €11.99 ($16.98)
Luxemborg €7.99 ($11.32) €8.99 ($12.73) €11.99 ($16.98)
Mexico $89 ($7.64) $109 ($9.36) $149 ($12.80)
Netherlands €7.99 ($11.32) €8.99 ($12.73) €11.99 ($16.98)
New Zealand $9.99 ($9.80) $12.99 ($12.75) $15.99 ($15.69)
Norway 79kr ($12.88) 89kr ($14.51) 109kr ($17.77)
Panama $7.99 ($10.48) $8.99 ($11.80) $11.99 ($15.73)
Sweden 78kr ($11.86) 89kr ($13.54) 119kr ($18.10)
Switzerland 11.9chf ($16.10) 12.9chf ($17.45) 17.9chf ($24.22)
United Kingdom £5.99 ($11.61) £6.99 ($13.55) £8.99 ($17.43)
United States $7.99 ($10.48) $8.99 ($11.80) $11.99 ($15.73)

*Prices & currency conversions correct as of April 2, 2015.

A 12 month subscription to Netflix Australia will cost you $107.88 for the basic, $143.88 for the Standard and $179.88 for the Premium plan. By signing up for a plan via Colombia, the basic costs $85.56, $96 for the Standard, and $128.40 for the Premium plan thus saving you $22.32, $47.88 and $51.48 per year.

Once you sign up to Netflix Colombia, there is nothing further you need to do. Once you access the service without the use of a VPN or DNS changer, it will automatically assign you the Australian region.  You can change your IP address to a Colombian IP for free using a free proxy.

However, subscribing to a DNS changer such as Getflix allows you access 20 different Netflix regions. These services also allow you to access sites that are georestricted to the US such as Hulu.

Netflix Around The World (Check which titles are available on which region)

How to sign up

1a. Colombia: Go to this Colombian proxy list. Enter the proxy details in your browser.

1b.  Brazil: Do the above or go to Getflix and change your Netflix region to Brazil.

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2. Sign up to Netflix Colombia / Brazil.

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Remember you will be paying monthly in the Colombian Peso or Brazilian Real. If you ever want to switch to Australian billing (to pay in Australian dollars), you can do so by contacting Netflix.

OzBargain Zeitgeist 2014 : Top stores, deals and comments

neil on 16/01/2015 at 1:17 pm, filed under OzBargain, Stats

After three years at the top of the list, iTunes store deals have finally been dethroned falling to 4th place. As Android & Windows phones increased their market share, Apple deals have slowly fallen.  Android deals from Google Play deals rose 28 places to take the 15th position on the chart. Amazon Australia experienced the biggest change in ranking moving up 147 places mainly due to free app promotions for Australian users.

2014 also brought a resurgence of classic e-tailer Catch of the Day (up 28 places) and classic retailer Myer (up 24 places). Part of Catch of the Day’s resurgence in the top deals have been their very generous referral system and sitewide coupons. Myer decided that being competitive with their prices, especially in light of Dick Smith selling within David Jones stores, may be a good idea.

Last year’s OzBargain Zeitgeist noted that Amazon UK had dropped 6 places due to the unfavourable currency rate between the Australian dollar and the British pound. The currency rate continues to be dire as we saw Amazon UK drop a further 43 places to become the 60th most popular store. With the tanking US currency, will we see the same drop with Amazon US deals?

Front Page deals (2014 vs 2013)

Store Front Page Deals Rank vs. 2013
Dick Smith 362 Green_Arrow_Up.svg1
Amazon.com 266 Green_Arrow_Up.svg2
Kindle Books 260
Woolworths 229 Green_Arrow_Up.svg1
iTunes/iOS app deals 205 Red_Arrow_Down.svg4
Coles 163 Green_Arrow_Up.svg2
Udemy 127 Green_Arrow_Up.svg5
Target 100 Green_Arrow_Up.svg1
JB Hi-Fi 100 Red_Arrow_Down.svg2
Harvey Norman 92
The Good Guys 87 Green_Arrow_Up.svg6
Big W 86 Red_Arrow_Down.svg6
Catch of the Day 85 Green_Arrow_Up.svg28
Dominos 74
Google Play Store 73 Green_Arrow_Up.svg28
Dan Murphy’s 73 Green_Arrow_Up.svg7
Shopping Express 68 Red_Arrow_Down.svg2
Myer 63 Green_Arrow_Up.svg24
Officeworks 60 Red_Arrow_Down.svg6
Steam 56 Red_Arrow_Down.svg2
Amazon.com.au 54 Green_Arrow_Up.svg147
MSY 52 Green_Arrow_Up.svg2
eBay 44 Green_Arrow_Up.svg2
Masters 38 Green_Arrow_Up.svg6
Kmart 37 Red_Arrow_Down.svg3

 

Deals

chart2014

Deals not reaching Front Page Front Page Deals Vote Average
2011 11590 3641 16
2012 15148 3851 16.31
2013 21043 5084 17.63
2014 22975 5989 20.94

 

Stores ranked by # of deals posted

 

Store 2014 2013 2012 2011 2010
Dick Smith 1386 927 564 395 221
Amazon.com 887 800 550 151 19
Woolworths 630 465 259 164 107
iTunes.apple.com 553 598 626 377 105
Coles 502 407 224 211 154
JB Hi-Fi 496 462 371 269 161
Harvey Norman 464 506 330 248 107
Target 440 452 132 123 65
Big W 413 416 390 425 123
Officeworks 248 377 194 206 124

 

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Notes: Amazon.com was split into Kindle book deals and Amazon.com deals in 2013.

Where did the popular retailers come from?

While the majority of stores that made the front page were Australian, there seems to be a 4% drop year to year.

Country 2014 2013 2012 2011
AUS 179 (70.45%) 187 (74.5%) 168 (78.1%) 155 (82.4%)
US 45 31 23 16
UK 9 15 11 10
HK 4 5 3 3
China 5 1 4 2
France 0 0 1 0
Italy 1 0 1 0
New Zealand 1 1 1 0
Cypress 1 1 1 1
Sweden 0 1 1 1
Ireland 0 0 1 0
Malaysia 1 2 0 0
Netherlands 0 1 0 0
Singapore 2 2 0 0
Austria 0 1 0 0
Brasil 0 2 0 0
Canada 0 1 0 0
Philippines 1 0 0 0
Romania 2 0 0 0
Germany 1 0 0 0
Israel 1 0 0 0
Japan 1 0 0 0

Deals by Country: Retailers that made the front page >2 times in 2014

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Deals by Country: Retailers that made the front page >2 times in 2013

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Deals by Country: Retailers that made the front page >2 times in 2012

Deals that made the front page by country in 2012.

