SIte Relaunch Live!

We hope you like the new boxedup.com site which is now fully live. We have redesigned both the front and back end of the site which means we will be able to roll out improvements on a more regular basis.

Please update your bookmarks

  • You can log into the site with your existing details
  • you will need to delete the old bookmark in your browser and add the new one so you can add products!
  • Donwload new bookmark here

The bookmark is how you add products to your lists. You will need to add the new bookmark to your browser so you can add products to your lists. Go here to do that now.

Problems with your account?

If you can’t access your account please contact us on support@boxedup.com. The data on the new site was migrated a couple of weeks ago and as a result new items added to the old site rather than new may not be in your account.

Site Relaunch

The site relaunch will go live tomorrow  (Thursday 30th June). We will add a blog post here introducing the main changes on the site to help you get started.

If you can’t access your account please contact us on support@boxedup.com. The data on the new site was migrated a couple of weeks ago and as a result new items added to the old site rather than new may not be in your account.

Changing Your Setting in boxedup

With the launch of the new look website we’re planning to run you through some of the features you can use on the site. The first we’d like to tackle is how to change your user settings / permissions.

Visit http://beta.boxedup.com/users/sign_in and enter your accounts email address and password.

Once you are logged in click on settings in the top right hand corner.

From here you can confirm which services you require by ticking the relevant box :

  • Send birthday reminder – get an email when a boxedup friends birthday is coming up
  • Message about reservations – receive an email when someone has reserved one of your list items
  • Newsletters and site updates – check to receive service announcements and general boxedup updates.
  • Surprises – Here you can choose whether a reservation is displayed on your list or not.

On this page you can also add your full name, select your location, add your date of birth (so friends know when to buy you a gift!) and change your password.

boxedup beta user settings

Boxedup Beta Goes Live

The new beta boxedup site is now available for everyone to use. For the next two weeks the existing and beta sites will run in tandem. In that time only data added to the beta site will be kept but you are free to use either. Once this period is over we will fully switch to the beta site.

Using the new boxedup beta site

  • sign into the new site using your current logins at beta.boxedup.com
  • get the new Add to boxedup bookmark – this is to replace all old bookmarklets and browser buttons. These can now be removed from your browser.

The beta site is by it’s nature a work in progress so we will be adding to it in the coming weeks and months. We would of course love to hear your feedback so please leave a comment below, via Facebook or Twitter.

Boxedup – come shopping.

Boxedup Beta in Action

With the boxedup beta being launched next week you will have access to the brand spanking new site. Check out some little tasters of what you can expect below to wet you appetite.

Completely new boxedup design and features

Improved Product Price Comparison

As part of the redevelopment we have managed to match a lot more user added products so you can see where else you can buy products from. As the beta site gets used more we’ll have access to a much better pool of data so by adding products you will be helping other users – come shopping with boxedup!

Boxedup Price Comparison

Improved Site Search

One of the main areas of the complete site overhaul was to make products, users and stores more accessible. The improved search functionality is available on every page and means you are never more than a click away from finding what you need.

Improved site search

So there’s a little taster of what you can expect from the new site. We’re sorry for any inconvenience the database lock may cause but we’re confident that you are going to love the new beta site when you get your hands on it next week.

Boxedup Relaunch in Beta State

Well it’s taken a bit longer than anticipated, but as they say ‘good things come to those who wait’. We will be launching our new site very soon, with the beta site being rolled out over the next few weeks.

Please Note – Current Site Usage

We have to move (literally) millions of products, lists and users to the new system and sadly we will need to ‘lock’ the databases during this migration.

What this means is that anything you add to your lists from today will not appear on the new site. Next week we will release the beta site to you all, and you can start to use the new site to update your lists! (the old site will still be available for a short time just in case).

Once you get access to the site next week the first thing you will notice is the totally new design. This provides a nice new interface for the really clever stuff which come from a complete rebuild from the ground up. This means we can update the site more often and more easily so over the coming months there are a number of improvements planned.

Our objective stays the same though – we want to give you the best service for keeping track of the things that you want to get, whether you’ve found those things on boxedup or on any store on the web. Now that we’ve got past a lot of the hard work getting the new site prepared, we have more time to keep in touch, so expect to see more of us here on our blog and on twitter too.

