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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.


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#4201
Quote from miggy82 View Post :
I know what your saying like some people search for only 3 thumbs up or higher or other options through filter. Or some people will select to browse by thumbs up when they want to enter the best sweeps and don't have much time. I might be mistaken but from what I'm looking at it looks like a neutral vote doesn't lower the score or the thumbs up. I might be wrong. Like 1 thumbs up is a half shade thumb up and +1 score. Two thumbs up is a full yellow thumb up and a +2 score. If a neutral is added it's still the same color thumb and score just with 3 votes.
Some people see a score less than the number of votes and automatically think thumbs down. But it doesn't really matter. The C&S forum is so low on the SD totem pole, users don't even have to justify a TD with a reason, like in Hot Deals or Freebies. As SD admin once said, "People can vote, and they have a right to vote however they want, right or wrong." shake head
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Quote from sweepstaker View Post :
Some people see a score less than the number of votes and automatically think thumbs down. But it doesn't really matter. The C&S forum is so low on the SD totem pole, users don't even have to justify a TD with a reason, like in Hot Deals or Freebies. As SD admin once said, "People can vote, and they have a right to vote however they want, right or wrong." shake head
I Thumbup all entries I enter and it does serve as a marker for me so I know that I've entered it!
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lol, you are making me feel guilty--I don't thumbs up or rep nearly enough. My goal is to blast through a dozen pages and maybe get some work done sometime during my day.
Whistling
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Thumbed and dangerous!

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Be on the lookout.

Brought to you by Sheriff sweepstaker and Deputy MLx3.
I've seen him! LMAO
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Time to round up a posse, boss!
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laugh out loud
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Quote from BoydSchidtt View Post :
I Thumbup all entries I enter and it does serve as a marker for me so I know that I've entered it!
Whistling
I've seen him! LMAO
laugh out loud
So you feel neglected??? Not sure what to make of the whistling comment. I give back to SD in many ways--mod alerting non working links with fixed ones/updated entry info, posting contest answers, posting regular contests in the first place, etc etc on daily basis.
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#4204
Got an OLD, OLD Thread

http://archive.slickdeals.net/f/1484133-Turkey-Hill-New-York-Yankees-Tickets-Sweeps-11-30-11-13-code-needed-NY-NJ-MA-CT-PA-and-MD-only?v=1

This sweeps is going on again this season and the rules etc have just been added to and updated.

QUESTION:Bump the old thread, or create a new one?
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#4205
Someone posted that comcast blocked their email confirmation for an IWG. Does anyone know if this happens often with comcast? Should I use another email? Thanks.
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#4206
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Someone posted that comcast blocked their email confirmation for an IWG. Does anyone know if this happens often with comcast? Should I use another email? Thanks.
I have read about this happening to others as well. I'd create a gmail account to be on the safe side. Also, you never know if you'll cancel comcast down the road and no longer have access to that account and miss out on wins.
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Quote from dgleeson View Post :
Got an OLD, OLD Thread

http://archive.slickdeals.net/f/1484133-Turkey-Hill-New-York-Yankees-Tickets-Sweeps-11-30-11-13-code-needed-NY-NJ-MA-CT-PA-and-MD-only?v=1

This sweeps is going on again this season and the rules etc have just been added to and updated.

