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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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.

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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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This Week in OzBargain: Sept 9 – Sept 16

neil on 16/09/2013 at 12:47 pm, filed under OzBargain, Weekly

 


Popular (Not Expired) Deals of the Week


 

718

176

143

Ashphalt 8 iOS FREE for The Weekend

Posted September 13 tag Gaming

142

Free Original Glazed Krispy Kreme Doughnuts (One or Dozen) – September 19th

Posted September 13 tag Food & Grocery Expiry Expires September 19

115

See more popular deals ->

 


Hot Topics


Election & The NBN

Last weekend, we had a change in government. While it seems the majority of Australia is happy with the Liberal party in charge, there is no joy at the Liberal’s NBN plan. Under the previous Labor government, they pushed  FTTH (Fiber to the Home) whereas the Liberal government is pushing FTTN (Fiber to the Node). While using FTTN will save money for the government, this will also result in slower speeds compared to FTTH.

Kogan Price Error

A Samsung Galaxy S4 4G for $439 delivered? Sounds too good to be true. The deal was posted on September 10 at 6PM. Kogan’s customer service seemed to indicate at the time that the price was correct and not an error. The deal was at 600 votes and was on track to be one the most popular deals on OzBargain. The next day Kogan went into hiding, deleting tweets that indicated that the deal was legit and not responding to questions on whether it was a price error. Later on the 11th, emails were sent out canceling the order. This was no coffee mug part II but at least Ruslan will have another OzBargain story for Shoptalk.

Melbourne Meetup

The original Melbourne meetup was scheduled for May of this year. The day before the event, council revoked Bumper Action’s function license and we were forced to cancel the event. Bumper have moved into new premises a couple blocks closer to the city. They are putting the finishing touches on their new location and we hope to start planning a redo meetup in October.

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Picture of the Week


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Choice is running a campaign to help consumers spot fake merchandise. The counterfeiters are getting a lot better at creating fake products that are very difficult to discern from the real merchandise. However, there are always little things that give it away. Can you spot the fake?

 

 


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Click Frenzy: Good Deals or Just a Marketing Exercise?

neil on 22/08/2013 at 4:21 pm, filed under OzBargain

Click-Frenzy-ecardI don’t think there is much doubt that OzBargain lists more good deals year round than any single shopping event like Boxing Day or Click Frenzy. While Click Frenzy is a big marketing exercise, do the events provide good deals?

The first incarnation of Click Frenzy was so popular that their website and related retailer’s websites were inaccessible.  OzBargain received so much traffic that it took down the website and forced us to upgrade our network link from 10Mbps to 30Mbps. While OzBargain had 3,800 concurrent visitors during the event, clickfrenzy.com.au had 58,000.

Click Frenzy fixed their website issues for their next 3 events. While the Mother’s Day event was a fizzler, the EOFY event was popular with 10 deals making it to the front page. In their latest incarnation, there were 23 deals posted with 8 making it to the front page.  There were also 3 “unofficial” Click Frenzy deals that made the front page.

clickfrenzy-graph

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

While the majority of sales listed on Click Frenzy’s site were underwhelming, the deals posted on OzBargain were good. At the end of the event, OzBargain received 8 to 11 more great deals that we wouldn’t have if it weren’t for this event. More good deals are a win for OzBargainers.

Pictures from the “Pick a Spokesperson” Competition

neil on 19/08/2013 at 4:43 pm, filed under Competition, OzBargain

Here are some of the entries for our “Pick a Spokesperson” Competition. Which is your favourite? Let us know in the comments.

1st Place: YTW: Scrooge McDuck (9pts)

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2nd Place:  100: Bender suicide machine (8pts)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Suicide_booth

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4-vRpQ0YyYo

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3rd Place: gotbean: Obi Wan (3pts)

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Honourable mentions:

Dr. Zoidberg by 100

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Montgomery Scott , Leonard McCoy, & Pavel Chekov by YTW

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Jessica Simpson by YTW

ytwjessicasimpson

 

 

Zoolander by aerona

W3Z8KIE

 

 

Ozzy Osbourne by silverrat23

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Bill Gates by sash213

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Larry Emdur by YTW

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Trainspotting by MemE

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Angry Birds by greenpossum

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Alan ( Zack Galifiniakis) from The Hangover by Goonos

