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What is a good prize

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In your mind, what is a good prize for a competition beside money? I personally would like to win something that I would like to buy but do not have the money to go out and get. What prizes do my readers yearn for?

PS: I still yearn for an XBox 360, but at this point I think I am just playing into the hands of the brilliant Microsoft marketers. I am not even sure I will have the time to play it past the first month of ownership.

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  1. Sam (13 comments.) says:

    Although I just bought a new one, I think a 1-2GB thumbdrive is a nice thing for a geek. Seems like portable apps are gaining a lot of traction these days.

  2. Mark (5 comments.) says:

    What prizes would be nice somewhat depends on what kind of price range you’re talking about. At the low end ($50 & under), gift certificates to NewEgg, Amazon, wherever work best. At the high end, an XBox 360, Mac Mini or Palm’s LifeDrive Mobile Manager would be sweet.

  3. vamsi (7 comments.) says:

    um.. a thumb drive or a pen drive with a capacity of 1-2 GB sounds good.

  4. Matt B. (13 comments.) says:

    Yes, a 2GB USB key would rock my boat.

  5. jim (6 comments.) says:

    I have to agree, a 2gb usb key would be a pretty sweet prize. If you want to move up the price ladder, the 360 would be nice too. :)

  6. Dougal Campbell (35 comments.) says:

    Gift certificates at Amazon, NewEgg, ThinkGeek, etc, would definitely be good. Thumbdrives are pretty cool, unless, you already have one, which many people do. Then there’s stuff like iPod or iRiver. Personally, I’d like a decent GPS unit. How about a really nice laptop bag? Autographed books?

  7. Jules (1 comments.) says:

    A book signed by the author(s) or a messenger bag from Timbuk2.

  8. 7la Bzyadah (1 comments.) says:

    Gift certificates at Amazon are the most wanted. The reason is that you will give the winners the chance to buy something which will differ from one to another.

    Cheers…

  9. Ozh (88 comments.) says:

    I like prizes in the form of something I could buy but I’m not buying because I dont really *NEED* it. Like, winning a 2GB usb key would indeed be nice. I dont really need it, hence I’m not buying it myself, but having one would be useful and fun in some cases.

    Makes sense ? :)

  10. Mark (118 comments.) says:

    Hehe…I always do the “weigh need Vs want” thing and the darn want side of the scale is almost always higher!

  11. CT (5 comments.) says:

    Duh, an iPod. All the cool cats have one (or more).

    Although I’d prefer the top-o-the-line ones, even the low-end $69 Shuffles are popular as incentive prizes.

  12. Christian Montoya (2 comments.) says:

    An I-River H10! I love those things.

  13. Emile (1 comments.) says:

    A Porsche or Mini Cooper would be one of my answers ;-)

    Sorry, I couldn’t resist…

  14. wormeyman (2 comments.) says:

    ipod
    free services (like logo or site design)

  15. Joel Pylkkö (1 comments.) says:

    Anything that is no bulk stuff. Like Xbox 360 with golden face plate, 20″ widescreen EIZO lcd or the truly best hardware at the moment pre-overclocked by some famous overclocking wiz…
    hmmph! I guess I’m trying to say that Uniqueness and “makes no true sense to buy” attitude is the thing. Actually the prize doesn’t even need to be really expensive.
    And what comes to those iPods… it’s not cool any more! Every second prizedraw has Ipod on its prize list.

  16. Rob Cottingham (5 comments.) says:

    Judging by what happened to my wife’s stats when you linked to one of her posts a while ago, how about offering a front-page link from your site for one month? :)

  17. bingu (2 comments.) says:

    a DC maybe good

  18. Dave Vogt (1 comments.) says:

    Any of the cube goodies off thinkgeek.com

    Other than that, USB storage, service (flickr, etc.) upgrade. Depends very much on the audience and what you can get. iPods are great, but personally I’d rather get pixelblocks.



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