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Click Frenzy - Who's going to try it?
Brisbane, Queensland
3610 posts
Surprised I hadn't seen anything about this. or maybe my forum searching sucks.

Wonder how it will go and if everyone's servers can cope. So who has registered?

Brisbane Times Story
More than a million Australians are expected to spend "tens of millions of dollars" in a new online sales event on Tuesday, prompting the 150 retailers who are on board to check their servers can cope with the onslaught. Big name stores like Myer, Target, Westfield and D*** Smith are among those who have signed up for the 24-hour sale known as Click Frenzy, touted as Australia's version of Cyber Monday in the US. Last year, Cyber Monday attracted 10 million shoppers and generated $US1.25 billion ($1.2 billion) in sales. Read more:

Actual site
06:24pm 19/11/12 Permalink
06:24pm 19/11/12 Permalink
Melbourne, Victoria
7513 posts
What's the bet they'll have f*** all decent deals - eg, most things will barely be 5-10% off, or just things that noone wants, and then they'll label it a failure in some way, claim they can't compete with GST, etc etc.
06:39pm 19/11/12 Permalink
Brisbane, Queensland
20238 posts
Is it one of those theres where they have amazing deals and extremely cheap stuff, but only like 2 of them available and it sells out in half a second?
06:44pm 19/11/12 Permalink
Brisbane, Queensland
3422 posts
yeah, i'm a little cynical about this, I think it is more a plan to get those non really really savvy people in, and rack up some credit card debt
06:44pm 19/11/12 Permalink
Brisbane, Queensland
3173 posts
Is it one of those theres where they have amazing deals and extremely cheap stuff, but only like 2 of them available and it sells out in half a second?

Yeah. One of my sites i signed up to for daily deals has that every now and again. Dont even bother cause the site fails to load once a new deal is available and once it does, its all gone. Lucky f*****s to whoever gets the good s***.

Still, im registered, worth checking out.
07:10pm 19/11/12 Permalink
Sydney, New South Wales
8025 posts
it's one of those things where the marketing is paying for itself.

They built a website
Sold some advertising space on it to redirect to client sites
came up with a really lame name
wrote some copy for news sites filled with facts about a completely unrelated shopping period on other side of the world
now they just harvest email addresses of the gullible
If they let their website go under on the day, more free publicity.
07:53pm 19/11/12 Permalink
Brisbane, Queensland
9557 posts
nats knows the game.
08:39pm 19/11/12 Permalink
Brisbane, Queensland
9842 posts
That website will melt, end of story.
10:32pm 19/11/12 Permalink
Brisbane, Queensland
19284 posts
me! this is like stocktake sales but without the pushy old ladies.
11:26pm 19/11/12 Permalink
Brisbane, Queensland
9560 posts
* * * * * * * * * * * * * BREAKING NEWSFLASH * * * * * * * *

Shocking news, it seems theres been a shameful early leak of discounts by Kogan and Telstra.

The discounts are too horrific for me to post.

11:41pm 19/11/12 Permalink
Brisbane, Queensland
206 posts
YES! I've always wanted Telstra bed linen!
11:44pm 19/11/12 Permalink
Brisbane, Queensland
10485 posts
t, it works out better if you get the bundle
12:01am 20/11/12 Permalink
Brisbane, Queensland
20243 posts
Bigpond Bed Linen bundled with a set of Bigpond towels and Bigpond bathrobe, $0 upfront on a 24 month contract.
12:04am 20/11/12 Permalink
Brisbane, Queensland
10734 posts
What happens if I stain my Bigpond Bed Linen? Do I get a replacement free of charge?
12:50am 20/11/12 Permalink
2344 posts
What, no jokes about Telstra bed linen providing better "coverage" yet?
02:17am 20/11/12 Permalink
Brisbane, Queensland
155 posts
I thought there was a blanket ban on bad jokes?
08:00am 20/11/12 Permalink
Melbourne, Victoria
7514 posts
What, no jokes about Telstra bed linen providing better "coverage" yet?

