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Contests & Sweepstakes Tips, Advice, and Questions

FreebiesRGreat 56,135 June 2, 2008 at 07:50 PM in Other
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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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Bauer publishing is a VERY well known company and they WILL deliver...

Sometimes there can be snags behind the scenes you aren't aware of. I think of my own- which was a significant win years back, it took nearly 6 months of calls & emails to finally get it resolved and in my hands. I found out later, that business portion was sold (it was a major company) to another, and I'm thinking perhaps they were debating whose lap it landed in to cover ME.

Here's MY methods of collecting- I'll do polite some time, then- we have to do what we have to do. I'd email and suggest to them that if not resolved within 2 weeks that you will report them to the states regulation boards. Most states monitor sweeps- I'm in FL & they are huge about protecting us floating idiots from the big old companies that will pounce on our stupidity. I've only had a handful (out of 100's) of wins I'd say were more difficult than average to get the prizes in on. Then, I've had a few- one recently, where I wasn't even TOLD I'd won until MONTHS later, recently it was one from JAN! When I first got major into it online- I had one send me a notice nearly a YEAR after it ended! lol. Such is the life of a sweeper... It happens. Chin up and move on- look to the next ones.

I've won from Bauer and I'm trying to think off the top of my head- but, I don't remember ever getting notices of wins, they just 'came' in the mail. I'd have to dig to see if I got a larger one- generally trips they will wait until it's about a month before to send more info. I had a trip win one year- for the following year, I didn't hear a peep until right before time to go & then I finally got a package with money, tickets and such to go. I think sweeping takes an extraordinary amount of patience & understanding. Sometimes, we're as green as the companies doing them!
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Where are you guys finding 70+ instant wins to play each day? I've found maybe 3 max today... LOL
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Quote from stubbyk86 View Post :
Where are you guys finding 70+ instant wins to play each day? I've found maybe 3 max today... LOL
click on the "instant" flag to the left of an instant game thread
or at the bottom of the page on the left "Filter by Category" and it will show you all the instants.
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Anyone ever have a contest tell them you would have to go into local office to pick up a prize (because they won't ship it directly to you)? I'm beginning to have a weird feeling about a win of mine, that maybe its just a sales come on or something. I know for a fact that is how those laser hair removal scams begin. I've also had a bad experience with a contest by treck bikes, where they told you to go into a retailer, then the retailer had no idea about it and wouldn't let me redeem prize coupons. Anyone else have exp with something like this?
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Quote from javaFlower View Post :
click on the "instant" flag to the left of an instant game thread
or at the bottom of the page on the left "Filter by Category" and it will show you all the instants.
Thank you Wink
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Quote from implode View Post :
Anyone ever have a contest tell them you would have to go into local office to pick up a prize (because they won't ship it directly to you)? I'm beginning to have a weird feeling about a win of mine, that maybe its just a sales come on or something. I know for a fact that is how those laser hair removal scams begin. I've also had a bad experience with a contest by treck bikes, where they told you to go into a retailer, then the retailer had no idea about it and wouldn't let me redeem prize coupons. Anyone else have exp with something like this?
In my experience most Radio Stations you have to go in and collect the prize yourself...
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I'm not going to do anymore blogger giveaways. They have way too many requirements just to have a fair shot at winning it. Uh-uh, not worth my time.
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I'm not going to do anymore blogger giveaways. They have way too many requirements just to have a fair shot at winning it. Uh-uh, not worth my time.
I have won every big prizes I own from blogs this month I won a freezer, a flip camera slide,roku box, trimmer for the yard and some other really nice prizes got some tips if want on blogs send me dm if like and good luck stick with blog u have much better odds then any other contest.
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Quote from evanesce View Post :
I'm not going to do anymore blogger giveaways. They have way too many requirements just to have a fair shot at winning it. Uh-uh, not worth my time.
I agree. Also a lot of blogs are run by well meaning people and not companies. This means less to lose if they don't fulfill a prize. I think their is a higher chance you might not get a prize from these types of contest. I think time to enter is a very valid reason for ignoring contests.
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Quote from purplelover04 View Post :
I have won every big prizes I own from blogs this month I won a freezer, a flip camera slide,roku box, trimmer for the yard and some other really nice prizes got some tips if want on blogs send me dm if like and good luck stick with blog u have much better odds then any other contest.
Wow! Care to sprinkle some good luck around? Big Grin I've entered a ton of blogs and never won anything like that ever. I do prefer blogs to twitter though - I don't notice the same winners over and over and the rules are clearer.
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Quote from empyrean View Post :
Wow! Care to sprinkle some good luck around? Big Grin I've entered a ton of blogs and never won anything like that ever. I do prefer blogs to twitter though - I don't notice the same winners over and over and the rules are clearer.
Yes fill us in! It would be nice to have a tab under contests for blogs.
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How does one go about finding Twitter giveaways and sweepstakes? Is there a section of Slickdeals that has those contests? (I tried searching...)
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what is the best way to win an instant game[ making your chances greater]
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Quote from andphaM33 View Post :
what is the best way to win an instant game[ making your chances greater]
Play when you have time to do so, assuming they are honest and truly random you have equal chances to anyone else. When you start altering your daily life then you have taken things too far.
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whats the best way to organize 1 entry contests that you've already entered? is the ignore thread the best way?
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