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JV by Aggregate

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Ron Burgundy from “Anchorman” by unkown

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Eugene Harold Krabs by bossmode

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Ocean’s Eleven (2001) by 2Cheap2Pay

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MacGyver by Scotty

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Terry Crews by exc3312nce

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Ruslan Kogan by MITM

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Terry Crews by exc3312nce

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Cameron Ling by Food

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Stephen Dank’s High Performance Training Academy by pup

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PriceSlice Added “Post on OzBargain” Button

scotty on 14/08/2013 at 11:37 am, filed under OzBargain

A month after Lasoo added Share with OzBargain link on their catalogue offers, PriceSlice has also added the link to the products they are tracking, to allow their users to quickly share a big price drop with the OzBargain community.

For example, go to any “Computers, Electronics & Appliances” product page (eg, this Kenwood 2DIN 6.1″ Monitor With DVD Reciever from JB Hi-Fi with 41% off price drop), and you’ll see the orange button Post on OzBargain there.

Post on OzBargain

Clicking on that the Deals Submission Form will open on a separate browser window/tab, with title, URL and related store already filled. Just need to fill out the rest of the form to post a new deal on OzBargain!

PriceSlice has been a useful resource for many OzBargain where it keeps track of price history on quite a few Australian retailer sites. See their complete shop list here. You can easily search for products and set up alerts when a product you are watching for gets a price drop.

This Week in OzBargain July 12-July 22

neil on 23/07/2013 at 2:22 am, filed under Weekly

 


Popular (Not Expired) Deals of the Week & a 1/2


 

186

Totally Irreverent Closing Down Sale $10 T-Shirts

Posted July 18 tag Fashion & Apparel

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121

120

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Hot Topics


New Features

We rolled out a few features this week:

  • Front Page Deal SubscriptionUsers can get notificated by email as deals hit the number of default front page votes (currently 20).
    To subscribe, go to ‘My Account’ -> ‘Subscriptions’ and click on ‘events’ submenu tab, then check the checkbox for ‘Notify me by email when… A deal reaches the front page’ and save.
  • Filter Front Page and New Deal Listing by CategoryUsers can opt to only show deals for certain categories for front page and new deals pages.
    To customise your deal listing, go to ‘My Account’ -> ‘Settings’ -> ‘deals’ submenu tab, choose the categories you want and save.
  • Private Messaging for Store RepsWe’ve also automatically turned on private messaging for representatives as soon as they post a deal with ‘I am a Store Representative’ checkbox. They are not allowed to disable private messaging if they have posted a rep deal within the last 180 days.

CPL vs. Social Media

Earlier this month, user lucksmith bought a computer from CPL. According to the user, the computer was damaged in transit. CPL allegedly told him that he should take his issue up with Australia Post. Not liking the response, he posted a thread on OzBargain, Reddit Melbourne, and Reddit Australia. It made the front page on all three locations.

While CPL have agreed to refund lucksmith, there was doubt cast upon the user’s claims from the rep. It’s a lesson to all companies. Don’t argue or dispute a customer’s claim in a public forum. Even if the customer is wrong, do what you can to make the customer happy. While the comments in their latest deal suggested people wouldn’t be shopping at CPL, there are currently 72 positive votes for the deal.

Tip: Block Seeing Deals from Specific Stores or Users

Tired of see Udemy posts? Don’t have an iPhone? Block seeing iTunes deals entirely.

  1.  Go to the store page (e.g. iTunes Store deals)
  2. Select one of the deals that you hated most.
  3. From a list of cryptic looking options under the main deal description, locate “Hide from Listing” and click on it
  4. Click on the checkbox “Hide deals from store iTunes Store

Be gone! No more iTunes Store deals on the deal listing pages!
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Picture of the Week


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Is this the most expensive scarf in the world. Guess what? You can still buy it from David Jones at a bargain price of $99,999 with free shipping.

