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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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#2926
Got my first affy and sent it back, so I guess it's OK to announce that I won the Bottom Dollar contest on Facebook, the prize is a $500 gift card! Biggest win to date!
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Quote from STPATTY3172000 View Post :
Got my first affy and sent it back, so I guess it's OK to announce that I won the Bottom Dollar contest on Facebook, the prize is a $500 gift card! Biggest win to date!
Congrats, hope you are quick to break your new record for size of win.
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#2928
I have FB account just for entering contests. However FB is asking for mobile no verification! I dont want to give my mobile no to FB!. How do you guys deals with such a situation? do you give the actual mobile no?
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#2929
Quote from mj025 View Post :
Ok, got a question. I won a Samsung Galaxy Note II, but I can't use it right now. Didn't want to win that prize, so I'm going to have to sell it I guess. I have a choice of which carrier model to pick and was wondering if there was one that would make it easier to resell? Like, Verizon over AT&T, etc? Thanks.

Funny how I win something everyone else wants, but I'd be much more happy with a tv, or camera... Please let me win a camera! lol, that is one thing I really could use...

-MJ
If you haven't decided yet, is there an option for an unlocked phone, meaning you can use it with any phone carrier that uses the same band frequency (eg. GSM, CDMA)? Those usually sell really well since buyers doesn't have to commit to a phone carrier itself. I won an ATT branded phone and am with T-Mobile, so I had it unlocked by buying a code on Ebay because ATT was being a pain about not finding the unlock code for me, blah.
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#2930
Quote from melan26 View Post :
If you haven't decided yet, is there an option for an unlocked phone, meaning you can use it with any phone carrier that uses the same band frequency (eg. GSM, CDMA)? Those usually sell really well since buyers doesn't have to commit to a phone carrier itself. I won an ATT branded phone and am with T-Mobile, so I had it unlocked by buying a code on Ebay because ATT was being a pain about not finding the unlock code for me, blah.
I already chose, but thanks... Had a family member that could use it so just asked them... And yeah, that would have been the course I'd have went, too...

-MJ
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Quote from stp6435 View Post :
I have FB account just for entering contests. However FB is asking for mobile no verification! I dont want to give my mobile no to FB!. How do you guys deals with such a situation? do you give the actual mobile no?
You have to if you want to continue using your Facebook account - no ways around it other than sending in a copy of your license (ugh, would never think about doing that with Facebook!) You can't use a landline and you can't use a mobile number that has already been tied to a Facebook account. I had this happen to me once with my only FB account (I now only use it for sweeping) and they sent me the verification code via text msg.
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#2932
I also have a facebook count only for contests - though I don't have a personal one. I did ot want to put my phone number in, but have been asked many times to give my mobile number and I finally did and now it says "your timeline is live." I don't know much about facebook, but does this mean that all of the contests I have entered were not seen prior to verification? I just joined FB about a month ago and have only won very small prizes from IWGs.


Also, I need advice. I won a small prize ($25 itunes gift card, from a social media contest ran by a school. They told me to give them my information, so I did, and they emailed me saying I had to fill out a prize claim form. I actually have lost the email so i emailed them asking me to send it again, but i remember it asking for Social Security Number.....
I don't want to put my real SSN.. Was thinking of making one up... What do you think I should do? I definitely don't want to give up my SSN for a $25 gift card..
Thanks in advance.
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Quote from MOSCHUNO View Post :
I also have a facebook count only for contests - though I don't have a personal one. I did ot want to put my phone number in, but have been asked many times to give my mobile number and I finally did and now it says "your timeline is live." I don't know much about facebook, but does this mean that all of the contests I have entered were not seen prior to verification? I just joined FB about a month ago and have only won very small prizes from IWGs.


Also, I need advice. I won a small prize ($25 itunes gift card, from a social media contest ran by a school. They told me to give them my information, so I did, and they emailed me saying I had to fill out a prize claim form. I actually have lost the email so i emailed them asking me to send it again, but i remember it asking for Social Security Number.....
I don't want to put my real SSN.. Was thinking of making one up... What do you think I should do? I definitely don't want to give up my SSN for a $25 gift card..
Thanks in advance.
I think you should ask to omit soc sec info for security reasons...if they refuse, just don't accept the prize. Doing otherwise is an act of fraud and will likely get you in trouble. You don't want to get in pissing match with the IRS, especially over a meager $25.
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Quote from implode View Post :
I think you should ask to omit soc sec info for security reasons...if they refuse, just don't accept the prize. Doing otherwise is an act of fraud and will likely get you in trouble. You don't want to get in pissing match with the IRS, especially over a meager $25.
Thank you for your advice. Will do! Repped!
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#2935
If you win a prize that is a donation to a charity, is that tax deducible? Also, do you have to consider that as income as well? Or does something like that just cancel itself out?
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Quote from caitybates View Post :
If you win a prize that is a donation to a charity, is that tax deducible? Also, do you have to consider that as income as well? Or does something like that just cancel itself out?
My understanding on sweeps like that, from reading official rules, it's not tax deductible, nor is it considered income for the "winner".
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Quote from MLx3 View Post :
My understanding on sweeps like that, from reading official rules, it's not tax deductible, nor is it considered income for the "winner".
Thanks! I haven't won any, but it was always something I was curious about.
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#2938
Quote from caitybates View Post :
Thanks! I haven't won any, but it was always something I was curious about.
I won a $100 worth of BoxTops for Education, and the sponsor contacted me to verify my school of choice for the donation. That's been my only personal experience with sweeps that the prizes are donations.
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#2939
I have a question: when you win a facebook contest, how are you notified? Do they email you? Message you on facebook? Or do you have to go back and check their webpage?

I've never used facebook before I made an account for sweeps, so I'm not too familiar with it....

Thanks,

- X
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Quote from Xebec01 View Post :
I have a question: when you win a facebook contest, how are you notified? Do they email you? Message you on facebook? Or do you have to go back and check their webpage?

I've never used facebook before I made an account for sweeps, so I'm not too familiar with it....

Thanks,

- X
Could be all of the above. Technically, according to Facebook Promotion Guidelines, pages are supposed to use a 3rd party app to collect entries, and notify winners outside Facebook (ie: email, mail, phone). However, many pages still do the small comment-to-win type giveaways, and will either send you a message through Facebook, or you have to bookmark the page so you can go back and check the winner.
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