OzBargain January 2013 Photo Contest

neil on 21/01/2013 at 11:14 am, filed under Competition, OzBargain


10 pictures for $10.

In the picture above are 10 images relating to deals, forums posts or stores on OzBargain. The first to correctly identify all of the images will win your choice of 1 x $10 gift card to one of the following stores (Amazon, Amazon.co.uk, Bunnings, JB Hi-Fi, iTunes, Skype) AND an OzBargain T-shirt. Feel free to send as many entries as you want. I will be giving clues during the week.

How to Enter:

Send a private message to me OR send us a message on Facebook OR direct message OzBargain Buzz on Twitter.

In the message, include your guesses for all 10 pictures. Please give us specific links or URLs in the guesses when required.

The following is what we are looking for in terms of answers:

1 – Location (Name of place) or Deal (URL).
2 – Deal (URL).
3 – Store (Name or URL).
4 – Deal (URL) or Location (Name of place).
5- Forum thread (URL)
6- Deal (URL).
7- Store (Name or URL).
8- Store (Name or URL).
9- Store (Name or URL).
10 – Store (Name or URL) or Location (Name of place).

Contest ends January 28, 2013 (12PM EST) or when a person correctly guesses all 10 images. If no one correctly guesses all 10 images by January 28, 2013 (12PM EST), we will select the person who correctly identifies the most images.

Update: For clarity, images 7 & 9 are 2 different images.

Hint #1: Question 10 seems to be tripping people up. Well, I took that picture myself in Melbourne and it’s never appeared on OzBargain. It was taken in Melbourne, is a store that has been around for a long time, and has multiple locations across Australia. Additionally, there have been deals posted for this store.

Update: The contest is now over. Lots of interesting guesses.

The correct answers are:

1 – Location: Cathy Freeman Park or Sydney Olympic Park.
Deal: Free Movies by the Boulevard: 8.30pm 2nd-13th January @ Cathy Freeman Park (Sydney Olympic Park)

2 – Deal: Johnnie Walker King George V & FREE Johnnie Walker Blue – $499.99! Free Delivery

3 – Store: Dominos

4 – Deal: – Free Hotdogs for PizzaHut Promotion at Parramatta, NSW in Front of Parramatta Town Hall
Location: Parramatta or Parramata Town Hall

5 – Forum: Photo Comp – Submit Your “Being an OzBargainer” Photo to Win Gift Vouchers!

6 – Deal: Free Ramen 7-9 Dec 2012 at Hakataya Ramen, Mount Gravatt, Garden City Shopping Centre, QLD

7 – Store: 7/11

8 – Store: Woolworths or Woolworths Mobile

9 – Store: Amazon.com

10 – Store: David Jones
Location: David Jones Melbourne, 4th floor lifts

Someone guessed MSY for question 10. Thanks for the laugh.

Congrats to ldstr.

OzBargain Zeitgeist 2012 : Top stores, deals and comments

neil on 08/01/2013 at 10:44 am, filed under OzBargain, Stats

2012 was another successful year of bargains on OzBargain. Let’s examine some of the trends from 2012.


2012: 19,032 Published | 3886  Front Page | 2,459 Removed Deals | Vote average: 16.74

2011: 15,234 Published  | 3665 Front Page | 2,616 Removed Deals | Vote average: 16.57

Published: Green_Arrow_Up.svg 20% | Front page Green_Arrow_Up.svg 5.6%  | Red_Arrow_Down.svg 6.1% Removed Deals | Vote average: Green_Arrow_Up.svg 1.1%

Removed deals decreased as we improved duplicate detection of deals, detecting keywords in the title for competitions, upgrading the identification of spammers as well as some other enhancements.


Highest voted deal: Grays Outlet $10 Discount Code No Minimum Spend (Applies to Total Invoice Inc Shipping) +688

Store with the highest pageviews: Dominos  556,270 pageviews

Deal with the highest pageviews: Dick Smith Games Clearance 114,436 pageviews


Total deals per store (2010-2012)

Store 2012 2011 2010
amazon.com 668 176 29
itunes.apple.com 662 417 136
dicksmith.com.au 625 455 236
bigw.com.au 416 465 134
jbhifi.com.au 414 310 178
harveynorman.com.au 370 265 108
ebay.com 297 277 159
woolworths.com.au 275 170 102
catchoftheday.com.au 256 181 217
kogan.com.au 249 52 14

The clear breakout winner is Amazon.com. The company is slowly increasing the variety of goods that can be sent to Australia from shavers to golf clubs.