Damnit, I was thinking it when I read dais's post, and then got to yours :(

$499 for a Kogan 46" TV? Who the hell wants to buy a Kogan branded TV? Besides, it's available on now for that price :P
Only 6 star energy, 50Hz, no DLNA (or network) and a 1yr warranty?

If it's not that one, they do have a 100Hz panel for under $700 (which would make it ~$500 if it's 33% off), but yeah... not worth even looking at.

No thanks, I'll save my much-earned gold pieces for a Samsung Series 7 Smart TV or Sony EX720 or similar.

last edited by Raven at 08:29:47 20/Nov/12
08:28am 20/11/12 Permalink
Gold Coast, Queensland
4401 posts
Bahahahha, site is getting hammered and won't load for me.

So much for their claim they'd have servers prepared.
07:03pm 20/11/12 Permalink
Brisbane, Queensland
19285 posts

Let them know about your experience.
07:07pm 20/11/12 Permalink
Brisbane, Queensland
10494 posts
the websites of the companies involved are f***ed too
07:17pm 20/11/12 Permalink
Brisbane, Queensland
1998 posts
Expected as much.
07:27pm 20/11/12 Permalink
Brisbane, Queensland
10495 posts
from their fb

Click Frenzy is far from embarrassed! Whilst some individuals are having issues battling against thousands of other shoppers, thousands (yes, THOUSANDS) are online, and successfully nabbing bargains with Click Frenzy... And clearly that couldn't happen if the site was done. Just like the Boxing Day Sales... Crowds are to be expected. For those experiencing difficulty, we recommend you check back in later when the storm has calmed enough for you to break through on your end. You've got 24-hours so keep at it!
07:32pm 20/11/12 Permalink
Brisbane, Queensland
8053 posts
From what I'm reading the sales aren't that great anyway, mere dollars off already highly priced items. Could there ever be an online sale that doesn't crash?
07:34pm 20/11/12 Permalink
Brisbane, Queensland
7625 posts
You'd think they would have expected a buttf*** and used cloudflare or aws or something to help?

Even David Jones is slow as s***, and they're not even it Click Frenzy.
07:37pm 20/11/12 Permalink
Brisbane, Queensland
20250 posts
I need a new fridge, were any of the participating places doing good deals on fridges?
07:41pm 20/11/12 Permalink
Melbourne, Victoria
8316 posts
So ridiculous that these guys can't build out the servers properly. It's not hard or expensive any more particularly with preparation to survive an onslaught like this.
07:47pm 20/11/12 Permalink
Brisbane, Queensland
3837 posts
More interested in the American sales soon.
08:13pm 20/11/12 Permalink
Brisbane, Queensland
12389 posts
Thats right folks, WE CAN ASSURE THAT THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE ARE GETTING DEALS OF A LIFE TIME ON OUR WEBSITE THAT YOU CAN'T ACCESS DUE TO LOAD (even though people are spamming the f*** out of our facebook page saying exactly the opposite)

Reminds me of the Iraqi information minister...
08:24pm 20/11/12 Permalink
Melbourne, Victoria
5277 posts

more like .... d***frenzy.
08:56pm 20/11/12 Permalink
Brisbane, Queensland
3615 posts
They have bears though, pretty cool imo

We know you're frustrated! Please bear with us!
08:59pm 20/11/12 Permalink
Brisbane, Queensland
6445 posts
Epic bargains are a thing of the past. Every day online pricing is so competitive there simply isn't much room to move on discounting unless they're a douche rip-off store like Harvey Norman.
09:52pm 20/11/12 Permalink
Melbourne, Victoria
1220 posts
Hah google 2nd link for click frenzy is and article about it crashing.
09:56pm 20/11/12 Permalink
Melbourne, Victoria
7518 posts
Got myself a security camera system and dishwasher - both things I was going to have to buy for the new house, and both cheaper than I could find by any thorough googling... so saved about $400 there.

