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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

Discussions

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sublack8
sublack8

8 days ago

Noted with thanks, stay save everyone !

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elivide
elivide

8 days ago

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

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Threadhead Jude
Threadhead Jude

8 days ago

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

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BrittLiv
BrittLiv

9 days ago

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

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shazni
shazni

11 days 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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Creator_Awaken
Creator_Awaken

12 days 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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SMU DIY projects
SMU DIY projects

3 days ago

Yes we know this situation
Stay safe and secured

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samuelx3
samuelx3

5 days ago

good choice!

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Ricardo Furioso
Ricardo Furioso

6 days 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 6 days 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

11 days 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 11 days 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.

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kevin200617
kevin200617

Reply 11 days ago

Sounds good

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bumiwopo
bumiwopo

11 days ago

good luck!

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NikilH
NikilH

12 days ago

Stay safe Team!

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Josehf Murchison
Josehf Murchison

12 days ago

What is it 40,000,000 on shelter in place in California, that is more than the population of Canada. Good luck to everyone everywhere.

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Makerneer
Makerneer

12 days ago

Thanks for the update. We just got the shelter in place order here in WA yesterday. Stay safe!

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iceng
iceng

12 days ago

Have a peek at my ..... Covid KILLER .... Ible :-))

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Kiteman
Kiteman

14 days ago

Are the team all OK?

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seamster
seamster

Reply 13 days ago

Yes, so far everyone reports they're okay. Hope you and yours are doing well, likewise! : )

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Kiteman
Kiteman

Reply 12 days ago

That's good to know. Yes, we're fine. A little crowded, five adults in the house, but we're surviving so far.

It's very odd being an online teacher of a purely practical subject...

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rocket radhi
rocket radhi

13 days ago

As much as I love T-shirt and mug.
Situation is completely understandable, This change is welcomed. Let's all hope this situation changes for everybody and every country. Stay indoors and stay safe.

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kreativo13496
kreativo13496

14 days ago

I love the robort stickers and always stays excited when prizes are about to announce but Its asolutely understandable and i appreciate the changes. Hope the situation will be normal soon and hope the team is fine. Thank you..

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seamster
seamster

Reply 13 days ago

All of the site staff are well currently. Stay well likewise! : )

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scampb1038
scampb1038

14 days ago

Umm so does that mean if you win the ipad than you wont get it??
And i hope all is well for the team please social distance and stay safe!

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TrulyJulie
TrulyJulie

Reply 14 days ago

It means instead of the ipad you will get a digital gift card for the value of the ipad.