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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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Anyone else getting shipment from One World Distribution--3.5lb box?
I have a shipment coming from One World Distribution also. 3.2lbs. Did you receive yours? I can't find any info about who they are affiliated with.
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I have a shipment coming from One World Distribution also. 3.2lbs. Did you receive yours? I can't find any info about who they are affiliated with.
turns out it was Gildan touchdowns for tuition promotion.
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TIP:
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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turns out it was Gildan touchdowns for tuition promotion.
Thanks for the update - I won one the gift packs from that.
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I won a trip for 4 to Universal Studios (including airfare and hotel). I would rather have the cash, but it is still my biggest win. I don't use auto forms or anything, just the old fashioned typing method.
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got an alert from UPS from IRIS USA INC

have no idea what LOL
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#3381
re: LastPass
I recently switched over from roboform and really like LastPass

To avoid being flagged as not manually entering the sweepstakes, I am manually typing in the form the first time, and then capturing the data via the "Save All Entered Date feature:"

This works quite well for me, except on Facebook pages, where often only the Facebook search box is captured, so the form data needs to be repopulated each time I visit/enter

Is there a better way? Or is this the best that LastPass can do
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is anyone having trouble with twitter?
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is anyone having trouble with twitter?
Apparently a lot of people are. I just read this: Twitter just tweeted "Some users may be experiencing issues accessing Twitter. Engineers are working to resolve this problem."
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re: LastPass
I recently switched over from roboform and really like LastPass

To avoid being flagged as not manually entering the sweepstakes, I am manually typing in the form the first time, and then capturing the data via the "Save All Entered Date feature:"

This works quite well for me, except on Facebook pages, where often only the Facebook search box is captured, so the form data needs to be repopulated each time I visit/enter

Is there a better way? Or is this the best that LastPass can do
I would assume LastPass is doing this because of the numerous frames on the FB sweeps. You can do the same exact thing with Roboform (save all entered data) and it will ask you which frame that you want to save...

I wouldn't even bother with sweeps if I couldn't use Roboform. If using it has cost me a miniscule amount of entries, I really don't care but I know that most sweeps don't give a crap. The only thing I like LastPass for is using it for sweeping on my iPad.
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Any winners from:
https://slickdeals.net/f/5493104-Pepsi-NFL-Gear-Sweepstakes-12-26-12-call-in?v=1

I entered that religiously...even though call in was biggest pain in the butt ever.
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Any winners from:
https://slickdeals.net/f/5493104-Pepsi-NFL-Gear-Sweepstakes-12-26-12-call-in?v=1

I entered that religiously...even though call in was biggest pain in the butt ever.
Good question...I did the same..haven't heard anything.....
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Good question...I did the same..haven't heard anything.....
I have unknown UPS alert for 1lb package from Young America...though I won a free two liter pepsi from IWG earlier, doubt they would send that registered. So either I'm getting an affy or gift card of some sort as far as my best guesses.
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re: LastPass
I recently switched over from roboform and really like LastPass

To avoid being flagged as not manually entering the sweepstakes, I am manually typing in the form the first time, and then capturing the data via the "Save All Entered Date feature:"

This works quite well for me, except on Facebook pages, where often only the Facebook search box is captured, so the form data needs to be repopulated each time I visit/enter

Is there a better way? Or is this the best that LastPass can do

I also use LastPass and have never really used the 'Save All Data' feature. When I'm doing the fb ones with longer forms, I just use 'Fill Form', it's only a few extra steps so I don't mind. If you want to be safe, I guess you could make one of the forms have half the information and type the rest...There is also "Hot Keys" which is basically an auto-filling key command.


Idk if that really answered your question but HTH anyways =)
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Got a call this morning from UPS as they had our address in correct. I wonder if they called today if it could be delivered today still? Hope so!

Also I was curious, have any of you won from entering magazine sweepstakes, or are they a waste of time? Many have multiple to enter. Thanks!
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2013 wins:
*game
*gallon of milk
*bag of charcoal, 12 pack Dr. Pepper, & Oreos
*Nerf water soaker toy
*free subscription Family Fun Magazine
*$25 Home Depot gift card
*Looper pocket watch

My goal is to win an IPad! *Fingers Crossed!*
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Got a call this morning from UPS as they had our address in correct. I wonder if they called today if it could be delivered today still? Hope so!

Also I was curious, have any of you won from entering magazine sweepstakes, or are they a waste of time? Many have multiple to enter. Thanks!
Only you can make that decision...
1) Magazines generally have high volume of entries.
2) Some Magazines are a pain in the neck and hide opt ins for subs/spam.
3) Some Magazines are creative presentations.
4) Some of these contests run for over a year
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