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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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Wave Both wifey and I got password reset emails from twitter about 1am yesterday. Did a search on twitter password resets and they did this back in 2011 as well. Confused
In other words, it is anti-spam measures they've implemented that are a bit too aggressive, chances are companies will let them known and in a week or so it'll be adjusted... In the mean time, I'll leave out twitter entries from woobox and such...

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I just got a ups alert from From:
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which i believe is related to wyndham hotels. Whatever they're sending is overnight and there's no weight listed (yet?). Haven't won anything from them so hopefully it's not an advert lol. Anyone have any insight on this? Thanks
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In other words, it is anti-spam measures they've implemented that are a bit too aggressive, chances are companies will let them known and in a week or so it'll be adjusted... In the mean time, I'll leave out twitter entries from woobox and such...

-MJ
I have one account that's over 3 years old and gets hacked quite often; never have they sent an email about having changed my password. I usually have to go check it myself to see if any bogus tweets were sent.
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Does anyone think those Paszaz contest are actually legit...because to me it look like an info harvesting site???
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Does anyone think those Paszaz contest are actually legit...because to me it look like an info harvesting site???
I remember someone posting on here years ago they said they won before, I have always been skeptical of them myself tho.
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I remember someone posting on here years ago they said they won before, I have always been skeptical of them myself tho.
Because to me--I ask myself does the website have the sponsorship to give away such expensive prizes ($1,000+ laptops, etc etc)? The ad revenue created by the quality of content doesn't cover the prizes.

Reminds me of the Radio contest from I heart radio, or something like that. They would run 30 promos all with expensive gift cards. Those went on for years, and almost everyone trusted them. Only to later be exposed as an email harvesting scheme. The tell tale sign it was fake of course was a shell site with little to no content.
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I got an affadivit for a prize worth $250 and I am debating whether to fill it out and accept the prize.

How often have received a 1099-MISC for prizes that are under $600? Do sponsors generally not bother even if it is in that $200-$500 range? Seems uncommon from waht I have read but just trying to get a feel for this.
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I just got a ups alert from From:
RCI-PARSIPPANY
PARSIPPANY, NJ, US

which i believe is related to wyndham hotels. Whatever they're sending is overnight and there's no weight listed (yet?). Haven't won anything from them so hopefully it's not an advert lol. Anyone have any insight on this? Thanks
RCI is a company where people bank & trade timeshares (I have a membership), they do have sweeps now & then. rci.com
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I got an affadivit for a prize worth $250 and I am debating whether to fill it out and accept the prize.

How often have received a 1099-MISC for prizes that are under $600? Do sponsors generally not bother even if it is in that $200-$500 range? Seems uncommon from waht I have read but just trying to get a feel for this.
I've had to fill out and return affys for prizes of different values - some under $600, some over $600 - although I've only received 1099-MISC forms for prizes over $600.
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Because to me--I ask myself does the website have the sponsorship to give away such expensive prizes ($1,000+ laptops, etc etc)? The ad revenue created by the quality of content doesn't cover the prizes.

Reminds me of the Radio contest from I heart radio, or something like that. They would run 30 promos all with expensive gift cards. Those went on for years, and almost everyone trusted them. Only to later be exposed as an email harvesting scheme. The tell tale sign it was fake of course was a shell site with little to no content.
Keep in mind that their sweeps run for a LONG time.
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Does anyone think those Paszaz contest are actually legit...because to me it look like an info harvesting site???
Well they have a lot of content. Why would they bother with any of that if their sole purpose was to be an email harvester? I haven't noticed anyone posting wins from there, but then again I never notice anyone posting wins from BHG sites, HGTV, and many others. They all have sweeps that run for a long time and only one prize most often. I don't bother entering pastures of opportunity sweeps because it is a site with no content. I think a lot of blog type sweeps are selling email lists and I hate getting emails that you can't unsubscribe to, but that's probably just something you have to deal with if you enter lots of sweepstakes.
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Well they have a lot of content. Why would they bother with any of that if their sole purpose was to be an email harvester? I haven't noticed anyone posting wins from there, but then again I never notice anyone posting wins from BHG sites, HGTV, and many others. They all have sweeps that run for a long time and only one prize most often. I don't bother entering pastures of opportunity sweeps because it is a site with no content. I think a lot of blog type sweeps are selling email lists and I hate getting emails that you can't unsubscribe to, but that's probably just something you have to deal with if you enter lots of sweepstakes.
Well good reason some of those sites have BAD contests (Hearst, Merideth, Readers Digest, and PCH--all run large numbers of horribly run Creative Presentations). I could go on and on about why I dislike those...

I've even won a cookbook from Leites Culinaria, but shortly after I won they started to give away things like IPADs and I began to wonder if they turned to the dark side. Easy to imagine them being given cookbooks to promote, harder to believe they were giving away IPADs every month.

I generally don't like blogs. I want major companies who have a lot to lose if they don't award prizes they promise. A blog packs up and leaves, reinvents themselves with a new name, no one is the wiser. No accountability if they are unprofessional.
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eprize down for anyone else?
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OK, just a warning to folks...hope its not something on my system causing this. Last two days on HD Room contests, I've seen fake Flash Update notices on pop up ads. Immediately tries downloading an .exe file. I can only assume its a virus and not really flash. I have since ignored those contests, and urge other people to use caution on their site. Unsure if its a rogue ad, or something that was done intentionally by that site.
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OK, just a warning to folks...hope its not something on my system causing this. Last two days on HD Room contests, I've seen fake Flash Update notices on pop up ads. Immediately tries downloading an .exe file. I can only assume its a virus and not really flash. I have since ignored those contests, and urge other people to use caution on their site. Unsure if its a rogue ad, or something that was done intentionally by that site.
I'm not getting any pop-ups there but I have blocked several scripts with adblock.
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