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RETIRED: Contests & Sweepstakes Tips, Advice, and Questions

FreebiesRGreat 56,135 February 13, 2009 at 07:53 PM
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The intent of this thread is for users, both new and not-so-new, to ask questions, and help with tips/advice. This is not by any means the "Gospel". Please feel free to add your words of wisdom, and if you have questions, just ask! If you have a tip that will make sweeping easier for folks, please feel free to share. This is a community effort. We all will benefit in some way.


The Basic Advice/Tips for the new-to-sweeping folks.
Enter for the items you want/need. If you have no interest in trips, avoid the sweeps where the only prize is a trip. If you know you can't afford the tax on a new vehicle, avoid entering for those.

Set up folders in your bookmark/favorites. Create a separate one for each month, and file any sweeps you are interested in into the folder corresponding with when it ends. Then, if you have a day where you're pressed for time, enter at least the ones ending that day.

Play the instant win games.

Follow the rules! If a sweep is restricted to only females, a certain age group, certain states, etc, make sure you fit the criteria! If you don't, move on to another sweep that you do qualify for. Do not create a bunch of email addresses so you can enter something more than once, or so you can play an Instant win game more. The Sponsors can tell, and will DQ you. You're better off playing by the rules than cheating and getting disqualified and having NO entries.

Don't immediately dismiss essay required sweeps (or recipes, photos, etc)....well, unless you know you don't want to write something. A lot of people pass on them, so you might have a better shot at winning something.

Don't expect this to be lucrative enough to become a job. Yes, a lot of us win, and often, but not nearly enough to quit a job!

Expect things to go slow at first. It takes a while for the wins to roll in. But once they do...look out!

Expect to occasionally hit a dry spell. It happens to ALL of us.

DEFINITELY USE YOUR REAL INFO! If you use a fake phone number, and a sponsor is calling to notify people of wins, you'll never know what you missed out on. I, and many others, have been doing this for a long time, and we have no problems with sales calls. Also, use your real name. If your name is Robert or Catherine, using Bob or Cathy is ok, as they are known acceptable shorter versions of that name. if your name is Matilda, and you go by Fluffy, don't use Fluffy. Looking at your ID to get an affy notarized, they may reject it because the names don't match. The sponsor may also say "Fluffy won, not Matilda". So stick with using your real name, or something close to it.

Most of all, HAVE FUN! And don't be afraid to ask questions. We were all new to this at one time. Any one of us would be happy to answer questions.


For easy form filling, check out Roboform [roboform.com]. Google Tool bar and the autofill feature on IE also work well.

For Mac users, the best form filler is 1Password: http://agilewebsolutions.com/products/1Password (thanks javaFlower!)

FireFox Form Filler browser extensions: https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/...ll&cat=all

To set up the autofill feature in IE: Click on Tools, then internet options, then choose 'content'. When that pops up, click on "Autocomplete", and make sure to check the boxes for forms and passwords on forms. This is not a good idea if you are on a shared/public computer!

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#2446
Quote from rwilli75 View Post :
Is it just me or is it a lot harder to win this year. I used to win every now and then especially on my coke rewards and others with thousands of prizes, but this year it seems near impossible to win on anything. Has anyone else noticed a change in fortunes or am I just having a down time.
I feel the same way. I used to get a few wins a week and now i'm lucky if I win one a month.
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Quote from rwilli75 View Post :
Is it just me or is it a lot harder to win this year. I used to win every now and then especially on my coke rewards and others with thousands of prizes, but this year it seems near impossible to win on anything. Has anyone else noticed a change in fortunes or am I just having a down time.
I won about $300+ worth of those Coke Visa Cards last year from the Text to Win Alternate entry thru the rules........

I don't text on my phone so that has really put a dent into my winnings this year, and that one week they did have free entry thru the rules I didn't win at all Frown
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#2448
Quote from implode View Post :
I don't recommend entering every contest...

1) Avoid contests with prizes you can't use or don't need. Save them for someone who does need/want said item. For example save baby oriented contests for someone with a new child. We all have items we can't use and shouldn't be entering for.

2) I'm personally cautious of brands/companies I've never heard of. In this vein you may choose to avoid sites that don't look professionally done, as that may be a clue they are not legitimate websites. A legitimate website should be on the brands primary domain, if not it should be linked to from their primary website domain.