Deals by Country: Retailers that made the front page >2 times in 2011

Deals that made the front page by country.

Maps created using Gunmap.

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eBay, not content with their global dominance over the world decided to give huge discounts on various stores and product categories. The company very literally gave money away throughout 2014.  One entrepreneurial person decided to use eBay’s  50% off BBQ  promotion to make a cool $30,000+ profit except it all went pear shaped with eBay & Appliances Online having to step in to sort out the mess.

Deal Votes Clicks User Posted
EBAY 15% on Any Items on Ebay.com.au (Min. Spend $50/Max. Discount $100) – Sunday 22/6 2441 15946 drb 2014-06-19
FREE: PayPal $5 Credit 2242 35955 tightarse 2014-09-08
eBay.com.au – 15% off Everything Site Wide – 10am Sun 14 Sept 2028 14794 zhenjie 2014-09-10
McDonald’s McFlurry for $1.40 1715 12045 cheezal 2014-01-24
FREE Micro USB to USB Cable or Lightning to USB Cable from Kogan 1200 21456 ahly92 2014-08-19
15% off at Woolworths with $100 Spend (10% for $50- $100 Spend) – 3rd to 6th October 950 22152 CecilTheChair 2014-09-26
Stainless Steel Multi-Function Saber Card USD $0.01 Delivered @ GearBest 938 11588 tightarse 2014-09-29
eBay Big Brand Frenzy – 20% off @Selected Retailers (Dick Smith, Kogan, Dell & More) 29/6 10:01am – 30/6 11:59pm 930 13846 kamoi 2014-06-25
Free Movie Pacific Rim (2013) in Google Play Movies 861 10571 roshanrbb 2014-12-16
Free Tap King Dispenser Unit – Use Voucher in Link 842 31456 rekabkram 2014-07-02

Most Clicked Deals

Deal Votes Clicks User Posted
Hungry Jacks Vouchers – Valid Thru 15 April 2014 218 38247 MrMaestro 2014-01-25
FREE: PayPal $5 Credit 2242 35955 tightarse 2014-09-08
$1 on Selected Slazenger Shorts and T-Shirts (Juniors and Mens) @ Sports Direct 820 34324 James030609 2014-11-22
MYER Friends and Family Sale 50% off- Thursday Only 235 31867 transport 2014-05-27
Free Tap King Dispenser Unit – Use Voucher in Link 842 31456 rekabkram 2014-07-02
Free Intel Galileo Board from Microsoft 661 29540 lukeloop 2014-07-06
Shopping Express – Epic Hour Marathon 29-30 June – Starts 29th June 8pm 246 29130 cniminc 2014-06-27
Hungry Jacks Vouchers – Valid till 12 August 2014 [NSW/VIC/WA/SA] 111 27055 cdhiren 2014-06-01
Hungry Jacks Vouchers – Vaild Thru 20 May 2014 156 26178 Food 2014-04-07
Hungry Jack’s Vouchers – Valid through 17 June 2014 125 25675 scotty 2014-05-06

Fastest Deals to the Front Page

Deal Votes User Posted Mins to Front
eBay.com.au – 15% off Everything Site Wide – 10am Sun 14 Sept 2028 zhenjie 2014-09-10 4.08
Free Shipping* over $30, from Your New Benevolent Overlords @ COTD 458 QQQ – CatchOfTheDay 2014-04-01 5.17
FREE: PINCHme – Beauty Box: New Pantene + Oral-B 3D-White 441 StevenC96 2014-11-05 6.20
FREE Micro USB to USB Cable or Lightning to USB Cable from Kogan 1200 ahly92 2014-08-19 6.67
PINCHme Free Sample – Pantene Pro-V Daily Moisture Renewal Shampoo and Conditioner 121 hamza23 2014-09-01 7.03
Free Tap King Dispenser Unit – Use Voucher in Link 842 rekabkram 2014-07-02 7.15
Samsung EVO 32GB Memory Card $8 FREE SHIPPING – Limit 2 @ Centre Com 114 surat 2014-08-13 8.45
FREE PINCHme Sample: Uncle Toby’s Oat Crisp Cereal 317 hamza23 2014-03-31 8.77
eBay Big Brand Frenzy – 20% off @Selected Retailers (Dick Smith, Kogan, Dell & More) 29/6 10:01am – 30/6 11:59pm 930 kamoi 2014-06-25 9.05
20% off at The Dick Smith Store on eBay 2-6 October 2014 166 star64 2014-10-01 9.15

Fastest Deals to 100 votes

Deal Votes User Posted Mins to +100
eBay.com.au – 15% off Everything Site Wide – 10am Sun 14 Sept 2028 zhenjie 2014-09-10 16.45
Free Tap King Dispenser Unit – Use Voucher in Link 842 rekabkram 2014-07-02 19.72
FREE Micro USB to USB Cable or Lightning to USB Cable from Kogan 1200 ahly92 2014-08-19 22.00
Grill’d Burger 2 for 1 Voucher (Voucher Will Be Sent Via SMS) 713 ciab 2014-09-08 31.53
Eneloop Standard Charger + 16x AA Rouge Battery Pack $20.99 (Plus $4.95 Delivery) = $25.94 @ DSE 409 aaronbaron 2014-03-07 32.50
Get a $10 Dick Smith Giftcard for Only $5 @ DSE [Click Proceed to Check Out to show $5] 242 000lynx 2014-09-29 33.52
Free Shipping* over $30, from Your New Benevolent Overlords @ COTD 458 QQQ – CatchOfTheDay 2014-04-01 34.52
McDonald’s McFlurry for $1.40 1715 cheezal 2014-01-24 37.68
Fast Food Vouchers: Hungry Jacks Cheeseburgers $0.95, McDonald’s Fries & 6 Nuggets $1.00 etc 771 tightarse 2014-07-10 37.90
Stainless Steel Multi-Function Saber Card USD $0.01 Delivered @ GearBest 938 tightarse 2014-09-29 38.80

