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We are happy to announce that from today, we will be offering 20 limited edition MakeUseOf 8GB Lacie CooKeys USB flashdrives as part of our Rewards program! This is the first step towards offering MakeUseOf-branded paraphernalia on our Rewards page, which may be simply redeemed by exchanging your points.

These 20 limited edition MakeUseOf-branded Lacie CooKeys have been diamond engraved and sequentially labelled from #1-20. Since only 20 have ever been made, owning one is the key (excuse the pun) to a very, very exclusive group.

The fun doesn’t end there, because not only will you receive one of 20 limited edition CooKeys; they will be filled with the portable apps from our Best Portable Apps page, ready for use! We’ll ship these keys to any address in the world accessible to postal service; and you won’t need to pay a thing — we’ll cover it as part of our Rewards program.

How can you get one?

In order to obtain one of these CooKey USB flashdrives, you’ll need to exchange your MakeUseOf points. If you haven’t got an account, create one, earn points then exchange your points for one of the CooKeys! Since there are only 20 of them up for grabs, you’d better hustle!

What other products are you looking forward to seeing offered as part of our Rewards program? We’d love to hear your suggestions, so please let us know!

  1. juan david gil
    November 20, 2012 at 2:47 pm

    just throwin my 5 cents: i think that in cases like this i would like the option to BUY your limited edtions (limitin one buy per costumer) but now that i think about it it might be a very drastic change to an otherwise lovely site and comunity

  2. Chaos Emperor
    November 9, 2012 at 9:31 am

    God i hope i get it

  3. Boni Oloff
    November 6, 2012 at 10:47 am

    Oh no, there is only one left.. I really want to have one..

  4. Nikhil Chandak
    October 28, 2012 at 8:49 am

    8GB Lacie CooKeys seems to be amazing
    & from their reviews i am getting excited
    but to take part , we need 8000 points ,
    8000 points are more than enough for our needs
    well good luck for those who hv this much points

    • Boni Oloff
      October 31, 2012 at 2:30 am

      Only 2 left, but i still need more point to get one.

  5. Boni Oloff
    October 23, 2012 at 5:00 am

    Looks nice.. I really want this one..

  6. Raghav Gupta
    October 17, 2012 at 4:36 am

    Congrats to the all who got and the last2 who will get :)

  7. Raghav Gupta
    October 17, 2012 at 4:36 am

    :( Dont have so many points....Hope you bring this again later sometime

  8. Robert Corfield
    October 16, 2012 at 9:07 pm

    Nice but....

  9. Nancy B
    October 16, 2012 at 4:54 pm

    8000 points? Been with you for over 2 years and don't even have 100 points yet! Might want to bring the needed amount down a tad for most of your readers!

    • Tina
      October 16, 2012 at 7:38 pm


      There are various ways to earn points. Unfortunately, just visiting MakeUseOf and reading articles doesn't earn you any points. When you share articles via Twitter and Facebook or leave a comment, that's how you gain points. And yes, it takes a lot of sharing and commenting to collect 8,000 points. That's the point. :)

  10. rob
    October 16, 2012 at 3:38 pm

    Points? We don't need no stinkin' points!

  11. Anonymous
    October 16, 2012 at 3:25 pm

    8000? i would love to have one but i just dont have enough point to make it in time...

  12. Kypros Vassiliou
    October 16, 2012 at 3:16 pm

    Wow.. I wish i had 8000 point :(

  13. Yew Zhi Yong
    October 16, 2012 at 3:02 pm

    What a 'high price' for 2 USB Pendrive.....Might as well wait for another giveaway.

    • Yew Zhi Yong
      October 16, 2012 at 3:03 pm

      Sorry, I mistyped. *1 USB Pendrive.

  14. Aditya Roy
    October 14, 2012 at 7:40 am

    When will you guys be shipping them???
    When all 20 are claimed? Coz with the new points system, it will take a lot of time.. :(

    • Jackson Chung
      October 14, 2012 at 7:48 am

      Hi Aditya,

      We've been facing some delays with shipping because we want to ensure that the recipients will not be taxed for the USB keys. But we're almost done and will start shipping tomorrow!

