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Uncommon Personalities: Meet Albert Tingson

October 29, 2013
UncommonGoods Senior Software Engineer | UncommonGoods
Albert Tingson, UncommonGoods Senior Software Developer
My hometown is…
Manila PhilippinesThe word that best describes me is…

I’m passionate about…
Surfing the net and playing guitar.

What I do to relax is…
Playing computer games, playing guitar or watching movies.

If I could be the world champion of something, it would be…
Nascar driver.

If I won the lottery, I’d…
Still keep my job and invest my money to something that can help many people.

An uncommon fact about me…
I’m a church band member playing as lead guitarist. Every Sunday we play music to our worship service in Queens, NY.

Would you rather…end world hunger, or find a universal cure for all diseases?
I’d prefer to find universal cure for all disease, because if everybody is healthy, they have better chance to find their own way to fight hunger. Everybody can have a chance to find their own job.

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This Just In… This Just In Emails

October 28, 2013

New This Just In emails show you what's brand new | UncommonGoodsYou may have noticed a new treat in your inbox the last couple weeks – a new email series bringing you what’s brand new at UncommonGoods. Each week we launch exciting new products in our This Just In section, but recently decided we shouldn’t wait for you to find them all. We should bring them to you!

If you haven’t noticed our new emails and would love to have a hand-picked collection of our freshest goods every Thursday, make sure you are signed up to receive the This Just In emails and wait patiently.

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Uncommon Personalities: Meet Sean Doherty

October 25, 2013
Sean Doherty | UncommonGoods
Sean Doherty, UncommonGoods Inventory and Drop Ship Manager
My hometown is…
Annapolis, MD

My favorite thing about managing Inventory & Drop Ship operations is…
I enjoy working with my teams to solve problems that impact our customers. Both ITC and Drop Ship work behind the scenes to make sure our customers have an excellent order experience. I’m very proud of the work they do each day.

I’m inspired by…
2 things: my fiancé and music.

An uncommon fact about me…
I was born in Honolulu Hawaii. Aloha!

When I’m not working I’m probably…
Throwing a multi-course dinner party for friends, playing a concert in the East Village, hitting a nasty boast on the squash court, skiing fresh powder in Colorado, or enjoying a crab feast with my family in Maryland. Yup, that’s about it.

The word that best describes me is…

Working at UncommonGoods, I’ve learned…
The power of collaboration. All of the teams at UG continue to amaze me with their willingness to work together. It’s a great place to be.

Would you rather…Own every album you’ve ever loved in a mint condition vinyl collection OR get to see any musical act (still together or not, living or dead) of your choice in concert?
Seeing as my entire music catalog is stored on my Mac and IPhone, I would have to go with seeing Led Zeppelin live with Bonzo. I would ask that Robert Plant actually hit the high notes on the chorus of Over the Hills and Far Away. None of that octave lower shenanigans that he pulled in the mid Seventies. I won’t have it.

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Uncommon Personalities: Meet David Anderson

October 21, 2013
David Anderson | UncommonGoods
David Anderson, UncommongGoods Inventory Transaction and Control Supervisor

My hometown is…

My favorite process in the UncommonGoods warehouse is…
Sample Sale! Samples that our merchandising team decides not to include in our assortment are given very discounted prices and sold to our employees. They are all one of a kind and can not be found anywhere. I handle the storage, organization, and then set up of the actual sale event that we have every few months.

I’m inspired by…
Tastefully designed products, e.g., iPhone 5, Herman Miller, and things I build myself.

The best gift anyone has given me was…
Life. (Thanks Mom & Dad!)

An uncommon fact about me…
I lived in Africa, Europe, and the Bahamas before I turned 12.

When I’m not working, I’m probably…
Building computers, Legos, or models.

The word that best describes me…

Working at UncommonGoods, I’ve learned…
The Verrazano toll really adds up…

With a pile of stuff in front of me I would build…
(You’re given glitter glue, 3 wood blocks, a yard of fabric, a spool of string, and a cardboard box filled with wire hangers.)