QUESTION:Bump the old thread, or create a new one?
I'd create a new one. If the mods think it should be merged, they'll do it.
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Quote from KMA View Post :
I haven't been entering sweeps (taking care of a cat with a liver condition is too stressful to do much else), but when I do enter, I try to give a thumbs-up to the ones I enter. If I see one that has a thumbs down and is posted properly, even if I don't enter it I will give it a thumbs up. We can regulate this problem on our own, if members are pro-active and make the effort to override the jackass(es).
That's a good tactic. I will try this also.
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Quote from credmond View Post :
I have read about this happening to others as well. I'd create a gmail account to be on the safe side. Also, you never know if you'll cancel comcast down the road and no longer have access to that account and miss out on wins.
Good point! Thanks!
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Anyone get prizes from Grizzly contest? I got notice about some dip cups I won ~10 days ago via UPS shipping notice. Claimed to be coming from Signagio Enterprises, with dip cup red 120z in ref number. So today thought it was odd they never showed up. Looked up signagio Enterprises and called them. The guy who answered said he was retired since January and had no idea. Said his company was closed down. Had no idea about Grizzly ever being a client. So I'm totally perplexed....the dip cups ref # means it has to be from Grizzly. Perhaps a UPS glitch caused a mix up in shipper and it not to arrive?
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Anyone get prizes from Grizzly contest? I got notice about some dip cups I won ~10 days ago via UPS shipping notice. Claimed to be coming from Signagio Enterprises, with dip cup red 120z in ref number. So today thought it was odd they never showed up. Looked up signagio Enterprises and called them. The guy who answered said he was retired since January and had no idea. Said his company was closed down. Had no idea about Grizzly ever being a client. So I'm totally perplexed....the dip cups ref # means it has to be from Grizzly. Perhaps a UPS glitch caused a mix up in shipper and it not to arrive?
That's very odd. Seems grizzly has been giving you trouble lately. I received my dip cups last week. UPS was suppose to transfer them over to USPS but i guess UPS decided to deliver it instead (maybe because I had another package coming to me that day being delivered by UPS?). I still have yet to receive a $5 red box gc from them though.
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Quote from implode View Post :
Anyone get prizes from Grizzly contest? I got notice about some dip cups I won ~10 days ago via UPS shipping notice. Claimed to be coming from Signagio Enterprises, with dip cup red 120z in ref number. So today thought it was odd they never showed up. Looked up signagio Enterprises and called them. The guy who answered said he was retired since January and had no idea. Said his company was closed down. Had no idea about Grizzly ever being a client. So I'm totally perplexed....the dip cups ref # means it has to be from Grizzly. Perhaps a UPS glitch caused a mix up in shipper and it not to arrive?
I never get Grizzly shipments when they are scheduled (I've gotten about 5 in the last year). And every time I receive them they come on a day when I'm getting another UPS shipment, up to 3 or 4 days later than scheduled. I wonder if it's just how they ship (maybe UPS has a "slower" shipping option).
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I never get Grizzly shipments when they are scheduled (I've gotten about 5 in the last year). And every time I receive them they come on a day when I'm getting another UPS shipment, up to 3 or 4 days later than scheduled. I wonder if it's just how they ship (maybe UPS has a "slower" shipping option).
Well tracking doesn't work because supposedly they switch over to usps surepost...but worse then that, it says shipping label generated, but acts like they (UPS) never received the item.
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Any tips on how to make it easier to decide who to unlike on Facebook? I was thinking of making folders for single entries and deleting those in the month following when they're supposed to select a winner. And when dailies end, moving those into the appropriate folders, too.

Quote from implode View Post :
Anyone get prizes from Grizzly contest? I got notice about some dip cups I won ~10 days ago via UPS shipping notice. Claimed to be coming from Signagio Enterprises, with dip cup red 120z in ref number. So today thought it was odd they never showed up. Looked up signagio Enterprises and called them. The guy who answered said he was retired since January and had no idea. Said his company was closed down. Had no idea about Grizzly ever being a client. So I'm totally perplexed....the dip cups ref # means it has to be from Grizzly. Perhaps a UPS glitch caused a mix up in shipper and it not to arrive?
They changed the date of delivery on mine. I don't remember if they alerted me to the change or if I saw it when I went to track it. Anyway, I received the package a few days ago.
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Any tips on how to make it easier to decide who to unlike on Facebook? I was thinking of making folders for single entries and deleting those in the month following when they're supposed to select a winner. And when dailies end, moving those into the appropriate folders, too.

They changed the date of delivery on mine. I don't remember if they alerted me to the change or if I saw it when I went to track it. Anyway, I received the package a few days ago.
"A UPS shipping label has been created. Once the shipment arrives at our facility, the tracking status--including the scheduled delivery date--will be updated."

I was sent a notice on 05/14, with projected delivery date of 05/17...now nothing in the system at all. I mean its just some solo looking red cups, but its the principal of the thing.
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