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Old 12-29-2005, 09:03 PM   #1
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I hesitated in starting this thread. But I decided to do so in order to complete a story that began in an earlier Geek/Talk thread. You might remember this thread http://www.geekvillage.com/forums/sh...threadid=28776

It was about a guy who was selling pixels in an attempt to make a million dollars. He received a lot of attention and then others tried to do the same thing. They failed to be as successful as the original.

Geek/Talk members are very smart people.

The reason I hesitated in starting this thread is because that earlier thread had to be closed due to people who were trying to start clone sites and posting in that thread while evidently under the false assumption that Geek/Talk members and readers had the intelligence of an amoeba and would be fooled into falling for what they were trying to attempt.

Now that there are less people trying this after seeing they weren't going to achieve their easy millions, I am posting this for information purposes to try to complete the story that began in that thread.

Geek/Talk members aren't one-celled animals and have no interest in seeing any spam from anyone who has a similar site, so hopefully no one will try. Since spam is against the rules, any such post will be removed and the member responsible for the spam will be banned since spammers are banned at Geek/Talk.

Now that I have gotten that out of the way I'll give this a try.

The name of the person with that million dollar pixel idea is Alex Tew. He is 21 years old and lives in England.

As it is widely known, he came up with the idea to pay for the cost of college and his plan was to sell one million pixels at $1 per pixel.

He had a new and unusual idea. It was picked up by the news media. To be honest a lot of people just wanted to help him and reward him for coming up with such an idea and that is why they purchased advertising. Some people actually ended up getting much better results than they had expected because of the attention the site received.

Well, Alex Tew is getting some new attention by the news media because he is now very close to selling all of those pixels. The news article below was written today and at that time he had sold 911,800 pixels.

He has also received a lot of job offers from companies who were impressed with him because he came up with an original way to make money online.

I haven't seen anything about any company being interested in anyone who took his idea and tried to do the same thing. It doesn't take any skill to become a copycat and it doesn't impress people.

The story might not actually be complete until all one million are sold, but he is so close to it that it is obvious his idea has been a success. Here is a link to the article about him and his success with an original idea http://www.computerworld.com/develop...tml?source=x06

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Old 12-29-2005, 10:41 PM   #2
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Kudos to Alex for an idea brilliantly executed.

It's no surprise that clone sites haven't met anywhere near the same level of success, but this site may become a piece of internet history (like HamsterDance, Mahir and CoolSiteOftheDay) if this latest round of press attention does help him to reach the magic million dollar mark.

Hopefully he'll keep the site online for years to come.
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Old 12-30-2005, 02:09 AM   #3
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He has also received a lot of job offers from companies who were impressed with him because he came up with an original way to make money online.
After proving that he can make money on his own, he might as well continue down the entrepreneur path (after finishing up his schooling - or not, as Bill Gates did). If I were him, working for a company would be out of the question.
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Old 01-03-2006, 12:41 PM   #4
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999,000 pixels have been sold. Alex Tew has now placed the final 1,000 pixels up for auction. One person will buy the final 1,000. This is also getting a lot of publicity and he'll have no trouble selling the final 1000 for a rather high price.

While it is said that Alex Tew came up with the one million pixels idea, there are now some reports going around that he had a marketing consultant help him do the promoting. When this began a few months ago, once it was picked up by the news media there wasn't very much promoting needed because of all the free promoting provided by the news media.

I happened to notice that a Geek/Talk member is doing some very serious bidding and has made a bid of over $20,000 for the final 1,000 pixels.

It will be interesting to see what the future holds for Alex Tew. I have a feeling this pixel idea isn't the last we are going to be hearing from him.
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Old 01-04-2006, 10:58 PM   #5
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Go Plazan!

It looks as though it's going to be hard for anyone to beat the online casino operator who's trying to snap up the last 1000 pixels.

Alex has gone far over the $1 million mark already, thanks to this auction. I guess he'll have no trouble paying off his credit card post-Christmas.

