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Competitions - does anyone actually win?

Competitions - does anyone actually win?

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littlegreenfairy

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9,923 posts

128 months

Wednesday 20th October 2010
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I've had Lorraine on this morning (shoot me now but it was only briefly) and there was a competition to win £25k etc etc. You can enter online for free. It made me think, why would someone pay £1.50 per message to enter, if you can do it for free online?

More to the point, do the online applications count the same as the paid ones?

And do people really win stuff from these competitions.

Has anyone ever won anything meaningful from competitions? I'm tempted to spend half an hour a day filling in as many as possible as at some point you've got to win something good... right?


550Hep

3,135 posts

124 months

Wednesday 20th October 2010
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Was a thread on here not to long ago about a chap who won a Boxster!

ShadownINja

62,327 posts

189 months

Wednesday 20th October 2010
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Let us know. biggrin

joe_90

4,162 posts

138 months

Wednesday 20th October 2010
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They showed some guy in Scotland that won the Gadget show prize (a metric ste load of stuff)

al1991

4,368 posts

87 months

Wednesday 20th October 2010
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http://www.pistonheads.com/gassing/topic.asp?h=0&a...

I won a grand once, and I entered for free when you could pay per text.
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littlegreenfairy

Original Poster:

9,923 posts

128 months

Wednesday 20th October 2010
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Bloody search isn't working frown

Oh well, I entered the GMTV one. I've opened a spreadsheet and now looking for some online competitions.

I need more of a life.

Robatr0n

11,997 posts

123 months

Wednesday 20th October 2010
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My neighbour won a TVR Tuscan at one of these 'Best of the Best' competitions you can enter at airports.

ShadownINja

62,327 posts

189 months

Wednesday 20th October 2010
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I won a trading competition. Free £1k. Might withdraw it and blow it on a watch, though.

cal72

7,820 posts

77 months

Wednesday 20th October 2010
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moneysavingexpert.com has loads of updated competitions also prizefinder will do all the work for you for a small annual fee of course.

Edited by cal72 on Wednesday 20th October 09:47

gilla

19,668 posts

97 months

Wednesday 20th October 2010
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People do win, it's all governed pretty seriously. They don't have to offer free entry to any competitions, it depends what their end objective is.

For example the Gadget Show used to be text/phone only but they wanted more data on the people watching so allowed free entry to their comps since the last series. There's only been a negligible drop in revenue from texts/calls but the amount of data they have from extra entrants who wouldn't have paid has made it worthwhile. The data can be used to market live events etc and the knock on effect is more profit long term.

All entries are dealt with equally, unless the organisation is a cowboy outfit, who don't last long anyway.

The Gambling Commission rules are pretty comlpilicated as to definitions between whether something is a competition, a lottery etc and little changes to the way they run can influence the rules quite dramatically. Free entry allows many things to happen that couldn't with paid entry. If everyone who enters recieves something the rules change again... it's a pain in the arse since the 2005 gambling act... it's so much more difficult to legally cheat people wink

shoggoth1

801 posts

172 months

Wednesday 20th October 2010
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Not when it involves an Elise and a popular motoring website...

Steamer

9,835 posts

120 months

Wednesday 20th October 2010
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Premium bonds seem to be picking up again (if you ignore the fact the £50 are now only £25).

They are a bit like competitions.

Mazda Baiter

37,067 posts

95 months

Wednesday 20th October 2010
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shoggoth1 said:
Not when it involves an Elise and a popular motoring website...
That's the 'Bin for you!!

doogz

25,951 posts

94 months

Wednesday 20th October 2010
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My cousin went onto the coca-cola website and entered the code on the ring pull on the can of coke he was drinking and won a grand.

gilla

19,668 posts

97 months

Wednesday 20th October 2010
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Oh and... My parents have a lovely £3k american fridge freezer purely by luck wink but these things are never fixed you know whistle

It used to be quite common for prizes to be coincidentally dispatched to friends of friends etc. Not so anymore in my experience (which is unfortunate as I'd be laughing!!!) Especially with the larger prizes and scrutiny of online comps. I dare say ones for closed user groups are more prone to being fixed!!

maser_spyder

6,327 posts

89 months

Wednesday 20th October 2010
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I won a day out at Megabowl when I was 13 when my mum entered a competition in my name.

That's as exciting as competitions ever got for me.

trickywoo

5,679 posts

137 months

Wednesday 20th October 2010
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I entered something like 600 free to enter online competitions as featured on prizefinder over a couple of months, a year or so ago (I was idle). It wasn't for big stuff but still worth winning so not CDs and T-shirts.

I won nothing.

ZOLLAR

18,348 posts

80 months

Wednesday 20th October 2010
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Mazda Baiter said:
shoggoth1 said:
Not when it involves an Elise and a popular motoring website...
That's the 'Bin for you!!
Whats the story with this?, i've seen references to it a couple of times.

Johnny

8,021 posts

191 months

Wednesday 20th October 2010
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littlegreenfairy said:
I've had Lorraine on this morning (shoot me now but it was only briefly) and there was a competition to win £25k etc etc. You can enter online for free. It made me think, why would someone pay £1.50 per message to enter, if you can do it for free online?

More to the point, do the online applications count the same as the paid ones?

And do people really win stuff from these competitions.

Has anyone ever won anything meaningful from competitions? I'm tempted to spend half an hour a day filling in as many as possible as at some point you've got to win something good... right?
They do.

Ask Gretch.

Mazda Baiter

37,067 posts

95 months

Wednesday 20th October 2010
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ZOLLAR said:
Mazda Baiter said:
shoggoth1 said:
Not when it involves an Elise and a popular motoring website...
That's the 'Bin for you!!
Whats the story with this?, i've seen references to it a couple of times.
Shhh.