Pretty happy with that.
10:29pm 20/11/12 Permalink
Sydney, New South Wales
8028 posts
Khel, are extending their birthday sale till tomorrow, they sell fridges
10:50pm 20/11/12 Permalink
Brisbane, Queensland
19287 posts
30% off at Windsor Smith got some sweet leather shoes bargains.
01:07am 21/11/12 Permalink
Brisbane, Queensland
1212 posts
These deals are s*** I thought I'd just do some looking around out of curiosity.

From Click Frenzy:

Samsung PS51E550 Series 5 51 inch 130cm Full HD 3D Plasma TV PS51E550 ($760) and they try to claim you're saving down from $999.

Direct from the good guys website 2 second search.
51" 130cm full HD plasma 3D TV
Model Number: PS51E550D1M

I'm not sure if that D1M extension means its a totally different TV But I can't see whatever it is being huge. For $38 better off from a brick and mortar
08:44am 21/11/12 Permalink
Sydney, New South Wales
8031 posts
Smartcompany estimates that the made over $1million in advertising and go in to some details breaking out what money various companies forked over

Click Frenzy fail: Retailers spend $1 million on ads for site but questions already flying

There's also quotes from very unimpressed businesses.
02:11pm 21/11/12 Permalink
Brisbane, Queensland
9844 posts
Lol it melted as expected. Noobs the lot of them....
02:49pm 21/11/12 Permalink
Sydney, New South Wales
8033 posts

They cleared over one million dollars and (apparently) forked out next to nothing on infrastructure. They probably have something in their contract covering 'best effort' to remain up, so it's no loss to them, they just run everyone's adverts for an extra 24 hours, probably a whole week, and call it 'payment in kind' for their failure to serve adverts when they were meant to, that's if the companies have any recourse at all.

Then next year they'll be able to do it again. They'll get plenty of press covering how they failed last time but they've learned their lesson blah blah blah, and they'll convince advertisers to go with them because of all the media coverage, and this time they've got AWS to cover them, who have unlimited capacity (which they won't chose to pay for), so they can claim the issue won't be repeated, but will be.

In the mean time they'll get lower level advertisers on board to advertise on their apology email that they will send out, with a few token sales on it to all those people that unnecessarily handed over their details.
04:21pm 21/11/12 Permalink
Brisbane, Queensland
10500 posts
04:35pm 21/11/12 Permalink
Gold Coast, Queensland
5445 posts
lol @ Karl Stefanovic grilling the bloke hard - A group of web servers fell over for a couple of hours and the guy probably already feels like a bit of a dill, it's not the end of the world.
04:59pm 21/11/12 Permalink
Perth, Western Australia
1264 posts

I'm itchy inside again
05:16pm 21/11/12 Permalink
Brisbane, Queensland
5601 posts
Only good thing I saw was a wii with mario kart for $99.
05:57pm 21/11/12 Permalink
Brisbane, Queensland
3429 posts
they only counted on 1 million visit over 24 hours,

I think they got confused in working out their figures, they might have only been counted on 1mil paying visits, and not counting on the traffic of lookers,

honestly for the amount of press etc that they had, it is a pretty major oversight (doing a noon to noon might have helped ease the traffic flow)
06:30pm 21/11/12 Permalink
Brisbane, Queensland
1421 posts
It was running magento, of course it was going to fall over :P

In general, the Magento Engineers were tasked, first and foremost, with building the most flexible, customizable system possible, and worry about performance later.
07:54pm 21/11/12 Permalink
Brisbane, Queensland
5134 posts
I ended up making a toys r us purchase for my boy for Christmas. Got him a Trampoline for cheaper than I've seen them at Target, BigW and Kmart so I'm happy enough.

Didn't eve bother looking last night.
08:44pm 21/11/12 Permalink
Brisbane, Queensland
3257 posts
High performance websites are funnnnnnnnnnn
09:28pm 21/11/12 Permalink
Brisbane, Queensland
8042 posts
Nice way to test a denial of service counter
Just saying...

Marketing gets to say it's been a successful campaign over the amount of traffic driven to the site, they then get to blame the failure of the website on infrastructure and "can't pay click through owing to technical issues"

or is it?

/paging Facepalm!

last edited by HERMITech at 00:44:17 22/Nov/12
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