Front Page deals (2012 vs 2011)

Store Front Page deals Rank vs. 2011
itunes.apple.com 237
dicksmith.com.au 154 Green_Arrow_Up.svg1
amazon.com 146 Green_Arrow_Up.svg9
bigw.com.au 130 Red_Arrow_Down.svg2
woolworths.com.au 99
jbhifi.com.au 98
harveynorman.com.au 79
coles.com.au 75 Red_Arrow_Down.svg4
amazon.co.uk 59 Red_Arrow_Down.svg1
meritline.com 55 Green_Arrow_Up.svg4
kogan.com 50 Green_Arrow_Up.svg47
officeworks.com.au 49 Red_Arrow_Down.svg3
greenmangaming.com 49 Green_Arrow_Up.svg40
shoppingsquare.com.au 48 Green_Arrow_Up.svg47
dominos.com.au 47 Green_Arrow_Up.svg1
steampowered.com 36 Red_Arrow_Down.svg6
shoppingexpress.com.au 34 Green_Arrow_Up.svg101
zavvi.com 33 Green_Arrow_Up.svg8
kmart.com.au 33 Red_Arrow_Down.svg8
mygroceries.com.au 30 Green_Arrow_Up.svg1

Despite the uptake in Android devices, iOS apps temporarily changing from a paid app to free remained the most popular deals.  The 3 biggest movers on the chart Kogan, Shopping Express and Shopping Square have dominated the deals this year in help from it’s competitive pricing of Android phones such as the Samsung Galaxy S III.  Both Amazon.com and Greenman Gaming experienced surges in popular posts due to very competitive pricing on digitally delivered video games.


Where did the popular retailers come from?

Country 2012 2011
Australia 168 155
U.S. 23 16
U.K. 11 10
Hong Kong 3 3
China 4 2
France 1 0
Italy 1 0
New Zealand 1 0
Cypress 1 1
Sweden 1 1
Ireland 1 0

Gerry Harvey doesn’t have to worry as even the bargain hunters mostly do their shopping in Australia. While US companies increased their percentage from 8.5% to 10.7%,  it’s the emergence of other countries that has dropped Australia from 82.4% in 2011 to 78.1% in 2012.

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.


2012:  460,516 Published |  5,107 Removed

2011 : 360,633 Published | 4,639 Removed

Published Green_Arrow_Up.svg22% | Removed Green_Arrow_Up.svg9.2%


Top 5 Positively voted comments:

  1. Gooddealmate commenting on Free Condoms +191
  2. Flippant commenting on the new iPhone 5 from Kogan +124
  3. viperrxz giving us a list of Grey’s items under $10 with free shipping +119
  4. Visiontech rep defending the cost of his builds +114
  5. blitz commenting on the Dick Smith game clearance +114

For more stats, see the wiki.


Christmas Gift Guide 2012

neil on 09/12/2012 at 8:17 pm, filed under OzBargain

There is not long to go until the holidays are here. The crew at OzBargain have compiled a Christmas gift guide to assist you in finding gifts for your loved ones. We will constantly be updating this list up until December 25. The items listed are chosen by us with help from the community. Spot any good ideas? Let us know in the comments.
BONUS: If you can guess where this picture was taken (city), we will send you a free OzBargain t-shirt.
Update: Charlie correctly guessed that this Santa is from the Ala Moana Mall in Honolulu, Hawaii.

Films & Movies
Video Games & Consoles
Gift Cards
Gifts for Men
Delivery Cut-Off Dates


Films & Movies

Downtown Abbey Series 3 £19.60 (~$30) delivered Series 3 will not be airing in Australia until sometime next year, which means that the DVD will not be released in Australia until late next year. Why not get the whole series now from the UK?

My Neighbour Totoro – Blu-Ray + DVD £15.94 (~ $24.51) Delivered @Zavvi – For anime fans – My neighbour Totoro was released on blu-ray in November. The UK version is better value with both blu-ray and DVD.

