Here’s the DCR $500 Gadget Giveaway Winner!


Happy Saturday!

Last weekend I held the $500 Gadget Giveaway, where some 4,807 of you entered the contest to win a gift certificate worth $500 for a gadget of your choice. So I figured this weekend it was time to pick the winner and get that gadget headed on the way to some lucky individual.

You’ll remember the entry requirements stipulated that you had to outline your weekend workout plans. A quick analytical skim of the comments indicates that 1,870 plan to run, 2,425 plan to ride or cycle in some capacity, 93 of you plan to watch Netflix, with a subset of 9 of you specifically planning to ‘Netflix and Chill’ – and one individual (presuming with a second) planned a horizontal mamba. Notably in this COVID age, probably around 50-60 of you planned to run Half Marathon virtual races, while a few more were running marathons for virtual races. Congrats to those folks (even the mamba man).

Ok, with that, let’s get into the giveaway. There were a few people who were a few minutes late, I let them stay in, merely because I was a few minutes late closing the entry period. Then, as is usually the case, I hopped over to my lovely friend,, and stuck in the total number of entries:


Then it was back to the post to find #286:


Congrats Daniel (with a address)!

You’re the winner of $500 bucks of gadget awesomeness. I’ll be in touch shortly to see where in the world you are, and which bit of goodness you’re looking to get.

For everyone else that didn’t win, fear not, you can still ‘win’ by buying something for yourself. It’s like rigging the giveaway in your favor. I mean, just sayin’ And, if you use or Competitive Cyclist the coupon code DCRAINMAKER with either site for first-time users saving 15% on applicable products. And both Backcountry & Competitive Cyclist offer free 2-day shipping! They helped support this giveaway by providing the goods, and help support the site when you use their links here. And finally, as always, none of your e-mail addresses are given to anyone or any companies.

Alternatively, you can always become a DCR Supporter, and in fact, a new exclusive Quarantine Corner episode was uploaded just last night (it’s basically a behind the scenes video of sorts with The Girl). You’ll get an ad-free experience here on, plus, the knowledge that you’re simply awesome.

With that – thanks for entering and have a great weekend!


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  1. Seth

    Why did you use emails from that post to send newsletter without asking for permission?

    • Seth

      I am aware of checkbox with subscription but I never select it.
      Was it default checked in that post?

    • Hi Seth-

      Nope, it’s never checked by default. In your case, you enrolled on the newsletter on 2020/10/14 at 2:45 pm, after selecting the checkbox during a comment on the Garmin Index S2 WiFi Scale In-Depth Review. In other words, two days before the giveaway even opened up.

      Within a few seconds of that you received a newsletter e-mail confirmation that required you to re-confirm if you wanted to actually receive the newsletter. You reconfirmed via that link within 60 seconds – all within the span of 2:45PM (US Eastern Time).

      As such, you were enrolled in the newsletter. Your giveaway entry had nothing to do with it.

      But, unsubscribing is a simple click away from the bottom of the newsletter if you’d like. At present you haven’t selected to unsubscribe.

      Hopefully that helps clear things up!


    • inSyt

      Ray, during a quietish review month, why not try your hand at a YouTube ‘Roast Me’ video? ?

    • I really didn’t mean to…perhaps I’m still an IT geek at heart. I’m always happy to explain how things are, all people need do is ask (nicely helps).

  2. François

    Am I really this lucky ?

  3. Rui Pereira

    Thanks Ray, for another great giveaway!

  4. Adam

    Congrats Dan
    Thank Ray
    With a 1 in 4807 chance, statistically it’s going to be a while… (starts researching how to hack

  5. Chris Jmio

    Congrats Daniel!

    Thanks Ray!

  6. Eric

    I have been a long time backcountry supporter, too bad the code only works on first time purchases.

    • Mike T

      If you are looking for some savings on Backcountry and Competitive Cyclist, they both participate in online cashback/travel points portals. You can get 4-8% cashback pretty easily and all major US airlines also work with them. Strava subscribers can have a once a year code for $20 off $100+.

      Sorry if that is duplicate information.