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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
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sanaperv @slicksweepberry
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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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#2686
Wow, this [yahoo.com] would suck. Poor guy wins $100 grand and then gets DQ'd for asking for votes on a sweeps forum. Guess you have to be extra careful on that type of thing. I think his big mistake was posting online with his real name; would have been much harder to track with a made up username.
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Quote from chuckecheez View Post :
Wow, this [yahoo.com] would suck. Poor guy wins $100 grand and then gets DQ'd for asking for votes on a sweeps forum. Guess you have to be extra careful on that type of thing. I think his big mistake was posting online with his real name; would have been much harder to track with a made up username.
Begging for votes on internet forums though NOT unusual is kind of tacky (IMHO). Usually it violates the spirit of voting contests. I really don't enter voting sweeps anymore, because it usually comes down to who can hire the biggest bot net to vote for them. Voting contests just really seem to encourage cheating. Even if you have good intentions, sometimes people end up cheating on your behalf without your consent. I say all this as a statement of the problems with voting contests and not as an indictment of the person in this article--I have no direct knowledge of his situation.
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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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Begging for votes on internet forums though NOT unusual is kind of tacky (IMHO). Usually it violates the spirit of voting contests. I really don't enter voting sweeps anymore, because it usually comes down to who can hire the biggest bot net to vote for them. Voting contests just really seem to encourage cheating. Even if you have good intentions, sometimes people end up cheating on your behalf without your consent. I say all this as a statement of the problems with voting contests and not as an indictment of the person in this article--I have no direct knowledge of his situation.
I agree on the voting contests and don't enter them myself either. But I don't have a problem with people asking for votes. Isn't the whole idea to drive traffic to the site? Even the big TV voting shows like American Idol are driven as much by campaigning as they are by talent. Should I not be allowed to ask friends/family to vote for my entry? Granted, asking strangers on the internet for a vote isn't quite the same thing but I would think the sponsor would be happy with getting a bunch of new people to visit the site. Oh well, I suppose it's a fine line; personally I wouldn't mind a bit if sponsors just quit running that style of campaign.
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Is the new Twix IWG down for anyone else?
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I just switched to Chrome due to having problems with FireFox. I'm confused about how to sort bookmarks by date and how to search for bookmarks. It's making it almost impossible for me to do my dailies and instant win sweepstakes.
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I just switched to Chrome due to having problems with FireFox. I'm confused about how to sort bookmarks by date and how to search for bookmarks. It's making it almost impossible for me to do my dailies and instant win sweepstakes.
Why not just update to newest FF, maybe that would fix your problems?! (HELP -> about firefox -> update)
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Why not just update to newest FF, maybe that would fix your problems?! (HELP -> about firefox -> update)
It's been getting worse and worse over the past year and the newest update made it slightly worse still. I like everything about Chrome except for the bookmarks issue.
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I just switched to Chrome due to having problems with FireFox. I'm confused about how to sort bookmarks by date and how to search for bookmarks. It's making it almost impossible for me to do my dailies and instant win sweepstakes.
In Chrome: 3 bar button in top right --> Bookmarks --> Bookmark Manager should launch the manager in a new tab.

To sort bookmarks by date (assuming the date is the first thing in the bookmark name), click the folder you want to sort, then click organize then "Reorder by Title". That should put them by date. Sort is also at the top of that new tab that launched earlier.
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Quote from ITAF3Can View Post :
In Chrome: 3 bar button in top right --> Bookmarks --> Bookmark Manager should launch the manager in a new tab.

To sort bookmarks by date (assuming the date is the first thing in the bookmark name), click the folder you want to sort, then click organize then "Reorder by Title". That should put them by date. Sort is also at the top of that new tab that launched earlier.
I just save the bookmark name as it is, since slickdealers are pretty good about putting the dates in the title in an orderly way. In FF, I could search something like "10/3/12" and it would show only the ones with that somewhere in it's title.

But more than that, it would show the last time I visited that bookmark so I could see my progress with dailies/instants/weekly sweepstakes.

Thanks for the replies, both of you.
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odd, why does UPS send out a delivery notice for a certain date...then the date ends up changing? Had this happen with two package lately. Always running late from scheduled delivery.
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odd, why does UPS send out a delivery notice for a certain date...then the date ends up changing? Had this happen with two package lately. Always running late from scheduled delivery.
Just happened to me to.I had an alert for Oct 3rd delivery they now changed it to the 8th.
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Just happened to me to.I had an alert for Oct 3rd delivery they now changed it to the 8th.
Recieved one last night saying package was in TN., but would be by end of the day today. Looked again this morning still hadn't arrived in town but still scheduled today. 20 mins ago it has changed to delivery tommorow.

Another package was supposed to be delivered one day, took a detour to Ohio suddenly. Then they changed delivery date to 4 days later.

Another package was to be delivered one day (UPS), was switched to USPS, then switched again back to UPS...and delviered two days late.

I'm not sure I'm better off with myUPS, seems the more I know the more I'm appalled about the mistakes made. I also got a package from UPS this morning that myUPS didn't catch---my ile de france cheese.
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#2698
Okay my fellow SDers, I have a dumb question.

If I won a pre-paid Visa and it has no ATM/pin capabilities, is there a way to get the money off of it other than spending it down? (I'd actually like to use it to pay my existing Visa card so I can use my Visa card to get the points on the stuff I'd be buying with the prepaid - did that make sense, lol?)
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Thank you to bachophobia for putting me over 2K reps, iamnotaduck for 3K, jwb1850 for 5K!

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Okay my fellow SDers, I have a dumb question.

If I won a pre-paid Visa and it has no ATM/pin capabilities, is there a way to get the money off of it other than spending it down? (I'd actually like to use it to pay my existing Visa card so I can use my Visa card to get the points on the stuff I'd be buying with the prepaid - did that make sense, lol?)
Many credit card companies allow you to pay the balance of a bill with another credit card...so that is certainly a possibility. Have to do leg work and call your (personal CC) issuer to know for sure.

Another popular way to use prepaid credit cards I've found is to issue yourself a gift card on amazon. This is really good for stubborn small balances that are difficult for store clerks to key in. If its anything other then a swipe, you know thats gonna be a pain and hold up people in line.
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Is there a trading forum I could post to on SD? I have a couple livenation codes that I probably won't use.
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