Toy Story 1-3 Box Set on Blu-ray £16.08 (~$25) Delivered

Amazon.com $5 off $25

Police Academy 1-7 Complete DVD Boxset – $16.62 Delivered



Olin 8-inch Digital Photo Frame $39 Officeworks

Sunbeam Cafe Espresso Machine EM6910 $498 BigW – save $200 – Online Only (plus $8 Delivery)

5th Gen Ipod Touch 32GB $298 Harvey Norman

iPod Touch 8GB White (4th Gen) for $129 / 16GB for $169 @ OfficeWorks

WDTV Live Free $50 Gift Card Promo (Valid with $99 Office Works WDTV Live)

Canon EOS 650D 18-55mm IS II Lens Kit $529.00 + $29 Shipping at Kogan

Map Presto Capsule Machine Now Only $49 @ HN

Modular Tetris Light $36 from EB Games – Normally $58.36



Dr Seuss Box Set – $20 – for kids as well as nostalgic adults.

Jack of Diamonds – Bryce Courtenay – $24 @ Big W – Australian Author of best-selling books, Bryce Courtenay passed away last month due to terminal illness. His last novel is Jack of Diamonds, released Nov 2012  (RRP $45, $18.84 at BigW)

Couture Chocolate William Curley – $36.17 – Great for the foodie/chocoholic, this book won Cookey Book of the Year 2012 from the Guild of Food Writers in the UK. It contains techniques and recipes, but is also beautiful enough for the coffee table.

Cocktail Bible (850 Page Hard Cover) – $26.90 Shipped

Jamie’s (Jamie Oliver) 15 Minute Meals



French truffles, dried porcini, vanilla beans, himalayan salt, gourmet oils and more! Perfect for the gourmet cook, you can order some really special products from Premium Gourmet Food that are not usually available in supermarkets. Shipping is $9.50 in Australia.

Video Games & Consoles

PS3 Slim Console 160GB and PS3 Gran Turismo 5 Bundle $248 (Save $137) @ BigW 8 Dec

WiiU Premium Pack $350 @ Toy’s R Us

Nintendo 3DS XL ~$225. Seen as low as $188

Xbox 360 Slim 4GB for $168 at Harvey Norman


Google Nexus 7 $225 @ Mobileciti

iPad mini $358 @ Big W

ALDI Onix 7″ 16GB Android Tablet $99.95

10% Macs @ JB Hi-Fi

Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7? $236 with free postage from Officeworks

EB Games – Toshiba AT100 32GB 3G — $208 (+postage)



20% off Any Full Price Item Toys “R” Us Online

Nerf guns @ KMart

Furby – $54 + Shipping ($10) Amazon.com

Uncle Milton Vintage Ant Farm $12 Delivered @ Amazon.com

Fisher-Price Rainforest Jumperoo – $132 (Shipped)

$49 Aluminium Balance Bike @ Aldi – Fully Adjustable + Rear Suspension

Wooden Train Set 80pc with Table – $69 at Aldi

DELUXE 3D Baby Hands & Feet Casting Kit with Photo Frame $19.95 (+9.95 Shipping)

Nerf Vortex Praxis $11.98 Free Shipping for Order over $49 – Dealsdirect

Gift Cards

2x $20 iTunes Cards for $30 (Save $10) Delivered @ BigW

30% off All iTunes Cards at 7-Eleven

20% off The Iconic gift cards

Purchase $100 Gift Card for $101.95 and Receive BONUS $10 Gift Card at Westfield Gift Cards

Buy 1 Get 1 Free $20 iTunes Cards at Harvey Norman. Starts Today
till 17 Dec Free Delivery

iTunes 2 X $20 cards for $30 at Harvey Norman


Gifts for Men

Aldi’s gifts for men (shirts, boxers, suits, grooming kit and more)

Philips Norelco 1150x/40 2D Razor $64.10 USD or 46 3D Razor $120.29 Shipped from Amazon

Philips Norelco 1250X SensoTouch 3D Electric Razor shipped from Amazon for $100.97 USD


GHD Scarlet Collection $152 – features the very popular GHD classic styler with red plates, a travel hair dryer, protective plate guard, hair sectioning clips and a heat resistant bag. (adapter plug required – cheap and easy from eBay)
Moroccan Oil Treatment 100ml $33 – $38 – this award-winning product is recommended by salons and getting rave reviews. It can be used for conditioning and styling hair, and is nourishing and suitable for all hair types. It is available on eBay for $36.50
Make-up/skincare travel sets – $28 onwards. You can get some nice gift sets such as Clinique, Estee Lauder, Lancome delivered from $28 onwards from Strawberry Net. Here’s their list of Christmas Specials

Still stuck?

