THEY’RE HEEEERRRREEEE! Yes, Amazon’s smash n grab Thursdays are now gone 😦 replaced by a 24/7 check for top items. Since coming in to play (I’m writing this in November 2014) many of the more greedy, insecure, needy, whiney, Viners have been upset that they no longer appear to be regularly offered the so-called ‘big-ticket’ items. In my many years on Vine, I’ve been thankful for everything I’ve received, and even though I have been offered the same amount of crap as everyone else, I’ve never been offered a single laptop, camera, or TV, as many others have, some on several occasions. It’s quite funny watching them cry on the forums and threaten leaving the program. Oh well, more free stuff for me.
So, how the process works now is that we can check our queue any time of the day, every day, for updates. Items can be added at any time without warning, and we can now select up to 5 items at any time – we cannot select any more than 5 and must review something before we can pick something else. We have roughly 30 days to review, and if you go over that time for any item, you cannot select anything new. This means that sometimes we go for days with nothing new added, sometimes days with unwanted junk sitting on the queue, and sometimes I have missed reviewing something due to other commitments. I typically find myself with 5 items selected for most of the time, as I usually take an item from every update, while others use that sad tactic of holding back on picking something small in the hope that something pricey will pop up. I haven’t been offered any of the biggies yet (although I have already received some valuable items and I was recently offered some Sage software worth almost 1000 pounds – I didn’t pick it, but I’m sure a few dishonest types did – keep an eye on Ebay). My biggest issue so far has been gross miscalculations in the targeting – many people were getting offered kick ass toys, Barbie sets, Hot Wheels etc, but those people had clearly specified they had no children, while I wasn’t get offered any of those in spite of saying that’s exactly what I was interested in. That seems to have cleared up somewhat, but many people were getting pissed off at being offered the complete opposite of what they told Amazon what they’re interests were. Here’s what I picked in the virgin month:
Monster High Freaky Fusion Avea Trotter Hybrid Doll: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Monster-High-Freaky-Fusion-Trotter/dp/B00IVFCKF4/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1426511197&sr=8-1&keywords=Monster+High+Freaky+Fusion+Avea+Trotter+Hybrid+Doll
The doll which started it all – my girls had only recently started to be interested in dolls, the eldest more interested in cars and plastic toy figures. When I showed her this I wasn’t sure if she would be freaked out or like it, but it turned out that she loved it, and a Monster High obsession began. Since we took this, the house has been filled with more dolls, magazines, DVDs etc of the various ghouls.
Tefal Cube and Stick: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Tefal-MB905840-Cube-and-Stick/dp/B00JWQ3V9A/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1426509882&sr=8-1&keywords=tefal+cube+and+stick
A handy blender with handy chopping devices. Not to be used on handies.
Fisher-Price Little People Birthday Party Playset: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Fisher-Price-Little-People-Birthday-Playset/dp/B00IYFBB1K/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1426265126&sr=8-1&keywords=Fisher-Price+Little+People+Birthday+Party+Playset
An odd little set, it comes with a cake and a dog.
Fisher-Price Puppy’s Activity Home Set: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Fisher-Price-Puppys-Activity-Home-Set/dp/B00KQKLB52/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1426509923&sr=8-1&keywords=Fisher-Price+Puppy%27s+Activity+Home+Set%3A
Another all singing, non-dancing set from Fisher Price.
BISSELL Vac & Steam Cleaner, 1500 Watt, Red: http://www.amazon.co.uk/BISSELL-Steam-Cleaner-1500-Watt/dp/B00J6UMVF2/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1426509964&sr=8-1&keywords=BISSELL+Vac+%26+Steam+Cleaner%2C+1500+Watt%2C+Red
A steam cleaner/vac combo that actually works and doesn’t weigh the same as a Sumo wrestler.
An interesting month of treats, and the change should make for longer posts and more items per month now that the 4 item limit has been lifted!