We’ll publish blog posts with hints a tips on using the new site, but we hope you will all find it easy to use. Some new features you’ll notice are the improved searching functions, price comparisons and of course (after being the top voted request on our feedback!) a print list function 🙂

We really do want to hear from you, whether it’s the good, the bad, or the ugly! If you like good, old fashioned, email then get in touch using support at boxedup.com or through the boxedup twitter account http://www.twitter.com/boxedup, so if you’re a twitter enthusiast then give us a follow to keep up-to-date with developments, or just @ us if you want to let us know anything.

boxedup February update (new add-form beta, Facebook app, iGoogle gadget, the mission……)

The year’s racing by already and since we’ve been busy we thought it was time to say hello and give you an update:

  • we’ve been working on improving HOW YOU ADD PRODUCTS to your lists (so a small window opens on the page, making it easier to grab info you need); so if you’re up for trying new things then go to http://www.boxedup.com/beta/bookmarklet; it’s still ‘beta’ right now (in a good state, but not perfect yet), so if you come across any issues please let us know!

    boxedup beta product add form

  • we’ve been working on our FACEBOOK APP, which we had some issues with; this is all fixed (sorry it took some time to get done), so if you’re a Facebooker you can add the app and connect your account here http://www.facebook.com/apps/application.php?id=2363469710; if you’ve already added the app then you’ll probably need to reconnect your account when you next visit (it’s quick and easy!); you can add the boxedup app to your profile using the button on the main list view page
  • we’ve also now got an IGOOGLE GADGET for the iGoogle fans, so you can keep track of your lists and what your boxedup friends are up to from your iGoogle page – add it from here http://tinyurl.com/boxedupigooglegadget 

         boxedup igoogle gadget

And our mission to help you organize your online shopping, and get the most out of the experience, continues. So that includes:

  • HELPING YOU FIND OTHER PLACES TO BUY THE PRODUCTS YOU’VE ADDED to your list (based on where other boxedupers have found the product, and also stores we’ve found it at); click the product name link or the ‘Check prices & talk’ link on your list to go to the product page, and if we know of other places it’s available it’ll be shown in the "Shops found at" section (we’re working on improving our coverage, so this is work in progress)
  • HELPING YOU SHARE YOUR REVIEWS AND RECOMMENDATIONS on products you’ve got with your boxedup friends and the rest of the community using our ‘talk’ section on the product page (you’ll find a new ‘Review this’ link on your ‘Things I have’ list); and we’ll be making it easy to share your reviews and recommendations with your Facebook and Twitter friends, if that’s your thing!

We’ve got plenty planned for the year ahead, helping you find the best prices and offers available, and letting you share your experiences with products (and with shops you use), as well as continuing to improve the process of giving and receiving things (avoiding waste and unwanted stuff in the process). So keep your comments and feedback coming (just use the feedback tab over on the left of the boxedup site)!

Thanks for reading!

The boxedup team
http://www.boxedup.com

 

What’s hot on boxedup in the Christmas run-in!

As a service that’s all about online shopping and helping people keep track of things they want to get (from any store on the web), we’re always interested in looking at the trends around what’s being added to boxedup lists.

So we were taking a look at what’s hot in the Christmas run-in, based on the thousands of products adding to boxedup lists during that time, and thought we’d share it. So here are the latest movers and shakers, both as a whole and in the gadget category.

TOP TEN
1. Cash (it is, afterall, king, and there’s a definite shortage at the moment!)
2. Nintendo Wii
3. iPhone
4. iPod Touch
5. PlayStation3
6. Lego Ice Brick tray
7. MacBook Pro
8. Wii Fit
9. Sun Jar
10. iTunes gift cards

TOP TEN GADGETS
1. Nintendo Wii
2. iPhone
3. iPod Touch
4. PlayStation3
5. MacBook Pro
6. Amazon’s Kindle reader device
7. Nintendo DS Lite
8. Nikon D80
9. Xbox 360
10. Dell Inspiron Mini 9

If you want to re-publish these lists then you’re welcome, but please credit boxedup and link back to the boxedup homepage!

A couple of interesting trends (apart from the obvious Apple obsession!):
* ‘Netbooks‘ have stormed onto the scene this year, cut-down lap-tops that are way cheaper and smaller than regular laptops, and designed mainly for internet-based use. The Dell Inspiron Mini is a top 10 gadget item, but there are plenty of others in the same category that are on boxedup lists, such as the Acer Aspire One and the Asus EEE. We’re expecting that a lot of these will be opened on Christmas day, since they’re great value for money and really reflect what laptops need to be for most people
* Gift cards are again very popular, with the iTunes gift card being in the top 10 overall, and other top gift cards being from Amazon, Sephora, Ikea, Threadless, Victoria’s Secret, Target and Starbucks

And to satisfy our thirst for data on these trends we’ve redesigned the homepage to show ‘Recently popular products’, which shows where the buzz is around products being added to lists by the boxedup community. So if you want to know what’s popular check it out occasionally!

 boxedup.com homepage showing recently popular products and team picks

And for our own vanity we’ve created another area homepage section called ‘Team picks’ which is full of things that have been added to the site that the boxedup team thinks are cool, fun, interesting, or whatever!

So if you haven’t got your own boxedup account yet, then sign up now and get your online shopping organised. And start your Christmas list at the same time! And check out our Christmas listing tips and the boxedup Christmas competition (aka ‘the boxedup Christmas bailout’!).

Seasons greetings from the team at boxedup!

Go to http://www.boxedup.com

 

Ho! Ho! Ho! Just call us Santa! Announcing the boxedup Christmas prize draw (aka ‘the boxedup Christmas bailout’)

So we’re getting all festive and into the Christmas spirit at boxedup!