 

 


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Posting Lasoo Offers on OzBargain Now Even Easier

scotty on 19/07/2013 at 5:12 pm, filed under OzBargain

Most OzBargainers would know who Lasoo is — Australia’s latest online catalogues site that’s part of Salmat. They provide online catalogues for many big retailers such as DickSmith, Aldi, IGA, Harvey Norman, etc — many are also hosted on retailers’ own domains. While I have been critical on their past attempt on a community website, their catalogue site has been a joy to use. I heard that the team there, once received catalogue from the retailer, has to manually dice and slice it up to produce individual offer pages. Yes, each offer has its own page so other websites can create deep-links into it. That’s crucial in today’s social media age of sharing — I much prefer sending my friends a link to that specific product in the catalogue, than sending my friends the link to the catalogue displayed in Adobe Flash, and then ask them to “turn to page 32. See?! It’s the green one at the bottom right corner.” That would be awkward.

Not to mention that individual offer pages are much easier to share and post on OzBargain. I’ve just counted and currently we have 1,146 deals from Lasoo and associated sites posted on OzBargain. Now, sharing offers on Lasoo to OzBargain is about to get even easier.

It has been in the making since May, and big thanks to Alison, Damien and their team there for making this happen. You can now go to any offer page on Lasoo, click on “Share”, and hit the OzBargain icon to have OzBargain deal submission page pops out in a new window with many fields already filled.

For example I am trying to share this Samsung Galaxy S III LTE phone from DickSmith (probably not, as MobileCiti sold the same AU stock SGS3 4G for just $469 last month).

Lasoo Sharing via OzBargain

When we see an incoming URL from Lasoo, OzBargain will then trying to figure out which store the offer belongs to. If the same offer has already been posted before, we will then redirect the visitor to the deal to reduce number of duplicates.

Feel free to leave the comments here or join the discussion in the OzBargain forums.

This Week in OzBargain: July 5 -July 11

neil on 12/07/2013 at 1:11 am, filed under OzBargain, Weekly

 


Popular (Not Expired) Deals of the Week


 

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50 Free 10x15cm Prints with Free Shipping @ Snapfish

Posted July 5 tag Home & Garden Expiry Expires October 31

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Hot Topics


Wiki

Have you had a look at our wiki lately? Here are some interesting pages:

How to get $20 back from Coles each month

As a Flybuys member, Coles will reward you with a bonus 1000 points per calender month if you choose to do a quick Tell Coles survey online each month. That is a Flybuys Dollars gift value of $5. The loophole is that Flybuys allows 4 card holders per account. This means you can do 4 surveys per Flybuys account thus receiving $20 back from Coles each time.

Mystery Bread

Can you solve the mystery of what bread they use at cafes in Sydney?

See more forum posts ->

 


Picture of the Week


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After 7 years of averaging a mediocre 4 posts a month, users posted 49 DealsDirect deals in June and so far 51 for the month of July. Not sure what’s going on over at DD but let’s hope they keep the deals coming.

 

 


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This Week in OzBargain: June 28-July 4

neil on 04/07/2013 at 11:40 pm, filed under OzBargain, Weekly

 


Popular (Not Expired) Deals of the Week


 

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Free Scarf and Magazine @ Boohoo.com

Posted July 2 tag Fashion & Apparel

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See more popular deals ->

 


Hot Topics


The DealsDirect Frenzy continues

Last week, we noted a huge increase (26) in the amount of DealsDirect posts.  Will DealsDirect be the new powerhouse or is this just an EOFY blip?

dealsdirect-chart

Gym Insider Info and Prices

A former membership consultant at Fitness First let the community in on some secrets and hard sale tactics they use to sign members up. In a similar thread, users have been posting how much they pay for their gym memberships. It seems people pay as little as a few dollars a week to upwards of $30 per week. Let us know how much you pay for your gym membership.

 

Dick Smith taking money but not delivering orders

Dick Smith recently upgraded it’s website.  Over the past couple of weeks, many OzBargainers have placed orders for various items using Paypal, only for Dick Smith to lose their order including any record of payment. Their customer service department have promised to contact affected users to resolve the issues but have left most people in the dark. This has resulted in users having to open a dispute with Paypal. DSE acknowledges the issue and have removed Paypal as a payment option.  There is no ETA on a fix so it’s recommended to initiate a Paypal dispute before the 45 day window closes.

