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

Ian0112 days ago

This year's LED Contest prizes seem a bit lame

ke4mcl14 days 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....

How about a contest for Disaster Recovery? The prizes could be a trip to a disaster zone to help distribute their idea to folks who would benefit. I'm sure the folks in Puerto Rico could benefit from solar phone charges and DIY water filtration systems.

ossum25 days ago

How about a prize where you get one of your video/social-media/marketing ninjas to do a commercial/summary/promo/interview thing of the winner's projects that they can use on their social media channels. Obviously the winner would have to be someone with a number of good Instructables. Maybe this could even be a lucky draw between all authors with more than, for example, 10 featured projects.

Yonatan241 year ago

Leatherman Pocket-knife

+1

apapercraft1 month ago

DSLR camera. Mid-range will do. So that I can upload much much better photos for my Instructables. Right now I took the photos with a potato =).

matthewgal1 month ago

woodworking tools?

Like table saw, bandsaw, cnc router

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