Amazon Vine Freebies – May 2015

What with April being the cruelest month and everything, I didn’t get any freebies during those 30 days. May eventually came around and brought with it a few treats:

Monster High Amanita Nita Nightshade Doll:

Another expertly designed MH doll for the girls

Ink Jet Remanufactured Ink Cartridge Replacement for HP 301 – Black:

Ink we’ll never use for a printer we never use

VQ (Formerly View Quest) Christie DAB+ Radio and NFC/Bluetooth Speaker – Red:


A rather nifty, and incredibly loud radio which has been sitting in my kitchen ever since. My wife loves it; I do not love her insistence on selecting ‘Magic’ has her station of choice.

AmazonBasics Everyday Double Fitted Sheet – White:


It’s a sheet. Do not use it for racist past times.

Amazon Vine Freebies – February 2015

Slim Pickings this month folks, have a jook!

Monster High Haunted Getting Ghostly Twyla: Yet another Monster High Doll for my girls to play with, and flawlessly designed once again

Ultrasport Tennis Tape Grip – White: As I don’t watch tennis I’m not really sure what this is for, I assume it’s some sort of lasso to swing and catch your opponent as you try to win a touchdown. My wife and her sister are both tennis champions so maybe they can use it to score as many holes in one as possible!

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Amazon Vine Freebies – January 2015

Boo, Christmas is over! (though, as I’m so far behind in posting these, Christmas is just around the corner again, woo hoo!) Yay, Christmas never ends when you’re a Viner!

Tommee Tippee Closer to Nature Bath and Room Thermometer


A handy, accurate thermometer to make sure there are no red bums at bath time

Dettol Power and Fresh Spray 750 ml – Lemon and Lime, Pack of 3


Free, squirty, washy stuff.

Finish All-in-One Max Dishwasher Tablets – Original, Pack of 1 (Total 74 Tablets)


Free, cubey, washy stuff

Monster High Haunted Student Spirit Kiyomi Haunterly


Another MH doll for my girls to enjoy

Ever After High Royal Duchess Swan Doll

A first EAH doll for my girls to enjoy

Amazon Vine- September 2014

September, September, the most hated month in the Western world, scourge of kids forced to return to education after months of freedom, despised by everyone else who dreads the coming rain and snow. Thanks to Amazon, my month was made brighter and better by a nine-item bounty, including toys and DVDs. What more could I ever want?


I Really Hate My Job (DVD):

Starring my beloved Neve, this film was pretty dreadful, with irritating characters and… that’s about it. But Neve makes everything better.


91uYwfjYEOL__SL1500_ A slow-burning drama dealing with a murderous tailor with a taste for human flesh. Not as exploitative or gory as it sounds, or as good.



A decent Mexican film focussing on one family’s struggle with drugs, violence, and corrupt cops. Well acted and with several brutal scenes, it doesn’t make for easy watching.

WWE Superstrikers Slam N Launch Arena:


Woo hoo! The sort of ring I always wanted when I was a kid, this one has a number of features to make play all the more exciting.

Crayola Marker Maker:


A fun tool for arty types which my kids are still a little too young to apprecitate.

LeapFrog LeapBand Activity Tracker (Orange):

417aXAyJiaLAgain, my eldest is a bit young to get the most out of this, but she enjoys the pseudo-Tamagochi nature and the mini-games.

LeapFrog Learning Friends Play and Discover School Set:

819DMh5ZxKL__SL1500_A nice addition to the existing houses, figures, and playsets we already have.

Monster High Freaky Fusion Bonita Femur Hybrid Doll:

91TKWa5nsoL__SL1500_Another Monster High Doll, and another hit in our house.

Kid Galaxy Morphibians Terrapin:

A great little remoted controlled car which zooms through water as easily as over land.

Amazon Vine Freebies – August 2014

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:


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:


A handy blender with handy chopping devices. Not to be used on handies.

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:


Another all singing, non-dancing set from Fisher Price.

BISSELL Vac & Steam Cleaner, 1500 Watt, 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!