See more forum posts ->

 


Picture of the Week


 

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A user on Reddit posted this parking sign from the new Woolworths that opened up in Woolloomooloo, NSW. Can’t be real right? Apparently it is, as news.com.au investigated and found it to be legit. Surely, this must be the most expensive parking lot in the world? Woolworths responded and has now increased the free parking period to 1.5 hours with 1.5 to 2 hours charged at $25. Never underestimate the power of social media in the hands of consumers.

 


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This Week in OzBargain: June 21 – 27

neil on 28/06/2013 at 2:51 pm, filed under OzBargain, Weekly

 


Popular (Not Expired) Deals of the Week


 

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500 Flybuys Points for Signing up to Liquorland Email List

Posted June 22 tag Food & Grocery Expiry Expires August 31

210

169

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Two FREE Palmers Sample – NO FB Like Required

Posted June 22 tag Health & Beauty

See more popular deals ->

 


Hot Topics


 

Click Frenzy

The 3rd incarnation of Click Frenzy occured on Tuesday night. While their website held up, the general consensus of the deals was a bit average. On further analysis however, there were some great Click Frenzy related deals.

DealsDirect Clearance Deals

What’s going on with Deals Direct? All of a sudden they are offering seemingly below cost deals on loads of products.

  • 26 deals posted in the past week (usual average of 6 per month).
  • 11 of those made the front page.

Nintendo 3DS OzBargain Community

Join other members who are using the Nintendo 3DS by sharing your friend codes.

See more forum posts ->

 


Picture of the Week


 

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On Thursday, a rep posted a deal for 3 Ladies Tank Tops + 3 Mens Tank Tops, $24.99 Delivered. The oddly photoshopped picture was chosen to show off the tank tops and appeared as the thumbnail for the deal.

 


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The Death of Google Reader

neil on 27/06/2013 at 6:14 pm, filed under OzBargain, Stats

Google_Reader_logoIf I could track the time I spend on websites I use throughout the day, it would probably look like:

  • 99% Google Reader
  • .5% OzBargain
  • .5% everything else

It was to my surprise and disappointment to learn that Google will be closing Reader in less than a week (July 1). There have been countless articles on why this happened and alternatives that will take Reader’s place but I haven’t seen much on the impact on websites. The chart below shows the declining usage of Google Reader on OzBargain.

 

Percentage of traffic from Google Reader vs. other rss readers

Date Google Reader Feedly theoldreader
2009 1.21% 0.00% 0%
2010 1.10% 0.02% 0%
2011 0.88% 0.02% 0%
2012 0.69% 0.02% 0%
Jan 13
0.54% 0.02% 0%
Feb 13
0.52% 0.02% 0%
March 13
0.50% 0.08% 0%
April 13
0.43% 0.09% 0.01%
May 13
0.39% 0.02% 0.01%
June 13
0.30% 0.19% 0.02%

 

RSS-graph

 

It’s clear that Google Reader has been getting less relevant in terms of incoming traffic to OzBargain. Feedly has stepped in and has dramatically improved it’s market share. Are RSS readers dieing?

Percentage of incoming traffic from top sites

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A look at our stats show that Whirlpool continues to dominate incoming traffic followed by social networking sites. RSS readers (that we can track) clock up around .5%.

Want to follow the deals via RSS?

 

 

This Week in OzBargain: June 14-20

neil on 21/06/2013 at 12:54 pm, filed under OzBargain, Weekly

 


Popular (Not Expired) Deals of the Week


 

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Jack Links Beef Jerky Free Sample (FB Req)

Posted June 19 tag Food & Groceries Expiry Expires June 30

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Hot Topics


 

Charities

OzBargain has given $13,430 in our EOFY donation event. Donations were split based on user votes.

Technical Issues

We’ve had issues on all 3 of our servers this week. First the database server was overloaded, then our backup server went down, and on Thursday our web server’s clock started winding backwards.

Why do People fly Business or First Class?

The price difference between a business class ticket and economy can be huge. So why do people spend so much money on a business class ticket when they could save the money for use at their destination?

See more forum posts ->

 


Online Scams


 

This week is National Consumer Fraud Week, a week long event run by SCAMWATCH/ACCC. National Consumer Fraud Week 2013 is all about helping you ‘outsmart the scammer!’ by learning how to buy and sell safely online without being duped.

OzBargain has a number of countermeasures to block scammers and spammers from posting on our site and currently has 683 domains and 26738 users blocked on our site. This isn’t always enough and it’s important before you make a purchase to make sure you take the proper precautions. SCAMwatch has some good tips but we’d love to hear  your tips on the forum.


