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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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Quote from DamianMom View Post :
I've been wanting to try Twitter contests, but having a hard time finding them. How do you find Twitter contests to enter? Thanks!
Search Contest/Sweeps forum with "Twitter" as search term??? Seems pretty straight forward to me.

Or find a contest which is twitter...click theme/category tags to get to this page:
http://slickdeals.net/forums/forumdisplay.php?&tagid=159991&f=25
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I just won a pair of Weird Al concert tickets from my local radio station. It's been a few weeks since I won anything, so I'm feeling pretty good about this one.
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Quote from DamianMom View Post :
I've been wanting to try Twitter contests, but having a hard time finding them. How do you find Twitter contests to enter? Thanks!
I find most of mine from the people that I follow on twitter, but you can also go to tweeparties.com and they list several parties per day.
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I was a potential winner for this:

http://slickdeals.net/f/5364004-Coke-Zero-Win-EA-Sports-NCAA-Football-13-Game-Twitter

Received a twitter message: Time to start building your dynasty. You're a potential winner! Visit http://bit.ly/NUQQSB within 3 days to claim your prize!

Unfortunately I did not claim it in time, however, in the official rules it states that potential winners have 5 days to claim their prize. Do I have a valid argument here? Is there anything I can do about it?
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Anyone get like 7 or 8 messages from senekot contest that expired 4-8 weeks ago? NOT sure why i'm suddenly getting a bunch of winner list notices this late.
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Anyone get like 7 or 8 messages from senekot contest that expired 4-8 weeks ago? NOT sure why i'm suddenly getting a bunch of winner list notices this late.
I received like 3 of them.
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Yeah, I got three or four
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Quote from implode View Post :
Anyone get like 7 or 8 messages from senekot contest that expired 4-8 weeks ago? NOT sure why i'm suddenly getting a bunch of winner list notices this late.
I'm getting them too.
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Anyone else about to shitcan roboform? Its gotten to where over half of the forms it encounters are not filling correctly and I am spending more time fixing forms than using FF's built in form filler. I miss SXIPPER!!!!!

I'd pay for roboform if it worked worth a crap but it is getting so bad the only thing I want to do with it is dump it in the trash.
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Quote from countyline View Post :
Anyone else about to shitcan roboform? Its gotten to where over half of the forms it encounters are not filling correctly and I am spending more time fixing forms than using FF's built in form filler. I miss SXIPPER!!!!!

I'd pay for roboform if it worked worth a crap but it is getting so bad the only thing I want to do with it is dump it in the trash.
have you reported the bugs? I've found them to be fairly responsive with fixes

(I don't have time during the week to collect the bugs, but may this weekend)

And yes,. I've notice there are a lot of FB forms (especially) right now
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Quote from ellory View Post :
have you reported the bugs? I've found them to be fairly responsive with fixes

(I don't have time during the week to collect the bugs, but may this weekend)

And yes,. I've notice there are a lot of FB forms (especially) right now
What I'm not sure is if they are truly roboform bugs or the form creators intentionally booby-trapping them...

I still miss SXIPPER, it could be trained for any form very quickly, I don't see anything in the free roboform that will accomplish this or am I missing something?
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Quote from luckytammyle View Post :
I was a potential winner for this:

http://slickdeals.net/f/5364004-Coke-Zero-Win-EA-Sports-NCAA-Football-13-Game-Twitter

Received a twitter message: Time to start building your dynasty. You're a potential winner! Visit http://bit.ly/NUQQSB within 3 days to claim your prize!

Unfortunately I did not claim it in time, however, in the official rules it states that potential winners have 5 days to claim their prize. Do I have a valid argument here? Is there anything I can do about it?
Sure, what do you have to lose? Make sure you take a screen shot of the official rules page, first.
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Question: is it better to play instant wins or just enter sweepstakes? Not doing too well on the instant wins.
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Question: is it better to play instant wins or just enter sweepstakes? Not doing too well on the instant wins.
I do instant wins last, in case I run out of time that day. I rarely win anything from those and I win something, on average, once a day. The only IWG I've had any luck with is the ShopRunner one (I won 4-$5 Domino's gift cards). I've won some other small prizes from other IWGs, but ShopRunner seems to give out the most prizes. However, they don't compare with the prizes I've won from single-entry sweeps.
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Quote from Jang View Post :
I agree with you on this but can anyone else confirm?
I have a FB page for my blog and can see all names of people who like it.
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