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


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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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 domains

There appears to be a loophole in 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.

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.



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.


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


New fees for 28 Degrees Card


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


If this is free when I buy a meat pie, you will have all of my business. What do you reckon? Via


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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





Ashphalt 8 iOS FREE for The Weekend

Posted September 13 tag Gaming


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

Posted September 13 tag Food & Grocery Expiry Expires September 19


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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


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, 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.


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%

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)



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



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



Honourable mentions:

Dr. Zoidberg by 100



Montgomery Scott , Leonard McCoy, & Pavel Chekov by YTW



Jessica Simpson by YTW




Zoolander by aerona




Ozzy Osbourne by silverrat23




Bill Gates by sash213



Larry Emdur by YTW



Trainspotting by MemE




Angry Birds by greenpossum



Alan ( Zack Galifiniakis) from The Hangover by Goonos



JV by Aggregate



Ron Burgundy from “Anchorman” by unkown



Eugene Harold Krabs by bossmode



Ocean’s Eleven (2001) by 2Cheap2Pay



MacGyver by Scotty


Terry Crews by exc3312nce



Ruslan Kogan by MITM



Terry Crews by exc3312nce



Cameron Ling by Food


Stephen Dank’s High Performance Training Academy by pup


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



Totally Irreverent Closing Down Sale $10 T-Shirts

Posted July 18 tag Fashion & Apparel





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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


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




50 Free 10x15cm Prints with Free Shipping @ Snapfish

Posted July 5 tag Home & Garden Expiry Expires October 31




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Hot Topics


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?

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Picture of the Week


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




Free Scarf and Magazine @

Posted July 2 tag Fashion & Apparel




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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?


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.

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Picture of the Week



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 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



500 Flybuys Points for Signing up to Liquorland Email List

Posted June 22 tag Food & Grocery Expiry Expires August 31





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.

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Picture of the Week



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%




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


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?