For the person who either has everything or doesn’t want anything, how about remembering those less fortunate at this time? You can buy a goat or some chickens on behalf of the recipient to help fight poverty!


 Delivery Cut-off Times

Friday, December 7 for Perth, Darwin, Alice Springs, Far North Queensland and regional NT and WA
Monday, December 10 for Brisbane, Central and South East Queensland and regional NSW and SA
Tuesday, December 11 for Canberra, Sydney, Adelaide and all Tasmania
Friday, December 14 for regional Victoria
Saturday, December 15 for Melbourne

Big W
Friday, December 14 for small and standard size items (such as books, DVDs and small toys for delivery to metro and most regional areas.
For final delivery dates to rural areas or for large items check the BIG W website.

Toys R Us
Wednesday, December 5 for regional WA, remote Northern Territory and remote Queensland
Monday, December 10 for Regional & Perth
Friday, December 15 for Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide

Monday, December 17 for  deliveries to Eastern states for all Kogan branded products that are in stock.
The Kogan website will be regularly updated with expected dispatch dates for products from other brands

Monday, December 17 Registered post – Major cities
Monday, December 11 Registered post – Most areas
Monday, December 5 Registered post -Remote areas
Monday, December 10 Non-Registered post -Metro areas
Thursday, December 20, Express – All areas

Premium Gourmet Food
Thursday, December 20, Express

JB Hi-Fi
Monday, December 17, Metro Areas
Thursday, December 13, Regional Areas

Monday, December 10: NT
Tuesday, December 11: Regional WA
Wednesday, December 12: Metro WA, Country SA, TAS
Thursday, December 13: Country QLD
Sunday, December 16: Regional Vic, Metro SA, Country NSW, Regional QLD
Monday, December 17: Metro Vic, Regional NSW, ACT, Metro QLD
Tuesday, December 18: Metro NSW


Amazon US
Monday, December 10 for standard shipping
Sunday, December 16 for priority shipping

Amazon UK
Tuesday, December 4 for standard shipping
Monday, December 17 for priority express shipping

Thursday, December 13 for standard shipping
Tuesday, December 18 for express shipping

Zavvi UK
Monday, December 17 for standard shipping
Wednesday, December 19 for express shipping

Some delivery dates sourced from news.com.au.

How to Create your own Convertible Car

neil on 08/12/2012 at 9:00 am, filed under OzBargain

Summer is in full swing but don’t you wish you had a convertible to drive around in? No need to spend money buying one as repairloader has come up with a great DIY infographic to turn your regular car into a convertible with only a couple of tools.

create your convertible infographic

Buckscoop Splits into Deal-Sharing Community + Qwibble for Cashback

scotty on 21/11/2012 at 10:31 am, filed under Cashback, Website

Six years ago I reviewed an upcoming cashback + deal-sharing site. Buckscoop has a community of its own that’s a bit different from OzBargain’s, although it has been slowly dying over the past year. On the cashback side though, they still remain one of the better ones out there in terms of cashback rate (see our cashback sites comparison blog post). On OzBargain I usually recommend them alongside StartHere.

Buckscoop, however, announced a big change earlier this morning. Buckscoop admin, aka Donkey, posted this announcement at 3:44AM. Buckscoop is undergoing a dramatic change, to split into The new Buckscoop (listing deals, vouchers, freebies and sales discussion community) + Qwibble (cashback community).


Joining the team is Peter Wakim — ex-Quidco (UK’s largest cashback site, one of the first site giving back 100% aff commission). I have met Peter a few times this year, and this is the guy who knows cashbacks. The old Buckscoop site felt like it was built by the Quidco/HotUKDeals team in UK, and it was also hosted there. The new site might still have UK-built backend, but it is now hosted with ServersAustralia which is a lot faster.

Adir & Steve at StartHere.com.au definitely have a tough fight ahead. BucksBack guys might be not even in the league. A rough market indeed that I’ve seen a few small players dropping out over the years (for example, OzRewards, Cashloop and many others). However the market penetration is still lacking — comparing to UK, a lot of people here still have no idea about commission cashbacks. Majority of online merchants don’t offer it either. StartHere did well with a mass-media mention on Today Tonight to raise general awareness. We might finally catch up to the online shopping scene in US/UK?

(… or maybe not, judging from last night’s clickfail.)

