Ohm Beads Trick or Treat Campaign Images

This Ohm Beads blog brings the complete array of campaign images for the Ohm Beads Trick or Treat, Bead of the Month for October 2017.

Last week the Ohm Beads Trick or Treat saw a live preview at the Joseph Welch event in the UK. Since then a complete set of campaign images have appeared. The bead itself launches on September the 28th and is distributed blindly. That is to say, there is no way to know which version is in the box until it’s opened. Images were leaked earlier than many of us expected and following that preview, stocks were exhausted quickly. It’s retailed at $95, €86 or £77 and nine hundred and ninety nine (999) were made.

Ohm Beads Trick or Treat

The initial image unveiled the bead but still left much of the community arguing about certain factors, such as precisely how many versions there were and whether the orange colouring inside was courtesy of Photoshop.

These images confirm four versions; two shiny, two dirty and the orange colouring is most definitely accurate.

Ohm Beads Trick or Treat

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Ohm Beads Trick or Treat

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Ohm Beads Trick or Treat

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Ohm Beads Trick or Treat

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Ohm Beads Trick or Treat

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Ohm Beads Trick or Treat

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Ohm Beads Trick or Treat

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Ohm Beads Trick or Treat

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Ohm Beads Trick or Treat

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Ohm Beads Trick or Treat Summary

I love all of these versions but I’m such a huge Halloween enthusiast. I do wish there had been clarification as to how many versions there were earlier however as I would have sought out more for certain. Given I’ve seen a few other collectors also scrambling to try and find remaining stock following the live preview, I’m guessing I’m not alone in that.

Ohm haven’t clarified if numbers have been split evenly across each design. I always have a preference for the dirty finish but I adore how striking the beads look all together in the group pictures.

As always I love to hear from my readers. What are your thoughts on the Ohm Beads Trick or Treat? Did you pre-order this bead? Do you find yourself with a strong preference for a particular version? Hit the comments and let me know!

Comments
  1. Marie

    I love all things pumpkin, nad each of these are wonderful! I do have a slight preference to the shiner versions, since in the photos it seems to show the details better. On the other hand, that glossy black is so striking. I have preordered and I am looking forward to see what is found. In the meantime, I’m impatiently waiting for the somewhat acceptable moment to begin wearing Halloween bracelets.

    • endangeredtrolls

      As soon as Bead Bash is over – that’s my vote on switching to Halloween mode! Or rather that’s the personal agenda I’ve given myself 😀 Until then I have to focus on autumn and the event itself.

      xoxo

  2. Ksenija

    I love them all but unfortunately I missed getting one and I’m hoping I can still buy one on the release date.
    I do wonder what is that orange thingy inside the bead. Any ideas :-D?

    • endangeredtrolls

      Absolutely no idea what the orange is and I’ll be in the US when these are released so I won’t get my hands on mine for a while. Hopefully some of the earliest recipients will clarify on social media once they receive theirs 😀

      Good luck finding one on release day <3

      xoxo

  3. Anita

    I pre-ordered a pair as I love Halloween and already have a complete Pumpkin bracelet from across all brands. Having seen the images and live preview I’m SO glad I did.

    • endangeredtrolls

      Yay! I just wish I’d opted for more 🙁 Oh well 😀 Win some lose some 😀

      Isn’t he awesome though? 😀

      xoxo

  4. Noemi

    I ordered one as soon as it was previewed. I hope to get a silver one, I don’t like the dirty finishes. If I get something I don’t like I will try to trade, if not, I will probably ending up selling it.

  5. Kim

    Fun photos! U do really like these beads, despite the fact that I’m not really into Halloween. Since we’re talking about multiple designs, I’ll throw out something that’s been in the back of my mind for a while. Which is that I don’t really like that concept for the BOTM. Many collectors like to have each version, and order multiples, making the stock disappear even faster. And it’s even worse with blind distribution. Someone could order four of this bead and get four of the same version. And I say that as someone with no skin in the game over this design, since I chose to not order a bead I’d only wear once or twice a year. The folks at Ohm probably think of the blind distribution as a fun surprise, but I think they don’t quite grasp the collector mentality on some level. 😊

    • Noemi

      I agree with you regarding the blind distributions. I don’t like them either, so I won’t purchase at that time. There was a lady that bought nine of the heart of stone beads hoping to get different ones and all of them were the same!