Picture of the Week


 

currency

The Australian dollar has fallen 5% this week and 10% since April. Will the drop in the dollar affect bargains purchased from the US (Amazon) or overseas travel? Let’s hope it doesn’t drop anymore.

 


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Cashback comparison 2013: Starthere vs. Qwibble vs. Bucksback vs. Cash Rewards vs. Chill vs. Prplness

neil on 17/06/2013 at 12:07 pm, filed under Cashback

We last compared cashback sites in September 2012. Since then, we have had three more players join the cashback marketplace.

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

Merchant Starthere Qwibble Bucksback Cash Rewards Chill Cashback Prplness
Amaysim Unlimited $15.00 $39.00 $22.50 $24.00 N/A $23.00
Apple 1.00% 1.60% 1.50% 2.50% N/A N/A
Appliances Online 1.00% 1.60% 2.00% 1.50% N/A 1.50%
ASOS 3.50% 5.60% N/A 7.00% N/A N/A
Big W 2.00% 3.20% 3.20% 3.25% N/A N/A
Bonds 4.50% 7.20% 8.00% 8.00% N/A 6.00%
Booktopia 3.75% 6.00% 5.62% N/A 3.75% 3.75%
Dan Murphy’s (spirits / wine) 5.25% 7%/8.8% 8%/10% 8.75%/7% N/A 7%/10%
Deals Direct 2.50% 4.00% 5.00% 4.75% N/A 4.00%
Dell 3.50% 8.00% 3.00% 2.50% N/A 3.00%
EzBuy 1.80% 1.20% 3.80% N/A 2.25% N/A
Groupon N/A N/A N/A 4.00% N/A N/A
Hotelclub 3.00% 4.80% 5.00% N/A 3.50% 6.00%
Hotels.com -Merchant Hotel 3.00% 4.80% 5.00% 4.75% N/A 3.00%
Kogan N/A 0.60% 0.60% 0.50% NA NA
Lenovo 2.50% 2.80% 3.35% 2.75% N/A NA
Menulog-Home Delivery 1.50% 2.40% 3.00% 2.50% 1.25% 1.50%
Rebel Sport 3.75% 6.00% 7.50% 7.25% N/A 4.00%
Shoppingsquare 1.00% 1.60% 1.50% N/A 1.00% N/A
Stawberrynet -New Customer 7.50% 12.00% 12.00% 12.00% 2.00% 8.00%
The Iconic 6.00% 9.60% 10.00% 12.00% N/A 8.00%
The Mens Shop 5.00% 8.00% 8.00% 8.00% 5.00% N/A
Member Fees (annual) 0 0 $10.00 0 0 0
Minimum Cashout Amount None $20.00 Unknown None $20.00 $25.00
Pricematch No No No No No Yes
Sign Up Offers No No No No $3 credit $5 credit

Information current as of June 10, 2013.

Each company has it’s advantages and disadvantages which can affect the amount of cashback you receive.

Prplness:

Green_Arrow_Up.svg Pricematch other cashback website’s rates.

Red_Arrow_Down.svg High minimum cashout. For our sample merchants, the average rate is 4.8%. You would need to make $454 (inc $5 credit) in purchases to receive your first cashout.

Chill Cashback:

Red_Arrow_Down.svg Not many of the popular merchants listed.

Red_Arrow_Down.svg Uncompetitive cashback rates.

Red_Arrow_Down.svg High minimum cashout. For our sample merchants, the average rate is 2.7%. You would need to make $629 (inc $3 credit) in purchases to receive your first cashout.

Cash Rewards:

Green_Arrow_Up.svg Very competitive cashback rates. Top rates for 4 of our sample merchants and top average rate.

Green_Arrow_Up.svg No minimum cashout amount. For our sample merchants, the average rate is 5.3%.

Bucksback:

Green_Arrow_Up.svgVery competitive cashback rates. Top rates for 8 of our sample merchants.

Red_Arrow_Down.svg $10 member fee will eat into the cashback. Only company with a member fee.

Red_Arrow_Down.svg Unclear if there is a minimum cashout amount (company was unresponsive). Assuming no minimum, at an average rate of 5.1%, you would have to make $196 of purchases just to break even.

