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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.)

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sanaperv @slicksweepberry
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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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Of course you let them know.

When you let them know depends on the specifics. Is it unabusable? or just that you personally aren't going to abuse it? Is it a large sweeps company or a Mom and Pop whose kid is learning how to make websites? Is it something simple like having the answers in the html, or something more serious like posting private information? If they were accidentally posting the answers to inane, tedious questions, I might abuse the info until the end of the contest. If it were something more like Marlboro OWTW, I'd let them know immediately*.

I'm not sure why they'd DQ you--they should be hiring you to help them.
Yes, it's something like poorly written HTML. Written by a large company that should know better then to have answers written in it. Having answers to questions would simply slow people down. But the sloppiness could be something else, signs someone has been messing with the code...like hackers.
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any tips on winning from mycoke? after several year of sweeping it is a contest I just can't get the hang of...
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any tips on winning from mycoke? after several year of sweeping it is a contest I just can't get the hang of...
Don't waste coke points, save them for freebies. Instead use the alt entry method hidden in the rules. Like any instant it's a matter of good long term approach. Took me 3 years to win....they are just very publicized.
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Yes, it's something like poorly written HTML. Written by a large company that should know better then to have answers written in it. Having answers to questions would simply slow people down. But the sloppiness could be something else, signs someone has been messing with the code...like hackers.
Hmm, I'm tempted to say that you should also report it to us. Everyone makes mistakes, but a large sweeps company should never make stupid mistakes like this--either they have some reusable code that is good or the guy who writes the code should absolutely know better. Someone hacking within the company could make some sense if they were trying to rig the results; but again, their controls shouldn't be stupid enough that you could rig it like that. Could be something internal causing the delay in fixing the problem: laziness, investigation, new hires, etc. 'If they don't fix the problem in a timely manner, you should let everyone know, including the client' is my final answer.
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Hmm, I'm tempted to say that you should also report it to us. Everyone makes mistakes, but a large sweeps company should never make stupid mistakes like this--either they have some reusable code that is good or the guy who writes the code should absolutely know better. Someone hacking within the company could make some sense if they were trying to rig the results; but again, their controls shouldn't be stupid enough that you could rig it like that. Could be something internal causing the delay in fixing the problem: laziness, investigation, new hires, etc. 'If they don't fix the problem in a timely manner, you should let everyone know, including the client' is my final answer.
And as for the question, why was I looking at the HTML/Code? I know its probably on peoples minds. I design website solutions for a living. I love looking at how things are designed. Site was loading slow, was wondering if it was setup vs server issue.

As for spoiling the contest, I feel like I'm against that. I don't want to put a target on my back for DQs.
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Don't waste coke points, save them for freebies. Instead use the alt entry method hidden in the rules. Like any instant it's a matter of good long term approach. Took me 3 years to win....they are just very publicized.
thanks I'll keep trying Smilie good tip about alt entry
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And as for the question, why was I looking at the HTML/Code? I know its probably on peoples minds. I design website solutions for a living. I love looking at how things are designed. Site was loading slow, was wondering if it was setup vs server issue.

As for spoiling the contest, I feel like I'm against that. I don't want to put a target on my back for DQs.
I'm guessing this is an ePrize sweep. I've noticed lots of little things like typos from them, and some bigger issues like not responding to inquiries. I haven't done enough sweeps for long enough to know if they've always been like this, or if these issues are new with them.

The way I see it, pro sweepers are very important to the sweepsmaker: guaranteed page visits, quick feedback, buzz on social media, show off prizes to friends, etc. They should DQ you for abuse, but DQing for pointing out an issue that shouldn't exist would be foolish. Companies do foolish crap all the time, so I understand your apprehension to go public (I wouldn't mind a PM after it ends, though).
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THANKS YARDEE!

Today Fed ex dropped off a DIscount Tire Lionel Diecast race car from the Discount Tire PIck 22 to win contest. It says it ended 5/31/13 but I believe it is still ongoing. I was just a runner up winner according to the lad y that call today. :-) THe contest I won was from the second link in Yardee's Post! Thanks again! bouncebounce

http://slickdeals.net/f/5815678-Discount-Tire-America-s-Tire-Pick-22-To-Win-Sweepstakes-5-31-13?v=1
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THANKS YARDEE!

Today Fed ex dropped off a DIscount Tire Lionel Diecast race car from the Discount Tire PIck 22 to win contest. It says it ended 5/31/13 but I believe it is still ongoing. I was just a runner up winner according to the lad y that call today. :-) THe contest I won was from the second link in Yardee's Post! Thanks again! bouncebounce

http://slickdeals.net/f/5815678-Discount-Tire-America-s-Tire-Pick-22-To-Win-Sweepstakes-5-31-13?v=1
Missing the other link where everyone posted their wins. Is it ever coming back?
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Missing the other link where everyone posted their wins. Is it ever coming back?
Still there:

http://slickdeals.net/f/762267-Official-Discussion-of-Contests-Sweepstakes-I-have-Won-No-OT?v=1&page=265

Check your ignore list in the bottom left of your settings and options page
http://slickdeals.net/forums/profile.php?do=accountsettings
Maybe you added hat thread accidentally?
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Now that Plastic Jungle has basically closed up shop, does anybody have any other Gift cards for Cash sites they recommend?
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might not be your day when captcha code says 'rucyou'...its like a scooby doo secret message. How rude Frown Mad
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Now that Plastic Jungle has basically closed up shop, does anybody have any other Gift cards for Cash sites they recommend?
I've used www.Cardpool.com several times and have been pleased with the offer amounts as well as the turnaround time.
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Now that Plastic Jungle has basically closed up shop, does anybody have any other Gift cards for Cash sites they recommend?

I've used abcgiftcards.com with good results- fast payout.
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is it me or all Warner Bros sweeps down this morning?
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