It will be interesting to see where the site goes from here. Although it's not going to cost anything to keep it up and running for years, could the buzz possibly be sustained? Apart from the few inevitable retro-themed features that CNET will produce to recollect this and other net wonders from time to time, it's hard to imagine that the last few hundred thousand pixels will prove themselves rewarding investments.

Once the page is full, the concept loses some of its charm.
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Old 01-04-2006, 11:04 PM   #6
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I wouldn't be surprised if those final 1000 pixels go for more than $50,000. The top bid is now over $37,000.

It looks as if our Geek/Talk member might have dropped out of the bidding.

On the surface, these bid amounts might sound crazy. But the high bidder is going to get a tremendous amount of publicity, so it could be worth it to the right site.

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Old 01-05-2006, 06:53 AM   #7
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Hi all
sorry i aint been around, i was busy going grey, thinking about this auction.

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I wouldn't be surprised if those final 1000 pixels go for more than $50,000. The top bid is now over $37,000.
My guess is they will sell for more than $ 250,000 .
and i am not sure if that money will be mine

What i can tell you is this,
just being at the top of the bidding for that short time
had a very positive impact on my brand
everyone wanted to know who we were.
traffic shot up,
we had increased sales, a surge in affiliate sign-ups.
The search term for our brand was googled
more times in 2 days,
than we had for the whole of last month.

Now !! that was only at a 20k bid.
can you see where this is going.

the company that wins this auction [maybe us]
will have a great window to make his money back
many more times, but they will have to market the win
as well .

what do you think ???
D
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Neil, those were some interesting comments. It is good to be able to read the words of a person actually involved in the bidding. Thanks.

I never could predict the future and I make no claims at being able to do so. I felt my more than $50,000 prediction was a rather safe prediction but I have no way of knowing if that will actually happen.

I was a little surprised at your more than $250,000 prediction. But you could be right. You many even be the one who pays over $250,000. From your experience with this and what has happened to your business as a result of being involved with the bidding, I'm sure you are in a position to know if the benefit would be worth more than $250,000 and I guess that could also depend on how much it is over $250,000.

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Old 01-05-2006, 12:33 PM   #9
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I said I was no good at predicting the future. I see the bidding in now in the $130,000 area and is certain to go up.

Neil, I was at least right about it going for more than $50,000. You might end up being correct with your $250,000 prediction.

Maybe some Geek/Talk members will come up with some great new idea on making as much money as quickly as Alex Tew did with this million dollar idea.

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Old 01-05-2006, 01:20 PM   #10
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sorry , i had my email notification turned off.

OK. if its at 130k now, i will up the stakes and say it going to be much higher than 250K
The media are watching this and it will get more coverage as the price rises .
This should be fun

just a note:
why am i showing as offline, when i am on ??

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Spending those sort of numbers on a PR exercise would scare the bejeezers out of me, but I wish you the very best of luck in securing value from this opportunity. If you do win, I hope it's at a bargain price.

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145k and going up
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Old 01-08-2006, 09:18 PM   #13
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It's just topped $160,000 with 2 1/2 days to go.

Hopefully these incredibly brave bids will at least help our industry by projecting the impression that online inventory is valuable, even if this is a bid more for novelty and publicity than for placement.
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Old 01-09-2006, 02:00 AM   #14
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from what i can gather
there were many spoof bids that went in last week
and lots were canceled.
i think he may just have gone to long with the auction time.
its starting to lose weight. maybe 6 days, instead of 9
he needs to get his pr team to give it that final push.

what d,ya think ?
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It does seem to have lost some of the steam that it had. But it is always possible that some are planning a big rush near the end.

Neil, do you still think it is going to go for $250,000 or more?

You could give all of us here at Geek/Talk a big scoop. It would be great to make some big news in GeekVillage. So, here is your chance, Neil. Do you plan to get back into the bidding and possibly try to be the winner?
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