Most popular deals by category

Category Deal Votes Clicks User Posted
Automotive Free Supercheap Auto Club Plus Membership with $10 Bonus Credit (Save $5) 587 7822 adder 2014-09-04
Books & Magazines Free $40 Gift Card for Rebel Sport with $1 Subscription to Herald Sun (& News Ltd Newspapers) 558 10930 johnno1987 2014-03-01
Business & Office Staples Online Clearance Items 187 5447 John Stone 2014-11-10
Computing Chromecast $39 Delivered from DSE 735 11364 ShamelessBargains 2014-07-11
Education 35 Popular Udemy Courses Worth $3500 for FREE 327 1639 Tgb 2014-07-01
Electrical & Electronics FREE Micro USB to USB Cable or Lightning to USB Cable from Kogan 1200 21456 ahly92 2014-08-19
Entertainment Free Movie Pacific Rim (2013) in Google Play Movies 861 10571 roshanrbb 2014-12-16
Fashion & Apparel $1 on Selected Slazenger Shorts and T-Shirts (Juniors and Mens) @ Sports Direct 820 34324 James030609 2014-11-22
Financial ING $75 Bonus When Deposit $1000 376 10707 huythanhv2 2014-08-21
Food & Grocery McDonald’s McFlurry for $1.40 1715 12045 cheezal 2014-01-24
Gaming Sniper Elite V2 FREE! on Steam for 24 Hours Only! 470 7049 jomari29 2014-06-05
Health & Beauty FREE: PINCHme – Beauty Box: New Pantene + Oral-B 3D-White 441 10176 StevenC96 2014-11-05
Home & Garden 50% off BBQs in BBQ Category on eBay (Sunday – 31/8) 452 8735 CharcoaI 2014-08-28
Internet Amazon.com – Free International Shipping When Paying with AmEx on Orders over USD $100 476 11238 Spackbace 2014-11-20
Mobile -UPDATED – Original Nokia 3310 Unlocked GSM Phone Refurbished US$12.74 Delivered Aliexpress 625 8796 altomic 2014-05-28
Other EBAY 15% on Any Items on Ebay.com.au (Min. Spend $50/Max. Discount $100) – Sunday 22/6 2441 15946 drb 2014-06-19
Pets FREE: Flushable Poop Bags 126 2774 tightarse 2014-10-22
Sports & Outdoors Free Cycling Pack Including a Knog Bike Light – Bicycle Network (New Riders) 377 11640 skimmermilk 2014-06-10
Toys & Kids 20% off Toys at eBay (Incl Games & Consoles) Xbox One 500GB Titanfall $478, PS4 $399.20 580 9348 motor89 2014-07-17
Travel $100 Tiger Air Voucher – 2500 More Various Dates until May 30 (Last 500 Available 12:00:00AM 30/05/14) 395 13475 markis10 2014-04-08
Most clicked deal that didn’t reach front page
AMEX OFFER: Various Credit Back (The Good Guys, iTunes, Dan Murphy’s etc) (9559 clicks)
Most neg’d deal
Vaya Free Sim Delivery and First Month Free (-15 votes)
Most commented deal
EBAY 15% on Any Items on Ebay.com.au (Min. Spend $50/Max. Discount $100) – Sunday 22/6 (2551 comments)

 

Store with the highest pageviews

Store Pageviews
Dominos 545,900
KFC 172,195
Pizza Hut 170,446
Hungry Jacks 122,478
Woolworths 93,773
Dick Smith 90,568
Udemy 66,222
JB Hi-Fi 50,616
CatchoftheDay 50,291
Costco 47,501

Deal with the highest pageviews

Store Pageviews
EBAY 15% on Any Items on Ebay.com.au (Min. Spend $50/Max. Discount $100) – Sunday 22/6 270,591
eBay.com.au – 15% off Everything Site Wide – 10am Sun 14 Sept 233,890
eBay Big Brand Frenzy – 20% off @Selected Retailers (Dick Smith, Kogan, Dell & More) 29/6 10:01am – 30/6 11:59pm 230,949
eBay – 20% off Top Retailers and Big Brands (Nov 30-Dec 2) 214,497
Kogan eBay Deals: iPad Air 16GB $400, Macbook Air $500 iPhone 5S for $549.60 and 5C for $400, Google Nexus 5 $336, LG G2 $328 134,843
20% off Toys at eBay (Incl Games & Consoles) Xbox One 500GB Titanfall $478, PS4 $399.20 122,276
50% off BBQs in BBQ Category on eBay (Sunday – 31/8) 93,413
[Woolworths Online] Spend over $50 to Receive $10 off 84,742
FREE: PayPal $5 Credit 83,567
Free Tap King Dispenser Unit – Use Voucher in Link 83,547

 

 Competitions

 

Deal Votes Clicks Entered User Posted
Win a Domino’s Voucher for a Traditional/Value/Chef’s Best Pizza and 2 Garlic Breads from Tap King (1 in 2 Wins) 132 6080 131 j1mmyj1mmy 2014-11-27
Win a $10/$20 Gift Voucher (for Many Retailers) from Optus 116 4955 100 j1mmyj1mmy 2014-12-11
Win a Million Cents ($10k) from PayPal + Instant Win Prizes 107 7564 160 donga100 2014-10-05
Win over $1.3 Million Worth of Food from McDonalds by Playing The “Drop into Macca’s” iPhone/Android App 94 645 32 itsfree 2014-10-29
Instant Win over 1500 Prizes (Total Prize Pool $74,500) from Tennis Australia 88 8491 132 hamza23 2014-11-11
Instant Win DVDs or Merchandise from BBC 62 3844 92 Spackbace 2014-12-08
OzBargain Turning Lucky 8! Send in Your Happy Birthday Greetings & Win Gift Card Prizes! 53 429 24 scotty 2014-11-10
Woolworths – Pull A Cracker Competition (Instant Win) 50 4036 70 StevenC96 2014-12-09
Win a Skoda Rapid Car Valued at $19,990 from SBS 44 2050 98 hamza23 2014-08-14
Win 1 of 3 Nominated Brand Cars from Guess Who Australia (Guess The Brand To Win) 44 2355 95 j1mmyj1mmy 2014-09-28

 

Most Clicked Competitions

Deal Votes Clicks Entered User Posted
Instant Win over 1500 Prizes (Total Prize Pool $74,500) from Tennis Australia 88 8491 132 hamza23 2014-11-11
Win a Million Cents ($10k) from PayPal + Instant Win Prizes 107 7564 160 donga100 2014-10-05
Win a Domino’s Voucher for a Traditional/Value/Chef’s Best Pizza and 2 Garlic Breads from Tap King (1 in 2 Wins) 132 6080 131 j1mmyj1mmy 2014-11-27
Win a $10/$20 Gift Voucher (for Many Retailers) from Optus 116 4955 100 j1mmyj1mmy 2014-12-11
Woolworths – Pull A Cracker Competition (Instant Win) 50 4036 70 StevenC96 2014-12-09
Instant Win DVDs or Merchandise from BBC 62 3844 92 Spackbace 2014-12-08
Win an 11 Day River Cruise in France Including RT Flights from Getaway/Scenic Tours 19 3819 80 a a a 2014-10-18
Win 1 of 5 Bottles of Jack Daniels Holiday Select Every Day 29 2764 58 Spackbace 2014-12-08
Instant Win Daily: 1 of 18 Lavazza Minù Coffee Machines (Valued @ $100ea) & Go into Draw for Trip to Rome (Valued at $14,416) 29 2671 55 hamza23 2014-11-29
Win 1 of 3 Nominated Brand Cars from Guess Who Australia (Guess The Brand To Win) 44 2355 95 j1mmyj1mmy 2014-09-28

