Prize suggestions and feedback needed! What would YOU like to win?

Hi everyone!

Here at HQ we're always planning contests, but sometimes we run out of prize ideas. :D

I would love to hear any and all suggestions for products you guys would like to win!

I'd also love to hear feedback about prizes we've offered this year - what did you like? What didn't you like? Do you prefer getting a shiny new electronic toy or a prize pack more suited to the theme of the contest?

Have a suggestion for a contest theme? Check out this topic!

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Matlek5 days ago

What about mixing the prizes in the contests? I mean, the prizes are currently really similar to the topic of the contest, and for example in an "Arduino contest" there are Arduino to win, in "Raspberry Pi contest" there are Raspberry Pi to win... But the winners will probably already have such things because this is the topic of the contests!

So the idea would be to mix the prizes, for example:

- The winners in "Arduino contest" win a Raspberry Pi

- The winners in "Woodworking contest" win 3D printers

- The winners in "Metal contest" win woodworking tools

- And so on...

It would be cool if Contest Winners got a Skill Badge Sticker.

For example: Winners of the Halloween Contest could get the Instructables Logo dressed up as a Vamp/Dracula(the picture is from there Halloween Postcard 2017 Blog).

On second thought, it would be very time consuming(probably expensive too) for the Instuctables Team to create distinct stickers for each contest.

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matthewgal5 days ago

3D printer or the hand held CNC machine(https://shapertools.com/)

matthewgal5 days ago

woodworking tools: jointers

I would suggest a certification of the contest! To prove that the winner is officially an award winner in instructables. What about that?

I don't know why this topic has gotten so popular so suddenly lately, but it's being discussed already over in the comments on the "List of Upcoming Contests" post.

For the record, I think certificates would be nice too.

Ian019 days ago

Prize suggestions for a future Wireless contest:

Judges' prize for best mesh networking project: a bulk pack of ESP8266 or ESP32 (or maybe XBee) boards

Judges' prize for community networking: some Ubiquiti gear

Judges' prize for best non-Wi-Fi, non-cellular project: an SDR, any model that's good

In the prize pack offer a choice: the normal T-shirt OR a Baseball Cap, OR a flash drive -- All Instructable Branded.

ke4mcl1 month ago

Prizes I'd like to see more of? Tools.

Prizes that don't do it for me at all? Apple products. Being that there is such a diehard divide on love / hate Apple stuff, it would be cool if in situations where a pricey Apple product is offered, there was an option for a comparable Android or Windows based product.

I took some time checking what contests are offered over the months and what sort of prices are offered.
Not bad really :)
Apart from having some people who seem to have winning contests as a job I also noticed from some feedback that not everyone is able to use prices as offered.
This includes tools made for US mains power while the winner uses the 240V standard but also those who simply already have similar or better stuff than their price.
Last but not least is the tax and customs problem that more and more international winners face.
When a nice laser scanner was offered as the first price I checked for me in AU and was shocked.
Due to the value of the cutter I would have to pay close to 1000$ AU to pick it up.

My suggestion would be for winners from outside the US to offer an alternative to the price if import costs or the price itself is not good for them.
Many of the big companies have headquartes or authorised dealers outside the US, it should be possible in some cases to offer shipping from within the country (or at least continet) of the winner to avoid shocking import duties for high value prices.
Some companies, like Dremel, can be found in almost any hardware store around the world, so I checked with my local one.
I was told it is no problem to take a gift order from such a company and to hand out the item to the customer after the identity is confirmed.
I guess other stores might handle this in similar ways.

Last but not least: Exchange of the price if everything else fails.
Although I do realise this might not be that easy but anyway:
Let's face it, someone winning a contest might already have all the tools and gadgets required to make it happen.
Here the price might either collect dust or end up on ebay.
A waste of ressources and postage costs if you ask me ;)
It might be really nice for to some to be able to choose between the price or a gift card for an online sotre/service they can use in their country.
Considering in such a case the postage costs are gone and the price itself can be sold as normal the gift card could be of equal value to the offical sale value of the price in question.

Just my five cents on contests prices though....

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