MOO Sticker Competition

23 May

So the MOO Sticker competition books are now on sale, including my design, Ciggie. Unfortunately, though, it’s not been quite the buzzy experience that I might have hoped for. In fact, it’s been rather an anticlimax.

The major ‘prize’ for this competition was a year-long Flickr Pro account. However, I suspect most of the artists that entered the competition were probably more interested in the other ‘rewards’ they were offering: firstly the opportunity to be included in a MOO product and also a bio and link somewhere on the MOO website.

I receved the gift code for the Flickr account a couple of weeks ago, but I was still wondering when they were going to ask us for bio and links when all the winners got an email:

As you may have seen, the special StickerBook with the 90 winning designs is now on sale!

You can find it right here;
http://www.moo.com/readymade/pack/341/

And as promised, we have listed each image and the designer on our blog so your name will become famous. Have a look here: http://www.moo.com/blog/

I was mildly annoyed because, dudes, this is not what you promised, and so I emailed them (CC:d to all the other winners) to find out whether bios and links would still be collected. MOO replied quickly with:

Unfortunately at this time we are unable to display this information alongside the images in the pack. This week we made some fundamental changes to the site and the way that packs are created and images are displayed. These changes mean that the individual images in a Ready Made pack no longer have their own pages with room to include text. Currently we can only show static thumbnails of the images in a pack.

Sadly this means that we can’t include the additional designer information as we’d hoped.

Sincere apologies for that – and thank you for taking part

Now, I think it’s fair enough that they can’t display this information as they originally intended. HOWEVER, there are still several other avenues where they could include this information, including their many blogs – or even this page which currently is so ‘minimalist’ that it certainly doesn’t fill me with any desire to buy the pack. (although, I will and, indeed will *have* to, if I want any concrete memento of being a winner – MOO isn’t even comping the winners a free pack!)

Now, I’m first to admit that, in the grand scheme of things, a bio and link on the MOO website is not the be all and end all. My life will probably continue on the same path with or without it. However, it is what MOO promised us in the competition and I’m particularly annoyed that they weren’t up front about the fact that they wouldn’t be honoring that promise. My last email was almost a week ago and I have not yet had any reply. MOO try to promote a very “feel good” image (to go along with their admittedly “feel good” products). However, I have to say that MOO’s treatment of this winner (and presumably the other winners too) has not left me with the “feel good” feeling that they try to promote.

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6 Responses to “MOO Sticker Competition”

  1. Anonymous May 23, 2008 at 9:34 am #

    Moo
    I also was one of the ‘winners’, I suggest that we all complain to MOO and Pixish and try to lobby that we get our prize in full. After all, it would be a relatively easy and cheap to do.
    Claire
    hiya@clairemurray.co.uk

  2. Anonymous May 23, 2008 at 9:46 am #

    I agree. This is rather disappointing.

  3. Anonymous May 23, 2008 at 3:13 pm #

    those are straight out lies
    i also “won” and i can say the design of the site was just as it is right now when i applied (the rules existed in the present design).

  4. Anonymous May 23, 2008 at 11:22 pm #

    Oh moo….I thought you would be better. I feel the same as you all. Hopefully something comes out of this.

  5. kathrynlinge May 24, 2008 at 12:55 am #

    Re: Moo
    Yeah. I think it’ll take lots of complaints to get MOO to change their mind.

  6. kathrynlinge May 24, 2008 at 1:05 am #

    I’ve emailed Pixish asking if they have a policy for situations where winners do not get their promised ‘rewards’. However, I do think the only avenue to get change is for winners to email MOO or blog about the problem to show thier disappointment.

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