 

Forums

 

Most Popular Forum Threads (pageviews)

Store Pageviews
Boxing Day 2014 Discussion. Catalogues and Advertisements – Link Them Here 78,696
HELP a fellow ozbargainer stuck in Shanghai getting home!!! 55,276
[April Fools] OzBargain acquired and changed to CatchBargain 34,570
iPhone 6’s Bending out of Shape – Serious Hardware Recall Imminent? 33,556
What Is Your Age and Net Worth? 32,636
Fiancé wants me to sign a pre-nup 31,723
I am in a dilemma. Should I ask her to pay up? 30,879
[NSFW] Who Should Be Paying for Condoms? 29,987
eBay Weber BBQ Sales 28,972
Current Lite n’ Easy discount codes 27,117

 

Users & Comments

comments2010-2014

2014 vs. 2013: Published Green_Arrow_Up.svg14.7% | Removed 1.11% (2013: 1.03%)

 

Most Comments by a User

User Comments Avg Vote +5’s +15’s -5’s -15’s
jv 7422 0.62 651 114 421 73
TRENT86 3488 0.48 74 9 16 6
tightarse 3153 1.59 305 59 19 1
scrimshaw 2764 2.02 304 62 3 1
tonester 2637 0.33 17 1 2 0
easternculture 2592 1.26 227 47 68 11
hollykryten 2437 0.24 30 1 32 4
muncan 2123 1.44 178 26 11 0
lostn 1962 0.41 40 4 6 0
altomic 1843 1.30 144 31 14 0

Top 10 Positively voted comments

Comment Votes User Posted
This is a new low. :) 289 tommyc 2014-01-24
Your hypocrisy is 251 cystophora 2014-12-12
Time to find a new guy? That 245 iampoor 2014-12-12
Seems pretty stupid you 242 cypher67 2014-08-07
If you pay me $250, I will 222 thorton82 2014-05-04
Sympathy discount. 213 tsunamisurfer 2014-01-24
i don’t like the new font 209 mattgal 2014-09-05
Seriously a joke of a story. 206 donga100 2014-08-02
I wish eBay was turning 50. 197 dan76n 2014-09-10
It would cost a few billion 196 wonderboy 2014-10-17

Top 10 Negatively voted comments

Comment Votes User Posted
Just because it “supports” -277 The Land of Smeg 2014-12-12
no lol -229 2Krazy 2014-08-07
How about this… I give -199 Amar89 2014-07-10
Not really. There is a -188 The Land of Smeg 2014-12-12
But there’s no need to -165 Amar89 2014-07-10
Really dont need to write a -159 bchliu 2014-05-04
i was interested in the -154 imket 2014-07-10
first of all…i am pro -146 keyur11 2014-09-08
@cystophora: Kmart & Target -131 The Land of Smeg 2014-12-12
http://i.imgur.com/NZdbIkZ.jp -122 dafatha 2014-06-23

Most Deals Posted by Users

User Deals Avg Vote
TRENT86 768 24.27
tightarse 593 100.03
monty.melb 571 22.55
tonester 462 13.87
altomic 372 12.10
theearth 342 27.80
easternculture 294 36.34
scotty 258 14.31
grababargain 231 43.48
webtherapist 179 12.13

Most Deals Posted by New Users

User Deals Avg Vote
whodidthat 63 6.87
AssistedSpy 44 8.00
DAOtmc 44 36.64
my sfc 43 12.95
StevenKing 37 8.68
JasonRio 26 6.92
dead5pur 24 6.50
Travelfactory 24 3.25
BobbyJ 24 11.21
Gibsonluva 23 2.65

Most Competitions Posted by Users

User Comps
neil 540
hamza23 327
k 202
j1mmyj1mmy 200
odyssi 102
nmat 97
Ticketwombat 47
donga100 38
a a a 28
miwtown 28

Most Front-Page Deals posted by a User

User Deals Avg Vote
tightarse 526 110.83
TRENT86 247 55.83
grababargain 150 60.59
monty.melb 134 67.28
easternculture 124 73.88
theearth 124 56.15
WNK 74 73.97
tonester 65 54.09
unity1 49 102.80
scotty 33 58.91

Most Front-Page Deals posted by a rep

User Deals Avg Vote Comments Comments (Not OP)
ShoppingExpress 30 65.73 702 208
MyGroceries.com.au 25 66.00 42 3
Roland Chen 13 86.00 663 67
mikemeelec 13 64.38 396 2
Lee20825 12 163.42 40 0
banggood 11 77.91 82 0
mobileciti 9 65.67 224 0
Leftdrop 8 41.00 162 9
dicksmith 8 127.62 31 23
jackkel 8 81.12 199 17

Most Edits by Power Users

User Edits Uniques
tonester 690 593
Steptoe 398 365
roughana 284 253
zelda707 274 261
fchis 260 212
donga100 252 247
IceCreamBandit 220 213
easternculture 141 130
mattgal 139 130
TRENT86 127 118

 Other Stats

Pageviews: 250,552,543 ( Green_Arrow_Up.svg 19% )

Visitors: 80,089,153 ( Green_Arrow_Up.svg15%)

Browsers: Chrome: 49.06% ( Green_Arrow_Up.svg9%) , Safari 22.23% ( Green_Arrow_Up.svg.58%), Firefox 14.18% ( Red_Arrow_Down.svg3.61%), Internet Explorer 8.68% ( Red_Arrow_Down.svg2.56%), Android Browser 3.57% (Red_Arrow_Down.svg1.9%), Opera .55 ( Red_Arrow_Down.svg.18%)

Top Referral Traffic (Sessions): Whirlpool 1,310,677 Facebook 1,193,942, Twitter 431,093, Feedly 368,972, Oursteps 292,689

Reports from users: 20,951  (2013: 17640). Average 1 report every 25 minutes.

Freebies posted: 3246 (2013: 2510)

New Users: 21655 (2013: 20726) Total:  110999

 

For more stats, see the wiki.

Click Frenzy 2014: Slightly More Deals, Slightly Less Quality

neil on 20/11/2014 at 12:02 pm, filed under Click Frenzy

102936--clickfail-ignites-web-stormClick Frenzy has a love/hate relationship with the bargain hunting community. The popular deals that come out of the event are great but are dominated by an overabundance of unpopular deals.