Nexus 4, Google and Click Frenzy

scotty on 14/11/2012 at 9:08 am, filed under General

Yesterday was supposed to be the glorious day where Google released their 4th generation Nexus Phone — Nexus 4 — on sale at their Google Play store (in AUD$349 for 8GB and AUD$399 for 16GB variants). At that price tag and top of the spec hardware (in comparison to other hero phones such as Samsung Galaxy S III, HTC One X and iPhone 5), it was expected to be a hot sale. When the latest Nexus-trio got announced at Google event 2 weeks ago, deal was posted on OzBargain and quickly got voted to 170+ votes.

However, the launch day sale was a bit of letdown.

Continue reading »

2012 “Being an OzBargainer” Photo Competition

neil on 02/11/2012 at 12:05 pm, filed under Competition, OzBargain

After reviewing 37 submissions for our photo competition about what it means to be an OzBargainer we have selected 3 winners:

1st Prize:

Baby & Toddler Sample Bag from Coles by Oanh.

Continue reading »

Random Emails

neil on 30/10/2012 at 9:31 am, filed under OzBargain

We receive over 2.5 million visits a month from search engines. It’s great to have people discover OzBargain when they are looking for a bargain or a discussion on a product. Unfortunately, this also leads to a number of people landing on OzBargain thinking that they have reached some retailer. Every day we get people emailing us via our contact form about all kinds of non-OzBargain related issues. This, despite having a warning saying you are contacting OzBargain, a community site. Some highlights from the past few months:

The confused:

I bought a tv last week and it is not working correctly I need to speak to
someone regarding this. Please give me a phone no or an e address where I
can send and receive messages thanks

The angry (caps lock included).


I am the Holder of two *redacted* Mobile ‘phones, but am at a loss to
understand what to do when a Voice Mail arrives at my ‘phones. Is their
anything special one has to do to access this facility, please??
I look forward to your response?

Never drink and bargain.

I wish to be taken off the regular home deliveries as I no longer drink.
Many thanks

I purchased a soup maker which has not arrived as yet. invoice id
R123456789. have you any idea when i can expect to receive it.

I bought through ISelect 2 of your Bakers Roast Coffee makers. I have
tried one and find it most unsatisfactory. The brochure says you can share
a great coffee with a friend, but it makes only one proper cup, and the 2
suppled cups are tiny , suitable forTurkish or Greek coffees maybe. Also
the coffee was only a little more than lukewarm . I wish to return them
for refund by you, but need your reply, and address for return. Looking
forward to hearing from you shortly……..

Hello sir. I have some problem in my GPS.It’s unable to find most address in Brisbane Plz help me. What can I do now could you help me.tnx

Subject: Virus email.. WAS NOT FROM ME

Please don’t click link

Whoops. Too late.

OzBargain Android Apps

neil on 15/10/2012 at 9:29 am, filed under Mobile, OzBargain, Website

OzBargain has gone from a blog to a user generated site and there is a growing trend for people to access the site via their mobile device. While 16% of our traffic comes from iOS devices, 7.5% of traffic comes from Android devices. This is more than double the amount from last year (3.4%). OzBargain maintains a mobile website that is compatible with mobile devices including Android browsers. Are there any advantages to using an app over the mobile website?

There are five free apps that you can access OzBargain deals. Note: All of these apps are unofficial. You can also access new deals through an RSS reader such as the Google Reader app.

OzBargain Free

  • Quick access to new deals, popular deals, freebies, and search.
  • Ability to search for bargains.
  • Ability to view and reply to comments.

  • Only the first 7 comments are shown (Unlimited in paid version).
  • You can’t browse categories or forums.
  • Can’t vote on deals and comments. (Available in paid version)
  • Can’t submit deals.

Last Updated: Aug. 11 2012 – Google Play

BargainDesk AU Lite

  • Can use a filter to show group buying deals, deals from other bargain sites and more.

  • Can only view new deals.
  • Can’t view comments, forum posts or categories.
  • Can’t vote, post comments, deals, or forum posts.
  • Can’t submit deals.

Last updated: Nov. 29 2011 – Google Play



Bargain Deal Alerts

  • Works with OzBargain and a number of other bargain websites from around the world.
  • Alerts you when there is a new deal.
  • Share deals to email, Facebook and more within the  app.

  • Can’t view comments, votes, forum posts, or categories.
  • Can’t vote, post comments, deals, or forum posts.
  • Can’t search.
  • Only shows new deals.

