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Have a sneaky peek at the IWOOT Christmas Ad

Like it or not, the festive season is well and truly sneaking up on us. The weather’s turned, the IWOOT Christmas catalogue is out (perfect loo-reading, if you’ve got one) and, best of all, our telly ad is almost ready to fill up HD screens across the nation! So, just for you, we’ve got the whole thing here ready to enjoy: 

Ah, doesn’t it make you feel warm inside? Come back later for the special ‘making-of’ video, where you can see the furrowed brows and inestimable professionalism of everyone involved.

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And The Winner Is… (Week 6)

We’re a cruel bunch at times, aren’t we? Making you all think of nature’s most base and engaging conundrum, the meaning of life, and then asking you to distil the answer into one single tweet? What were we thinking?!

As it turns out, we needn’t have worried – we were met with a raft of answers ready to challenge any conventional philosophies, and we consequently learnt an awful lot! As per usual, some of the entries erred on the side of ‘interesting’, with some folk naming idle foodstuffs as the meaning of life. There were several shouts for chocolate, a couple for beer and even one for pasta bake. Whatever floats your boat, I suppose.

Anyway, after much thought and scrolling up and down the pages of entries, we’ve decided that this week’s winner is:

 

Richard Harley: “To leave no gadget unplayed with, no paper unturned into a plane, no question ungoogled and no cable unplugged.”

 

Who can argue with that? Other entries we really liked are listed below.

 

paulinepppp: #iwootmeaningoflife to live life like my hair is on fire!

timbo1972: #iwootmeaningoflife To have fun and reproduce. At the same time. Whilst unicycling. Blindfolded.

ufp88: #iwootmeaningoflife -Life is totally modifiable, but if you wish to reset your life’s factory settings, press & hold belly button for 3 secs

drquesh: #iwootmeaningoflife is to not live for money, glory or power but to do something so utterly crazy that its ruins become a tourist attraction.

Descartes - thinker, philosopher, Tweeter. 

Well done to everyone (especially Richard) for making us think so hard. I’ve got a bit of a rash from stroking by beard and scratching my head. There’s a full list of entries if you fancy swotting up on your existential ponderings, just click the link. For anyone who was unlucky last week, this week’s competition is here. Dress your pets!

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Win An iPhone Week 7

We really do work you hard for your prizes, don’t we? If we’re not demanding that you carve a pumpkin into whatever shape, we’re pummelling your intellectual side for the meaning of life. Week 7 of our iPhone competition is no different – it’s a real interactive challenge.

Now everyone knows that you shouldn’t work with animals or children, but us progressive types here at IWOOT Towers think that’s pure bunkum. Animals in particular are a constant source of smelly, snuggly joy, and we think it’s about time we saluted our furry compadres. We’re not so keen on kids, though. Yuck, always leaving hair everywhere… Anyway, for this week’s competition we want you to dress your pets. That’s right. Dress Your Pets. In any costume you fancy, as long as it’s all your own work and your pet doesn’t mind too much. Perhaps something along the lines of this:

Aw. Get going, pet-lovers! If you haven’t got your own furry (or scaley or feathery) friend to dress up, then simply borrow a friend’s or approach wild animals – not the big ones, mind. We’re thinking pigeons, maybe a squirrel. No polecats or herons, you’ll lose a finger.

Make sure you take a photo, and then submit it to our Facebook wall by Monday November 16th. The most inventive, innovative, funny or plain interesting entry will win, and we’re hoping that this will throw up some of our most bizarre entries yet… it’s down to you, folks.

