Advanced Filtering

By | October 2, 2017

We introduced a new feature today that some users may find useful – the ability to do “advanced” filtering by product and product descriptions. Although it’s live, we’ll consider this feature to be in kind of a beta mode until we get some feedback as to its usefulness. We may remove or alter this feature, but it’s really up to you, the users. Feel free to comment below or send us an email with any thoughts or suggestions.

Before You Begin

Before you begin using advanced filtering, keep in mind that the more you filter, the more likely you are to miss giveaways. If your filters are not precise or you forget what you have filtered out, you may miss a great giveaway. Also, filtering by product descriptions is an imperfect practice, but we’re willing to let you have a go at it should you choose.

Turning on Advanced Filtering

By default, advanced filtering is turned off to avoid confusion for those who want nothing to do with it. To enable it, use the preferences menu. If at any time you want to stop using advanced filtering, simply turn it off.

Preferences

Accessing Advanced Filter Settings

Once you’ve enabled the advanced filter, you can reach the settings page from the standard “Giveaway Filter” dialog, as shown below.

Advanced filter settings

 

Text Filters

Text filters are evaluated against the product description. By adding a text filter, you’re telling Giveaway.City which items NOT to show in the list. As an example, I may decide that I will never be interested in any giveaways with “fake eyelash” in the description. To create a text filter, I type “fake eyelash” into the box, then hit the “Add” button.

Add text filter

All products containing this text will now be filtered out of my giveaway list. The “Text Filters” section will show that this filter is active, and I can remove it by clicking the “Remove” button.

Active text filter

 

Excluding Products

Once advanced filtering is enabled, you will see a new option in the dropdown menu that appears next to each giveaway. By selecting this option, all matching products in the list will be immediately filtered out.

Exclude Filter

If I decide I no longer want to filter out an item, I can go to the advanced filter settings, as described above, to see what items I’ve excluded. I can also remove them from the filter by clicking the “Remove” link.

excluded products

Product exclusion is done by product code, so a yellow iPhone case will not be the same product as a blue one. You can see where this can be a slippery slope. This may be handy, however, when an enthusiastic sponsor gives away dozens or even hundreds of the same product you’re not interested in within a short period of time.

 

Final Thoughts

We think this feature, or at least some future, perfected version of it will be very handy. However, it does open the door to let you accidentally filter out more than you intended. So, if it’s something that looks interesting to you, feel free to turn it on. Otherwise, you can leave it off, and everything will work just like it always has.

For the moment, this feature’s settings are stored on your device only, and are not tied to your login. In other words, if you set up an advanced filter on your desktop computer, it will not be available on your phone even if you’re logged in on both. This may change as time goes on.

21 thoughts on “Advanced Filtering

  1. Terry Angelone

    Love love love the new filter!! Like most people I have my own method to win , which I do often. At least three times a week a package arrives. Being able to exclude products and “clean up” the list is a great feature. I share giveaway city with everyone as it is the best list for giveaways I have found. Thanks for all the work you do making it simple to enter.

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  2. Janay

    It would be great to be able to filter giveaways by end date. Filter all giveaways ending that day. ( today the 4th, all giveaways ending 4th 11:59 pm.😃

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    1. Marie

      Janay, you may have already got your question answered, but the way that I filter by end date is to copy and paste the ending date of the giveaways you’re wanting to find and press Ctrl+F while on the main listing page. What you should see is highlighted color blocks on the dates you’re looking for if you’re using Chrome (always look for the date to the right, not left). Hope this helps!

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  3. JM

    Oh My Goodness… this is AMAZING! I was wishing there was a way to do this just this morning! – Thank you!!

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  4. Jim S.

    Am really liking the Advanced Filtering, my list is already 7 pages long.

    I’d like to 2nd Janay’s comment about sorting/filtering on the end date. Another way might be to tweak the CSS to make your end date cell a darker shade of red if ending in < 24 hrs.

    Would it be possible to add a watching/favorite icon to the side of the listing to quickly scroll through the list for the listings we are interested in?

    Thanks for building the site. This is one of the 1st places I check in the morning.

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    1. Marie

      Jim, you may have already got your question answered, but the way that I filter by end date is to copy and paste the ending date of the giveaways you’re wanting to find and press Ctrl+F while on the main listing page. What you should see is highlighted color blocks on the dates you’re looking for if you’re using Chrome (always look for the date to the right, not left). Hope this helps!

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  5. Samantha

    I just found your site yesterday, after months of randomly entering giveaways and trying to figure out some “secret”.
    I absolutely love it! It’s genius!
    The advanced filtering is awesome!
    I had a thought though, would it be possible to have some way to know how many are using the site at any given time?
    I just wonder if there are times during the day that are busier than others?
    I may be thinking into these giveaways way too much… but it’s SO FUN to win things! 🙂

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    1. Charles M Post author

      I’m really glad you’re enjoying the site. I can tell you that it has been steadily growing over the past several months, but I haven’t spent much time gathering good statistics. From just a quick glance, it looks like usage is constant between 5am and midnight (central time), then it tapers off to about 1/2 to 1/3 while most people are sleeping.

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  6. Jamie

    I feel personally victimized by Amazon! Lol!
    I use this site all day everyday, and I love it! Thank you for all you do! I was super upset when amazon changed the layout and stopped showing the odds on the list, but I adjusted to it and was still willing on average 4 things a day. Now they decided to mix everything up so newer giveaways aren’t on page 3 anymore. I think they show up mostly on page 10, but they are still all mixed up. I’m constantly having to to do captcha verifications due to opening giveaways. So frustrating. Thank goodness for this site!!

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    1. Justin Post author

      Thanks, Jamie! It always makes me feel good to know that people are getting real use out of the site. Things seem to be in flux over at Amazon lately for sure.

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    2. Marie

      So happy to hear that it’s not just me… Amazon is making things quite difficult. How dare they make it harder for me to win!

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  7. Janay

    Having problems. Mobile user. I have it set to not show clicked giveaway, but yet still does in lavender. Also if I want to still see clicked giveaways it is in lavender and no longer in yellow highlights. Is this going to be permanent or temporary while you have been making changes the past few days.

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    1. Justin Post author

      Hey, Janay. Sorry you’re having problems. That shouldn’t be happening, and I can’t reproduce it. If it’s still happening, please send me a message via the contact page, and we’ll find a solution.

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    2. Justin Post author

      I found a few bugs this morning, and I have a feeling it may solve your problem. Although I couldn’t reproduce it, I can see where the bug would’ve caused strange behavior.

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  8. Jamie B.

    The only real issue I am having with this site is the advanced filtering. I always filter out the phone cases, cable clips, knives and wire organizers that all come from one sponser. I can’t click on the drop box to filter it out, and I’m afraid if I add any of the words to the filter, I’ll miss out on another good giveaway.

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    1. Justin Post author

      Some giveaways have been coming in without a product code, which means that the advanced filtering and other features won’t work. I also found some bugs this morning and just put in some fixes, so maybe that’ll help.

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  9. Marie

    Thanks for being so diligent and helpful, Justin. Your effort and site are much appreciated. 🙂

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