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    New to this, Does anyone really win?

    First, I'm sorry but I posted this somewhere else first. I then found the little button that said "New Topic"
    Here are my questions: I just copied & pasted what I originally wrote.

    Hi, I'm unsure where to start a new topic so I apologize if I'm writing this in the wrong place. I've never entered any sweepstakes until the other night. I'm very new to this and I have some questions.
    1. Does anyone really win? Or win anything big, like a car for instance?
    2. Do you really have to give your phone number? I'm a little hesitant to do that because I don't want my home phone flooded with calls or with people trying to sell me things I just can't afford.
    3. How come so many of the sweepstakes make you fill out lengthy surveys? (for example, the $100 Walmart card) Then at the end of the survey's I'm required click on an offer and make a purchase. Honestly If I could afford to buy something like a new computer then I wouldn't be entering contests trying to win. (lol)

    Just a little curious about how this all works. I entered about 12 sweepstakes so far. I did give my real name, home address and email address but I'm just worried about giving my phone number. I don't have a cell phone either but even if I did I'm not sure if I'd want people calling and soliciting.
    Any advice would be helpful. I've found some GREAT sweepstakes to enter here. Not a fan of the survey's though but I'm willing to do some as long as I don't have to purchase something I don't want or need.
    Thanks in advance :wave:

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    Re: New to this, Does anyone really win?

    People do win! I have never won anything huge myself but I know others who use this site do. If you are going to try this Sweepstakes Advantage is the best site to go to for a great list of legitimate sweeps. Go to the forum section and you will find some great info on how to get started. I personally stay away from the surveys, but in legit sweeps you will not get sales calls. I have been doing this for about 3 years and have only gotten 3 telemarketer type calls. SA is great site so just look around,get info and have fun sweeping! Good luck!

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    Re: New to this, Does anyone really win?

    My number 1 rule: ONLY enter sweeps and instant win games sponsored by reputable companies. Why? Because there are companies, that sponsor sweeps, who's only source of income is selling your personal information!!

    Yes you can win things but remember this is basically a fun hobby. If you expect a brand new car or a lavish all expense paid vacation you'll likely be disappointed.

    REMEMBER: Technically you owe taxes on anything and everything you win! You'll receive a tax form 1099 for higher price prizes and it must be reported when you file your taxes!! So don't waste your time entering a sweep for a new car if you can't afford the taxes!!!

    Just my 2 cents.

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    Re: New to this, Does anyone really win?

    people do win, but there are some sweeps that you are not likely to win, just be careful what you enter and read the rules. I have won some nice things, a few thousand a year. Have fun and enter all you have time for. You will learn as you go and read the comments on SA to further your learning experience.

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    Re: New to this, Does anyone really win?

    People here win lots of stuff! I, myself have won tons of stuff...this is a SUPER-LEGIT sweep site.I mostly play the instant wins..which you kinda gotta go thru the list and pick the ones you want and add them to your list...you'll get the hang of it. And don't forget to post your first win..we will all be excited for you! P.S. I've been a member here for over 2 years and I'm never disappointed!

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    Re: New to this, Does anyone really win?

    :wave: bev1244

    Here's the post JIC you need it - I deleted from the other thread:

    Quote Originally Posted by bev1244;
    Hi, I'm unsure where to start a new topic so I apologize if I'm writing this in the wrong place. I've never entered any sweepstakes until the other night. I'm very new to this and I have some questions.
    1. Does anyone really win? Or win anything big, like a car for instance?
    2. Do you really have to give your phone number? I'm a little hesitant to do that because I don't want my home phone flooded with calls or with people trying to sell me things I just can't afford.
    3. How come so many of the sweepstakes make you fill out lengthy surveys? (for example, the $100 Walmart card) Then at the end of the survey's I'm required click on an offer and make a purchase. Honestly If I could afford to buy something like a new computer then I wouldn't be entering contests trying to win. (lol)

    Just a little curious about how this all works. I entered about 12 sweepstakes so far. I did give my real name, home address and email address but I'm just worried about giving my phone number. I don't have a cell phone either but even if I did I'm not sure if I'd want people calling and soliciting.
    Any advice would be helpful. I've found some GREAT sweepstakes to enter here. Not a fan of the survey's though but I'm willing to do some as long as I don't have to purchase something I don't want or need.
    Thanks in advance :wave:
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    Re: New to this, Does anyone really win?

