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Contests & Sweepstakes Tips, Advice, and Questions

FreebiesRGreat 56,135 June 2, 2008 at 07:50 PM in Other
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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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#6436
Quote from tneedham18 View Post :
I received a call saying that I won the http://blog.pfisterfaucets.com/wi...YoTSm.dpbs.

I just had a question regarding the paper work they want me to fill out. Is it normal that they want me to fill out an affidavit and a W-9 form?
yes completely normal, you will have to pay taxes on the win. however, if you don't feel comfortable just decline the prize but the more money a prize is worth, the more likely you are to fill out an affadavit.
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#6437
is Womens Day down...keep getting 404 not found errors on sweeps...but regular pages load just fine.
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Quote from implode View Post :
is Womens Day down...keep getting 404 not found errors on sweeps...but regular pages load just fine.
I keep getting same thing
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Quote from implode View Post :
is Womens Day down...keep getting 404 not found errors on sweeps...but regular pages load just fine.
They redesigned their page try this link http://womansday.hearstmobile.com/giveaways/ or http://www.womansday.com/sweepstakes/
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Quote from sghotra View Post :
They redesigned their page try this link http://womansday.hearstmobile.com/giveaways/
Wish I was a mod, would sneak in the edits for thirty or so that need updating...rediculous amount of edits. Hope the OPs put in the work.
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Quote from implode View Post :
Wish I was a mod, would sneak in the edits for thirty or so that need updating...rediculous amount of edits. Hope the OPs put in the work.
I always just enter from this page, then I always see the new ones too.
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Quote from sghotra View Post :
They redesigned their page try this link http://womansday.hearstmobile.com/giveaways/
Thanks! RIP all my bookmarks I had sprinkled in folders LMAO
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#6443
Just wanted to say spent 30-40 mins this morning updating WD links in the wikis...everything should be good to go now.
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#6444
So... My Coke Rewards instant win games... they pretty much a thing of the past now? I've looked a number of times, but ever since they transitioned their site a few months ago, I haven't seen a single one. They didn't move them somewhere else I'm not aware of, right?
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Quote from Danzilla View Post :
So... My Coke Rewards instant win games... they pretty much a thing of the past now? I've looked a number of times, but ever since they transitioned their site a few months ago, I haven't seen a single one. They didn't move them somewhere else I'm not aware of, right?
They are supposed to come back but haven't yet.

There's a few separate instant wins running, searching 'cocacola' in this forum, first post only should list them.
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#6446
Any one get an email about the bracket challenge for MCR this year? I still remember the debacle from last year, dont know if they'll run it again this year.. Too risky..
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#6447
Looks like Coke is doing a joint promotion with 7-11 this year.
Check it out here:

https://cocacola.promo.eprize.com/bracketsweeps/
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#6448
Hi all - I'm new to sweeping and I wanted to know more about the tax situation. I have won a few small prizes (most under $100). Is it really worth it to pay 30-40% tax on this stuff... or is it taxed less? I'm really unsure so I rejected a prize earlier this week. TIA Smilie
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Quote from moooosie View Post :
Hi all - I'm new to sweeping and I wanted to know more about the tax situation. I have won a few small prizes (most under $100). Is it really worth it to pay 30-40% tax on this stuff... or is it taxed less? I'm really unsure so I rejected a prize earlier this week. TIA Smilie
The fair market value (FMV) of the prize just gets counted as income for tax purposes, so the tax on a prize will depend on your income bracket (and whatever state you live in for state income tax). It is up to you if a particular prize is worth it. Also, the FMV is not always as much as the approximate retail value (ARV) listed in prize rules (e.g., for a trip prize, airfares and hotels can be less depending on travel dates and where you are flying from).
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#6450
I'm wondering if the sweeps where you get extra entries for referrals are a waste a time since I don't have any. Any thoughts?
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