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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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Thanks for the input Smilie I'll try some more FB contests.
You're welcome & good luck to you!
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As an "old school" sweeper from back to 2001, can I just can I can't STAND these FB contests?? Have you all had luck with them? I just can't see liking a random page for a company I'm not interested in to win some piddly little prize.
Same here, can't stand fb at all and only signed up because a lot of sweeps moved there. I've won a few on fb, most was a $500 amex gc. I do hate being part of an interactive ad and I've lost a lot of respect for some companies by moving all this to fb.
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I'm new to this on a big scale, been playing my local market for years.. On IWG like My Coke Rewards, is there a best time of day? I know the current IWG for Southwest has one winner a day...any tip would be appreciated. thx
My sleep schedule is whacky, so yes, I admit to playing the coke games at 4am. In fact, the ONLY time I've won anything from MCR is at 4am, give or take 15 minutes. All four of my wins were at this time.

ETA Make that five wins... 3:40am and I just won a $10 McDonald's GC.
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Dailies vs one time entries....

What's your strategy?

This is how I'm approaching it. I jump on the new dailies so I can get as many entries as possible in a contest, thereby increasing my odds over those who enter only once or a few times. And yes, i make sure to enter every day. If I have time (which I usually don't), I go back and enter the one time entry contests. I leave those for last because I figure I have an equal shot at winning as everyone else.

I'm new at this (started in October) so I'm learning as I go. My two biggest wins so far have been from the instant wins and the dailies.

Sorry if this was recently discussed, as I only read back a few pages.
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Dailies vs one time entries....

What's your strategy?

This is how I'm approaching it. I jump on the new dailies so I can get as many entries as possible in a contest, thereby increasing my odds over those who enter only once or a few times. And yes, i make sure to enter every day. If I have time (which I usually don't), I go back and enter the one time entry contests. I leave those for last because I figure I have an equal shot at winning as everyone else.

I'm new at this (started in October) so I'm learning as I go. My two biggest wins so far have been from the instant wins and the dailies.

Sorry if this was recently discussed, as I only read back a few pages.
I do the one time entries once per week. I spend an hour or so on those and then I just "ignore" the posts (you can hide the posts on here...makes it super easy).
With the dailies, I really only enter the ones where I actually want the prizes, that way it cuts down the time I spend entering.

Does anyone have any recommendations for a free autofiller? Roboform says it's going to charge me now and uh, yeah, I'm not paying. lol
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Kitchen Aid Toaster in the OpinionSquare Fan Favorites Sweepstakes
6 pack of Fruit2o water
Sony headphones from Fruit2o
K Cup sampler or tumbler from Brew Over Ice game
tickets to Menopause: The Musical from 630 WPRO am
$200 Visa card from Entenmann's
tickets to Queen Extravaganza
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I do the one time entries once per week. I spend an hour or so on those and then I just "ignore" the posts (you can hide the posts on here...makes it super easy).
With the dailies, I really only enter the ones where I actually want the prizes, that way it cuts down the time I spend entering.

Does anyone have any recommendations for a free autofiller? Roboform says it's going to charge me now and uh, yeah, I'm not paying. lol
Unfortunately there are very few other choices. Delete a couple of your passcards and roboform should stay free (I believe you are allowed up to ten before it starts complaining)
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I do the one time entries once per week. I spend an hour or so on those and then I just "ignore" the posts (you can hide the posts on here...makes it super easy).
With the dailies, I really only enter the ones where I actually want the prizes, that way it cuts down the time I spend entering.

Does anyone have any recommendations for a free autofiller? Roboform says it's going to charge me now and uh, yeah, I'm not paying. lol
I've stopped roboform a few months ago when I started using Google Chrome that has an autofill function.
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Dailies vs one time entries....

What's your strategy?

I'm new at this (started in October) so I'm learning as I go. My two biggest wins so far have been from the instant wins and the dailies.

Sorry if this was recently discussed, as I only read back a few pages.
My strategy is to keep a folder of all dailies with the expiration date (for example: Nike 12.31) so I can delete them off once they expire. Sometimes the forms continue accepting entries. I only bookmark prizes I really want or can take. For example, I've won 2 trips before that were for specific dates and I had to forfeit the prize because they conflicted with work. That's disappointing!

For keeping up to date on the new posts on Slickdeals, I keep the forum sorted by "Thread Started" and try to keep up to date. Usually I'm a week or two behind new posts so I send myself an email with the subject line "SLICK Posted 12-08-2012, 03:37 PM" so I know the next time I get on to catch up on the new posts I go back to page 11 to the post at that date/time and keep working upwards on the new posts.
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I am having trouble entering the Womans World and In Touch Sweepstakes, both of them now have phrases to enter to confirm I am not a robot but I can't figure out where to press submit at? I press Enter Drawing because it is the only button I see to press and it gives me a new phrase...helppppp
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Quote from katierysz View Post :
I do the one time entries once per week. I spend an hour or so on those and then I just "ignore" the posts (you can hide the posts on here...makes it super easy).
With the dailies, I really only enter the ones where I actually want the prizes, that way it cuts down the time I spend entering.

Does anyone have any recommendations for a free autofiller? Roboform says it's going to charge me now and uh, yeah, I'm not paying. lol
I use LastPass and I absolutely love it! It seems pretty similar to Roboform from what I can recall when I started looking into sweeping. Has autologin, profiles, etc etc. It even works when the automatic filling has been disabled on the page.
And in the rare occasion that it does not work, I have a stickie on my desktop with my email, home address and such that's a quick go-to for copying and pasting. HTH!
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I am having trouble entering the Womans World and In Touch Sweepstakes, both of them now have phrases to enter to confirm I am not a robot but I can't figure out where to press submit at? I press Enter Drawing because it is the only button I see to press and it gives me a new phrase...helppppp

I've had this happen to me a few times, try zooming out so you can see everything. For Macs, you can press [apple and - ] to achieve this. I believe it's the command button for non-Macs. Then press [apple and 0] afterwards to reset it. I have to do this for that one PineLogs sweep. HTH!
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Thanks I'll try it, I do have a Mac.....

Here is another one for you guys, all the Ryan Seacrest ones have been saying I've entered with this email, and I know I haven't, happening to anyone else?
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Thanks I'll try it, I do have a Mac.....

Here is another one for you guys, all the Ryan Seacrest ones have been saying I've entered with this email, and I know I haven't, happening to anyone else?
I just assumed 12 days was a one time entry and poster was messing up...happens to me also.
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I've had this happen to me a few times, try zooming out so you can see everything. For Macs, you can press [apple and - ] to achieve this. I believe it's the command button for non-Macs. Then press [apple and 0] afterwards to reset it. I have to do this for that one PineLogs sweep. HTH!
This might be a dumb question but I haven't had this mac (Macbook AIr) for long, what/where is the "Apple" on they keyboard don't see such a thing? See the Icon on he screen on the top left but nothing on keyboard....
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