Last Updated: October 10, 2012 – Google Play

 Australian Bargains!

  • View new deals.
  • Share deals to Facebook, email etc.

  • Can’t search, view comments, votes, forum posts, or categories.
  • Can’t vote, post comments, deals, or forum posts.
  • Only shows new deals.

Last Updated: Nov 13 2011 – Google Play



Australian Travel

  • Displays new travel deals that are posted on OzBargain.
  • Displays other travel deals from sites such as Travelzoo.

  • Can’t search,view comments, votes, forum posts, or categories.
  • Can’t vote, post comments, deals, or forum posts.
  • Too dominated with Travelzoo deals.

Last updated: Sept. 20 2012 – Google Play



While OzBargain Free comes close in terms of usability, the majority of these apps are no substitute for using the mobile site.  It’s quite simple to add a bookmark to your homescreen (see icon on bottom left) but I wonder how many Android users know how to do this.  There a few things that an app would excel in terms of OzBargain.

Geolocation – Imagine opening up an app that would tell you where the closest bargains are around you. Restaurant review sites such as Urbanspoon and Yelp are a good example of location based search. Currently, OzBargain does not record location information in deals.

Deal NotificationBargain Deal Alerts does notify you when there is a new deal. The paid version of OzBargain Free also notifies you based on deal criteria. Bundle notification with geolocation and your phone could act as an active bargain investigator.

Deal submission – Submitting a deal through a mobile phone can be a tedious task. Ideally an app would have a one click functionality similar to Share on Facebook or Send to Google Drive, that would upload the photo to OzBargain and make submitting a deal easy. You could go one step further and pull location information from the phone to select the merchant.

Do you use an Android app to access OzBargain? Let us know in the comments.

Price Graph: When to Buy a Mobile Phone

neil on 25/09/2012 at 11:21 am, filed under Mobile

Buying a new phone outright is always a daunting task. The graph above shows prices (including shipping) for deals reaching 5 or more votes for the Samsung Galaxy S III, Galaxy S II, iPhone 4S and the HTC One X.

All of the above phones declined in price over time but the iPhone 4S did so in a smaller percentage. In a 4 month period, the iPhone dropped only 13% in price from $758 to $659. The SIII dropped 26%, the SII 23%, and 17% for the One X.

There isn’t an exact best time to buy but it’s clear that you should never buy a phone on release.  For the iPhone, buying it any time 1 month and onwards from release will net a similar discount of around 10%. Meanwhile, the S II, S III and One X demonstrated that after 4 months the price drops around 22% of the initial price. With the S IV rumored to be released in February or March 2013, we will probably see the price of the S III be between $400 & $500.

Comparing Cashback Sites: StartHere vs. Buckscoop vs. Bucksback

neil on 13/09/2012 at 11:07 am, filed under Cashback

Cashback sites are a great way to make purchases cheaper for consumers. E-tailers often employ the use of affiliate links, where a website puts an advertisement on their site in exchange for a portion of the sales or a cash commission for those who click through and purchase an item. In this case, the cashback website splits the commission with the user. The retailer gets a sale, the cashback site gets a cut, and the user gets cashback from the deal. It’s a win for everyone.

The two biggest players in Australia’s cashback market are Starthere (formerly Moneybackco) and Buckscoop. The newest entrant into the field is a site called Bucksback. How do they compare?

Store Starthere Buckscoop Bucksback
Amaysim Unlimited $16.50-$22.50 $52.00 $48.75
Appliances Online 1.1-1.5% 1.60% 1.50%
Cudo 7.7%-10.5% 7.00% N/A
Dan Murphy’s 3.03-4.13% 4.95% 4.12%
Deals Direct 2.75-3.75% 4.00% 3.75%
Dell 3.85-5.25% 5.00% 2.25%
Dick Smith 1.93-2.63% 3.00% 2.62%
Hotels.com -Merchant Hotel 3.3-4.5% 5.40% 4.50%
JB Hi-Fi via Westfield 2.75-3.75% 4.50% 3.75%
Lenovo 2.75-3.75% 3.15% 2.51%
Menulog-Home Delivery 1.65-2.25% 2.40% 2.25%
Shoppingsquare 1.1-1.5% 1.60% 1.50%
Stawberrynet -New Customer 8.25-11.25% 13.50% 11.2%
Vodafone Handset Postpaid $55-75 $100.00 $75.00

Note: The 14 merchants were picked by finding the most popular stores on each site. Starthere offers the gold membership for free this month. Percentages listed for Starthere start with the gold level. For simplicity, points sites were not included in this comparison.