      • Aditya Roy
        October 14, 2012 at 1:51 pm

        yay... waiting eagerly.. :)

  15. Anonymous
    October 9, 2012 at 3:28 pm

    I agree 800 points is a lot. Why not do a contest? You could use 20 points to enter.

    • Aditya Roy
      October 10, 2012 at 8:11 am

      It was kind of a trick to take away points from people who have loads of them.
      Now those points are spent, they have changed the points system.
      It is now more of a level field. Good work MUO team.

      • Anonymous
        November 20, 2012 at 11:00 am

        Changed the points system? What change?

        • Aditya Roy
          November 20, 2012 at 2:18 pm

          We get less points for sharing articles, and when someone clicks on them now.

        • Anonymous
          November 21, 2012 at 3:29 pm

          Did you get the pendrive? or any reply for shipping?

        • Aditya Roy
          November 21, 2012 at 7:00 pm

          yup... got it!!

        • Anonymous
          November 22, 2012 at 12:49 pm

          I ordered one but still have not recieved any shipping information related email. Did you get the pendrive quickly?
          Also how much awsome it is? And the #[number] of your pendrive.:-)

  16. Mark Silos
    October 8, 2012 at 12:17 pm

    I really like this one.

  17. Bruce Thomas
    October 7, 2012 at 4:09 pm

    Great promotion and a good incentive to be actively engaged in the MakeUseOf community.

  18. Hoku Sarroca
    October 7, 2012 at 2:41 pm

    it is a cute giveaway, crazily high amount of points so it's not really for those that do not have nearly enough points LOL, I love reading the information from here anyhow... we all can dream can't we... LOL keep positive everyone.. one day we ALL may be able to grab a cool prize just not now..

  19. Anandu B Ajith
    October 7, 2012 at 12:52 pm

    I Understand It IS Not For Me I Am Saving Points From Today
    But I Cant

  20. Ibrahim Nadir
    October 7, 2012 at 12:51 pm

    is it with me only or what? Whenever i share something on any network i get 5 points only instead of 10? is it with everyone else too? How can one save those many points using 5... Gosh its gonna take a month of regular posting on all social networks

  21. Lisa Santika Onggrid
    October 7, 2012 at 10:13 am

    I really want one, but one glance to upper right corner-130 points-they'll be long gone before I reach half of the required points. Kudos for whoever have that many points!

  22. Raj Sarkar
    October 7, 2012 at 8:18 am

    I want one!!

  23. Alex Downs
    October 7, 2012 at 4:49 am

    8,000 points, 4 left? Challenge Accepted!

    • Jackson Chung
      October 7, 2012 at 7:52 am

      Looking forward to it. Better hurry though, Alex.

  24. Drew Butler
    October 7, 2012 at 1:10 am

    Wow! truly wonder how long the people that had enough points have been active members. I think this site is great but am a newbie for sure LOL

    • Jackson Chung
      October 7, 2012 at 7:51 am

      Well there are a LOT of ways to earn points, Drew. Even by getting your friends to visit the site by clicking on your shared links will gain you a decent amount of points.

      • drew butler
        October 7, 2012 at 9:23 pm

        Thanks :)

  25. shaurya gupta
    October 6, 2012 at 5:26 pm

    I had it first, so will i be getting the usb with a '#1' on it? ! ... :)

  26. Mark Alsisto
    October 6, 2012 at 2:27 pm will take me months to get it..

  27. Anandu B Ajith
    October 6, 2012 at 12:08 pm

    In The Next Giveaway Samsung SSD

  28. Tim Brookes
    October 6, 2012 at 8:30 am

    This is literally the coolest thing. I wish I could enter (naturally, I can't) but even if I did I don't even have 8000 points and I write and edit here!

    Those of you who receive them let us know what they're like!

  29. Raj Sarkar
    October 6, 2012 at 5:47 am

    More reasons to earn points!