In terms of OzBargain, we had 53 official Click Frenzy deals posted on OzBargain (up from 45 last year) with 10 of them reaching the front page (>20 votes).  We also had 19 unofficial Frenzy deals posted of which 3 made it to the front page or about 15.7%. Last year, 5 unofficial “Frenzy” deals made it to the front page.

Event 2012 Mother’s Day EOFY Father’s Day 2013 2014
Front Page 4 3 10 8 9 10
All Deals N/A 18 33 23 45 53
% 16.66% 30.30% 34.78% 20.00% 18.90%

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Almost half of the deals that made the front page were from the Microsoft Store.

The rest were from Dick Smith, Samsung, Adidas,  Florsheim, Coles and Target.

It’s a win for everyone. Click Frenzy makes money by signing up retailers to their event, retailers make money from added traffic, and the consumer, if they are a saavy shopper gets some good deals. For OzBargain, not only did the event contribute 13 popular deals but we also managed to reach over 1,000,000 pageviews for the first time on Tuesday.

 

Pageviews for Click Frenzy

OzBargain’s List of 86 Click Frenzy Sales

*Official deal means that it was a deal listed on Click Frenzy’s website. An unofficial deal is not listed on their website in which the retailer refers to a Frenzy deal.

Photos from our ‘OzBargainers In the Wild’ Competiton

neil on 25/07/2014 at 1:44 am, filed under Competition

At the end of the June, we ran a competition with the theme ‘OzBargainers in the Wild’. Here is a selection of some of the great entries.

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Cashback comparison 2014: Starthere vs. Qwibble vs. Shopping VIP vs. Cash Rewards vs. Chill vs. Prplness vs. Lyoness

neil on 10/07/2014 at 3:46 pm, filed under Cashback

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Image Source: Wikipedia

Cashback sites are a great way to make purchases cheaper for consumers. Some websites that you make a purchase from are willing to pay a commission to affiliate networks and other website publishers to gain sales. The idea behind cashback sites is, as a website publisher themselves, they are refunding a portion of the commission they’ve made from the merchants back to the consumer.

We last compared cashback sites in June of 2013. Since that time, Bucksback has shut down its website with no explanation and is not responding to queries.

Two new sites have been offering cashback deals to Australians. Shopping VIP opened in late 2013 with their focus on providing a small number of high quality retailers to their VIPs (aka members). Meanwhile, Lyoness is not a new company but now offers a standalone cashback service for online purchases which differentiates itself from its more controversial “shopping community“.

 

 

Starthere Qwibble ShoppingVIP Cash Rewards Chill Cashback Prplness Lyoness*
Amaysim Unlimited $40.00 $39.00 N/A $24.00 N/A $23.00 N/A
Apple 1.00% N/A 1.50% 2.00% N/A N/A 1.00%
Appliances Online 1.00% 1.60% N/A 2.00% N/A 1.50% N/A
ASOS 3.50% 5.60% N/A 7.00% N/A N/A N/A
Big W 2.00% 3.20% N/A 4.00% 3.20% 3.00% N/A
Bonds 4.50% 7.20% 7.00% 7.20% 7.20% 6.00% 2.00%
Booktopia 3.75% 6.00% 5.50% 7.50% 6%% 3.75% 2.00%
Dan Murphy’s (spirits / wine) 4.15% 5%/6.65% 5%/6% 5%/7.5% N/A 5.25%/6% N/A
Deals Direct 2.50% 4.00% 3.00% 5.00% 4.00% 4.00% 2.00%
GraysOnline (non-auction) 2.50% 4.40% N/A 5.50% N/A N/A N/A
Groupon 2.50% N/A N/A 4.00% N/A N/A 2.00%
Hotelclub N/A 9.60% N/A N/A 7.20% 6.00% 1.00%
Hotels.com -Merchant Hotel 3.00% 4.80% N/A 4.80% 4.80% 3.00% 2.00%
Kogan N/A 0.60% 0.50% 0.60% N/A N/A N/A
Lenovo 2.30% 3.60% 3.00% 2.80% 2.80% N/A 1.00%
Menulog-Home Delivery 1.50% 2.40% N/A 2.40% 2.00% 1.50% N/A
Rebel Sport 3.75% 6.00% 5.00% 6.00% 6.00% 4.00% 2.00%
Shoppingsquare N/A 1.60% N/A 1.60% 1.60% N/A N/A
Stawberrynet -New Customer 7.50% 12.00% 12.00% 15.00% 12.00% N/A N/A
Surfstitch 1.50% 2.40% 3.00% 2.25-8% 8.00% 4.00% 1.00%
The Iconic 5.00% 8.00% 8.00% 10.00% N/A 8.00% 1.00%
The Mens Shop 5.00% N/A N/A 8.00% N/A N/A 2.00%
Member Fees (annual) $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Minimum Cashout Amount None None $20 $5 $20 $25 $15.00
Pricematch No No No No No Yes No
Sign Up Offers No No No No $2 credit $5 credit No

Information current as of July 10, 2014.

Note: 7/8 Lyoness cashback adjusted. Lyoness appears to offer an immediate cashback rate and then a further rate that is dependent on an opaque referral scheme.

 

Starthere:

Green_Arrow_Up.svg At the founder level (former Moneybackco members), the average is bumped up to 5.5%. Top rates for 7 merchants .

Green_Arrow_Up.svg No minimum cashout amount.

Red_Arrow_Down.svg Multiple tiers of membership.

Red_Arrow_Down.svg For new or casual users (white level), average cashback rates are poor at 3.16%. Top rate for only 1 merchant (Amaysim).

Starthere

 

Qwibble:

Green_Arrow_Up.svg Competitive cashback rates (avg 4.88%). Top rates for 7 of our sample merchants.

Green_Arrow_Up.svg No minimum cashout rates. For our sample merchants, the average rate is 4.88%.

Qwibble

 

Shopping VIP:

Green_Arrow_Up.svgCompetitive cashback rates (avg 4.91%) .

Red_Arrow_Down.svg Not all of the popular merchants listed.

Red_Arrow_Down.svg High minimum cashout. You would need to make $408  in purchases to receive your first cashout.

 Shopping VIP

 

Cash Rewards:

Green_Arrow_Up.svg Very competitive cashback rates (avg 5.3%). Top rates for 17 of our sample merchants.

$5 minimum cashout amount.

 Cash Rewards

 

Chill Cashback:

Green_Arrow_Up.svg Competitive cashback rates (avg 5.3%). Top rates for 4 of our sample merchants and the best overall average rate.

Red_Arrow_Down.svg Not all of the popular merchants listed.

Red_Arrow_Down.svg High minimum cashout.  You would need to make $337 (inc $2 credit) in purchases to receive your first cashout.

Chill Cashback

 

Prplness:

Green_Arrow_Up.svg Pricematch other cashback website’s rates.

