In conclusion, the giveaways aren't what makes Slickdeals a great site. If you're a big contributing member and feel you deserve a higher chance of winning the giveaways, well then you're contributing for the wrong reasons.
Agreed - I've been grateful for all the amazing information SD has given me over 4 years and have been rewarded 1000x over any humble contributions I've given.
It's all those deals I've been able to get in on, not any giveaway prizes, which are my reward. And, in this perspective, longer-term SDers 100% have an advantage over newbie visitors - surgical use of Deal Alerts, filters and stickies let us filter through all the chaff quickly. We also take sites like camel and NowinStock for granted - what, for us, are everyday tools are still largely unknown to the vast populace.
I'll close by sharing that, after 4 years of entering oodles of SD giveaways, I actually won a 32" TV last week. Completely unexpected but highlighted to me the points above: winning the giveaway was such a rush precisely because I did not feel higher odds were an entitlement "owed" to longer-term members.
So thanks to SD for the TV but , more importantly, for building the core rabid (in a good way ) community base that's helped us all.
(ironically, I already had bought a 32" TV a few weeks earlier from a Hot Deals post! DoH!)
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