  30. Vipul Jain
    October 6, 2012 at 2:01 am

    Ah, so helping others actually does benefit you LITERALLY!
    Points away, happily! Awaiting my CooKey.. :D

  31. Kavita Shah
    October 5, 2012 at 10:40 pm

    @admin : Would u mind publishing the list of people who win the you do for give that its open to everyone...and we can contact them to confirm that its real and they have received it (so some form of contact ll also be needed)..or if they can comment on this link i am new here i don't know how much i can trust this site as there are lots of fake sites up there...

    sorry for being so rude and direct...

    • Jackson Chung
      October 7, 2012 at 7:56 am


      Unlike giveaways where we randomly select winners, this is a redemption process. There are no winners. As long as you have the required amount of points, you may redeem the item.

      We don't publish the names of the people who redeem software via our Rewards program and this is no different.

      Plus, several people who redeemed the CooKey have already commented here.

  32. susan williams
    October 5, 2012 at 4:06 pm

    this is a fantastic idea. i would just love to win one of these

  33. hirenpatel
    October 5, 2012 at 8:38 am

    Awesome but too much points i don't have that much :(

  34. Usman Mubashir
    October 5, 2012 at 5:51 am

    Just Praying that MUO will relaunch this somewhere in the future :(

  35. Rashelle Puno
    October 5, 2012 at 2:16 am

    cool rewards but unfortunately not for me this time... but still looking forward to have this in the future! i need to earn more points...

  36. Amit Sinha
    October 4, 2012 at 9:57 am

    8000 points can be meant for senior or very old members of "make use of" no new members can afford this. If I will somehow able to know, in advance, about this type of giveaway I will not redeem my points for other giveaways.This might be given as a Giveaway by entering in Competition where the winners is randomly selected same as for another physical giveaways.

  37. Igor Rizvi?
    October 3, 2012 at 11:06 pm

    soo much points,but looks cool

  38. S. Craig Hufford
    October 3, 2012 at 4:43 pm

    Yes, the coolest!

  39. Declan Lopez
    October 3, 2012 at 3:42 am

    8000, but I only have 880

    • S. Craig Hufford
      October 3, 2012 at 4:44 pm

      I feel your pain! I've been sharing, for months and months, without signing in...Arggg!

  40. salvador hernandez
    October 2, 2012 at 10:23 pm

    I would like to have one but i'm about 7100 points short :(

  41. Freecycle Me
    October 2, 2012 at 10:21 pm

    Sorry glory! Thats not meant to illustrate my point!!! :)

  42. Freecycle Me
    October 2, 2012 at 10:20 pm

    To be honest, I hope it is not just about the points! Anyone can post comments for the sake of comments whereas considered replies and content is much more valuable. So many times I see quick responses in threads that make no sense or are just wanting to gain posting points. Please could you implore subscribers not to carpet bomb the site just for the chance of small gloty?

    • Saikat Basu
      October 3, 2012 at 4:28 am

      We are far stricter with our comment moderation now. So, it's difficult to carpet bomb the site with inane comments. Your point is well taken.

      • Adrian Rea
        October 3, 2012 at 6:57 pm

        Many thanks Saikat, thats good to hear.

  43. salim benhouhou
    October 2, 2012 at 2:21 pm

    i think 8000 is too much it will be good to have those usb drives . i will stock points to get one someday .

  44. vineed gangadharan
    October 2, 2012 at 11:16 am

    hahahah i should have saved my points from the very start....sad :(

    • Harish Jonnalagadda
      October 2, 2012 at 1:07 pm

      Thinking the same thing!

      • Kavita Shah
        October 5, 2012 at 10:42 pm

        wat about newbeizzz...

  45. Mayank Agarwal
    October 2, 2012 at 8:40 am

    As for the other products which I'd like to see in your rewards program is,

    Acronis True Image

  46. Ahmed Khalil
    October 2, 2012 at 7:57 am

    you need one month of full work on the site to get this mouch of points, it is very dificult

  47. Kingsley Watson
    October 2, 2012 at 3:10 am

    not even close -_-

  48. Fabrice Soopramanien
    October 2, 2012 at 2:52 am

    Nice USB !! I need more points though !! :P !!

