An extra month of Collectibles!

Because you asked so nicely, we’re extending the gifting period for our Cheezburger Collectibles program by another month! You can now gift your extras through May 15th, 2012 — we hope that with the added grace period, everyone who wants to will be able to join the 82 Club!

 

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Cheezburger Collectibles Update: Goodbye to the Collectibles Program

On January 15th, 2012, we will be ending our Cheezburger Collectibles program and retiring Cheezburger Coins. Your existing Collectibles will still be featured and viewable on your Cheezburger Profile, but we will no longer be awarding new Collectibles after January 15th.

Since many of you are fans of our Collectibles, we wanted to let you know in advance about the end of the program. We want to thank you all for participating. As much as we wanted to continue making Cheezburger Collectibles, we could not devote the resources to continue to grow the program and it remained a niche program for our audience of more than 20 million users. Instead, we want to devote our time and resources into features that can benefit the entire community.

Since the Collectibles Program is ending, we will also be retiring Cheezburger Coins and offering a full refund (or LOLmart store credit in the form of a gift certificate, your choice) for any and all Coins purchases made during the life of the program.

We have compiled an FAQ to answer any questions you may have about the Collectibles Program or the Cheezburger Coins refund. If something is not covered below, please let us know in the comments or by contacting Cheezburger Customer Service.

Collectibles Sunset FAQ

Why is Cheezburger ending the Collectibles Program?

Though we have greatly enjoyed running the Collectibles Program, we are not able to devote the resources needed to turn the program into something truly special and uniquely Cheezburger. As a company, we want to make sure that we’re focusing our efforts on creating programs and features for the whole Cheezburger community.

When is my last day to receive a collectible?

After 9pm PST on January 14th, 2012, you will no longer receive a collectible after visiting two or more pages of an I Can Has Cheezburger or Memebase site.

Will I be able to buy any more Cheezburger Coins for purchasing collectibles?

Cheezburger Coins will no longer be available for purchase after 12pm PST on December 15th, 2011.

Will my collectibles still be visible on my Cheezburger Profile?

Your collectibles will still be featured on your profile to show off all of the hard work you put into compiling your collections. Users who sign up for a Cheezburger Profile after January 15th will not receive collectibles via site visits but will be able to receive them as gifts from friends until April 15th, 2012.

What will happen to Cheezburger Trophies?

There will be no change to the Cheezburger Trophies feature and you will continue to receive trophies when you hit a Cheezburger milestone.

Can I still gift and trade my collectibles?

You will be able to trade collectibles with your Cheezburger friends until April 15th, 2012.

Will I be able to get any of the old collectibles to complete my sets?

On January 15th, 2012, we will be making every previously offered collectible available for one month at the price of 1 Cheezburger Coin each. You will be able to use your existing Cheezburger Coins to purchase these collectibles. Receiving the LOLmart refund for previously purchased Cheezburger Coins will not remove them from your profile.

How do I get my Cheezburger Coins refund?

We will be sending out an email to all past purchasers of Cheezburger Coins with details on how to receive your refund or LOLmart store credit. If you have any additional questions, please contact Cheezburger Customer Service.

 

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New ICHC Collectible Evolution Cat

Eons ago there stood a mighty beast, the Saber-tooth Tiger. Along the chain of kitteh evolushun, it transformed into the raging Lion, morphed into the fierce Cheetah, and finally, rising to the top of the food chain as the dreaded juggernaut of the cat kingdom, it became the one, the only…

…O HAI!

Fortunately, the new Evolushun of the Cat collectibles are here to warm your hearts, not feed on them! All four of them are lurking around, silently purring in a Cheezburger site near you, ready to pounce… You might begin to hear rumbled breathing, a slight, deep growl, maybe even a rustle in the grass… Until one of them pops out with big, cute, beady eyes finishing its successful hunt with a sqeaky “O HAI!” Never fear, weary cheezfrend! You’ve captured a collectible! All you gotta do is find a good case of the lolz and this week’s new collectibles set can be yours. Stay sharp!