The clear winner is Buckscoop for the majority of shops. Starthere only beats Buckscoop with a couple of shops and mostly applicable to those on a black member level. Bucksback failed to score the highest for any of the 14 shops mentioned. Neither Buckscoop or Starthere charge annual fees while Bucksback charges a $10 annual fee.

It pays to check other cashback sites before purchasing your product as there are some shops that offer cashback on one site and not on the other. Overall, Buckscoop appears to the better cashback site.

How to Pricematch a Jetstar Flight

neil on 28/08/2012 at 9:00 am, filed under Travel

I’ve never flown Tiger Airways and as long as Jetstar keep offering their price beat guarantee, I don’t foresee this changing.

What is it and why not just book with Tiger (or another cheaper airline)?

Jetstar’s price beat guarantee means that it will match the price of any competitor’s price plus give you a further 10% off of your price.  So if Tiger offers a $10 fare one way between Sydney and Melbourne you will receive the airfare for $9 each way from Jetstar. In addition, you won’t pay Jetstar’s credit card or booking fees. The same flight booked with Tiger would cost $10 each way + $7.50 cc/booking fee. So a $10 flight ends up costing $17.50 each way.

How can I do a Jetstar Price Beat?

1. Go to Tiger Airway’s website and find the flight you wish to fly on including the time. For this example, let’s try Melbourne to Sydney, roundtrip, Oct 5-7 2012, 6:40AM out & 7PM in. Note down the prices, times as well as the flight numbers.   You will need to give this information to Jetstar. The total of the Tiger flights are $144.95 so with Jetstar’s price beat guarantee you will get the flights for $130.46.

2. Go to Jetstar’s website and find flights with similar flight times (within an hour of the Tiger flight). A flight leaving at 7:35AM and returning at 6:35 PM gives us a price of $256, almost double of what Tiger quoted.

3. Call Jetstar  on 131 538 (or +61 3 9347 0091 for those with free local/national calls). They are open 24 hours so it’s best to avoid peak time by calling late at night or on a weekend. Ask for a price beat guarantee. The operator will ask for all the relevant details and confirm your flight. Within 72 hours, you should have your itinerary emailed to you.

Popular stores, deals, and trends in 2012

neil on 21/08/2012 at 9:00 am, filed under OzBargain, Stats

There have been 52, 940 deals posted on OzBargain.  Fifteen percent of all deals posted are for the following 10 stores.

Amount of posts per store

Store Total 2012 (1/1-17/8) 2012 (est) 2011 2010
Dick Smith 1241 357 490 392 213
Big W 974 265 363 418 119
iTunes Store 835 344 472 378 110
Amazon 834 419 575 347 55
ShoppingSquare 832 126 173 85 99
JB Hi-Fi 790 187 256 267 154
Catch Of The Day 780 130 178 152 191
Harvey Norman 628 184 252 241 103
Officeworks 591 118 162 195 120
Coles 569 137 188 194 11

Note: est = Estimated end of 2012 tally calculation.
Decreases in deal posts (2012 vs. 2011):

Big W – most posts in 2011, 13% decrease in 2012.

Officeworks –  17% decrease in 2012

Increases in deal posts (2012 vs. 2011):

Shopping Square – 104% increase in 2012.

Amazon.com – 66% increase in 2012.

Dick Smith – 25% increase in 2012.


Quantity of posted deals doesn’t always mean quality.

 Voting Average

2012 2011 2010
Shopping Square 17.3937 10.5765 10.3232
Amazon 20.3459 22.8703 21.4727
Dick Smith 25.025 22.4949 18.8545
Big W 24.3383 24.4665 17.8319
Officeworks 17.5882 18.4051 18.925

Shopping Square increased it’s voting average by 65% while Dick Smith improved it’s average slightly making their voting average the highest of the 5 sites.

While local retailers are still offering good deals, the emergence of Amazon’s worldwide inventory of well priced goods is set to challenge all retailers serving Australia.  The grey/parallel market  for mobile phones has helped Shopping Square and other retailers like Kogan (up 285% vs. 2011) to be successful on OzBargain.   Until wholesalers stop price gouging retailers, it’s most probable that this trend will continue in the near future.

