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Contests & Sweepstakes Tips, Advice, and Questions

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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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Last Edited by JD123 November 1, 2014 at 11:13 AM
Before we had this thread, limpstar posted this site for info on sweeps & taxes in the I Won Thread:
All About Sweepstakes Taxes
http://contests.about.com/od/taxe...gtaxes.htm

Also consider talking to your tax preparer and/or researching further into your tax responsibility.


I have found this page helpful in understanding some of sweep's law - a sweeps law co.'s site:
The Lustigman Firm; Attorneys at Law
http://www.sweepstakeslaw.com/
The Lustigman Firm provides experienced legal counsel that helps protect the business interests
of its advertising and promotional clients around the United States and Canada

What does " age of majority in your state or province " mean?

(sometimes abbreviated as AoM+ )

it's the legal age of that state or province...

The Age of majority is the threshold of adulthood as it is conceptualized in law. It is the chronological moment when children legally assume majority control over their persons and their actions and decisions, thereby terminating the legal control and legal responsibilities of their parents over and for them.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Age_of_majority

there's a list by country and by US State there....

For most purposes, the age of majority in the U.S. is 18,
except for 2 states with the age of 19 (Nebraska,Alabama)
and one state with the age of 21 (Mississippi)
and two (American Samoa and Puerto Rico) that retain 14 as the age of majority.
Occasionally PA is listed under the 19+ or 21+

~javaFlower

Regarding missing prizes
If you were expecting a prize you've never received you can complain 1st to the sweepstakes administrator, then to the sweepstakes sponsor and finally to USPS Postal Inspectors

https://postalinspectors.uspis.go...laint.aspx

-Kotik


ePrize Contacts
bob.marsh@eprize.com - Bob Marsh, Senior Vice President, Midwest Region, Phone: 248.543.7522
darlene@eprize.com - Darlene Morris, Business Manager, Phone: 248.543.7403
alesya@eprize.com - Alesya Opelt, Vice President, Marketing, Phone: 248.543.7440


Occasionally a....less than ethical sweep will get posted.
You might end up finding unauthorized charges on your phone bill. Unauthorized charges on the phone bill are what's called "Cramming". Once you contact the company that's charging you, and you have requested your phone company remove the charge, if you so choose, you can file a complaint with the FCC.

FCC Online complaint form: esupport.fcc.gov/complaints.htm

You can also file your complaint with the FCC's Consumer Center by e-mailing fccinfo@fcc.gov or calling 1-888-CALL-FCC (1-888-225-5322) voice or 1-888-TELL-FCC (1-888-835-5322) TTY

You can fax your complaint to 1-866-418-0232

Or by snail mail:
Federal Communications Commission
Consumer & Governmental Affairs Bureau
Consumer Inquiries and Complaints Division
445 12th Street, SW
Washington, D.C. 20554.

I also recommend a 3rd party block on your line to prohibit this from happening. 3rd party blocks don't affect your phone in any way, except by not allowing some company outside of your local phone company from adding charges to your bill.


Slickdealers on Twitter
(I don't really know where is best to start this list, but I decided to just start it here. If anyone thinks we should move it somewhere else, please do so.)

SD name Twitter name
kdka421 k8fenner
Starbelly Lunachique
dodgers77449 michael0902
sanaperv @slicksweepberry
blueeyeleo  
Slickdealers on Facebook
(Hopefully, it is allowed to post this here. If anyone thinks this link should be deleted, please do so.)
You can find the facebook slickdeals sweepers in this group: http://www.facebook.com/groups/310504039006252/

Track incoming packages
UPS
http://www.ups.com/mychoice/
FedEx https://www.fedex.com/login/web/j...n.jsp?TYPE
USPS https://www.usps.com/manage/manage-your-mail.htm




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yup...

two things to note:
- i did try paying AT&T bill with it, and AT&T puts a $15 hold on it... so u ll hv to leave $15 for the hold on it, if u plan to pay phone bill with it...
- if the card gets declined at your first try, email disputes@getup2U.com letting them know about that... i think they reactivate it, and then the card works flawlessly...
The hold will fall off from ATT after a few days. Then you will be able to use the remaining $15 at ATT

Preauthoirzation holds are usually $1-$2. Really surprised ATT is $15
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#1967
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The hold will fall off from ATT after a few days. Then you will be able to use the remaining $15 at ATT

Preauthoirzation holds are usually $1-$2. Really surprised ATT is $15
Actually upon contacting up2u rewards card people, they had told me that "You cannot use these cards at Paypal and Telecommunications websites"... But still I was able to pay my AT&T bill, if I was not touching the last $15 on the card... AT&T doesn't really put a hold of $15 on the card; it doesn't appear as hold on card activity... But if you try to touch the last $15 on your card for AT&T bill, AT&T just keeps saying that the transaction was declined...