Red_Arrow_Down.svg Not all of the popular merchants listed.

Red_Arrow_Down.svg High minimum cashout. For our sample merchants, the average rate is 4.07%. You would need to make $492 (inc $5 credit) in purchases to receive your first cashout.

Prplness

 

Lyoness:

Red_Arrow_Down.svg Poor average cashback rate of 3.25%. 1.58%

Red_Arrow_Down.svg High minimum cashout.  You would need to make $462 $950 in purchases to receive your first cashout.

Lyoness

 

2014 vs 1013

Cashback averages mostly stayed the same with the exception of Prplness which dropped by almost .5% and Chill Cashback which doubled their cashback average from 2.68% to 5.35%.  Qwibble removed their minimum cashback while Cashrewards set a negligible $5 minimum cashout level. Despite a promise in the comments of last years cashback comparison, Chill has kept their $20 minimum cashout. To their credit, they have increased the amount of merchants on their site.

 


Winners & Losers

Green_Arrow_Up.svgGreen_Arrow_Up.svg Cash Rewards, Starthere (Founder Level only)

Green_Arrow_Up.svg Qwibble, Chill Cashback

Red_Arrow_Down.svg Starthere, Prplness, Shopping VIP, Lyoness

 

For the second year in a row, Cash Rewards provide the best value along with a large selection of retailers. They are also the only site to offer cashback with eBay. If you have founder status at Starthere then definitely check their site before your purchase. If you don’t have founder status then don’t bother. Qwibble & Chill are hit and miss but worth checking. Don’t bother with Prplness, Shopping VIP or Lyoness.


Always compare retailers at each cashback site before purchasing. Rates often vary and some sites list retailers that others don’t.

Footnote:

We’ve move the cashback bar to underneath the thumbnail/Go to Deal button so its easier for users to remember to claim cashback.

 

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Chromecast Launches in Australia: Price Comparison

neil on 28/05/2014 at 3:11 pm, filed under OzBargain

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Chromecast is a digital media player developed by Google. The device, a 2.83-inch (72 mm) HDMI dongle, plays audio/video content on a high-definition television by directly streaming it via Wi-Fi from the Internet or a local network. (Wikipedia). It was officially launched today in Australia.

Earlier this month, Dick Smith erroneously put the Chromecast up on their website for preorder for $49 which was later pulled down. Today, it was officially back up on their site for $49 + shipping ($54 shipped). This is 30% more than what Amazon sells it for in the US. So where can we get it cheaply?

 

Store Pickup/In Store Delivered
Play Store N/A $53.50
Dick Smith $49 $53.95
JB $49 $53.95
Fishpond N/A $49 N/A
eGlobal N/A $63.96
Techrific N/A $64.89
DWI N/A $66

Prices as of 9/7

Looks like if JB Hi-Fi’s website is correct then you can pickup the Chromecast for $49. It seems probable that Dick Smith and other retailers will follow shortly. We will update this post regularly but check on the latest Chromecast deals on OzBargain. Found somewhere cheaper? Let us know or post it on OzBargain.

 

P.S.

To access Netflix & Hulu you will need an unblocking service. Getflix is $3 ($1.95 for 12 months) per month while Unblock-US is $5USD per month.  Check out this how-to guide from Reddit.

Update:

30/5:

  • Dick Smith is offering free shipping . Additionally, they are now available in store.
  • Fishpond has dropped their price to $49 shipped however the delivery time is 22-25 days.

8/6:

  • Fishpond has no stock.

8/7:

  • Dick Smith 1 day sale brings Chromecast to $43.95 delivered.

 

 

 

 

April Fools: OzBargain acquired and changed to CatchBargain

scotty on 01/04/2014 at 9:04 am, filed under OzBargain

tl;drOzBargain has been acquired by Catch of The Day. We will change our name to CatchBargain and all staff will move into The Catch Group’s Melbourne office.

This is a re-post of the announcement on OzBargain.

The Story

OzBargain is currently in its 8th year of operation. Started as a little humble blog back in 2005, and these days hundreds and thousands of Australians flock to OzBargain everyday to share, discuss and discover the latest Eneloop deals, Domino’s pizza coupons and cheap Steam games that you never will find time to play. Yada yada yada. Yes I know many people already know about the history of OzBargain and the rest probably don’t care. History is not that interesting anyway — we ought to focus on the FUTURE of OzBargain. That is what this post will be about, concerning what lies ahead of our beloved website.

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January Flight Deals

neil on 21/01/2014 at 2:35 pm, filed under Travel

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Here is a selection of the top flight deals in January. The best deals this month are flights to Asia with connections to Europe.  North American and domestic flights deals aren’t that great so let’s see what next month brings us.

Fly to Europe:

Fly to Europe for $1000

386666_663387159837_1233943325_nTo get these flights, you need to fly Scoot to Singapore then take a flight from Singapore to Frankfurt or elsewhere in Europe.  Adioso produces a cheap one way fare of $169. Kayak produces a round trip airfare of ~$1024. Total $1193

A “direct” flight costs $1431 via Kayak.

Alternatively, you can take an Air Asia flight up to Kuala Lumpur for around $308  and then take a flight from KUL to Istambul for $752. Total $1060

A “direct” flight costs cost $1562 via Kayak.

 

Fly to Paris $1485, Athens return $1495, Venice $1695 on Qatar Airways

venice For comparison, a direct flight from Melbourne to Athens costs around $2000 on other airlines. Keep in mind Qatar Airlines is a 5 star airline.

 

 

 


Fly to the US:

Fly to LA/San Francisco from $1090 Return

sanfranNext closest price fare for $1289 via Adioso

 

 

 

Fly to LA from Melb/Brisbane  Business Class Only $4913  with Virgin Australia

Fly to the US  with Qantas Companion Sale – Business & Premium Economy

 

 


Fly to Australia & New Zealand:

Fly around Australia: Melb to Adl, Hobart, Sydney $30 and More @ Tigerair

Fly to Auckland & Christchurch RETURN ex Melb $230, ex Syd $234 (Fly May/June)

Fly to Auckland  $329 Return from Melbourne via Emirates

 


Fly to Asia:

Fly to Tokyo (from Melb) Return $544, Osaka Return ex Melb $502, Syd $495, Adel $447, Perth $418 @ Air Asia

tokyo-2Once you are in Kuala Lumpur, you can often pick up a cheaper flight to Europe and other parts of the world. On my last trip to the US, I flew to Osaka via Jetstar and then directly from Osaka to NY. Currently, a flight from Melb-Osaka is about $492 (returne) and a flight from Osaka to NY is around $1150 for a total of $1642.  A “direct” flight for the same time period comes to $1728. So instead of having a really long flight, you can split the flight into 2 segment and also see Japan for a similar price as flying direct.

