The Pongr Store is now open!
NEW YORK — Throngs of shoppers braved traffic jams, subzero temperatures and even parking lot rattlesnakes for the official midnight Grand Opening of the Pongr Store on Wednesday.
“I’ve never seen anything like it,” said Jamie Thompson, Chief of Pongr Security. “These crowds were more revved up than Black Friday and a Harry Potter movie opening combined!”
Miraculously, there were no reported injuries as stampedes of Pongr fans charged through the electronic doors at 12:01 a.m. and sprinted to the gleaming racks of Dr. Dre headphones, Nikon D3000 cameras, iPad 2′s, Verizon Wireless gift cards and Pongr hoodies.
Things got testy for a moment at the Customer Service booth when one unruly patron demanded to know why personalized Pongr Blog feature stories were out of stock.
Running of the Brand Ambassadors: Frenzied scenes from the Grand Opening of the Pongr Store!
If you’ve reached this far in the story, you’ve probably figured out this news story is obviously fake. The rattlesnake reference in the first paragraph should have tipped you off — reptiles, as you know, are cold-blooded and can not survive in freezing temperatures.
But the spirit of this story is true: The Official Pongr Rewards Store is now open for business 24/7!
The Pongr Store is a place where you can turn your Pongr Bucks earnings into sweet prizes. Pongr currency might be virtual but the rewards are certainly real. By snapping and sharing pictures of your favorite brands you can win a variety of goodies, such as:
Mobile Phone Refill Cards — Just as Pongr works with any cell phone (for players who still prefer MMS picture-messages and those who opt for email on their smartphones), we embrace all the carriers. Choose from gift cards from AT&T, Verizon Wireless, T-Mobile or Boost Mobile.
Movie Rentals — A one-month subscription to Netflix.
Social Gaming — Gift cards for FarmVille, CityVille and Mafia Wars.
Crowdsourcing Bargains — Daily deals from Groupon or LivingSocial for local businesses in your city.
Fossil Fuels — Choose your favorite petroleum from Gulf, ExxonMobil or Sunoco!
Cold Cash — Is there anything that an American Express gift card can’t buy?
Music — Did someone say I could turn my Pongr Bucks into iTunes credits?
Spiritual Direction — Well, not really. But we can give you literal directions and maps to anywhere you want to drive with the TomTom GPS.
Warm Fuzzy Feelings — This is what you’ll get if you choose to convert your Pongr Bucks into donations toward Habitat for Humanity, the American Red Cross or Susan G. Komen for the Cure, a foundation for breast cancer research.
The Biggest TV Ever – Or close enough. Sony’s 60-inch Bravia LED-LCD screen is perfect for Pongr’ing your favorite TV shows and sporting events.
Workplace Achievement Awards — If you’re like Michael Scott on “The Office,” you already buy yourself “World’s Best Boss” coffee mugs. Now you can jokingly honor your friends and co-workers with “Certified Office Workaholic” and “Certified Office Suck-Up” certificates to let them know how you really feel. If you’re a student, perhaps the “Teacher’s Pet” award would be a more appropriate gag!
This Sony Bravia plasma television is up for grabs at the Pongr Store. Did you know that Pongr's computer vision technology instantly recognizes individual TV frames?
You can earn up to 150 Pongr Bucks each day (per brand) by “showing off” your best cell phone photography. A detailed breakdown of how to earn Pongr Bucks is outlined in our FAQ, but basically, the more pics you snap, the more times you share, the more friends you invite and the more people who like your pics will make you wealthy in the game.
One note of caution: Only players in brands with 50 employees or more can spend their Pongr Bucks. Think of each brand as a start-up and the Pongr Bucks you earn as stock options. If you want to cash in — and who doesn’t? — a modest recruitment effort inviting friends should do the trick.
(Pongr Store inventory is constantly changing. Is there a prize you’d love to see? Drop us a line at email@example.com)