And in these days of economic turmoil, and financial prudence, we want to do our bit to spread some Christmas cheer!

So we’re running a CHRISTMAS PRIZE DRAW COMPETITION where we’ll BUY the lucky winner USD750/GBP500/EUR600 (or equivalent) of things from their list (yep, you choose – we want it to be things you really need and want). OK, so it’s not quite a bailout, but it’s our contribution!

Just build your list (sign-up if you haven’t got an account already) and get at least three friends to join boxedup and start using the site and adding things to their lists (just send them an email invite, they need to be connected to your account), and you’ll automatically get entered. Closing date is Tuesday 9th December, and we’ll announce the winner shortly after that!

So GET LISTING FOR CHRISTMAS!

Good luck!

PS Check out this post on tips for using boxedup at Christmas http://blog.boxedup.com/2008/10/29/christmas-2008-with-boxedup-get-listing/.

Go to http://www.boxedup.com

 

Here are the rules and terms & conditions for the boxedup Christmas prize draw competition:

  • you’ll be entered into the boxedup Christmas competition by having a boxedup account and by having three friends connected to your account who have also added items to their own lists; only one entry is allowed per person
  • entrants need to be 18 or over to be entered into the competition (this will be determined from the age information you’re registered with on boxedup); directors & employees (and immediate family), and people from associated companies & agencies, are excluded from being eligible
  • you don’t have to be based in a specific geography to be entered into the competition, although the prize draw will be void where prohibited by local law; and all national and local laws and regulations will apply
  • the competition prize is items to the value of USD750/GBP500/EUR600 from your boxedup list (or equivalent in your local currency based on USD750, with the exchange rate based on the HSBC exchange rate on the date of the competition draw); this will include the cost of postage & packing, and any other related costs
  • the competition closing date is Tuesday 9th December at 23:59
  • the random draw for the prize will be made on Wednesday 10th December and the winner will be notified by email on that day (using the email address that you’re registered with on boxedup.com); you’ll need to respond within 48 hours of receiving the email, and confirm your name, age, address details and which list we should buy items from; if you don’t respond within 48 hours, or if you decline the prize, your entry will be discarded and we’ll re-draw for the prize
  • we won’t buy you anything that’s illegal, offensive, requires licensing or is generally going to cause us problems (that’s entirely at our discretion)
  • we’ll take your list at the time of the competition closing and that will be the basis for what is purchased; if there’s nothing on there then we can’t buy you anything
  • there’s no cash alternative available (so don’t just put ‘cash’ on your list) and the prize is not exchangeable or transferable; and we accept no liability for the items that you’ve selected
  • we’ll order the prizes online (from the store that you added the item from, or from one of the retailers selling the item on the boxedup product page for that item), and will provide your address as the delivery address (if you don’t provide our address we can’t order the items); we can’t guarantee that you’ll receive items prior to Christmas
  • except where prohibited by law, we’ll announce the prize winner, and say where you’re from, in a blog post (on blog.boxedup.com) and in an email to the boxedup userbase
  • to the fullest extent that may be excluded by law boxedup accepts no responsibility for problems in submitting applications (i.e. in joining the site and being eligible to participate in the prize draw based on the required criteria)
  • any attempt by a participant to deliberately disrupt the website and undermine the legitimate operation of the prize draw is a violation of criminal and civil law, and should such an attempt be made boxedup reserves the right to seek damages from any such participant to the fullest extent permitted by law; if the prize draw is compromised, or becomes technically corrupted in any way, boxedup reserves the right to adjust the way in which the prize draw winner is selected
  • if you fail to comply with these terms & conditions it may result in disqualification
  • these terms & conditions are governed and construed in accordance with English law, and any disputes in connection with these terms will be subject to the non-exclusive jurisdiction of the English courts
  • contact: support@boxedup.com

 

Latest boxedup site changes

Time for a quick update on recent changes and improvements to boxedup!:

  • the site’s got a fresh new look, mainly down to the redesigned header (top of the page) and related navigation; so when you click through to your account you’ll find a new drop-down based navigation that contains all the options for things you can do
  • there’s also a redesigned product page that includes our new product review and Q&A section, ‘talk’; so if you’ve got something to say about a product that you want to share with the community, or have a question or an answer on a product, then get talking to give, and get, the low-down! (click through to the product page from a product name link on your lists, or from the product search index)
  • we’ve improved the product add process (better grabbing of info from the page), and that’s something we’ll be doing more on to make it really quick to add products to your lists
  • we’ll soon be rolling out some new functionality on the product page to help you find other stores where you can buy the things you want, based on other boxedup’ers finds and places we’ve found them, helping you to save money and find new places to shop
  • so lots going on, and plenty to come; we always like hearing from you and if you’ve got feedback you’ll find a link on the left of the page (‘feedback’) where you can send us a message, make a suggestion and vote on other people’s suggestions

That’s it for now. Thanks for reading!

The team at boxedup

Go to http://www.boxedup.com