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Amazon Contest For Possible Chance to Buy Half-Price Collector's Editon of "Beedle the Bard"

Posted by: sue
November 22, 2008, 10:40 AM has launched a new contest for consumers to vote for special items they would like to purchase at a highly discounted price this holiday shopping season. According to this press release, among the items possibly being included in this special sale will be 1,000 copies of the Collector's edition of The Tales of Beedle the Bard. In addition, the first 35 customers to place an order will win a copy autographed by J.K. Rowling herself.

Please note that to win a chance to buy the book at half-off the $100 USD price, there is a slightly complicated process that is as follows:

  1. Go to this link and vote on a series of six groups, picking the one item you might like to buy at a hugely discounted price. The last grouping contains the Beedle the Bard book, which is currently losing badly to a great deal on the Kitchenaid Professional Stand Mixer. Vote wisely ;)
  2. On the morning of Thursday, Nov. 27, Thanksgiving day, check your email to see if you have been selected to participate in the "Race to Buy" event, aka the winning products at the discounted price.
  3. Come back on another specified date contained in your email to then race to buy the item (login early before it goes on sale, as they expect demand to be high and items to go early, so the idea is to 'race' against other customers), possibly then purchasing a discounted Collector's Edition of The Tales of Beedle the Bard. Note: According to the FAQ, if the book ends up as a runner-up, it will be made available for $70 (USD) Amazon stresses that while they are pleased to offer this possible sale, all donations to the Children’s High Level Group charity will be calculated from the full list price of the book ($100).
Good Luck! As a reminder, The Tales of Beedle the Bard by Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling will be released on December 4, with proceeds to benefit the Children's High Level Group charity.

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Loader Lady

That’s the strangest contest I’ve ever seen. Good thing I already have the mixer. I did stop and look at the incredible price on it, but voted for Beedle instead.

Posted by Loader Lady on November 22, 2008, 10:59 AM report to moderator
abhijit dande

i am going to try my level best !!!!!!!!

voting for the BEEDLE!!!

Posted by abhijit dande on November 22, 2008, 11:08 AM report to moderator

I guess this is Amazon’s equivalent to the early morning day after Thanksgiving sales that all of the non-online stores have.

Posted by Nicole on November 22, 2008, 11:10 AM report to moderator

Ah but I’ve already pre-ordered my Collector’s Beedle… And this contest is very confusing. Oh well, go Beedle! I think.

Posted by Arka on November 22, 2008, 11:17 AM report to moderator

Yea I think I’ll just wait for the one I already pre-ordered…besides it’s another 50 bucks going to a good cause. I would feel like I was cheating those kids in need just so I can save a few bucks.

Posted by Billy on November 22, 2008, 11:23 AM report to moderator

great literally 5 minutes ago i bought 2 copies at full price

Posted by Spencer on November 22, 2008, 11:26 AM report to moderator

Billy: The contribution to CHLG is the same for these Beedles as the non-discounted ones – I presume Amazon are funding the discount from their advertising budget. Note that as far as I can tell you can still buy Beedle if you are selected, even if you voted for the Kitchenaid Professional Stand Mixer.

Posted by roonwit on November 22, 2008, 11:37 AM report to moderator

Ah ok, thanks for clarifying.

Posted by Billy on November 22, 2008, 12:12 PM report to moderator
Carol Carvalho

Are you kidding!? I totally get why Beedle is losing…. I would totally buy that Mixer for 69 bucks…. But I voted for the book anyway… I already have a pretty good mixer and I don’t have any prospect to buy the book for $100, Can’t afford… And it would be awesome if it was signed!!!!!

Posted by Carol Carvalho on November 22, 2008, 12:29 PM report to moderator
Carol Carvalho

People… GO AND VOTE ANYWAY! Even if you are not planning to buy…..!!! Please… Please!!!! :)

Posted by Carol Carvalho on November 22, 2008, 12:31 PM report to moderator

Im pretty sure that for this round of voting you get notified on Dec. 3 if you were chosen.

Posted by Katie on November 22, 2008, 12:35 PM report to moderator

The Mixer is also the best bargain, $61 cheaper if it wins the vote whereas Beedle is only $20 cheaper. It makes sense that the mixer would be winning before the Potter fandom noticed the promotion.

Posted by roonwit on November 22, 2008, 12:40 PM report to moderator

Oh, I would love it if Beedle won! :D I guess the mixer deal is pretty impressive, though, so I can see why it’s losing. Bleh.

Posted by Liza on November 22, 2008, 12:51 PM report to moderator
Professor Potter

I trust that the same amount of money is still going towards the charity with this promotion :) I ordered my copy on Wish they could do a half price Wii console…;)

Posted by Professor Potter on November 22, 2008, 01:09 PM report to moderator

So… it’s a contest to save $20 (or $69 if you go for the mixer) that doesn’t even guarantee you’ll get the item for the discounted rate? (Per the rules: “If you’re randomly selected to participate in the race to buy, you still need to check what time the buying starts for each deal that round and log-in early, as we expect to have many more people participating than we have deals available.”) Come on, Amazon. Really? I mean… really? Why not just have an after-Thanksgiving sale and drop the stupid, convoluted gimmick?!

Posted by Brad on November 22, 2008, 01:11 PM report to moderator
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