3) Some people avoid contests with opt ins or lack of opt outs. If they won't respect your privacy, thats a darned good reason not to enter.

4) Some people avoid time consuming entries. This can go in hand with #3 above, as opt in or outs can make things take while to enter. Other reasons for a long entry time may be something like a flash form that isn't auto fillable.

5) Yet another method of excluding contests, is eliminating those that don't offer a lot of prizes. Simply put the less prizes offered in a contest the lesser your odds of winning. More prizes obviously give better odds.

Good luck and happy sweeping. Above all else, do what you have time to do and don't alter your regular schedule. Have fun. If at any time entering isn't fun, take a break. Don't over do it. A sustained effort will lead to you eventually getting wins.
All of this is great advice, but I find it very hard to not alter my schedule a lot of times,its very addictive once you've won some big prizes...

If I was single, I would never leave the computer,heheh

I enter every contest that i am eligible for though, but if it's stuff I personally don't really need and it's a daily entry, I only enter it once.....

I have given many things I don't need to friends/family or sold them on ebay/craigslist
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#2449
Quote from tunetokyo View Post :
I have given many things I don't need to friends/family or sold them on ebay/craigslist
For some reason, I have a very hard time selling items I win. I feel guilty, like its bad karma to sell something I won. I feel as if I'm insulting the companies running the sweeps.
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#2450
never mind i got my twizzler package today
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#2451
Quote from mmtz View Post :
I feel the same way. I used to get a few wins a week and now i'm lucky if I win one a month.
Yeah, I know. Even on this site it seems like the winners forum has dropped big time. Didn't know if people had stopped reporting, stopped playing, or just don't win that much. Maybe we'll blame it on the economy.......everything else is anyways. Smilie
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#2452
Quote from implode View Post :
I don't recommend entering every contest...

1) Avoid contests with prizes you can't use or don't need. Save them for someone who does need/want said item. For example save baby oriented contests for someone with a new child. We all have items we can't use and shouldn't be entering for.

2) I'm personally cautious of brands/companies I've never heard of. In this vein you may choose to avoid sites that don't look professionally done, as that may be a clue they are not legitimate websites. A legitimate website should be on the brands primary domain, if not it should be linked to from their primary website domain.

3) Some people avoid contests with opt ins or lack of opt outs. If they won't respect your privacy, thats a darned good reason not to enter.

4) Some people avoid time consuming entries. This can go in hand with #3 above, as opt in or outs can make things take while to enter. Other reasons for a long entry time may be something like a flash form that isn't auto fillable.

5) Yet another method of excluding contests, is eliminating those that don't offer a lot of prizes. Simply put the less prizes offered in a contest the lesser your odds of winning. More prizes obviously give better odds.

Good luck and happy sweeping. Above all else, do what you have time to do and don't alter your regular schedule. Have fun. If at any time entering isn't fun, take a break. Don't over do it. A sustained effort will lead to you eventually getting wins.
words to live by, thanks implode ur a genius
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#2453
Quote from rwilli75 View Post :
Is it just me or is it a lot harder to win this year. I used to win every now and then especially on my coke rewards and others with thousands of prizes, but this year it seems near impossible to win on anything. Has anyone else noticed a change in fortunes or am I just having a down time.
Personally I think that more and more people are entering contests. It seems like the number of players have jumped up dramatically in the past two years. One blogger says that is due to word of mouth, people are telling others and talking, and the economy.
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#2454
Hi. Yesterday i got an email from the Teen Vogue B in touch sweepstakes saying i won.
They want me to send in an affidavit with my social security number and it has to be notarized.

But anyway, I live in NM and am unsure if it's required by law to send in my SS number or if it would be worth it or wise to.
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#2455
usually you need to give a ssn if you win and its like 600 bucks or something i believe. its used for tax reasons. if your under 18 you will probably have to get you mom or dad to fill it out and sign. i say let them send it and then let your parents look it over and have them make the choice. especially if your not fully sure.
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#2456
Alright, that's the second person who has told me it's for prizes over 600 dollars. Thanks.

I also emailed CondeNast so hopefully they will verify this.
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#2457
no problem. i have heard of some contests needing you to sign stuff for things that cost less but it might also be tax laws for where the contest is coming from but ya its usually like 600 bucks or something.

what was the prize?
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#2458
It was from this: http://www.teenvogue.com/cs/promo/collectionb/
I got the bomber jacket, apparently.

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