I was very interested in learning more about PSGive.org when I learned they were looking for help to spread the word about them. I don't know if it's because of all the good they are doing or what, but I paused wondering how to review them. Their good mission aside, I needed to look at the site's usability and what they have to offer you too.
PSGive was the winner of 2010 Mashable's Most Promising New Company Award and I can see why. They offer a fun and entertaining way to support charities while trying to win great deals on fabulous prizes. They currently partner with 7 different charities. PSGive really is an innovative way to bring deal lovers and charities together. It's also a fun and easy way to support good causes.
Plus, it they can reach a much larger audience than traditional charity events like dinners and auctions. This was the goal of the co-founders, Paul Feldman and Sean Steinmarc, after spending years trying to raise awareness and funds for the Diabetes Research Institute. They were frustrated that years of outreach work made little progress towards their goals.
And so, PSGive.org was created.
Registration on the sitewas easy enough as was entering the promo code after liking their Facebook page. Right away you can see shiny prizes. You can search by prize category, charity it benefits, or the type of event. I've seen chocolate gift baskets, iPads, iPods, grills, laptops, coffee makers, and even a carseat! The prizes are high value, making them attractive to most of us – especially if we can get a deal on them!
There are 3 event types:
- Be Unique – It costs tokens to enter your lowest unique bid. The winner has the lowest unique price.
- Reveal the Price – It costs tokens to see the current price. It lowers a little at every reveal and is available to buy at that price for only a few minutes.
- Raise the Price – It costs tokens to raise the price of the item by mere cents. The person with the highest bid at the end of the event wins.
Even with the explanation of how the events work, it took some playing around and bidding to really understand it. Seeing them in action was the best way to learn! My favorite one is Be Unique, but I found it to be the hardest to wrap my head around at first.
Once it clicked, it became addicting! I was the leader for a split second on a gourmet chocolate basket! That basket was worth $180. The winner (not me) got it for 30 cents! As you can see above, I'm the leader on Be Unique for this iPad (or at least I was the leader when I took the screenshot!). If I win – that means I'll pay $20 or less for that iPad! (I made a few different unique offers $20 and below, so who knows which one may remain the lowest unique offer on 3/17!)
- Supports charities
- Offers a chance to get big ticket items at low cost
- Site is easy to navigate
- You receive $3 in tokens when you sign up and another $5 when you like them on Facebook (at least during this review and giveaway).
What I'd Like to See: (These things will come about as more people learn about PSGive and utilize it!)
- More charities
- More prizes
- More users – prices on The Reveal don't lower very fast when only a handful of people are playing!
Giveaway is over.
______ *FTC Disclosure: I received this product ($35 in tokens) for free of charge by the company or PR representative in order to conduct my review. I was not compensated in any other way for this post. The thoughts, experiences, and opinions included are entirely my own and may differ from that of others.
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