Review of Jellyfish.com
Jellyfish.com is a new kind of shopping site. Instead of searching for the best deals, traveling websites day-in and day-out trying to find a sale, Jellyfish.com gives you a new option, the option to basically "name your price."
Let me explain. Say you want to buy a Zune. You search Amazon, Wal-mart, Target, etc...and the prices are okay, but you're looking for something a little more budget-conscious. So you go to Jellyfish.com.
During the electronics show, it's pretty likely that a Zune will be on the show, they usually are because they're popular. You make an account, and decide to give it a shot. Sure enough, a few items in, there's a brown Zune up for grabs. Let's say the price starts at at $235. You're looking to spend around $185 for this Zune. Every second you wait for the price to get to $185, not only does the price get cheaper, but someone else can buy the Zune before you. Usually, there's only one item for sale, but occasionally, there's more.
There's a chatroom along side the "bidding" box which allows you to converse with other Jellyfish members, who may, or may not, be looking to buy the same items as you. Some people come to chat with the friends they've made, some come hoping to find a good deal on something, and some come just for a chance to play the games and win the jackpot, or a chance to spin the wheel.
Now you are probably asking right now "Games? You didn't say anything about winning games for money!?" That's what I'll get into next.
There are a couple of games you can play in order to win cash, tokens (which can be turned in for "swag" among other Jellyfish items, which I will explain in a bit, or you can win the "swag" outright.
The first game I'll explain is "Outwit the Smack." Outwit the smack consists of a multiple choice game. Anyone on the jellyfish site can come up with a multiple choice question such as "Your favorite color of M&Ms." Your goal, is to opt in to play, and then try and guess (in this case which color M&M) is the least likely to be chosen. If you win, you get a "guru point" which adds up to coin bonuses. This game also has an added bonus. If your name gets chosen by the random generator, not only do you have the chance to win a guru point, but you also have the chance to win cash. The pot starts at $10 and goes up $10 every time the chosen person chooses incorrectly.
The next game is called "Smack Pot." This is a game that is quite easy to win once you've gauged the market. It works like this: The next item comes up for sale. You have about three minutes to decide what percentage off this item is going to sell for. If you're in the correct bracket, you win coins, if you get it wrong, you lose the amount of coins you bid (Up to five for each percentage bracket.) It's a fun game, and a great way to earn some coins if you're new to the site.
The final game is the "Smack Wheel" This wheel is only available during the "Daily Smack" show which airs at 12:15 CST. This is along the same lines of "Guru Guessing" except you need to be precise. Again, you have three minutes to make up your mind. You may guess 17.14% for a popular video game, or 75.23% for an ugly coffeemaker that you don't think anyone would want. If you happen to be the one who guessed either exactly correct, or closest to it, you get a chance to spin the smack wheel after the deal sells. This wheel has such things as a fleece, more coins, cash back, etc...
Now, back to how Jellyfish.com actually works. First, you make an account. You search the programs that are on such as Electronics, Makeup, Bed&Bath, etc...until you find a show that interests you, or has something you're looking for. After logging into the site, you'll have a chatroom on the right of the screen, and the current deal on the left. Under the deal is where the "Guru Guessing" is located. Right below the deal is a button that says "BUY" pretty self-explanatory. This is the button you click when the price gets down to what you're willing to pay. You'll be taken to a screen where you fill out your name, address, credit card information, etc...and then click "submit" but you have to be quick. If the deal sells out while you're still filling out information, you'll have lost the deal, and won't be able to purchase it.
This is one of the ways that your hard-earned coins come into play. You can use the coins to buy that fleece, or coffee mug, or you can use it to buy coupons towards giftcards to another affilated store (Circuit City is listed as one) give it to charity, or coupons for the Jellyfish site, which I will explain in a moment.
If you happen to be so lucky as to get a great deal at a price, that's the final price. Including shipping, handling, packaging, etc...
Now for the jellyfish coupons. After you've made a fair amount of coins, and have decided what you want to purchase with them, you have a few options.
For 700 coins, you can change your nickname. This can either be because you thought of a cooler name, or whatever reason you choose really.
For 5000 coins, you can buy a jellyfish fleece. Complete with the jellyfish.com logo.
At 600 coins, you can get a jellyfish hat. Complete with the jellyfish logo.
For 400 coins, you have enough to get a jellyfish t-shirt.
At 1400 coins you can get a jellyfish coupon "name your deal." This coupon entitles you to choose any item on jellyfish.com for $1000 or less, and it will be featured on the "Name Your Deal" show.
For a whopping 25,000 coins, you can purchase a "Smack Pass." The smack pass entitles you to basically "piggy back" on any deal that jellyfish.com has had, and you will have the opportunity to purchase the item at the best final price that jellyfish.com has had for that item. The coupon expires in three months, so you have plenty of time to use it wisely.
At 800 coins, you can get a jellyfish rubber chicken. Much like a normal rubber chicken, but with "Smack Daddy's" signature.
At 700 coins, you can get a "fatboy" coffee mug with the jellyfish name and logo on it.
For 900 coins, you can get a jellyfish travel tumbler.
For 500 coins, you can make a $5 donation to any of these charities: American Red Cross, American Humane Association, St. Jude Children's Hospital or The Nature Conservancy. On a quarterly basis, jellyfish.com will match the donations.
For 1000 coins, you can make a $10 donation to the above listed charities.
For 2500 coins, you can up the ante by donating $25 to one of those charities.
When you hit 2500 coins, you also have the option to get a $25 gift card to Circuit City, Shoemall.com, or moosejaw.com
I think that about covers Jellyfish.com and how it works. If you have any questions at all, or feel that I've left out something important, feel free to leave me a comment!
- The Jellyfish.com Website
After hearing about it, why not go check out the site for yourself?!
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