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

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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BakkerJo

11 days ago

I prefer it when prizes are related to the contest and functional. For example, instead of having a MacBook and iPads for the metalworking contest, have a drill press and belt sanders.
Gift cards sometimes make sense if the contest has a big scope that would be hard to have more themed prizes.
Personally I am much more likely to enter a contest where the prize would be something I can use to make more projects. If the prizes are just electronic products, I probably won't enter at all.
Some prizes that would be great to see would be small hobby-size CNCs, such as desktop a laser cutter or router.

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ToddD40

13 days ago

Arduino

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Matlek

5 weeks ago

It would be great to have pens or pencils in the Instructables prize packs!

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randofoMatlek

Reply 5 weeks ago

As crazy as this sounds, we were having trouble sourcing pencils. We kept ordering them, and the different suppliers kept printing our logo wrong.

In better news, we have brand new pencils now in stock and they will be in every prize pack!

(We will also be giving away Instructables mugs instead of T-shirts for the next few contests.)

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Matlekrandofo

Reply 5 weeks ago

Thanks, this is great news! I can't wait to see these pencils and mugs!

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Brian M V

5 weeks ago

I really, really, really hope you guys aren't getting rid of the leathrman-prize...
All your prizes are really good btw! So i'm a happy camper anyway you guys choose to go!

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Ashwini Kumar_Sinha

5 months ago

laptop like Mack book

in recent running contest non of the contest have mack book air as prize

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ruudcreates

3 months ago

A couple of years ago we had some featured author contest. One of the prizes was something the author made. Maybe it would be nice to win some of the awesome stuff which is on this website? I have no idea how to arrange such a thing, but it would still be nice. :)

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randoforuudcreates

Reply 3 months ago

We've tossed this idea around recently, but the logistics are tricky. If we can figure it out, we will do something similar.

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wannabemadsci

3 months ago

For the Halloween Contest provide limited edition Instructables t-shirts as has been done a couple of times in the past. I believe there was an Instructables Robot ghost shirt, and a shirt with a spider hanging from "Instructables".

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randofowannabemadsci

Reply 3 months ago

You've read our minds. We're currently working on a custom Halloween prize pack!

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KliewerTheEngineer

4 months ago

A 3D printer would the perfect prize for the upcoming Tiny homes contest. A 3D printer is small (a good thing for the Tiny homes contest for obvious reasons) and super useful. I also love drones :)

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SimonRob

5 months ago

dji drone

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PinchOfChili

9 months ago

You did at contest with Taste of the World some time ago, which was really cool! Could you do that again, please?

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sonic broom

8 months ago

A Harvest Right Freeze dryer would be a really cool prize.

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wannabemadsci

7 months ago

Glowforge laser cutter. Price just dropped to $2,500 for the amazing basic model!

I know its a bit pricy but for one of the larger contests it might be super. OR to drum up interest in one of the less participated in or narrower interest contests!

If you haven't looked at one you should - regular laser cutting, plus with the internal cameras, tracing/cutting drawings ability, etc. Just amazing for a maker!

https://glowforge.com/order

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Dangerously Explosive

9 months ago

I would like to see more 3D printers. And maybe more Arduino kits... Drones are always cool, but they need to at least be decent. The Flying Ghast from the Minecraft contest is a good example of what kind of drone NOT to have as a prize... Cheap, cheesy, and annoying to use or modify.

Laptops, computers, and cameras are extremely useful, and I would love to see more of those.

Also, I saw a few comments down something about mixing prizes, that is a brilliant idea and something I would like to see as well. For instance, I don't have a 3D printer, so I couldn't possibly hope to win one in a 3D printing contest, same goes for RaspberryPi and a number of other items I would actually be interested in winning.

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taifur

10 months ago

I think there should be some options in the prize pack choice like T-shirt, mug, Cap, flash drive, umbrella etc. I have at least 10 instructables T-shirt and bored with it.

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randofotaifur

Reply 9 months ago

We hear you! Working on it :)

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NuclearLemon

10 months ago

Possibly a nintendo switch?

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BrittLiv

10 months ago

So far the most useful thing I have won was my dlsr. It certainly upped my instructables game. My favorite thing are still 3D printers, though. How about the prusa i3 mk3.

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AzharRanderee

10 months ago

Drones, woodworking equipment and cameras

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JoshuaGuess

10 months ago

The recently announced Nintendo Labo seems like the perfect prize for this site, with its hands on construction approach and appeal to makers. It could tie with a Cardboard Contest, a Gaming Contest or even a dedicated Nintendo Contest, making the Grand Prize a Nintendo Switch with the Labo kits or something like that. Just my thoughts.

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Nomadichuntergatherer

10 months ago

Has it been long enough since the last time I suggested an anvil?

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Birdz of a Feather

10 months ago

I was going to suggest Vitamix as a prize, but just saw that you're giving one away in the Gluten Free Challenge - that's so awesome!! I also love your new sweatshirts; I have to have one of those :) I filled out the survey - thanks for letting us help decide upcoming contests.

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Not_Tasha

11 months ago

Instapot, Air fryer, Pawley Studios GC, Button maker,

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randofoNot_Tasha

Reply 11 months ago

A button maker! I will see if I can figure out where we can give those away.

We've given away some Instapots in the past, but an air fryer might be nice to add to the mix.

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Not_Tasharandofo

Reply 11 months ago

I know nothing about Instapot, just it seems to be a hot item right now. Ditto for Air Fryers, but after burning the crap out of my hand attempting egg rolls I can see the appeal :)

Dehydrators are also cool

Unicorn SPiT, Plasti-Dip, kilns,

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Matlek

1 year 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...

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SidA2Matlek

Reply 11 months ago

Yeah I found that that 3D printing contest prizes were kind of funny because most winners already had a printer. If I remember correctly, one even built a printer. It would be cool to have prizes that allowed you to explore new topics. But at the same time, those who are passionate about a certain contest topic may want something related.

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Codingpro

11 months ago

Maybe a Scratch or Game making contest???

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SidA2Codingpro

Reply 11 months ago

Yeah I really enjoy Scratch too, it was the first language I ever used. However, it may be a bit hard to elaborate on a project enough to make an instructable. Unless you mean tutorials on basic game design such as adding gravity or making multiplayer.

Being a videographer, I really liked the Photography contest awards (gorillapods and camera bags).

This year, I'd like to see more contests, that have many great prizes, instead of only a single huge prize, because quite often all of the top 5s were excellent, but sadly, only one of them was awarded with an excellent prize, the others got just a T shirt.

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PointyOintment

12 months ago

I like the PVC contest's prizes of Formufit gift cards. I had actually
never heard of them before—the only online PVC pipe store I knew of was
FlexPVC. I was too slow to enter this year, but I'll probably enter it
next time.

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Zoukiny

1 year ago

Make residents of Quebec able to enter the contest and win prizes.

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Jonathanrjpereira

1 year ago

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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MatthewGal

1 year ago

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

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MatthewGal

1 year ago

woodworking tools: jointers

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WarenGonzaga

1 year ago

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

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PointyOintmentWarenGonzaga

Reply 1 year ago

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.