Competition Terms & Conditions:

• Closing Date For this competition is 10AM on Monday 16th November 2009.
• Sadly, you can only enter this competition once. (You can’t fool us, you know!)
• This competition is completely free to enter, no purchase is necessary.
• No cash alternative is available for the prize(s) offered.
• This competition is open to residents of the UK only.
• Employees of I Want One of Those and their immediate families and anyone professionally connected with the promotion are not eligible to enter this competition
• The winner will be chosen by the IWOOT team.
• The winner will be notified of their win via Facebook, and under the name submitted on their entry. If a response to this notification is not received within 14 days, IWOOT reserves the right to randomly select another winner. In light of this, please ensure you submit an email address that you use regularly!
• No responsibility will be accepted for entries that are not received.
• From time to time we may include customer comments and feedback on the site, and in our catalogue and other media. By submitting your comment you are granting us permission to publish it and, if necessary, edit it for clarity and typos.

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Is this the world's best firework game?

                   
                                                                                                           
   
No.
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See IWOOTE In Action

Further to the launch of I Want One Of Those Experiences, we took some distinguished guests out on a bit of a jolly around the middle of London, all in the name of showing people the freeing feeling of being driven around in a bed. And an office desk. Obviously. Was the throng of fashionistas in Soho Square ready for such a disarming sight? Did anyone climb in the bed and demand five minutes’ kip? Well, no, but you can see the results below. Watch out for the supremely confused-looking folk on the office desk:

 

This is just the tip of the iceberg as far as IWOOTE (we’re all pronouncing it “IWOOT-E”, but I personally prefer to make it a little jauntier… “IWOOTY”…) is concerned. Pop across to the website to see the full extent of the experiences on offer. If you’ve really dried up on the present-buying front, you could do an awful lot worse that buying a days worth of circus skills tuition as a way to say ‘I think you’re neat’. Or there’s a massive array of supercar, hypercar and flying experiences – and there’s always a sports themed boudoir photoshoot. Crumbs.

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IWOOT Triumphs at the WOW! Awards

As customers of IWOOT you’ll all be aware of how thoroughly nice we are here, and that our customer service team is top notch. Well, watch us swell with pride as we announce that our lovely CS team has been awarded two awards at the WOW! Customer Service Awards!

We were given the award for Best On-Line Retailer and the OWW To WOW! award, which apparently means that our CS superstars are always willing to go the extra mile. Anyone who saw their cake sale will know this to be true in every facet of their work. Yum. If you click through to the awards website, you can see our very own Cass and Sally talking about the awards and why we put so much emphasis on customer service. There’s some nice emotional music in the background, too.

Our MD, Richard Wainwright-Lee, had the following to say about it:

“The WOW! awards are a great accolade since they reflect many wonderful commendations from our customers. Everyone in IWOOT tries so hard to make our customers’ shopping experience with us a great one and I should simply like to say thank you to our customers for their continuing support and encouragement.”

Seriously though, in the same way that an army marches on its stomach, IWOOT marches on its customer service team – they do us proud!

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A New Arrival at IWOOT Towers

Everyone needs a little injection of the surreal throughout the course of the working day. From the time Bill in accounts tripped over the watercooler to when Mindy in finance sneezed six times in a row, we all need our fix.

Imagine the reaction here at IWOOT Towers, then, when JimboWoot burst through the doors just before lunch with this:

 

 

That’s right, folks, it’s a fridge. For the office. Not the kitchen, the office. Why didn’t we think of this before? It’s heartening to see our new arrival get the seal of approval, too – there’s a welcoming hug from JennaWoot and a fond pat from KieranWoot. We can’t wait to fill our new friend with luncheon feasts to last us through to January.

There’s a virtual pat on the back waiting for whoever can guess how much JimboWoot paid for this lifesaver…

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Link Mugs – Lifesaver

Tea, as we all know, is conducive to working life. For most of us, it’s impossible to even consider looking at our inbox without having first slurped a nice glug of warming brown gold – it’s something of a modern-day elixir. But, office etiquette being as it is, it’s not always the easiest thing in the world to successfully bring four steaming mugs of the stuff over to the desk at once (for colleagues, obviously, drinking four mugs of tea in one go is clearly insane).