      • Nereida

        With 9 beads and a spend of over $1000 there was still a 5.6% chance of getting all of the same bead. I don’t think most people realize that there is no quantity that will guarantee you get a different bead save buying them all, and each additional bead purchased increases you probability of getting a different bead by a decreasing percentage. Blind distributions only benefit the companies doing them, not the customers.

    • endangeredtrolls

      I think they do grasp it. Though that doesn’t necessarily mean they agree with it.

      As for the Bead of the Month designs.. I see so much discussion on social media about them. I actually love the concept but I understand why others do not. I also understand why some are angered by the blind distributions or the multiple versions. I am a collector at heart though I’d say I’ve mellowed with age 😉 There are still bead designs that I see and really really want and indeed will go to lengths to get. Equally I learned a long time ago that real needs are very very different.

      Would I love all four versions of this? Absolutely! I adore Halloween but.. it’s not going to happen and I’m okay with that. I have lots of other beads people would love to get their hands on and today’s “must have” is next month’s old news in bead world 🙁

      xoxo

      • Kim

        Hmmm, well whether Ohm agree with that mentality or not, the reality is that is the mentality of a large portion of their customer base. I know there’s been a lot of grousing about their marketing and distribution practices lately, and my personal opinion is that some of it’s been a bit overblown (for instance, I have little sympathy for people who spent hours frantically sitting in front of a computer hitting the refresh button every few seconds to try to obtain Dirty Moves, when it was obviously an extremely long shot – which is not to say the event was handled well). But it seems like most of the complaints arise from failing to account for how certain decisions regarding edition size and distribution would be perceived and received in the community. Maybe the folks at Ohm think that’s all stupid and people shouldn’t get worked up over things like beads. But they’d be well advised to give a little more thought to these issues, since they do matter to a lot of the customers. There are so many options these days customer loyalty should never be taken for granted.

  6. Clare.W

    I love this bead and was lucky to see the opening of one at the Joseph Welch event ;having held the bead it is a lovely substantial size and looked great on Franks bracelet afterwards. So glad I pre-ordered.

    • endangeredtrolls

      I suspected it would be a good size. I know Ohm have been under a lot of criticism regarding their pricing but actually I have felt that the more expensive BotM designs have been a good size and weight.

      xoxo

  7. Gene

    I had such a feeling I would regret not pre-ordering one, but the price, and everything else I also wanted and so on….Now of course I want it! I love every version but I guess it’s too late now. I still would prefer that they not do the blind distributions.

    • endangeredtrolls

      Ohm USA might have some available on release day. I don’t know for sure but that would be your best option. Remember they’re on PST and check as soon as it hits midnight :O

      xoxo

    • Harley

      Gene, when I was looking this morning Juwelier Arie de Koning from the Netherlands still had some in stock 😊

  8. Nereida

    I have ordered 2 but I have also decided to pare my Ohm purchases down to a minimum, those rare I absolutely love it or pieced I feel I will be able to trafe for pieces I love and miss. I had considered getting Chi Chi Sticks 2.0 but I think I’ll pass. The reason is that, with this release, I am completely turned off by a sadistic streak packaged as fun. Being mathematimatically inclined, I decided to calculate the probabilities for each face type. My preferred face type is the grinning face. If I don’t care what finnish I get and I spend $950 on these beafs, I still would have a 9% chance of failing at getting one. If I cared about tbe finish my odds would be worse. I can’t imagine how a company that claims to care would see this as acceptable. I realize many will say that you can trade but, unless great expense is taken to ship insured with tracking by both parties, there is always the possibility the bead could just get lost, in addition to the possibility of trading with the wrong person. Nocustomer should be placed in these positions and I fail to see the fun part of throwing large sums for the hope of getting what you wznt. Where my money is concerned Ohm cares more about playing with their customers and creating hype than actually serving them.