  49. Shane La Horie
    October 2, 2012 at 12:27 am

    6000 more points to go

  50. Scott Reyes
    October 2, 2012 at 12:23 am

    I guess I have to wait a millenia to get to 8000... but im glad they set it that high anyway.

  51. Mark Silos
    October 2, 2012 at 12:00 am

    Only one thing i can say. better luck next time for me...

  52. HonYin Kok
    October 1, 2012 at 11:22 pm

    My guess is the engraving bump up the points.

  53. Alex Perkins
    October 1, 2012 at 10:03 pm

    So many points

  54. Jaime Pellicero
    October 1, 2012 at 9:55 pm

    WOW! I WANT ONE! but 8000 points... I know how i will use my freetime.

  55. Mihovil Pletikos
    October 1, 2012 at 9:22 pm

    wow.... it is almost too much....

  56. Anonymous
    October 1, 2012 at 8:59 pm

    I wish good luck for the lucky winners :)

  57. Edwin Williams
    October 1, 2012 at 8:59 pm

    Looks pretty sick!

  58. Mila Kun
    October 1, 2012 at 8:51 pm

    ...not enough points :S

  59. Andrew Niklas
    October 1, 2012 at 8:15 pm

    Really was looking forward to this since they look awesome and would have loved to have one........ how ever with a price of 8000 points it means that i am short by 7600 point :( very sad.

    The $20 to just buy one from their site now looks like a REALLY good deal.

    • Boni Oloff
      November 6, 2012 at 10:59 am

      Yeah, this is only cost 20USD each. But the way you got it and the exclusifity of the makeuseof, i really wan this one.. :D

  60. Amine LaSking
    October 1, 2012 at 7:35 pm

    WoW very nice ?, but 8000! points to rich for my blood

  61. Tug Ricks
    October 1, 2012 at 7:33 pm

    It would probably be easier to buy one on Amazon for $18 and fill it up with the apps you choose. Not that it isn't a cool giveaway, just that most users don't have anywhere near the required points.

  62. Anonymous
    October 1, 2012 at 7:10 pm

    Would love to get one but I'm only an "Initiate Geek". I'm curious how long it'll last before all 20 have been snapped up.

  63. Eibert Draisma
    October 1, 2012 at 6:53 pm

    8000 realy is a lot of points :-(

  64. Macwitty
    October 1, 2012 at 6:51 pm

    Great with a high goal. We might see more activity here ;)

    • S. Craig Hufford
      October 3, 2012 at 4:42 pm

      More Spam, anyone? We have plenty more, where that came from!

  65. Ted Wolf
    October 1, 2012 at 6:48 pm

    8000 points is a bit steep. I've been a make use of user for a few years, but I'm not a power user (I guess).

  66. Hoku Sarroca
    October 1, 2012 at 6:40 pm

    I like it but it's too rich for my points LOL good luck to those 20 ppl!

  67. Dude Mesiter
    October 1, 2012 at 6:24 pm

    Those are pretty sweet, too bad they are that many points.

  68. alex
    October 1, 2012 at 6:24 pm

    very cool looking usb

  69. yakoob chaudhry
    October 1, 2012 at 6:22 pm


    Do you have any sample?

  70. John Paul Wohlschied
    October 1, 2012 at 6:01 pm

    I would really love to get ahold of one of these, but I only have 2555 points. You will run out thumbdrives before I get enough points.

    • Jackson Chung
      October 4, 2012 at 9:11 am

      There will probably be other products in the future, so don't worry.

  71. V.
    October 1, 2012 at 5:59 pm

    Want it but can't get it.

  72. Phuong Doan
    October 1, 2012 at 5:54 pm

    8000 points = 1600 comments = 800 answers = 800 shares. LOL

    • ryandigweed
      October 2, 2012 at 6:20 pm

      By the way, there is a limit as to how many points you can earn in a day. I guess it's around 100 Points :D

      • Phuong Doan
        October 3, 2012 at 4:56 pm

        nope. i earned around 300 yesterday LOL

      • Jack Schiff
        October 4, 2012 at 9:06 am

        Can be more than 1000 per day. Look at the "Top Users This Week".
        Unfortunately, the earning points is not equivalent to actively participate. MUO administration provokes is the first, such high 'prices'.

