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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 12:13 PM
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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Congrats everyone!
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Actually upon contacting up2u rewards card people, they had told me that "You cannot use these cards at Paypal and Telecommunications websites"... But still I was able to pay my AT&T bill, if I was not touching the last $15 on the card... AT&T doesn't really put a hold of $15 on the card; it doesn't appear as hold on card activity... But if you try to touch the last $15 on your card for AT&T bill, AT&T just keeps saying that the transaction was declined...

I know this is very different from other cards... Like one of my Amex rewards card was getting a hold of $1 only from AT&T...
Thank you for posting this. I just tried to pay with a $100 mastercard gift card that I won from another sweep (it is not up2u) and got declined every time if I didn't submit $85.00. Talked to AT&T and they said they couldn't do that because it would be "fraud". I now have a $100 pending payment even though I paid $85. Thanks again for posting!
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Just got my first spam email spouting sales for Father's Day.....

That's right ladies. Say goodbye to the seemingly endless spa gift card, nail polish and bouncy hair product sweeps....and say hello to the men's sweeps. Manly men sweeps giving away manly things in a manly way. Shiny wrenches, automobile wax and extremely violent video games.....mmmmmmmm that's good sweepin'.

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Anyone having issues with eprize contests tonight? Or is it just user error? Smilie
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Anyone having issues with eprize contests tonight? Or is it just user error? Smilie
Nope, it seems to me that their servers are down or something...
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I received an email saying that I won a $100 dollar gift card, it has the normal affidavit sort of form attached that I need to send back.... here's my question, in the email it says $100 win, but on the affy it says $500 win.... should I question it or just fill it out as is and see what happens... ?

It seems like a silly question, but I just don't want to lose the prize whether it's 100 or 500....
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Hi, I have a question for all you contest geniuses Smilie i entered a photo contest and if I happen to make it to the "public voting" round, is there a good strategy to gain more votes? It's a Facebook contest soon to be on spongebob fan page. My kids can win a nick-cruise!!!!! I'll know if i'm in it by next week Smilie wish me luck!
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I received an email saying that I won a $100 dollar gift card, it has the normal affidavit sort of form attached that I need to send back.... here's my question, in the email it says $100 win, but on the affy it says $500 win.... should I question it or just fill it out as is and see what happens... ?

It seems like a silly question, but I just don't want to lose the prize whether it's 100 or 500....
I would ask for a clarification of the discrepancy between the two and an updated affidavit if it is incorrect. There should be no problem.
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I received an email saying that I won a $100 dollar gift card, it has the normal affidavit sort of form attached that I need to send back.... here's my question, in the email it says $100 win, but on the affy it says $500 win.... should I question it or just fill it out as is and see what happens... ?

It seems like a silly question, but I just don't want to lose the prize whether it's 100 or 500....
Its not a silly question, clarify it before you complete the Affy!!!
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Has anyone noticed this change with wildfire sweeps? The selection for country now says "the United States" so when I use Roboform it automatically chooses United States minor outlying islands because of the "the" in front of "the United States.

It's a very minor thing. I'm just curious.
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Has anyone noticed this change with wildfire sweeps? The selection for country now says "the United States" so when I use Roboform it automatically chooses United States minor outlying islands because of the "the" in front of "the United States.

It's a very minor thing. I'm just curious.
Yep, I noticed it too, and it's annoying.
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Quote from Jang View Post :
Has anyone noticed this change with wildfire sweeps? The selection for country now says "the United States" so when I use Roboform it automatically chooses United States minor outlying islands because of the "the" in front of "the United States.

It's a very minor thing. I'm just curious.
NOT minor at all, very irritating...
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Did you know people have won over $30,000 in prizes from sweeps I've directly posted? If you have the time to do so, please give back by posting sweepstakes you see. This site is largely community driven. We are grateful for the volunteer work of others. heart
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NOT minor at all, very irritating...
I reported it as a bug to Roboform to fix. Suggest others do the same to bump up the fix priority
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Thanks for the responses everyone. I find it minor because it just takes me a second or two to fix.
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Has anyone noticed this change with wildfire sweeps? The selection for country now says "the United States" so when I use Roboform it automatically chooses United States minor outlying islands because of the "the" in front of "the United States.

It's a very minor thing. I'm just curious.
Yes! So annoying! A lot of the time with Wildfire sweeps, I just go to the next tab right after I submit (I don't do my sweeps here at SD) since their forms are normally so standard and then just close all tabs at once, so I'm sure I've lost a few entries this way before it caught my attention. Frown
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