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Plum District’s Make Dad’s Day Sweepstakes is Here!

Celebrate Dad this summer with a cool $1,000 to use at Best Buy or Restaurant.com and StubHub.com!

Take dad to dinner and a ballgame, or help him score a brand new TV and other electronic toys at Best Buy with Plum District’s Make Dad’s Day Sweepstakes! Enter to win $1,000 in Best Buy e-gift cards or a $250 Restaurant.com eGift card AND $750 in StubHub.com gift certificates.

 

Here’s how to enter:

  • If you’re already a member:

Simply purchase one of our daily Plum Deals! We’re recording every single purchase made between June 4th and June 8th and automatically entering those purchasers into the sweepstakes.

  • If you’re not yet a member:

It’s easy, all you have to do is join Plum District! The e-mail address you sign up with will automatically be entered into the sweepstakes as your chance to win. After that, get excited for our daily offers to hit your inbox – they’ll make your day, Mom, we’re sure of it.

It doesn’t make a difference which option you go through to enter – five winners will be randomly selected after the sweepstakes period. Good Luck!

 

*Note: No purchase necessary to enter or win. A purchase of any kind will not increase your chances of winning. Void where prohibited. For full contest rules and terms visit our Terms page:  http://www.plumdistrict.com/p/terms

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Make Your Holidays Picture Perfect

Plum District and Shutterfly are teaming up with the best photographers in your area for an extra-special deal.

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The holidays are right around the corner, and that means it’s time to round up your brood for the annual holiday card. At Plum District we understand that capturing your picture-perfect family is important and that’s why we’ve teamed up with Shutterfly to help make this yearly chore as seamless as possible.

Starting today until November 14, we will be bringing you fantastic deals from the finest photographers near you. These talented shutterbugs are offering can’t-be beat photo packages that you won’t want to pass up. With more than 50% off most deals, you’ll get that fantastic family shoot and stay on budget. But that’s not all — we’ll give you a $20 promotional discount gift to spend on Shutterfly holiday cards!

So how do you find these amazing deals NOW? It’s as quick and easy as saying, “Cheese!” Just locate a photography deal baring the Shutterfly tag and you’re on your way to amazing savings.

When you make your purchase you will receive two unique Plum District vouchers — one for your photography session and one to save $20 on your purchase of holiday cards on Shutterfly.

Visit Shutterfly for tips on how to make sure your family photo day is a singing success, then learn how to design and style your holiday card.

2011 truly is the year of the picture-perfect holiday card!

Thanks for your questions and comments

Hi, folks.

We’ve been quiet on the blog today, but we’ve been resolving the kinks from yesterday’s Plum Reward and keeping our ears open to your comments and thoughts. If you have questions about yesterday’s deal, please bring them to our attention at help@plumdistrict.com, and we’ll be happy to address them with you directly. Thanks again for communicating with us, and for your patience as we work to address your concerns!

Please accept our apologies

Dear Plum District community members,

Today we ran a Plum Reward deal that gave our members the opportunity to earn a $20 Target GiftCard for referring four new users to our site. While, to this point, thousands of people have successfully earned a gift card through this reward, we’re also keenly aware that many people were frustrated, angered, and disappointed with their experience with our deal today. For that we are genuinely sorry.

We want to thank you for being part of our community, for recommending us to your friends and family, and for trusting us to offer you discounts on products and services that we think will make your lives easier and more enjoyable. We take your trust seriously and pledge to work every day to keep it.

As for our deal today, we’ve seen accusations that it was some kind of scam. It wasn’t, and thousands of people will soon be receiving their gift cards in the mail. We don’t yet know exactly how many people will get them, and that’s part of the problem. People are still using active referral links and we are still tallying deal statistics. More frustratingly, the number of visitors to our site today overwhelmed our capabilities; we underestimated the popularity of this deal. The traffic prevented our system from accurately updating people on the number of referrals they had reached. As many of you found out, our email system slowed to a crawl and set off spam alarms at several email providers, Yahoo in particular.  We’re working with our email provider, SendGrid, to resolve some issues that are still outstanding, but can’t say that we’ve eliminated them all as of now. We’ll keep working.

We also can’t yet say with certainty who will and won’t earn a Plum Reward from today’s deal. We know many people, particularly on the East Coast, are waiting late into the night for information. Unfortunately, we don’t have it for you at this time. What we can say is that we hope that each person who referred friends in good faith today will earn a Plum Reward.