        • Jackson Chung
          October 4, 2012 at 9:10 am

          Hey Jack, there's a limit to the number of points you can earn each day but we do not share this information with our readers because it's constantly changing and we do not encourage gaming the system. But the general idea is that the points you receive for being an average user will reflect your activity on the site.

        • Jack Schiff
          October 4, 2012 at 9:33 am

          I understand the general idea. And for the average user, that's right. But if the user wants to receive the award is very price of which greatly exceeds the number of points they "normally" points, he can try to find a way to earn more. And finding a way to lose interest in the "normal participation." That's what I see negative effect of "high prices"

        • Jackson Chung
          October 4, 2012 at 10:23 am

          Actually, this was just a trial. We will be providing more products for redemption in the future, and there will be plenty of it. So you can take your time to accumulate the points. We certainly don't expect our readers to suddenly have 8000-10000 points at their disposal.

  73. Anonymous
    October 1, 2012 at 5:51 pm

    way too much points needed

  74. Phuong Doan
    October 1, 2012 at 5:50 pm

    8000 = 1600 comments = 800 answers = 800 sharing. LOL

    • S. Craig Hufford
      October 3, 2012 at 4:41 pm

      Seems like a lot of people are going to be having spam for breakfast!

      • Phuong Doan
        October 3, 2012 at 4:56 pm

        no no. I double posted by mistakes:D

    • Boni Oloff
      October 23, 2012 at 9:15 am

      Great calculation, but they limiting points you get per day. So, it will takes much time. :)

  75. Imesh Chandrasiri
    October 1, 2012 at 5:46 pm

    I love this offer but, as a new comer, this is not for me! but I wish good luck for any one who gets it! :)

  76. Edgar Meixueiro
    October 1, 2012 at 5:36 pm

    Way too much!

  77. ryandigweed
    October 1, 2012 at 5:34 pm

    8000 Points.. Times like these i wish i hadn't entered those previous giveaways and saved up my points. I'm not anywhere near that figure. I'd have to be trolling :(

    And will you guys be having more?

    • Harish Jonnalagadda
      October 2, 2012 at 1:06 pm

      Exactly! it would take me an age and a half to redeem it now! Wish I didnt redeem the MediaMonkey license.

    • Jackson Chung
      October 2, 2012 at 5:31 pm

      It's a limited edition version, so tentatively, the answer is no. We could be offering other products though.

      • ryandigweed
        October 2, 2012 at 6:19 pm

        Oh well, I think these USB keys are the coolest rewards program :)

        • HLJonnalagadda
          October 2, 2012 at 10:14 pm

          I second that.

        • Jackson Chung
          October 4, 2012 at 9:09 am

          Thank you! We're coming up with more exciting products so keep interacting on the site to stock up on points!

        • Anonymous
          October 16, 2012 at 6:56 am

          Any hints for what kinds of products( I want an Ipod Nano or 8,16,32,64 GB microsd cards, MS Office(insert some evil laughter here), wireless mouse or keyboard, lots of money( insert even more evil laughter here:-) etc.)

          Please reply

  78. Grr
    October 1, 2012 at 5:09 pm

    they look cool, but 800 points..too much for me, as don't have those many points.

    • Wouter Ruelens
      October 1, 2012 at 5:26 pm

      It states 8000 on my rewards page, or is there some sort of error and I need to give 10 times the points of other users?

      • Sam Kar
        October 2, 2012 at 2:17 pm
      • Sam Kar
        October 2, 2012 at 2:17 pm

        sorry, missed 1 zero. IT is 8000 points for all users.

        Btw, already 11 gone. 9 left as of now

    • Hatem Sindi
      October 1, 2012 at 9:46 pm

      though 800 is a lot of points .. I have some worse news .. It's 8000

  79. Wouter Ruelens
    October 1, 2012 at 4:38 pm

    8000 points? I guess they just weren't meant for me, that would take me for ever. Good luck to the ones who have so many points stacked up somewhere!

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