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COVID-19 Adjustments to Instructables Contest Prizes Answered

As the world adjusts to concerns over the spread of COVID-19, the Instructables team has had to make necessary changes to our contest prize system.

Physical prizes along with the supplemental “prize packs” (t-shirts, notebooks, mugs, etc.) are typically shipped from our office in San Francisco, which is currently shut down and workers have been sent home as the city is under a shelter in place order.

For the foreseeable future we will be replacing ALL physical prizes with digital gift cards equivalent to the value of the prize (including the value of the “prize pack” when applicable). The values of contest prizes and prize packs are noted in the official rules of each respective contest.

Individual winners of currently-running contests will be notified with additional information after contest winners are announced.

Please be advised that we, like all that have been impacted by the spread of COVID-19, cannot say when we will be able to return to our regular prize shipping practices.

We know you love the robot t-shirts, mugs, and other goodies, and we hope to be able to return to regular shipping practices as soon as we are allowed and able.

Thank you for your patience, understanding, and all-around general awesomeness.

We have the best community of authors and makers, and we absolutely love you!

Stay safe.

Instructables Community Team

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shazni
shazni

1 year ago

Reading the comments ...I'm glad to note that all are doing ok, and pray that you continue to be well. We've been on total lockdown for almost 2 weeks now cause my country can't afford to be like Italy. As a result we are managing to flatten the curve. My favorite part of the prizes was it gets shipped directly to us with no extra cost....as i find shipping very expensive and in any digital prize...the shipping will eat into it. But we all understand this is a world problem and we all must take the best action to keep safe.
This is a very serious problem but most teens and some adults don't seem to see it as serious when I see the videos of people partying in Miami and other places. Please be careful and take care

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IcyXtreme
IcyXtreme

Reply 7 months ago

It has been more than a 2 months for us now.. :(

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elivide
elivide

1 year ago

Nice one! Stay safe every one! This covid-19 will be over soon.

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IcyXtreme
IcyXtreme

Reply 7 months ago

I hope..

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sublack8
sublack8

1 year ago

Noted with thanks, stay save everyone !

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Threadhead Jude
Threadhead Jude

1 year ago

Take care of yourselves and thanks for keeping the contests going remotely!

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BrittLiv
BrittLiv

1 year ago

Great solution! I am glad to hear everyone is healthy!

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Creator_Awaken
Creator_Awaken

1 year ago

It's a very good initiative taken by the Instructables team. This is actually a very serious matter and ignoring it might not even leave us a chance for regretting over it.
I support your decision. Hope everything gets back to normal in the coming day.
-India

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drewgrey
drewgrey

7 months ago

I won a t-shirt once... It's worn out. Does instructables have a store?

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IcyXtreme
IcyXtreme

7 months ago

Noted. Stay safe and stay home everyone!

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Gursimran Singh 425
Gursimran Singh 425

8 months ago

Fully understandable. Great solution but for me (Non US citizen) as it makes no difference, I always felt more motivated by physical prizes than a gift card before COVID-19 situation. I will prefer shining new iPad over say 500 USD for paying college fee. My childishness ;-). Although same value.. Stay safe everyone!

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TesterCompact
TesterCompact

8 months ago

Please do comply with the safety measures and stay safe. We can win the battle with covid 19 if we fight it together.

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Testerboy
Testerboy

8 months ago

Follow the measures correctly and stay safe everyone.

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udayak17
udayak17

8 months ago

notes with thanks ppl

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Jenu vdm
Jenu vdm

9 months ago

GOD keep everyone safe!

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MaryT8M
MaryT8M

9 months ago

After being away from Instructables (and only lurking) for a while I'm happy to be getting back and getting updates on the changes. Be safe. This appears that it will be around for much longer than we hoped

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yahya001ads
yahya001ads

9 months ago

Thank you. I pray everyone stay safe

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TheOriginalNerd
TheOriginalNerd

9 months ago

Thank you, I came to forums specifically looking for the reason why all the prizes have become gift cards and no more robot t-shirts and mugs, because you are correct we love the t-shirts and mugs. They are like trophies. We also love the wonderful and creative prizes that inspired us to enter the contests. I now have two (2) questions... When this Covid-19 event is over, will Instructables.com return to giving wonderful and creative prizes? And the second question... Will the winners during the Covid-19 event be receiving their robot t-shirts and mugs when Instructables.com is able to get back into the office and send out robot t-shirts and mugs again?

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seamster
seamster

Reply 9 months ago

Yes, and yes. : )

The current plan is to return to normal physical prize shipping when it becomes possible once again.

For authors who won prizes during this no-shipping phase, they were given the option to receive the value of the prize pack (t-shirt, mug, etc.) in gift card form, or opt to wait (indefinitely) until we are able to physically ship items again. Whenever that point arrives, prize packs for the small handful of those that have opted to wait will be shipped out.

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WUVIE
WUVIE

10 months ago

Thank you. Completely understandable, and much appreciated.

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JaZmInE Works
JaZmInE Works

11 months ago

Great, stay safe and COVID -19 will be over soon

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Marve48
Marve48

11 months ago

Thanks for working as hard as you are. You guy are outstanding and very professional.

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RavenclawGirl123
RavenclawGirl123

1 year ago

Okay thanks and I hope everyone is safe from covid-19!

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seamster
seamster

Reply 1 year ago

Generally $50 for almost all contests, but it is noted in the official rules for each contest.

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elivide
elivide

1 year ago

It is very much welcome. Health comes first.

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GreenTreestr
GreenTreestr

1 year ago

Nice initiative and hoping everything will be back the soonest possible time. Meanwhile, we must prioritize our health and safety for this moment and keeping ourselves updated with the current medical bulletin and safety precautions is a big help. Stay safe.

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AnandM54
AnandM54

1 year ago

Nice replace idea!! Keep social distance!!!

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wiskeybear
wiskeybear

1 year ago

Sounds like a good idea! Thanks for keeping us safe. :)

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Ricardo Furioso
Ricardo Furioso

1 year ago

Can't understand why Instructables isn't leading, coordinating, and inspiring a nationwide movement of makers making masks, oxygen generators, homebuilt cpap machines, and ventilators. We have the people, the tools, and the time. Now.
Time to step up, guys.

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seamster
seamster

Reply 1 year ago

Dig in and see what people are making, and if you're inclined, definitely contribute by sharing your own projects as well:

https://www.instructables.com/id/Safe-Handling-Decontamination-Procedures-for-COVID/

https://www.instructables.com/id/AB-Mask-for-a-Nurse-by-a-Nurse/

https://www.instructables.com/id/UVC-Sterilizer-for-COVID-19-Emergency/

100s more Covid-19-related projects by our fabulous community of makers:
https://www.instructables.com/howto/covid/

When appropriate and responsible, some projects have been (and will yet be) featured and highlighted on the site, in email newsletters, and out on our social channels.

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kevin200617
kevin200617

1 year ago

If we do win, is it possible to swap the digital gift card for the Instructables t-shirt later down the line (after covid-19 goes away and California lifts its lockdown)?

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seamster
seamster

Reply 1 year ago

When winners are announced, they will receive an additional message with a form to fill out to claim their gift card.

On that form there is an option to NOT receive the prize pack (t-shirt, mug, etc.) value included in the gift card. Authors may choose this option if they'd prefer to wait indefinitely until our prize shipping system is back up and running, and we are able to ship those items once again.