Qwibble:

Green_Arrow_Up.svg Competitive cashback rates. Top rates for 4 of our sample merchants

Red_Arrow_Down.svg High minimum cashout. For our sample merchants, the average rate is 4.8%. You would need to make $416 in purchases to receive your first cashout.

Starthere:

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 3.3%.

Green_Arrow_Up.svg At the founder level (former Moneybackco members), the average is bumped up to 5.6%. Top rates for 9 of our sample merchants.

Green_Arrow_Up.svg No minimum cashout amount.

 

For the casual user Cash Rewards provides the best value. If you have founder status at Starthere then this may be a better option for you.

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

 

This Week in OzBargain June 8-13

neil on 13/06/2013 at 5:15 pm, filed under OzBargain

 


Popular (Not Expired) Deals of the Week


 

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160

Free Four Season Sample Pack (Condoms)

Posted June 12  tag Health & Beauty

143

[Origin/360/PS3] Battlefield 3: Close Quarters DLC – Free

Posted June 11  tag Gaming Expiry Expires June 16

124

121

See more popular deals ->

 


Hot Topics


 

Vote for your favourite charity

After many suggestions on charities for OzBargain to donate to, we have culled the number down to 12. Vote for your favourite charity before June 16. We will be donating $13,430 to the top 3 charities.

The real cost of cheap clothes

Last Sunday, 60 minutes aired a segment about cheap clothing manufacturing in Bangladesh. In the aftermath of the garment factory collapse in Bangladesh, there is now more focus on where cheap clothes are manufactured. As more cheap clothing deals are being posted on OzBargain, should users be asking more questions?

Free Food and Drinks

See more forum posts ->

 

 


Inside OzBargain


 

OzBargain is broken at the moment, and the backend will be restarted very very soon.

We have been experiencing a lot of issues with our database server. The database which is on a shared VPS is too busy to take requests from the web server. We are liaising with the hosting company to solve the issue.

Quick Stats

In the month of May, we had 1,527 reports from users. In May of 2012, we had 1,104. This represents a 28% increase in reports. It’s good that users are utilizing the report link. On the other hand, it seems there is still further automation that can be accomplished.

UI changes , Google +, Front Page Deal email

There were some tweaks to the UI this week. Forum (in forum posts) and Category (in deal posts) are now in secondary level menu in “active” state, and related product category tags are also added to the secondary level (for example “Game Console” in PS4 posts).

We are posting hot deals to Google+ through an automated process. Unfortunately, as there is no direct API, we have been using a 3rd party tool which hasn’t been picking up proper formatting or images.

Lastly, we will shortly be rolling out a feature which will notify users by email when a deal reaches the front page.

 


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We had 2 new car deals hit the front page this week for a first in OzBargain history. First, the Fiat 500 for $14,000 and then a Mitsubishi Mirage for $12K.  Seems like new cars are becoming more affordable.

 


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This Week in OzBargain: June 1 – June 7

neil on 07/06/2013 at 5:42 pm, filed under OzBargain

 


Popular (Not Expired) Deals of the Week


 

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Cerberus for Android – Free Lifetime License

Posted June 7 tag Mobile Expiry Expires June 7

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CREATIVE T3 GigaWorks 2.1 Multimedia Speakers $44.75

Posted June 4 tag Electrical & Electronics Expiry Expires June 7

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Hot Topics


 

OzBargain EOFY Donation

It’s almost the end of the financial year. We will be donating $10,000 to charity this year plus an extra $10 per unique commenter in the discussion thread. Got a favourite charity? Let us know! Get your comments in by June 9 11:59PM.

Target employee Brodens PS3s?

A user spotted 6 PS3 slims for sale on eBay. In the description, it stated that the seller was an employee of Target. Was this another case of a seller Brodening sale items? The seller of the auction officially responded and established that these PS3s were purchased after the sale. The legend of Broden lives on.

The end of ING 5% cashback

The long running 5% cashback promotion concludes at the end of this month. Now is the time to stock up on gift cards. Just remember it needs to be in transactions of less than $100.

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Stories from Social Media

 


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Looks like Groupon is sending out coupons to people. They may need to up the savings. Via Whirlpool

 


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