I would unwind all the wire hangers and then use them to make a giant wire ball. Then I would glue the blocks together. I would then use the fabric to create a parachute for the blocks using the string to tie the ends around the blocks. Then I would tie points of the parachute to the top of the ball. Using more string I could suspend the entire wire ball in the air, with blocks suspended from the fabric, which hangs from the top of the ball! Yay!

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UncommonGoods Instagram Challenge Official Rules

October 15, 2013
UncommonGoods Instagram Challenge

Official Rules


1. Eligibility: (the “Contest”) is open only to legal residents of the fifty (50) United States and the District of Columbia who are at least eighteen (18) years old at the time of entry and who did not purchase any equipment for the purposes of entering this giveaway. Employees of UncommonGoods as well as the immediate family (spouse, parents, siblings and children) and household members of each such employee are not eligible. Subject to all applicable federal, state, and local laws and regulations.

2. Sponsor and Administrator: UncommonGoods, 140 58th St, Building B, Suite 5A Brooklyn, NY 11220.

3. Agreement to Official Rules: Participation in this Contest constitutes entrant’s full and unconditional agreement to these Official Rules and Sponsor’s and Administrator’s decisions, which are final and binding in all matters related to this Contest.

4. Timing: The Contest begins every other Wednesday at 9am Eastern Time (“ET”) and ends every other Tuesday at 11:59pm ET (the “Contest Period”).

5. How to Enter:
1. Follow UncommonGoods on Facebook
2. Take a photo that reflects the given prompt for that challenge cycle.
3. Upload your photo to the Instagram Challenge tab on our Facebook page directly, or through Instagram or Twitter with #UGInstaFun.
4. If you submit via Instagram or Twitter, you must return to the Instagram Challenge tab to claim your photo.
1 winners total will be chosen by our social media team every other week.

Content Restrictions as defined below (collectively, the “Guidelines and Restrictions”).

Individuals can enter this Contest more than once.

By entering the Contest, constitutes an entrant’s consent to give Sponsor a royalty-free, irrevocable, perpetual, non-exclusive license to use, reproduce, modify, publish, create derivative works from, and display such submissions in whole or in part, on a worldwide basis, and to incorporate it into other works, in any form, media or technology now known or later developed, including for promotional or marketing purposes. Released Parties (as defined in Section 9, below) are not responsible for lost, late, stolen, damaged, incomplete, invalid, un-intelligible, garbled, delayed or misdirected Submissions; all of which will be void.

6. Winner Determination: At the end of the Contest Period, UncommonGoods will select one winner at random. The winners will receive $100 to

7. Winner Requirements: The potential winners will be notified via email from UncommonGoods. If the potential winner cannot be contacted, or do not comply with these Official Rules, or the prizes are returned as undeliverable, potential winner forfeits the prizes. If potential winners are disqualified for any reason, the prize may be awarded to a runner-up, if any, in Sponsor’s sole discretion. Only two alternate winners may be determined, after which the applicable prize will remain un-awarded. Acceptance of any prize shall constitute and signify winner’s agreement and consent that Sponsor may use the winner’s name, city, state, likeness, photo, and/or prize information in connection with the Contest for promotional, advertising or other purposes, worldwide, in any and all media now known or hereafter devised, including the Internet, without limitation and without further payment, notification, permission or other consideration, except where prohibited by law. Without limiting the generality of these Official Rules, winner shall irrevocably grant, transfer, convey and assign to Sponsor the entirety of the rights in and to the Submission and all renewals and extensions of copyright, and the right to secure copyright registrations thereto in perpetuity including, without limitation, the rights to use the Submission for any and all purposes in any and all media whether now known or hereafter developed, on a worldwide basis, in perpetuity. The winner accepts and acknowledges that Sponsor shall not be obligated to use the Submission and that Sponsor in its sole discretion shall have the right to refrain from using the Submission. Sponsor shall not incur any liability whatsoever to the extent Sponsor chooses to refrain from any exploitation of its rights hereunder. Winner will indemnify Sponsor, Released Parties (as defined in Section 9, below) and any licensee of Sponsor against all claims, damages, liabilities, and expenses (including reasonable counsel fees and legal expenses) arising out of any breach of these terms. Prizes will be fulfilled 3- 5 weeks after winner determination.