Again, if you felt short-changed by your experience with Plum District, we sincerely apologize. Though we may have fallen short for some of you tonight, our experience helped us put in place more robust systems that will make future deals easier and smoother for you.  Thank you for your business and for all of your referrals. We will update you tomorrow with more information.

We couldn’t help but notice…

Natalie Portman on the red carpet at the Oscars, Feb 27, 2011

Natalie Portman in our favorite color (AP photo)

That mom-to-be Natalie Portman wore plum to the Oscars last night. Could it have been a coincidence that she chose to swathe herself in the new official color of savvy moms everywhere (and looked damn good doing it) on the night she took home the statue for Best Actress? Sure, anything’s possible. But we’d like to think that she did so because she knows where it’s all happening.

Congrats from all of us, Natalie, on your win, and best wishes for a happy, healthy motherhood! If you want an in on the stuff that’ll make your life as a mom a little easier and more enjoyable, come on by the website. We’ll hook you up.

The right way to get your Plum Reward for CPK

Hi everyone! We’re really psyched that so many people across the country are excited by today’s Plum Reward for a CPK Gift Card, but we’ve noticed that a few people are trying to grab more than their share. This opportunity is limited to one per person and one per household. We want everyone to earn a gift card, but please respect our community and follow the rules of the deal. Even if you figure out how to game our site to snag more than one card for this Plum Reward, we have multiple mechanisms in place to eliminate duplicate recipients before we fulfill our deals, and you will only receive one in the mail.

We’ve had some questions from users regarding referrals for this Plum Reward. Plum Reward referrals are separate from other Plum District referral bonuses (like Plum Dollars). To refer friends for this Reward, you must use the email form or links that you’re presented after you click “Get It” on the deal page. Don’t use the “Refer a Friend and Get $10″ link in the top page navigation to refer friends to get your gift card –those count as separate referrals.

Thanks to everybody who’s been spreading the word about this great Plum Reward. If you’re new to our site, welcome. If you’ve already earned your gift card, way to go! If not … good luck. We’re rooting for you!

Plum Party!!!

Socrates (or maybe it was Prince) once said, “Two thousand zero zero, party over … oops, out of time.” Not wanting the clock to run out on our fun, last week the denizens of Plum District HQ partied like it was 1999 December 2011.

We’d been so busy last month — moving offices, forging new relationships with vendors, inventing squishy, new phases of matter — that we couldn’t corral everyone long enough for a holiday party. So we made up for it with our Holidays in January party (perhaps the first of a new annual tradition?), at Laszlo in the Mission. Hard to sum up in words, but it was a night full of this:

Margaret goes to town

and this:

VP Product Micki toasts our year

aaaand some of this:

The web production team

and oh yeah, a bow tie:

Dave outstyles us all

And did we get Megan a gift?

Rewarding our CEO

Yes. And was it a purple kimono?

The CEO costume

Good guess.

Our web producer Melissa gets a special shout-out for organizing the shindig. Thanks, Melissa! So while it’s a little belated, the PD office toasts everyone in The District, wishing you a belated Happy Holidays and Happy New Year. Are we ready for 2011?

Cheers!

Oh yes. Stay tuned!

New digs for the District

Today was quite the day here at Plum HQ: our first day in our new (temporary) offices!

We moved our belongings from the old place Friday afternoon, and started fresh today at a new address. It’s one of those office spaces built specifically for startups, with lots of small companies packed next to one another and common areas for mingling and “idea cross-pollination.” (For the uninitiated, that’s when two people meet at the coffee machine. One says, “We do web work,” and the other says, “So do we!”)

There were a few fits and starts, which are to be expected when you move (Where is the bathroom, anyway?), but overall things went quite smoothly.

Being the adventurous sort, we had to get out and explore. Our fearless leader, Megan, devised a scavenger hunt to get the entire team acquainted with our new surroundings. Because she’s crafty, the hunt also had an ulterior motive: to compile a list of places that we’ll find useful. Rachel and Dave took care of finding the most important one:

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Rachel and Dave find the essentials

So for a couple hours we found ourselves running around the building introducing ourselves to the neighbors (some took it better than others and were rewarded with super-luxe Plum District re-usable bags) and wandering the streets searching for the best spots to park, eat, shop, work out, grab coffee, and the like. I think our experience in sniffing out great deals for moms came in pretty handy here…we found quite a bunch! You can bet we’ll be spending lots of lunch money here:

Chavo's menu

Our local Mexican joint

The winning team (Tizzy, Margaret, and me) gets to buy something fun for the permanent office we’ll be moving into soon. Can’t wait to see what we come up with…In the meantime: look out, neighborhood! Plum District is here!