Fly to Bali or Jakarta from $605

Fly to Singapore or Bali Per-Sin $169, Mel-Bali $249, Adel- Bali $199 Plus Loads More via Jetstar

Fly to Singapore from Perth $119, Sydney or Gold Coast to Singapore from $169 and more with Flyscoot


Do your own research and check out the travel wiki or the travel forum for websites and tips on booking cheap flights. Also, check out this forum thread on tips to getting an upgrade to Business Class.  

 

 

OzBargain Zeitgeist 2013 : Top stores, deals and comments

neil on 09/01/2014 at 2:38 pm, filed under Stats

2013 was another successful year of deals, posts, and comments on OzBargain.

Overall OzBargain Stats for 2013 (vs 2012):

Pageviews: 210,501,797 ( Green_Arrow_Up.svg 35% )

Visitors: 69,696,557 ( Green_Arrow_Up.svg28%)

Browsers:  Chrome: 40.89% ( Green_Arrow_Up.svg8%) , Safari 21.65% ( Green_Arrow_Up.svg1%), Firefox 17.79% ( Red_Arrow_Down.svg6%), Internet Explorer 11.24% ( Red_Arrow_Down.svg5%), Opera .74 ( Red_Arrow_Down.svg.4%)

Top Referral Traffic: Whirlpool 1.53% Facebook 1.1%, Twitter .51%, Oursteps .34%, EcoGamer .27%

 

Deals:

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  Deals not reaching Front Page Front Page Deals (>19 votes) Vote Average
2011 11222 4008 16
2012 15023 3973 16.31
2013 21046 5115 17.63

Published: Green_Arrow_Up.svg 27.4% | Front page Green_Arrow_Up.svg 23.3%  | Green_Arrow_Up.svg 25.5% Removed Deals | Vote average: Green_Arrow_Up.svg 7.5%

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Highest voted deal:

MS Office Pro Plus 2013 or Office Mac 2011 for $15 or $30 with Hotmail Email @ MS HUP+894

Store with the highest pageviews:

Dominos  495,815 pageviews

Deal with the highest pageviews:

MS Office Pro Plus 2013 or Office Mac 2011 for $15 or $30 with Hotmail Email @ MS HUP 100,200 pageviews

 

 Deals posted by store:

 

Store 2013 2012 2011 2010
Dick Smith 1062 625 455 236
Amazon.com 915 668 176 29
iTunes/iOS app deals 657 662 417 136
Harvey Norman 582 370 265 108
JB Hi-Fi 526 414 310 178
Woolworths 515 275 170 102
Target 483 135  129  71
Big W 461 416 465 134
Coles 446 247 225 168
Officeworks 423 226 236 138

 

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 Note: Amazon.com was split into Kindle book deals and Amazon.com deals.

Front Page deals (2013 vs 2012)

For the third year in a row, the iTunes store (iOS apps) is the most popular store on OzBargain. Despite Android phones and tablets being significantly cheaper than their Apple counterparts, the demand for iOS apps and books hasn’t diminished.  In a positive note for Australian retailers, Bing Lee, The Good Guys and Target greatly improved their positions on the list. Amazon.co.uk dropped 6 places due to increased postage costs from the UK and an unfavorable currency rate with the Australian dollar. Udemy debuts in 11th place with 82 front page deals posted in only 6 months of existence on OzBargain.

Store Front Page Deal Rank vs. 2012
iTunes/iOS app deals 227
Dick Smith 218
Kindle Books 181 NEW
Amazon.com 170 Red_Arrow_Down.svg 1
Woolworths 149
Big W 114 Red_Arrow_Down.svg 2
JB Hi-Fi 106 Red_Arrow_Down.svg 1
Coles 101
Target 99 Green_Arrow_Up.svg 9
Harvey Norman 93 Red_Arrow_Down.svg 3
Google Play Store 84 Green_Arrow_Up.svg 11
Udemy 82 NEW
Officeworks 82
Dominos 69 Green_Arrow_Up.svg 2
Shopping Express 64 Green_Arrow_Up.svg 3
Amazon.co.uk 54 Red_Arrow_Down.svg 6
The Good Guys 49 Green_Arrow_Up.svg 9
Steam 49 Red_Arrow_Down.svg 1
Kogan 48 Red_Arrow_Down.svg 7
mygroceries.com.au 43 Green_Arrow_Up.svg 1

 

Where did the popular retailers come from?

While the majority of stores that made the front page were Australian, there seems to be a 4% drop year to year.  It’s a worrying sign for Australian retailers.

Country 2013 2012 2011
AUS 187 (74.5%) 168 (78.1%) 155 (82.4%)
US 31 23 16
UK 15 11 10
HK 5 3 3
China 1 4 2
France 0 1 0
Italy 0 1 0
New Zealand 1 1 0
Cypress 1 1 1
Sweden 1 1 1
Ireland 0 1 0
Malaysia 2 0 0
Netherlands 1 0 0
Singapore 2 0 0
Austria 1 0 0
Brasil 2 0 0
Canada 1 0 0

 

Deals by Country: Retailers that made the front page >2 times in 2013

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Deals by Country: Retailers that made the front page >2 times in 2012

Deals that made the front page by country in 2012.

Deals by Country: Retailers that made the front page >2 times in 2011

Deals that made the front page by country.

Maps created using Gunmap.

Comments:

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2013 vs. 2012: Published Green_Arrow_Up.svg21.8% | Removed Green_Arrow_Up.svg16.2%

 

Top 10 Positively voted comments:

  1. rt1 thanking OP and stating he bought 3 Nissan 370zs. +350
  2. whiteflame thanking commenter for the picture of their cat. +282
  3. montorola correcting a commenter’s grammar. +226
  4. 100 responding to an anti-Samsung comment in a Samsung deal. +219
  5. jv pointing out that not accepting returns is illegal. +174
  6. revolushenary thanking OP for the thesis-like description. +137
  7. risto “correcting” the grammar in the previous comment. +135
  8. mely doubts any headphones for $5 would be any good. +121
  9. strand0410 doubts the fashion of Beats by Dre headphones. +110
  10. figarow offers a sympathetic condolence to the rep.+115

Top 10 Negatively voted comments:

  1. mikinoz thinking $.50 for a glass of tap water was cheap. -382
  2. ajdj10 who thought posting a deal for a duty free store at an airport was a waste of time. -366
  3. ozdesi who reckons everyone already knew about the most popular deal of 2013. – 280
  4. bill.zheng hating Samsung products on a Samsung deal. The following comment was the 4th most popular comment of 2013. -176
  5. paintoad joking that the worst thing about the Nexus 4 is that the OS is Android. -147
  6. jv joking that Telstra’s free calls to the Philipines are to Telstra’s call centres. -144
  7. mikinoz still arguing his point from his most negged comment. -137
  8. consumersheep chastising a user for making a stupid comment. -129
  9. mikinoz still arguing his point… -101
  10. mo danish getting negged for saying the word Apple. -100

For more stats, see the wiki.