8. Prize: 1 PRIZE: The winner will each receive $50 to Prizes are non-transferable and no substitution will be made except as provided herein at the Sponsor’s sole discretion. Sponsor reserves the right to substitute a prize for one of equal or greater value if the designated prize should become unavailable for any reason. Winners are responsible for all taxes and fees associated with prize receipt and/or use.

9. Release: The winner agrees to release and hold harmless the Sponsor, Administrator and their respective parent companies, subsidiaries, affiliates, suppliers, distributors, advertising/promotion agencies, and prize suppliers, and each of their respective parent companies and each such company’s officers, directors, employees and agents (collectively, the “Released Parties”) from and against any claim or cause of action, including, but not limited to, personal injury, death, or damage to or loss of property, arising out of participation in the Contest or receipt or use or misuse of any prize.

10. General Conditions: Sponsor reserves the right to cancel, suspend and/or modify the Contest, or any part of it, if any fraud, technical failures or any other factor impairs the integrity or proper functioning of the Contest, as determined by Sponsor in its sole discretion. If terminated, Sponsor may, in its sole discretion, determine the winners from among all eligible Submissions received up to time of such action using the judging procedure outlined above. Sponsor, in its sole discretion, reserves the right to disqualify any individual it finds to be tampering with the Submission process or the operation of the Contest or to be acting in violation of these Official Rules or any other promotion or in an unsportsmanlike or disruptive manner and void all associated Submissions. Any attempt by any person to deliberately undermine the legitimate operation of the Contest may be a violation of criminal and civil law, and, should such an attempt be made, Sponsor reserves the right to seek damages and other remedies (including attorneys’ fees) from any such person to the fullest extent permitted by law. Sponsor’s failure to enforce any term of these Official Rules shall not constitute a waiver of that provision.

11. Limitations of Liability Released Parties are not responsible for: (1) any incorrect or inaccurate information, whether caused by entrant, printing, typographical or other errors or by any of the equipment or programming associated with or utilized in the Contest; (2) technical failures of any kind, including, but not limited to malfunctions, interruptions, or disconnections in phone lines or network hardware or software; (3) unauthorized human intervention in any part of the Submission process or the Contest; (4) printing, typographical, technical, computer, network or human error which may occur in the administration of the Contest, the uploading, the processing or judging of Submissions, the announcement of the prizes or in any Contest-related materials; (5) late, lost, undeliverable, damaged or stolen mail; or (6) any injury or damage to persons or property which may be caused, directly or indirectly, in whole or in part, from entrant’s participation in the Contest or receipt or use or misuse of any prize (including any travel/activity related thereto). Released Parties are not responsible for misdirected or undeliverable Submissions or for any technical problems, malfunctions of computer systems, servers, providers, hardware/software, lost or unavailable network connections or failed, incomplete, garbled or delayed computer transmission or any combination thereof. Released Parties are not responsible for any unauthorized third-party use of any Submission.

12. Disputes: Except where prohibited, entrant agrees that: (1) any and all disputes, claims and causes of action arising out of or connected with this Contest or any prize awarded shall be resolved individually, without resort to any form of class action, and exclusively by the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York or the appropriate New York State Court located in New York; (2) any and all claims, judgments and awards shall be limited to actual out-of-pocket costs incurred, including costs associated with entering this Contest, but in no event attorneys’ fees; and (3) under no circumstances will entrant be permitted to obtain awards for, and entrant hereby waives all rights to claim, indirect, punitive, incidental and consequential damages and any other damages, other than for actual out-of-pocket expenses, and any and all rights to have damages multiplied or otherwise increased. All issues and questions concerning the construction, validity, interpretation and enforceability of these Official Rules, or the rights and obligations of the entrant and Sponsor in connection with the Contest, shall be governed by, and construed in accordance with, the laws of the State of New York without giving effect to any choice of law or conflict of law rules (whether of the State of New York or any other jurisdiction), which would cause the application of the laws of any jurisdiction other than the State of New York. All rights reserved.

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