HELLO EVERYONE! This is the blogpost for BB1M 2013. For BB1M 2014 guides, please refer to the 2014 version (CLICK HERE)

LATEST UPDATE: (1/3/13) - Borders Malaysia
PREVIOUS UPDATE: (26/2/13) - Times Bookstore & MPH Bookstores
PREVIOUS UPDATE: (20/2/13) - Big Bad Wolf Books & BookXcess

University students, rejoice! If you haven't known yet, back in September 2012, the budget for 2013 was announced by our Prime Minister. Based on the budget, university students would be given Baucar Buku 1 Malaysia (BB1M) worth RM250 courtesy of the government.

I noticed that bookstores in Malaysia are making promotions for students to spend their vouchers in their outlets and I'm really spoilt for choice. I felt like I'm being seduced to make a decision on where to spend the vouchers. Which to choose?! My friend suggested a brilliant idea - compile the promotions and blog about it. So, here's the list of promotions by the various bookstores in Malaysia that are offering promotion for the BB1M voucher.

1) Borders Malaysia

Fine print on the poster: Valid Malaysian IC must be presented together with the voucher. Not applicable for purchase of magazine and Non Book. Not exchangeable for cash. Must be used in full and any unused amount will not be refunded. Other terms and condition may apply. Terms & Conditions as set by Ministry of Education are applicable.

1. Spend RM250, GET: Borders discount vouchers, radio shack batteries, Chatime beverage, BCard + voucher booklet, Starbucks beverage, Krispy Kreme doughnuts.
2. Spend RM150, GET: Borders discount vouchers, BCard + Voucher booklet + Starbucks beverage

Comment: Based on my experience, BCard + Voucher booklet is not really worth it although they claim it is worth RM300. Most of the vouchers are the kind you don't always use. The deal is quite enticing because of the Starbucks beverage, Krispy Kreme and Chatime. Other than that, not much a good deal for myself.

UPDATE (1/3/13): 

Comment: BORDERS up their game again as they throw in a contest!

Prize up for grabs include: 
1. Monster iSport Immersion Athlete's Headphone worth RM820
2. Auvio Foldable Headphone worth RM99.90
3. Gigaware USB Stereo Headset worth RM89.90
4. Gigaware USB Notebook Speaker worth RM79.90
5. RadioShack 25-Piece Mini Toolset worth RM56.90

Check here to see how to join the contest. 

2) MPH Bookstores


1. Spend RM150 - get RM5 MPH book voucher
2. Spend RM250 - get RM10 MPH book voucher
3. Snap a photo of your happiest moment using BB1M at MPH bookstores and stand a chance to win exciting weekly prizes like iRiver Story HD x10 and MPH RM50 book voucher x50 and even HP/Canon printer x2 on bonus weeks.

For more contest details and mechanics, please refer to MPH CLICK

Comment: Not a very attractive deal with MPH. However, the amount of weekly prizes is quite a deal to be made and the contest is not based on lucky draw, higher chance for those who are good in contest.

Source: MPH Click

UPDATE (26/2/2013): MPH CLICK just up their game. They threw in more prizes for their contest. Here's the updated list of goodies:

Main Prize: 1 Pair of Air Ticket to Hong Kong via Cathay Pacific
Weekly 1st Prize: Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini 
Weekly 2nd Prize: 10 x iRiver Story HD
Weekly 3rd Prize: 50 x MPH Book Voucher
Bonus Weeks: 2 x HP/Canon Printer

3)  Popular Book Co 

Goodies: click---> (WIN MACBOOK PRO!)
1. Spend RM250 BB1M voucher, GET RM50 gift voucher + 1 year Popular card
2. Spend RM150 BB1M voucher, GET RM10 gift voucher + 1 year Popular card
3. Spend a minimum of RM150 BB1M voucher and stand a chance to win monthly prizes like Samsung Galaxy Note II x1, Samsung Galaxy SIII x1 and iPad with Retina Display 16GB x3
4. Spend all RM250 BB1M voucher and stand a chance to win the grand prize: Apple Macbook Pro 15-inch: 2.3 GHz with Retina Display, Apple iPhone5 32GB 

Setback: You must spend 80% of your BB1M voucher on books. 

Comment: I'd say this is one of the best deals available. The contest prizes are really attractive - however, very limited and the contest is based on lucky draw. What are the chances? :/ But if you never try, never know!

4) Big Bad Wolf Books

Comment: So, Big Bad Wolf Books already made an announcement that BB1M vouchers can be used in the Big Bad Wolf Aftermath Sale from 28th February. We know that books are really very, very, very cheap when you get it from BBW. Based on the BBW Books sales in December, the price of books is really irresistible. I'm just waiting to see if BBW is going to throw some mind-blowing promotion or contest for us.

UPDATE (20/2/2013): BBW just threw in a really gooood deal!


5) Times Bookstore 

UPDATE: 26/2/2013:

1. Instant rebate: 10% off on books and stationery. Terms and condition applies.

Comment: I'd rather spend elsewhere seriously. Lol.

6) BookXcess

1. Spend all RM250 BB1M vouchers, GET free BookXcess membership and RM20 BookXcess voucher

Pending is Times and BookXcess. I found out that both the mentioned bookstores are accepting the BB1M vouchers but have not revealed any promotions to seduce me yet. Let's just see if they are offering any soon.

UPDATE (20/2/2013): BookXcess is offering something very awesome! :D Refer to the poster under Big Bad Wolf Books.

7) Kinokuniya

1. Spend RM200 with BB1M voucher, get RM20 rebate voucher
2. Spend RM250 with BB1M voucher, get RM20 rebate voucher + Kinokuniya Limited Edition Journal

Seriously, Kinokuniya? I think you can do better than that : ) 

*Keep checking for more updates.