    • Tanya

      I tend to agree. I bought two blind, before the reveal (against my own irritation-based entirely on impulsivity). I believe Ohm plays on the most vulnerable traits of collectors – loyalty, impulsivity, coveting what other collectors have, not wanting to “miss out” etc. I do not think their BOTM methodology and facebook event approach is generally concerned with pleasing customers, but rather with making a lot of money very quickly, specifically by making their designs scarce and therefore highly valuable on the secondary markets (god bless capitalism ;). This way, they only have to invest small amounts in design, marketing and actual product (I mean, they’re tiny pieces of silver, and not even domestically produced like faerybeads or aurora). This is why we’ve seen the ginormous price increases on their non-limited designs as well, though they don’t appear to be as desirable. I think it works well for them in the short term, to advertise something as “scarce” so that people frantically buy them up without concern for design. I don’t believe this is a lasting approach, as collectors will inevitably tire of it – I know I have. Incidentally, I have not been enamoured with most of their newer designs in the past year or so, but of course, once those “limited” October BOTM preorders came out, I dreamed of something as lovely as Dead Head and stupidly found myself buying into their whole “supply and demand” scheme – I’m sadly underwhelmed by this design. (I probably wouldn’t have bought it sight seen). I don’t recall the exact release numbers, but if we assume 995 we’re made, at $95 dollars a piece all completely sold out, that’s a gross of nearly $95,000 (for ONE design) with hardly any advertising costs, low cost materials and labor. Not bad if you ask me-I tend to think there will be more “blind” releases and very limited editions in Ohm’s future 😜. Oh well, it’s fun to watch at least.

    • endangeredtrolls

      I agree with you regarding trading incidentally. I don’t think any strategy should depend on pushing people towards the secondary market.

      Just my opinion mind.

      xoxo

  9. Pippa

    I love two of them individually and that a bracelet with all for would be outstanding.
    But it’s very frustrating. I tried resisting but as stock was disappearing I managed to get 2. And was feeling pretty good. When the first pics came out and I saw how many versions there were and how cool the looked together I scrambled to find more only to have them jump out of my cart. Now I worry that I won’t get either of the the two I most want, probably ending up with 2 dirty scared ones and out of luck and out $190.
    Pippa

    • endangeredtrolls

      Yeah see… I was under the impression there were two versions as well and I’m okay with “risking” it. Then suddenly there’s four and I’m left groaning. Of course it’s not the end of the world. Beads aren’t needs but it is frustrating when it’s a design you really love.

      So I feel you <3

      xoxo

  10. Beth

    I find Halloween a whole lot of fun. I haven’t put on a costume in years, and most years we don’t even do the trick or treating thing because we’re on a quiet part of our street, plus our town has a strict curfew for the kids. But it’s Halloween! And for me, that’s part of celebrating all things Autumn. One thing I dislike about Halloween is its sinister aspect. Even at my age, I still find it scary. I had pre-ordered Trick or Treat, but after I saw the images, I cancelled my order. I kinda like the scared face one and would probably have kept my order if I knew I’d get it. The other face, though, creeps me out, and I’m really glad the preview images were posted. But…I still have a little of that “I need this for my collection” feeling needling me, and I believe that’s a large part of Ohm’s marketing strategy as others have mentioned before. It’s hard to resist. For me, maybe the higher price is actually good. I’ve passed on a few BOTMs lately as I didn’t find them compelling enough for the price. I’m trying to be more mindful about what I add to my collection instead of getting frantic about having to have a limited edition. As I’ve said, though, it’s difficult.

    • endangeredtrolls

      I’m sorry one of the versions creeps you out! And I understand your reasoning for cancelling.

      I adore Halloween and myself and my friends go out religiously. Last year we went to a horror night with lots of actors and it was amazing. We also ended up wandering around in the middle of a forest afterwards for some reason none of us really know.

      I like things dark and creepy though I must admit 😀

      xoxo

  11. Lisa G

    It’s all marketing strategy with Ohm. Unfortunately their approach is masked with*concern* and *caring* for their customers. It’s very ironic. Enough said.

