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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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#3541
I sent in an affidavit on my first big win ever about 2 weeks ago but never heard back after. Should I contact the company or is this just usually how it goes?
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I sent in an affidavit on my first big win ever about 2 weeks ago but never heard back after. Should I contact the company or is this just usually how it goes?
Use the tracking number and see when it was accepted...then follow up with said data by phone.
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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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Use the tracking number and see when it was accepted...then follow up with said data by phone.
Tracking number? I never received one.
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How big was your win (I don't need details if you don't want to divulge them). If I was you, I'd be in constant contact with the sponsor/company.
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Tracking number? I never received one.
You didn't send Affy back with tracking number? I usually get a prepaid envelope form judging agency.
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How big was your win (I don't need details if you don't want to divulge them). If I was you, I'd be in constant contact with the sponsor/company.
It wasn't that big just big for me. $1000.

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You didn't send Affy back with tracking number? I usually get a prepaid envelope form judging agency.
They let me do it through email although that was an option. Im guessing I messed up on that decision.
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It wasn't that big just big for me. $1000.

$1000 is a pretty big win for anyone. I hope everything works out with it.
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I sent in an affidavit on my first big win ever about 2 weeks ago but never heard back after. Should I contact the company or is this just usually how it goes?
Let them know if they have received it. It's rare, but it does happen. I usually ask them for a reply to confirm that they've received it. This is your first big win, congrats! Let us know how it goes.
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It wasn't that big just big for me. $1000.



They let me do it through email although that was an option. Im guessing I messed up on that decision.
Send them another email asking to verify if they got it, be polite, ask like you aren't sure if you screwed it up... Be self-deprecating in the email to keep it from sounding like you are impatient with them... I've had countless wins where there was noticeable lack of communication on their end, I'll send in paperwork and they seem like you should be psychic and know everything went fine and it'll be 4 to 6 weeks before you'll get your prize.

People in public relations seems to have a distinct lack of skill relating to the public...

-MJ

P.S. Email is not a secure means of file transfer (as in, assume all your email is read by someone other than the intended person), I would NEVER email sensitive information, such as a SS#. I would always try to fax or mail that type of paperwork.
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Send them another email asking to verify if they got it, be polite, ask like you aren't sure if you screwed it up... Be self-deprecating in the email to keep it from sounding like you are impatient with them... I've had countless wins where there was noticeable lack of communication on their end, I'll send in paperwork and they seem like you should be psychic and know everything went fine and it'll be 4 to 6 weeks before you'll get your prize.

People in public relations seems to have a distinct lack of skill relating to the public...

-MJ

P.S. Email is not a secure means of file transfer (as in, assume all your email is read by someone other than the intended person), I would NEVER email sensitive information, such as a SS#. I would always try to fax or mail that type of paperwork.

Thanks! I sent them an email last night and they emailed me back this morning! They said everything is in processing and that they just need my SSN so I am having them call me for that. I would never send it through email. The affidavit they had me fill out just had my name and the county and state I live in. I wonder how long it would have taken for them to get back to me if I hadn't said something. Thanks everyone for your help! Much appreciated!
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I have a problem. I won a Google Nexus 7. The sponsor wants me to send them a photo of me holding the Nexus, so they can post on Facebook. I DON'T WANT my photo on the internet. Although I understand the sponsor point of view. What to do?
Do you have a friend who wouldn't mind? I once had to pick up a prize and they wanted a photo. I wasn't thrilled with the idea but hubby was fine with it. They didn't care who was IN the pic as long as they had one so I had him pose. Smilie

Congrats on the win!
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Do you have a friend who wouldn't mind? I once had to pick up a prize and they wanted a photo. I wasn't thrilled with the idea but hubby was fine with it. They didn't care who was IN the pic as long as they had one so I had him pose. Smilie

Congrats on the win!
good idea
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Newbie question: I keep seeing people post things like, "I got a notice for a 3lb package from ...." Where does one sign up for or get those notifications? It is something you set up with fedex, ups, etc? I have a myUPS account, but I'm not sure how it is supposed to work.

Any help would be appreciated!
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Newbie question: I keep seeing people post things like, "I got a notice for a 3lb package from ...." Where does one sign up for or get those notifications? It is something you set up with fedex, ups, etc? I have a myUPS account, but I'm not sure how it is supposed to work.

Any help would be appreciated!
Its via UPS http://www.ups.com/mychoice/ they will email you when you have a package coming to your address
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Its via UPS http://www.ups.com/mychoice/ they will email you when you have a package coming to your address
Ok, good. That is the service I have. I'm not expecting anything, but I don't want to miss anything either. What about FedEx?
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