For sweepers, the time and energy investment can be staggering. "There's certainly no black-and-white textbook for sweeping," says Arena Thompson, a 33-year-old in Oregon who has been entering sweepstakes since 2010. "A lot of it is you have to develop your own radar for scams and proper etiquette. I think there's a strong learning curve for learning the ins and outs."
With big-ticket items on the line, competition can get fierce. "I've gotten swear words said to me when I've won stuff," admits Audrey Bernhard, 35, who has scored about $11,000 in prizes this year. On Twitter especially, overly aggressive sweepers can come out of the woodwork. "You'll get direct messages—they'll chew you out and they'll blacklist you," adds Arena Thompson. "A lot of people that win big, they maybe get too addicted to it. It's very addictive to win constantly and have FedEx and UPS show up at your door. They get too deep into it and lose perspective that it's a game of chance."
Then there is the problem with the forums themselves. Full of increasing negativity and crackpots. Racist jokes are allowed, anti-gay, bigoted comments are allowed, and if reported for being offensive, the person reporting them are told they are aggressively attacking the racist and that they will be banned. Over the last 18 months, it has only become worse, reminding this member of websites like Stormfront. Any member who publicly challenges those members, is immediately banned, as are their spouses. It does not matter if you are a paying member. Any attempt to contact the owner about this development has gone unanswered.
You, average reader, have probably entered a sweepstakes at some point in your life, but generally tune them out, assuming that no one ever really wins a lifetime supply of Victoria's Secret lingerie or pricey diamond studs. But that's where you'd be wrong. This year alone, Wendy Limauge, the proprietor of Sweeties Sweeps, has won a car (her second) and a trip valued at $10,000. Other sweepers have won visits to movie sets, thousands of dollars in cash, and the chance to meet celebrities.
Safeguard Against Scams Watch out for scams and sweepstakes that sell players' information. Some sweepstakes throw in special offers that must be opted out of by unclicking tiny boxes at the bottom of the online entry form. Skip anything that asks for a credit card number. A legitimate sweepstakes would never ask for it. And never pay money to enter a sweepstakes. The purpose of contests is to generate buzz for a product or brand, not for them to make money from players.
* No purchase or payment of any kind necessary to enter or win. A purchase or payment will not increase your chance of winning. Odds of winning depend on number of eligible entries received. The Fall into Cash Sweepstakes begins on August 23, 2017, at 10:00 a.m. ET and ends on October 23, 2017, at 5:00 p.m. ET. Void where prohibited. Open to legal residents of the 50 U.S./D.C., ages 18+. One entry per person daily in addition to 30 bonus entries available during the sweepstakes period. See official rules for details. Three winners will be randomly selected on or around October 27, 2017. The grand prize winner will receive a check for $5,000 dollars. The second prize winner will receive a check for $500. The third prize winner will receive a check for $250. Approximate retail value of all prizes is $5,750. Sponsor: Quicken Loans Inc. 1050 Woodward Ave., Detroit, MI 48226. Subject to full rules available here.
FreeCycle is a non-profit organization, currently consisting of more than 9 million members, that aims to make the most of Earth's limited resources. Part of that involves finding new homes for unwanted stuff, so it doesn't end up in a landfill. As a result, you can find just about any free item, from televisions to beds for pets, on the free and transparent FreeCycle site.
Imagine if you ran marketing department at your organization and were able to get 100,000 people to try a new product using a coupon for free sample. Not only did you reach a wide base of potential customers, but you avoided expensive traditional advertising costs such as billboards, newspapers, magazines, or even radio and TV commercials. Now imagine that 5% of those 100,000 individuals ultimately decide to buy the product outright. That is 5,000 sales for the Company! Now let's take it a step further, and put some dollars behind this example. Say the product that was originally being offered as a coupon for free stuff was actually priced at $10. You do the math. Those 5000 sales are going to result in $50,000 back to the seller! Better yet, if the product is of ample quality, those consumers will recommend the product to their friends family and so on,expanding the sales exponentially.
FanDuel is more than just fantasy sports. It’s the best way to watch the games, win real cash, and bring the action right into your living room. After each contest ends, the tentative winners are announced (generally by the following day) but remain subject to final verification. The players in each contest who accumulate the most fantasy points and comply with eligibility requirements and applicable rules will win prizes as set out in the posted contest details. Prizes are added to the winning player's account balance. In the event of a tie, the prize is divided evenly between the tied players, unless otherwise specified. On Fanduel you can win cash without even paying a cent. From Big Game Bingo to Bracket Pick'em to our regular free play contests. Plenty of options to play for free.
Trolling is encouraged, and even protected by the moderators, as long as it is done by members whose views they agree with. Even when the person trolling publicly admits they are doing so and openly baits other members in hopes to stir up responses and getting the other member banned. If you are not white, Christian, and heterosexual, you are not welcomed and you will be quickly driven away or banned. And again, any attempt to contact the owner or his girlfriend about this on going problem is ignored.
Much like real-life scratch-off lottery tickets, Scratchy takes a lot of patience and a lot of luck. But if you have a free few minutes every day to play, it could be worth it for you. Scratchy lets you select some of your favorite brands, like Adidas, Whole Foods, or Chipotle, then try to scratch off three matching logos to claim a prize. It works in levels, which are unlocked by playing a certain amount of times, and there are better prizes the more you play — ultimately, you could win $50 to Delta Airlines, Amazon, and more.
Almost SIX years! I’ve gotten everything from household items such as laundry soap to personal care items like deodorant and shampoo, clothes for me and my kids. I even got a free mattress – twice!! Many freebie sites such as GOFreebies give the runaround and claim they’ll send samples when in reality they DO NOT. Gofreebies does list some real samples, but it’s so hard to figure out how to actually get them and they mislead us into believing they have “warehouses full of free stuff to give away.” That is just not true. That’s not how freebie sites work. Real free sites may do giveaways (such as sweepstakes which have a limited number of prizes to random winners), but mostly they aggregate offers from real companies who are offering free samples or free things, or they may figure out ways to get free things in stores using specific coupons on items on sale so the item ends up being free. In short, most of the websites on this list are not actually very good!
WinPrizesOnline.com is a sweepstakes aggregator with an interactive community identifying the highest quality sweepstakes so that users can quickly find and enter them. Users get free access to sweepstakes from across the Internet. The Web site also has a sweepstakes community with forums and interactive comments where users can swap hints and information about general strategy as well as specific sweepstakes.
jmclou01 won a set of golf clubs worth $3,500 from the 2018 PGA Tour MetLife MatchUp sweepstakes; a Google Home Mini, backpack and serving tray worth $131 from the Canadian Living Back to School contest; two run of engagement passes to Assassination Nation from Sunrise Records, and two sets of headphones from the Kinder 50th Birthday Wish & You Could Win contest.