Countless times have we witnessed DinoWoot’s astonishing proficiency in this area. Seriously, if he could apply that kind of poise and balance to the rest of his body he’d be vaulting a horse in 2012. I, myself, am a little more timid when it comes to multiple-beverage-carriage. Since a few ill-advised multi-pint carries in my student days, I know better than to try and get around it by slipping a G&T in my pocket. It doesn’t work, it just makes your pocket smell like a posh tramp. So I’m putting these bad boys on my Christmas list:

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Mugs! That link up! Amazing! No more spilt tea!

Thanks to Geeky Gadgets for the spot. They’re designed by Jonathan Aspinall, who makes all sorts of clever stuff. Maybe he can make us a tea.

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And The Winner Is… (Week 5)

This week has undoubtedly been the toughest to judge, and we actually feel a bit sorry for some of the stronger entries that haven’t won. In all seriousness – ta a bunch for getting involved and making our Halloween that little bit spookier.

We’re sure you’ll agree, though, that the winning entry is very innovative, great fun and totally in the spirit of the whole competition. So congratulations go to Mark Ritchie for his guillotine entry. Well flipping done Mark!

 

 

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The photo quality isn’t terrific, but the idea is so good that we couldn’t resist making it the winner. There’s attention to detail, evidence of huge effort and, binding it all together, the slightly scary idea of pumpkin society evolving so much that they employ a judicial system and operate the death penalty. Lovely.

As we said, there were some superb entries (and a few that were pilfered from Google Image – tut tut!), the best of which are below. Once again, well done everyone, what a great week!

Darren Rye

Denis Rush

Debie Deane

Don’t forget to have a look at this week’s competition – simply tell us the meaning of life in one Tweet. Easy-peasy.

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Win An iPhone Week 6

A ghoulish slew of beautifully carved pumpkins kept us entertained in last week’s competition, a smorgasbord of scariness all round. For week 6 (is it really week 6 already?), we’ve decided to shake things up a bit. You may have noticed that, so far, all the iPhone comps have been based on Facebook, that most agreeable and useful of social networking services. This week, we’re operating the competition via Twitter.

 

 

Plato - always on Twitter.

“What?!” I hear you scream, “How will I upload this week’s requisite ridiculous photo for all to see?!” Well, you don’t have to worry. All we want you to do is to give us your definition of The Meaning Of Life in the space of one single Tweet. It’s very important that you squeeze in the following text on your tweet so we can count them all: #iwootmeaningoflife . This will give you 121 remaining characters to tell us your version of the world’s most challenging question – don’t say we don’t make you work for that iPhone. As always, make sure your entry is in by 10AM on Monday November 9th.

So if you think the meaning of life is, in the words of Spinal Tap keyboardist Viv Savage, “To have a good time all the time”, then all you have to do is type “#iwootmeaningoflife To have a good time all the time” into your Twitter feed. Simple.

Descartes - thinker, philosopher, Tweeter.

So get thinking, pondering, meditating or whatever it is that one does when contemplating the meaning of life. Good luck! Our Twitter page is here if you fancy following us. We’ve done a Tweet with the hashtag in it to get us going.

Competition Terms & Conditions:

• Closing Date For this competition is 10AM on Monday 9th November 2009.
• Sadly, you can only enter this competition once. (You can’t fool us, you know!)
• This competition is completely free to enter, no purchase is necessary.
• No cash alternative is available for the prize(s) offered.
• This competition is open to residents of the UK only.
• Employees of I Want One of Those and their immediate families and anyone professionally connected with the promotion are not eligible to enter this competition
• The winner will be chosen by the IWOOT team.
• The winner will be notified of their win via Twitter, and under the name submitted on their entry. If a response to this notification is not received within 14 days, IWOOT reserves the right to randomly select another winner. In light of this, please ensure you submit an email address that you use regularly!
• No responsibility will be accepted for entries that are not received.
• From time to time we may include customer comments and feedback on the site, and in our catalogue and other media. By submitting your comment you are granting us permission to publish it and, if necessary, edit it for clarity and typos.

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