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

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Posted by: sue
November 22, 2008, 10:40 AM

Amazon.com 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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36 Comments

SueTLC

Roonwit, I dont follow what you are saying. As it clearly states, 1,000 of the books will be 50 percent off, which means a savings of $50 USD dollars, or Beedle will be $70.00 USD if chosen as runner up, which would make it a savings of 30.00 USA? Both seem to be more than just 20 dollars off?

Agree about the fantastic price for the mixer. I paid much more for mine, which I love and is fantastic btw lol.
Sue

Posted by SueTLC on November 22, 2008, 01:26 PM report to moderator
H

I dunno- I’d really like a good deal on a mixer . . . I already ordered my special edition, but a chance to win one signed by the author would be awesome.

Posted by H on November 22, 2008, 01:34 PM report to moderator
roonwit

My point was that if you vote and are lucky enough to be selected, then you are voting for Beedle at $50 and the mixer at $130, or Beedle at $70 and mixer at $69 (or for some DVDs). Of course if you only want one of them then it makes sense to vote for the one you want, but if you want both it makes sense to vote for the mixer. The price of these items outside the promotion shouldn’t affect which way you vote, just whether you want to take part in the promotion or not.

Posted by roonwit on November 22, 2008, 01:38 PM report to moderator
Sophie

I’ve already pre-ordered the Collector’s Edition, but I’m gonna enter anyway, because a signed copy!!! I so want that! But this contest is really strange… It’s gonna be hard to remember everything.

Posted by Sophie on November 22, 2008, 02:12 PM report to moderator
Bruce

So I guess those of us who pre-ordered this book months ago when it was first announced, lose out on this contest. I would have to delete this item from my pre-order, then hope I can win the half price, and if not maybe lose out on a chance to get the book at all because by then they will be sold out? No thanks.

Posted by Bruce on November 22, 2008, 04:27 PM report to moderator
Deb

Sadly, Beedle isn’t racking up anywhere near the votes of the mixer…

Posted by Deb on November 22, 2008, 05:26 PM report to moderator
deana

I’m confused. So even if Beedle doesn’t win to be on sale, do the first 35 people to purchase copies still autographed copies??

Posted by deana on November 22, 2008, 07:50 PM report to moderator
duyen confusing much? i’ll just wait for the one i pre-ordered ages ago.

though i really want the autograph from j.k rowling, but such is life, a 35 in how many millions chance?

Posted by duyen on November 22, 2008, 11:13 PM report to moderator
roonwit

deana: The vote is over prices. If Beedle loses, then the 1000 copies with the first 35 signed are still available to those selected to take part in the race, just at a higher (but still discounted) price.

Posted by roonwit on November 23, 2008, 07:22 AM report to moderator
Caitlin

Oooh, I wish that Beedle was in first place. Please vote for it, even if you aren’t going to buy it (unless you really want the mixer). Right now, Beedle is in last place, and I don’t think that last place gets a discount. Beedle should at least be the runner up. Please go vote so that other fans can have a chance to buy it!

Posted by Caitlin on November 23, 2008, 08:57 AM report to moderator
lily_luna

I voted for Beedle… I am one of 10%

Posted by lily_luna on November 23, 2008, 12:15 PM report to moderator
ali-son

really?
the general public is going for the mixer?

Posted by ali-son on November 23, 2008, 08:18 PM report to moderator
Erin

Amazon has done this in previous years. Sometimes the items are really great, other times, not so much. Two years ago, I managed to score an elliptical trainer for $200 that normally sold on their site for $800 or so. It all depends on what you are looking for and what catches your eye.

Even if you can’t use something, there is sure to be someone else who could really use the price break.

Posted by Erin on November 23, 2008, 10:02 PM report to moderator
Kellianna

C’mon HP Fans! Let’s at least try to get it to runner up status!

Posted by Kellianna on November 24, 2008, 01:22 AM report to moderator
SRP

The mixer is, for example, on sale right now at JC Penneys for $399 plus tax. To get it for $69, no tax, and free shipping, avoiding the insane mall is a big score, if you want a solid mixer.
If you voted for Beedle the Bard, if you are selected, do you have to then try to buy what you voted for or what won that category? The rules aren’t clear on the what-ifs?

Posted by SRP on November 24, 2008, 10:44 PM report to moderator
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