Free Parking & Public Transport at Melbourne Airport

neil on 09/08/2012 at 9:00 am, filed under Travel

Melbourne finds itself at the hub of great airline deals such as the recent $10 fares to Sydney. To further minimize excess costs, travellers utilize different payment methods, Jetstar pricematching, bring food on the plane, and pack everything into a carry-on bag. The hardest expense to  minimize is transportation to Melbourne Airport.

Your choices:

  • Skybus ($17/ow, $28 return) – Runs 24 hours a day, takes 20 minutes from Southern Cross Station.
  • Taxi  (~$60/ow from city) – Same as above.
  • Private buses  ($15-$20 (e.g. Starbus) o/w.) Takes 1 hour from city/city suburbs.
  • Park yourself – ($29/day (airport), $19/day at  nearby private car park, e.g. Andrew’s Airport Parking) Airport parking is the easiest option.
  • Public buses– From city, $5.54/ow. ~1 hour From Gladstone Park Shopping Centre $2.26. ~5 minutes. (There is only 1 public bus that goes from the city to the airport and only runs once a day (don’t even try). There are other lines that run to the airport but you will need to catch them in the outer suburbs. The easiest route utilizing public transport from the city would be to take a train out to Broadmeadows station then catch the 901 bus to the airport.)

There is one last method that I tried out on a recent trip to Sydney. According to this map via reddit, you can park your car for free in and around Gladstone Park Shopping Centre. The centre is about a 5 minute bus ride from the airport and serves the 478, 479 and 901 bus. The 901 bus runs the most frequent.  Drive at your leisure, park the car, 1 minute walk to bus stop, catch bus to airport.


1. Park for free at Gladstone Park Shopping Centre or surrounding streets. There are no restrictions on either.

2. Walk 1-2 minutes to the bus stop on Mickleham Road.

3. Take the 901 bus to Melbourne Airport. The bus runs every 15 minutes during the day and at later intervals at night/early morning.

4.  The bus ride should take around 5 minutes and the airport will be the first stop.

5.  The bus will drop you off outside Terminal 4 (Tiger).

5.  Walk to your terminal. Terminal 4: 2 min, Terminal 3: 5 min, Terminal 1: 12 min.

If you are traveling with another person or group, drop them all of at the airport with the bags. Drive back to Gladstone Park Shopping Centre, park, and take the bus back to the airport. Want to get a cheap meal? Grab some food for the plane at Woolworths, located in the shopping centre.


If you don’t possess a MYKI card you will need to purchase one for $6. The card allows you to travel on trams, trains, and buses in Melbourne. So if you are taking the train to Broadmeadows, you will need a MYKI. If you are just taking a bus, then you can just purchase your fare on board without having to purchase a MYKI.

Airport parking prices vary and tend to get cheaper the longer you park. For the purposes of this post, a daily rate was used.

Depending on the route you drive to the Airport / Gladstone Shopping Centre, you may incur tolls using Citilink. You can avoid these by using local roads.

OzBargain Browser & Device Statistics

neil on 03/08/2012 at 12:36 pm, filed under OzBargain, Stats

It’s interesting to see the current trends in the Internet shift towards mobile devices. Current browser statistics from Wikipedia state the following:

Chrome Firefox Safari Opera Android Mobile
28.95% 29.35% 22.00% 8.81% 3.82% 2.28% 10.40%

Our stats show there is certainty no love for Internet Explorer but an increasing trend in mobile devices. While Android devices are increasing, iOS devices make up around 68% of our mobile traffic.

Chrome Firefox Safari Opera Android Mobile
16.54% 30.52% 24.22% 20.47% 1.19% 5.33% 21.98%


 Top 9 Mobile Devices vs. Deals (OzBargain):

1. iPhone 39.67% Deals
2. iPad 28.07 Deals
3. Samsung GT-I9100 Galaxy S II 6.94% Deals +2,102
4. SonyEricsson LT15i Xperia Arc 1.95% Deals +213
5. Samsung Galaxy Nexus 1.76% Deals +1,170
6. Samsung GT-I9000 Galaxy S 1.48% Deals
7. Apple iPod Touch 1.32% Deals +1,804
8. HTC Desire HD 1.06% Deals +85
9. Samsung GT-N7000 Galaxy Note 1.02% Deals +588

You can find more statistics on our stats and records page.