Free Access to Regus Business lounges worldwide

neil on 28/11/2013 at 8:00 am, filed under OzBargain

 

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View from my pod: City view on the left, a Mac for people to use, SKY News on TV

Earlier this year, a deal was posted on OzBargain which allowed you to upgrade your Virgin Atlantic frequent flyer program from red status to silver. The benefits are minimal for Australians for one exception: Free membership to Regus Businessworld Gold.

Here are the important features you get from a Regus membership:

  • Walk in access to business lounges and cafes
  • Free internet access and refreshments on every visit

Regus business lounges can be found all over the world. For Australia, there are 4 in Melbourne, 12 in Sydney, 4 in Brisbane, 1 in Adelaide4 in Perth,  1 in Canberra, 1 in Surfer’s Paradise, and 1 in Wollongong. On this occasion, I visited the branch at 120 Collins St., Melbourne.

 

Layout: It’s fairly straightforward. Give your card to the receptionist who will then swipe you in. You are free to sit anywhere in the business lounge. I decided to sit in one their pods which is equipped with a power outlet and Ethernet port. You also have access to a kitchen where you can heat up food or sit and do work. Lounge configurations do vary as not all locations have pods and some only have just seats. Two televisions were mounted in the lounge showing SkyNews.

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Internet: All lounges are equiped with Wi-Fi which when connected, you will simply need to enter your Regus card number when prompted. Keep in mind the Wi-Fi is unencrypted, so it’s wise to enable a VPN. There is no limit on the number of devices you can connect to the Wi-Fi as I managed to connect both my laptop and iPad. There were no issues with speed. For those without Wi-Fi, you can connect via the Ethernet port. While free Wi-Fi may not be a big deal in Australia, in places like Japan where  Wi-Fi (paid or free) is rare, having a Regus lounge to pop into can be handy.

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Refreshments: Any snacks or soft drinks will cost you money (honour system) however coffee and water are free. The coffee was made by a machine that not only grinded the beans automatically but was also capable of making cappuccinos, espressos and a couple other types of coffee with just a press of a button.

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View of the city. Phone and Mac at your disposal.

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You can still get a free Regus Businessworld Gold membership via United Airlines.

Note from the T&C:

Should you use more than ten days in a single Provider centre per month we reserve the right to charge an additional usage fee.

Don’t expect this to be your permanent office but for the occasional user who needs to do work, study, or just chill out, the Regus business lounge is good value for money ($0).

Click Frenzy 2013: More quantity but less quality

neil on 22/11/2013 at 3:10 pm, filed under Click Frenzy

102936--clickfail-ignites-web-stormClick Frenzy had its 5th shopping event on Nov 19. It seems that with every new event there is less interest by everyday consumers. That didn’t stop the PR crew from recruiting a reporter from Fairfax to publish 6 Click Frenzy articles in a course of 7 days. Strangely there was no coverage from News Limited Papers. They even created a PR stunt stating that they are threatening legal action against Kogan for jumping on the frenzy bandwagon without paying Click Frenzy. The press regarded these vague legal threats as a PR stunt to promote both sales yet the media still published the story.

In terms of OzBargain, we had 45 official Click Frenzy deals posted on OzBargain (up from 23) with 9 of them reaching the front page.  Interestingly, we had 16 unofficial Frenzy deals posted of which 5 made it to the front page or about 31%. In the Father’s Day Click Frenzy event, 3 unofficial deals made it to the front page.

 

Event 2012 Mother’s Day EOFY Father’s Day 2013
Front Page 4 3 10 8 9
All Deals N/A 18 33 23 45
% 16.66% 30.30% 34.78% 20.00%

Nine front page deals is on par with the last 2 events however the doubling of all ClickFrenzy deals compared to the last event is an interesting statistic. An increase in the amount of unofficial front page deals may support the position that you don’t need to be part of a paid shopping event to have a good deal. In either case, Click Frenzy continues to add more good deals for OzBargainers.

*Official deal means that it was a deal listed on Click Frenzy’s website. An unofficial deal is not listed on their website in which the retailer refers to a Frenzy deal.

Useful Money Saving Tips from OzBargain Commenters

neil on 19/10/2013 at 5:25 pm, filed under OzBargain

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Earlier this week, we ran a contest to find the most useful tips of 2013. Here is a selection of comments:

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This Fortnight in OzBargain: Sept 4 – Oct 18

neil on 18/10/2013 at 1:24 pm, filed under OzBargain

Popular (Not Expired) Deals of the Week

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116

See more popular deals ->

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This Week in OzBargain: Sept 27 – Oct 4

neil on 04/10/2013 at 2:59 pm, filed under Weekly

 


Popular (Not Expired) Deals of the Week


 

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132

129

120

116

See more popular deals ->

 


Hot Topics


SCAM sites using .com.au domains

There appears to be a loophole in .com.au registrations that allows anyone with an ABN to register a website even if it isn’t the registrants ABN.  These sites are pretending to sell various items where all they are doing is collecting unsuspecting Australian consumers money.

http://www.affordableappliances.com.au/

http://www.directcamerawarehouse.com.au/

http://www.thefoneshop.com.au/

http://www.xtremegopro.com.au/

http://www.totaltelevisions.com.au/

http://www.hdcameras.com.au/

Please avoid purchasing from these sites or if you have purchased from these sites, please comment in this OzBargain thread.

 

50% Wii U at DSE

In a surprise to many, Dick Smith decided to sell the Wii U at 50% off ($214). It’s unusual for a console less than a year old to have such a significant discount.

 

In the chart below, it took the original Wii around 4 years to reach a 50% reduction in price.

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Below is the chart for Wii U prices. It has taken less than a year for the Wii U to be reduced by 50% in price.

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It may be a rough ride for Nintendo as it feels mounting pressure from Playstation and XBox sales.

 

New fees for 28 Degrees Card

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OzBargainer favourite credit card, 28 Degrees,  has now closed its popular withdrawal loophole that allowed customers to load the card with a positive balance before traveling overseas in order to get free withdrawals. From January 1, 2014 a $4 or 3% fee (whichever is greater) will be charged on a cash withdrawal.  Citibank offers an alternative option for the time being.

See more forum posts ->

 


Picture of the Week


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If this is free when I buy a meat pie, you will have all of my business. What do you reckon? Via http://redd.it/1n5ol9

 


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