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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.


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UPS
http://www.ups.com/mychoice/
FedEx https://www.fedex.com/login/web/j...n.jsp?TYPE
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Just a HU about a possible sweepstakes on the horizon. I only caught a snippet from CNN [cnn.com].
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Fans of Brown can expect to see her back on Travel Channel in January, hosting a one-hour special called "Trip of A Lifetime," where viewers will have a chance to win $100,000 for their own dream trip.
And googling produced this:
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Travel Channel has greenlit production of a new one-hour special, “Trip of a Lifetime,” premiering on Wednesday, January 30, 2013 at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT
I didn't feel like there was enough concrete info to start a thread but I just wanted to share. Smilie

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No problems with FB apps here, but I use Chrome. You may want to clear out your private data (cache, history, cookies, etc.) and see if that helps. Good luck and merry xmas, ymas and zmas 2 all!
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No problems with FB apps here, but I use Chrome. You may want to clear out your private data (cache, history, cookies, etc.) and see if that helps. Good luck and merry xmas, ymas and zmas 2 all!
Yeah, done all that. FB is still coming and going..Thanks for the reply and happy holidays!
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OK . Here's what I won for X-mas. a $500.00 check (already received). A Nook HD, a $50.00 American Express GC (Instant Win) , a $25.00 Amazon Gift Code (already used). and the granddaddy of all a pair of Diamond Earrings ARV 1,100!
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Does anyone know how to submit my photo in the Marlboro capture contest without turning it to black and white. I am using the last filter box on the right, it submits ok then shows up different?
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Hi I have been trying for a few months at least 50 a day and use roboform do you think thats why I am not winning...does anyone win using roboform
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Hi I have been trying for a few months at least 50 a day and use roboform do you think thats why I am not winning...does anyone win using roboform
Try manually typing first entry, then saving manually typed pass card if you are concerned a sweeps is picking up robo use. Tha assures its not filling hidden fields. Though I doubt many care about the use of form fillers.
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It was user error. Didn't know I had to use the left ALT key for it to work.

Now I use LastPass to fill forms, manually check/uncheck extra boxes, and then Simple Form Filler to save the filled out form. Much faster than I was going and awesome for forms that don't allow autofill.
I tried using Simple Form Filler, but when I click to fill a previously saved form, nothing happens - it just remains blank. Any suggestions?
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Hi I have been trying for a few months at least 50 a day and use roboform do you think thats why I am not winning...does anyone win using roboform
You're not missing out by using Roboform. Winning is entirely hit or miss. You say you're entering 50 sweeps a day which isn't really very many if you're dedicated to winning something. If those sweeps are all for single big prizes you might not hit the win column for years. Enter more sweeps with multiple prizes and sweeps with smaller prizes that you wouldn't mind winning. Mix in some instant win games and you might win something every now and then. Most IWGs have winning times that are exactly on the minute, so you can increase your chances by using this - http://wwp.greenwichmeantime.com/. GL
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You're not missing out by using Roboform. Winning is entirely hit or miss. You say you're entering 50 sweeps a day which isn't really very many if you're dedicated to winning something. If those sweeps are all for single big prizes you might not hit the win column for years. Enter more sweeps with multiple prizes and sweeps with smaller prizes that you wouldn't mind winning. Mix in some instant win games and you might win something every now and then. Most IWGs have winning times that are exactly on the minute, so you can increase your chances by using this - http://wwp.greenwichmeantime.com/. GL
I was under the impression that instants were completely random. Can you give a couple examples of instants where the prize are on the minute? Thanks!
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I tried using Simple Form Filler, but when I click to fill a previously saved form, nothing happens - it just remains blank. Any suggestions?
It doesn't seem to work for all forms, especially facebook or pop-up types. Does it work with any of your forms at all?
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It doesn't seem to work for all forms, especially facebook or pop-up types. Does it work with any of your forms at all?
I only started using it today and was saving all my forms. Then I decided to try it using forms I'd already filled; so far none have worked, but my sample has been very small. I'll continue to save and try. I appreciate your comment.
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I was under the impression that instants were completely random. Can you give a couple examples of instants where the prize are on the minute? Thanks!
I'm not a prize administrator so have absolutely no way to give you any examples. I play IWGs on the minute and have had my fair share of wins. You don't have to play exactly on the minute, but you are increasing your chances of winning if you do. At the beginning of a sweeps random times are assigned for the IWG prizes. These times are almost always on whole minutes and not fractions of minutes. I'm sure there may be exceptions (MCR possibly). So if you play an IWG at 15 seconds after the minute and you win it probably means you were the first person to play after the winning time.
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I won a trip earlier this year...since then I have tried to contact the person who is to help me plan the trip a few times to no avail. it's worth about $5K and I was already sent the tax form for it BUT I didn't file taxes on it because I didn't go on the trip yet (I haven't "received" it)

What would you guys do in my situation? continue trying to contact the travel person or should I contact the sponsor to see if I can get a cash option?

While I really want to go on the trip, I wasn't able to plan it before I started my new job which is what I needed to do. Now i can't go on the trip until Nov or Dec of next year. It's going to be at minimum a 10 day vacation from my job.

If I take the cash I can go on a smaller, shorter trip.
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Goodreads: Book (God Bless The Child by Toni Morrison)
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