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Contests & Sweepstakes Tips, Advice, and Questions

FreebiesRGreat 58,150 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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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.)

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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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Is there a trading forum I could post to on SD? I have a couple livenation codes that I probably won't use.
There is a trading thread in the freebies section.
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Thanks sweepaholic...found it!
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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?)
The other thing you can try it using the prepaid for basic living expenses like groceries or utility bills and then using the cash you would have paid on those to pay down your regular Visa. Nearly everyone takes debit cards as a form of payment now so you shouldn't have any issues.
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I dont know about Visas, but once I won a huge Amex. I called them to see if I could get a check of it so I can deposit it into my account and they agreed. Maybe you can try the same thing.
Quote from imacouponer View Post :
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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Quote from chuckecheez View Post :
The other thing you can try it using the prepaid for basic living expenses like groceries or utility bills and then using the cash you would have paid on those to pay down your regular Visa. Nearly everyone takes debit cards as a form of payment now so you shouldn't have any issues.

I don't do the banking but my hubby uses the prepaid Visa cards we get from wins to pay down our debt on our real visa card. He just uses it as a payment online.
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I have a question about facebook sweepstakes.

Can we use a different email to enter FB sweeps other than the one used to log in FB? The reason I am asking this is because sometimes they spam us from their email and I really want to use my a diff email for that.

Did anyone win anything using a different email other than FB email ??
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I have a question about facebook sweepstakes.

Can we use a different email to enter FB sweeps other than the one used to log in FB? The reason I am asking this is because sometimes they spam us from their email and I really want to use my a diff email for that.

Did anyone win anything using a different email other than FB email ??
I always use a different email and have won 2 ipads a BBQ and a Visa.
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I always use a different email and have won 2 ipads a BBQ and a Visa.
Wow. You sure are a very lucky person. Now onwards I'm gonna use a different email for FB sweep unless stated otherwise. Thank you for answering the question. Repped you Smilie
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Wow. You sure are a very lucky person. Now onwards I'm gonna use a different email for FB sweep unless stated otherwise. Thank you for answering the question. Repped you Smilie
Your welcome, good luck! Smilie
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In a good mood--sold a prize I couldn't use on craigslist for some money and helped someone out. Love it when things fall together in a win/win situation.
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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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Quote from whocares13 View Post :
Wow. You sure are a very lucky person. Now onwards I'm gonna use a different email for FB sweep unless stated otherwise. Thank you for answering the question. Repped you Smilie
I've also used a different email and won a few times. It doesn't seem to matter.
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Quote from whocares13 View Post :
I have a question about facebook sweepstakes.

Can we use a different email to enter FB sweeps other than the one used to log in FB? The reason I am asking this is because sometimes they spam us from their email and I really want to use my a diff email for that.

Did anyone win anything using a different email other than FB email ??
If you have gmail, you can use the trick where you put a dot in your email somewhere and then set up a filter so that every email received at your email with the dot is sequestered into a different folder. It's what I do to keep track of emails/spam accrued from sweepstakes.

For example: john.doe@gmail.com and johndoe@gmail.com are the same email but you can use the dot trick for filtering purposes.
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If you have gmail, you can use the trick where you put a dot in your email somewhere and then set up a filter so that every email received at your email with the dot is sequestered into a different folder. It's what I do to keep track of emails/spam accrued from sweepstakes.

For example: john.doe@gmail.com and johndoe@gmail.com are the same email but you can use the dot trick for filtering purposes.
Huh nice trick but I think I'll use the email I made just for sweepstakes. Thanks anyway Smilie
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In a good mood--sold a prize I couldn't use on craigslist for some money and helped someone out. Love it when things fall together in a win/win situation.
My sister laughs at me because I spend A LOT of my time entering contests and then I give 3/4's of it away to family members! I have literally made someone's day by giving them a contest win or helped someone out who was in a bind by giving them a gift card I had won. I think I get as much joy out of helping someone as I do winning. Smilie (Although I will be selfish when I win the IPAD!)
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Quote from whocares13 View Post :
Huh nice trick but I think I'll use the email I made just for sweepstakes. Thanks anyway Smilie
With google, you can filter results to folders...so you choose your sweeps email combination perhaps j.ohndoe@gmail.com, then filter everything from that address to a folder labeled contests.

Then normal mail will come in from your regular version of the email But everything else will fall in the folder. You can even set up further filters to divide mail even more such as if "Winner" of "Congrulations" move to subfolder winning prize.
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