    • Nereida

      Even their “thoughtful” and “upfront” announcement of the quantity of beads produced is really just an attempt to create a buying frenzy. They aren’t doing it to be helpful or considerate, they are doing it to create a sense of urgency to pre-order now or you may miss out. Ohm’s entire business model is based on scaring their customer base. I fail to see the “caring” part of that.

      • endangeredtrolls

        Lisa did say masked with 🙂

        xoxo

        • Nereida

          I was agreeing with her and venting/ elaborating further on her statement. 🙂

          • Lisa G

            I understand, Nereida. I was a big Ohm fan for a while, but have become a bit disillusioned with the company. Like you, I would only buy if it was something I would be very disappointed not to have. Have not bought since the July promo at all, in fact. I am no longer a regular Ohm customer at all.

  12. Susan

    I pre-ordered two in the US and one from Abroad. Hopefully I will get at least one of each face version. If not, I will sell or trade. Gonna be a cute (not scary) Halloween bracelet!

    • endangeredtrolls

      Ohhh I’ll cross my fingers and toes for you! 😀

      xoxo

  13. Christina

    I pre-ordered one when they were first announced. I love Halloween, so based on the initial description, it was a no brainer. I’ll be happy with any of the 4. 🎃

    • endangeredtrolls

      As will I! But part of me does wish I could have all four 🙁

      xoxo

  14. Nereida

    Any idea what Alex’s “zombie” skull type 2 will be like? I’m so intrigued.

    • endangeredtrolls

      Absolutely none at all I’m afraid. I have the Skull Type II on my desk along with the other new releases but not the zombie version.

      xoxo

  15. Tana

    My goodness! I will admit that I am a diehard Ohm fan. I have met Kit, Mike, and Jenny a couple times at Great Lake Bead Bashes. I “talk” to Mike periodically through FB. He has always responded the same day. I absolutely believe Ohm listens and responds to their customers and fans. Moving On is a bead that would not have happened in any other bead company. Baby Argh is another. As far as the BOTM, marketing strategies, scarcities, etc, so what? They have had several posts ASKING US how we feel about BOTM and what we want and how we would like them to proceed. I admit I wish Ohm would increase production numbers for some of their BOTM. Maybe because they respond to and interact so directly with us we can sometimes forget Ohm is a business and does need to make money. As Mike and Kit have both repeatly said, beads are a want and not a need.

  16. Nereida

    There has been as lot of drama and angst lately, all of it centered around Ohm. They share the same customers with the other bead companies, a few of which also offer extremely limited beads, but the other companies don’t have these problems with their customers. The only logical conclusion is that Ohm’s practices are the cause. The Ohm experience = drama seems blatantly indisputable.

    • Lisa G

      100% agree.

  17. Charlotte

    I actually disagree quite strongly. The reason ohm generate ‘drama’ is because they interact with their customers really personally and aren’t a faceless company. The drama is coming from us as the collectors not them! They are way more transparent than(for example) troll. If you complain about Trollbeads you get no answer or a standard corporate response, so eventually you stop bothering complaining. Ohm react to us moaning so we moan more and more!

    • Nereida

      Two other bead companies that have also been doing very limited releases, communicate with their customers regularly, answer all queries promptly, and are the opposite of faceless , yet no drama for them. Again all share the same customer base, so it isn’t the collectors. As for transparency, that can be an illusion. There was no transparency in their last event.The first fiasco, it’s an honest mistake. The second and third time, it’s marketing strategy with no concern for the aftermath. That we are even having this discussion shows that Ohm has become a divisive company. We buy beads for the fun and enjoyment. This level of emotion entering into the experience detracts from the entire point.

  18. Pippa

    Fyi, if anyone is still looking for Ohm’s Trick or Treat,
    they have them for sale now on the Ohm US site – still blind of course.
    (This assumes anyone has any money left or interest in buying more beads after the Bead Bash but I was there buying a couple trays and noticed it and thought I’d mention just in case.)

  19. Christina

    Unfortunately, my Trick or Treat seems have pulled a disappearing act and has gotten lost in the mail. 🙁
    They can’t find where it’s gone after it left the dealer. Hoping there’s still one left at Ohm by the time I’m done filing all the nonsense with the post office. This is the one bead I have been looking forward to the most.

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