I know this is very different from other cards... Like one of my Amex rewards card was getting a hold of $1 only from AT&T...
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what the heck facebook, my account is temporary unavailable?
Did you get your facebook account working again? A few weeks ago I couldn't use mine. I think because I had 2. So I deleted one. And after going back and forth with facebook, I was able to use my account again.
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May 2016 wins

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Did you get your facebook account working again? A few weeks ago I couldn't use mine. I think because I had 2. So I deleted one. And after going back and forth with facebook, I was able to use my account again.
Was like a 15 min FB outage. annoying but nothing major.
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TIP:
How to identify a telemarketer quickly---background noise indicates a call center. An Echo in the background identifies a voice over IP call. A pause before connection to caller indicates a robo call system. A winning call will identify you by name and not dance around you being a winner.
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Thanks for the help. Smilie
Sorry a lil late but you can put it on a serve card if you have it. serve is by american express. that way you can use it anywhere. plus they dont charge you a fee to transfer. this is how i did it for myself and my.husband.
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Sorry a lil late but you can put it on a serve card if you have it. serve is by american express. that way you can use it anywhere. plus they dont charge you a fee to transfer. this is how i did it for myself and my.husband.
hmmm... that's an interesting idea... i did sign up for serve for all those bonuses... but since then, i just forgot abt it...

Edit: So, I guess gift cards are loaded as credit cards??? (I see that serve has waived load fee for credit cards till June 1, 2012)
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hmmm... that's an interesting idea... i did sign up for serve for all those bonuses... but since then, i just forgot abt it...

Edit: So, I guess gift cards are loaded as credit cards??? (I see that serve has waived load fee for credit cards till June 1, 2012)
it depends. the camel cards are considered debit cards. i usually try debit first w prepaid cards and itll tell you if its credit to use the credit field. once you enter all the info the money is available immediately.

edit-also i have never had to pay a fee from original card or transferring (theres a pop up box telling you your bank may impose a fee).
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#1973
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Sorry a lil late but you can put it on a serve card if you have it. serve is by american express. that way you can use it anywhere. plus they dont charge you a fee to transfer. this is how i did it for myself and my.husband.
Thanks....but for only $25, I will keep it simple and just go over to Amazon and buy cat food or something. Something to keep in mind if I win a larger prize in that same vein, though.
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Thanks....but for only $25, I will keep it simple and just go over to Amazon and buy cat food or something. Something to keep in mind if I win a larger prize in that same vein, though.
Amazon GC, send it to yourself and have a nice reserve balance for future purchases...thats what I always to to get last .32 or whatever balance off stubborn prepaid cards.
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Amazon GC, send it to yourself and have a nice reserve balance for future purchases...thats what I always to to get last .32 or whatever balance off stubborn prepaid cards.
Neat trick....thanks....
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Are there any sweepstakes that are active to enter My Coke Reward points? I know people say they stockpile them and enter them at certain times, but I can't find any sweepstakes when its best to enter just plain coke codes, I saw some for Coke Zero or Cherry Coke, but no regular coke...
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Are there any sweepstakes that are active to enter My Coke Reward points? I know people say they stockpile them and enter them at certain times, but I can't find any sweepstakes when its best to enter just plain coke codes, I saw some for Coke Zero or Cherry Coke, but no regular coke...
To be honest, I only enter by free play method (AMOE). I much prefer tangible rewards My theory is this--why pay to play? Many other contests on web have similarly bad odds and are FREE to enter.
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Amazon GC, send it to yourself and have a nice reserve balance for future purchases...thats what I always to to get last .32 or whatever balance off stubborn prepaid cards.
Thanks implode! Very useful advice. I have close to $3 left on one I've been needing to use.
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Amazon GC, send it to yourself and have a nice reserve balance for future purchases...thats what I always to to get last .32 or whatever balance off stubborn prepaid cards.
Yeah, thanks for the tip Implode on the Amazon gc! I can finally get rid of the last few bucks left on my Visa gc. Can't rep you yet though.
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I am new to Twitter but an old pro for winning radio contests..any group or forum here to exchange tipsnod
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