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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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Quote from lilrehm25 View Post :
I have a question. Why do people bump contests up? I don't mean to sound mean but it is hard enough to win most contests and when someone bumps them up then people who don't take the time to look for or find contests here on their own all of a sudden enter ones that were bumped and all of our chances of winning go down.
I enter all my contests directly from Slickdeals website. If I don't bump contests, they fall off the back page of the monthly view. I like the idea that people who may have missed entering also getting a chance to enter. For those saying tough luck to them, remember you will have better odds if you constantly enter something. Really chances or hurtting your odds are in the tens of thousands of a percent if not greater.

Like anything bumping can be taken to an extreme. For example people bumping soon to expire threads. To me that is the exception as it makes the sites organization a lot worse. You definately don't want a thread to hang around 20-30 days extra in the monthly view.

Its important to note Dailies are a lot different then single entry. Single entry you are marking you are done entering to avoid DQs. Dailies you don't need to mark as entered as you can enter them multiple times.
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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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Well said implode.

On another note, I love Pinterest sweepstakes and contests. Far less people use the site as compared to Twitter or Facebook and it takes more "work" to enter so even less people bother doing so.
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Well said implode.

On another note, I love Pinterest sweepstakes and contests. Far less people use the site as compared to Twitter or Facebook and it takes more "work" to enter so even less people bother doing so.
Haha, I do avoid the pinterest sweeps if I don't have enough time to do it so yeah I bet your odds are higher there. On that note...gonna do the pinterest ones more often. Big Grin

Edited to add: I love the essay contests for the same reason and enter those a lot.
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Quote from lemontart68 View Post :
Haha, I do avoid the pinterest sweeps if I don't have enough time to do it so yeah I bet your odds are higher there. On that note...gonna do the pinterest ones more often. Big Grin

Edited to add: I love the essay contests for the same reason and enter those a lot.
I debated for a second whether to even mention the Pinterest sweeps but I said if more people get interested in them, oh well.

I try to do essay sweepstakes when I can but either they're something I definitely won't win or something I'd feel too bad making my story extra sappy or sympathetic about.
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Quote from Jang View Post :
I debated for a second whether to even mention the Pinterest sweeps but I said if more people get interested in them, oh well.

I try to do essay sweepstakes when I can but either they're something I definitely won't win or something I'd feel too bad making my story extra sappy or sympathetic about.
I do see some winners of the essay contests who played the sympathy card, yep. More often though I see the winners who were really creative, humorous and found a clever way to tie in their story to the sponsor's product. That is what I shoot for when I enter. I've won a few over the years but not using the sympathy factor but yeah...I do see that a lot on those sweeps.
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I have a question about the pizza hut dash for dough gift card. I won and got the gift card via email instantly then today I got another email with the subject "problem solved, here's your new egift card"...huh? So the first one isn't any good? I haven't used either one yet and wondered if anyone else got two emails with two gift card numbers.
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I have a question about the pizza hut dash for dough gift card. I won and got the gift card via email instantly then today I got another email with the subject "problem solved, here's your new egift card"...huh? So the first one isn't any good? I haven't used either one yet and wondered if anyone else got two emails with two gift card numbers.
Yep, got the same.
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Yep, got the same.
Strange huh? So I assume that the one we got today is valid? Guess I won't know until I try to use it. Have you used either one yet?
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Strange huh? So I assume that the one we got today is valid? Guess I won't know until I try to use it. Have you used either one yet?
You can check the balance on pizzahut.com. look at top of page and click on giftcards.
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You can check the balance on pizzahut.com. look at top of page and click on giftcards.
Oh, didn't even think of that, thank you!! Smilie
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UPS alert from Alliance Marketing Dist Inc....any ideas?
i see several ppl saying they are getting UPS Alerts, how do I sign up for this? I have looked on UPS website, and I dont see anything like that
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i see several ppl saying they are getting UPS Alerts, how do I sign up for this? I have looked on UPS website, and I dont see anything like that
Here you go, it is ups my choice

http://www.ups.com/mychoice/index...CTab_Learn
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Here you go, it is ups my choice

http://www.ups.com/mychoice/index...CTab_Learn
Thank you very much!!
I think I repped you, still not real sure if I have enough post yet to do that, and if I am doing it right,lol
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Thank you very much!!
I think I repped you, still not real sure if I have enough post yet to do that, and if I am doing it right,lol
You're welcome! Smilie
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Getting error on all eprize games: Service Unavailable

The server is temporarily unable to service your request. Please try again later.
Reference #6.d4c702cc.1354087238.658940f

Anybody else?
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