    Wow thank you for the advice. I really appreciate everyone being so helpful and pleasant. I will take your advice. Hopefully I can come back soon and let you know if I won anything. I'd be excited to win a bag of coffee if I could. :laughing:
    Getting a little bit addicted to this already. Totally lost track of time and it's late. Oh boy. Thanks again.

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    Re: New to this, Does anyone really win?

    :wave: again bev1244

    I also moved this thread to newbies, where if you can take some time and read the stickied threads you'll probably find the answers to most of your questions. :sunny:

    The General Sweepstakes Talk and Questions & Answers forums are good places to read too:

    General Sweepstakes Talk
    http://www.sweepstakesplus.com/smf/g...kes-talk-b1.0/

    Questions & Answers
    http://www.sweepstakesplus.com/smf/q...-answers-b4.0/
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    Re: New to this, Does anyone really win?

    Quote Originally Posted by goodguy46947 View Post
    My number 1 rule: ONLY enter sweeps and instant win games sponsored by reputable companies. Why? Because there are companies, that sponsor sweeps, who's only source of income is selling your personal information!!

    Yes you can win things but remember this is basically a fun hobby. If you expect a brand new car or a lavish all expense paid vacation you'll likely be disappointed.

    REMEMBER: Technically you owe taxes on anything and everything you win! You'll receive a tax form 1099 for higher price prizes and it must be reported when you file your taxes!! So don't waste your time entering a sweep for a new car if you can't afford the taxes!!!

    Just my 2 cents.
    :wave: goodguy46947

    Except for #1, I agree with you.

    I understand your point, but I take exception to you defaming a company by stating they sell your info!

    We are all free to decide what our comfort level is on every sweeps we enter, so it's on us to check out their privacy policy and decide when they go above that level.

    Some sponsors choose to ask if you'd like to subscribe to their newsletter, while others require that you subscribe. Some will ask if they may share your info, while others will require that you allow them to share your info to enter.

    So if, while entering a sweeps, you fail to catch a checked box that says you will recieve email from 3d parties, or agree to a privacy policy that states you will receive email from 3d parties, that doesn't mean that sponsor is unethical.
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    Re: New to this, Does anyone really win?

    :wave: bev1244

    OK, now that that's done, let's see...

    1. Does anyone really win? Or win anything big, like a car for instance?

    Personally, it took me 6 years to win big {$10,000 GP} but some SA members post they win a biggie at least 1x a year!!! :laughing:

    2. Do you really have to give your phone number? I'm a little hesitant to do that because I don't want my home phone flooded with calls or with people trying to sell me things I just can't afford.

    I always check each entry form for the word REQUIRED. It will usually have an asterisk { * } next to it and next to the fields you have to input. Some will ask for your phone number, and a little checking will usually tell you why they need it - most often they will tell you it's to notify the GP winner only. As I mentioned above, check their privacy policy if they ask for your phone numberbut don't explain why they need it on the form or in the rules.

    3. How come so many of the sweepstakes make you fill out lengthy surveys? (for example, the $100 Walmart card) Then at the end of the survey's I'm required click on an offer and make a purchase. Honestly If I could afford to buy something like a new computer then I wouldn't be entering contests trying to win.

    There is a link to enter without purchase, you probably missed it - but if there isn't? Please use the Report Problem link, which is located under every listing, and report the sweeps.

    THE LAW SAYS: it is against the law for merchants to offer you a better chance of winning if you buy their products. It also is unlawful for merchants to suggest that buying their products might increase your chances of winning.

    For those sweeps that require a code/upc/etc.? They will offer a mail in or online alternative entry.

    So while they don't REQUIRE you to purchase to enter, they do put a condition on entering - the usual conditions that we are used to are age, sex, smoker, own a business, etc.




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