 

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NEW MEMEbase Collectible Wolfpack

OMG Mom, I’m 15! I can tattoo the new Wolfpack collectibles wherever I want!

Okay, you probably shouldn’t tattoo yourself with these fresh new collectibles, but you can still shove some awesome inspiration into your life with the combined wisdom and useful advice of the Wolfpack! Is life giving you lemons? Then punch ‘em back! Or set them on fire and make lemon flavored s’mores! And if you’re rather proper, might Sir Courage Wolf, Esq, suggest a cup of lemon tea? Sniff around your favorite Memebase site and collect them all. OMG, Wolfpack POWER!

 

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The Official Cheezburger Collectibles Update

Hi Cheezburgers,

Here is the update on the changes to the Collectibles program:

What are the big changes?

Starting this week, a brand new Collectibles set will be available on I Can Has Cheezburger? and Memebase. Only one set per site (ICHC and Memebase) will be available to be earned by visiting the sites. All future Collectibles sets will roll out at midnight Pacific Time on Sundays, and you’ll have seven days to collect as many as you can!  After that, they’ll be available for redemption via Cheezburger Coins for two weeks and then go into retirement and become unavailable to be earned or purchased.

Why are sets available only for one week?

One common request from you has been: More sets!  Because only one set on ICHC and Memebase is live at any given time, you won’t have to deal with more of the same-old and not getting the new sets. You will get new Collectibles more quickly, instead of getting 23 more Tulips.

We want to expand the number of participants and we believe that having fresh, fun new sets would draw in more users. Though the program had a number of fans, it was not popular enough and we either had to change the Collectibles program or discontinue it.  We decided to try some changes.  And one of the changes was to make more sets available on a regular schedule.  Based on the success of Lolmart’s Shirt of the Week program we wanted to try something similar with the Collectibles program.

We’re cutting the cost of purchasing Collectibles sets in half!

The price of Collectibles sets is being cut in half — complete sets will now only cost 50 Cheezburger Coins (vs. the 100 it used to cost).  Individual Collectibles will cost 12, 13 or 16 coins now — down from the old prices of 21, 23, 25 and 27 coins.  We want collecting and buying Collectibles to be fun and enjoyable. We would like to add fun new features and make it more user-friendly. We’ll spend all that we earn from the sale of Cheezburger Coins to do just that.

Can I still earn Collectibles sets just by visiting (and not spending money)?

Absolutely. Collectibles are free to be earned just by visiting. The updated program still encourages trading and gifting, since a week of collecting will give you extras to give to friends. As before, you have the option of buying a Collectible if you want to, but the Collectibles program is still free for everyone.  We will be closely watching to see how hard or easy it is to collect a full set of Collectibles.  We will consider tweaking the frequency and ways in which Collectibles are awarded so that the program will continue to be fun and fair for everyone.

How do I know what Collectibles sets are available?

We know we can do a better job letting everyone know what is available and what is happening to the program.  We will communicate more frequently on the Cheezburger Blog in the short-term, and we’ll create a new Collectibles-only blog in the near future.  In addition, we will be announcing the new weekly Collectibles sets in our LOLmart weekly newsletter (where we also announce the new Shirts of the Week) — you can sign up for the newsletter here.

What happened last week?

We had a number of old sets running that should not have been available due to some technical issues.  The easiest way for us to deal with the situation was to turn off all the I Can Has Cheezburger? sets.  We understand the suddenness and the lack of communication caused a lot of confusion and even some hurt feelings.  We are sorry about that.  Stay tuned; we are working on ideas that will allow you to be able to complete the sets that were retired, like the LOLrus set.

Change brings uncertainty, but we are listening to your feedback and concerns and are here to answer any questions you may have. We want to make this fun for more people. We want to find ways to add and grow Collectibles to make it full of fun things, random surprises, special collectible designs, and more!

Thanks for your patience and your feedback.

Cheers,

The Cheezburger Team

 

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