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Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Why Am I Just Now Learning About Humble Bundle?

It is an immutable fact that I will inevitably be reminded of how out-of-touch I am, especially when it comes to the internet culture and discovering really cool websites. I blame my age.

Today's reminder came in the form of a tweet from IDW Publishing that showed up on my Twitter newsfeed.

Intrigued, I followed the link to where I was immediately bombarded by the awesome!

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Humble Bundle Facebook Page
As it turns out, many of my friends already use Humble Bundle to get game bundles on the cheap, and they made sure to point out how behind the times I am. Apparently, I've been living under a rock. In fact, Time recently listed Humble Bundle on their "50 Best Websites of 2014," calling it "a good place to go if you need some geeky entertainment on the cheap."

Formed in 2010 as Humble Indie Bundle and headquartered in San Francisco, Humble Bundle offers "digital creations" such as video games, eBooks, and digital graphic novels on a purchaser-determines-the-price model [1]. You can read more about them on their Wikipedia page, but I think their motto pretty much explains it all: "Pay what you want, DRM Free, Cross-platform, Helps charity."

It was the charity aspect of Humble's offerings that really got me to try them out, however. As it turns out, Humble Bundle often partners with publishers to release charity-driven bundles [2]. In this case, IDW Publishing is offering over 120 comic books (in collected format) of their popular Transformers comics for a minimum payment of $15. My only regret is that I'm learning about this deal the day before it ends. So I was not able to spread the word sooner and more often.

If you're interested in getting your hands on some Transformers Trade Paperbacks on the cheap while helping out charity at the same time, you better hurry. Apparently, this sale began two weeks ago and is scheduled to end tomorrow, Wednesday, August 6th, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. Pacific Time. For this bundle, Hasbro Children's Fund will receive whatever portion of sales has been designated by purchasers to charity. If you missed it, fear not! There are other bundles currently available with more certainly on the way.

Purchasing a bundle and designating how your payment should be divided was surprisingly simple. Once you've created an account you can go to the page for the bundle you want to purchase and click the purchase button.

As you can see in the image below, you can pick one of the pre-determined amounts or customize your payment. Then, you can choose a "default split" or customize who gets your money by adjusting the sliders or inputting values in the field. With various payment options available, you can choose whichever funding method suits you best.

Your purchases can be claimed by logging into your account and accessing your order history. You can then link over to a specific bundle where you can then download your purchase.

Like I said. I'm excited and overwhelmed by how cool this is. I might be a late adaptor to Humble Bundle, but I think I'm now a loyal fan. I'll definitely be stalking the website from now on.

If you haven't already, check them out for yourself! Let me know what you think in the comment fields below. I'm truly interested in reading about your experience—the good and the bad. What do you think about Humble Bundle? Have you used them and ran into issues? If you had to contact support, how was your experience? Let us know.