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Is it Really Worth the Time Entering Online Competitions?
Member Name: danielleg1989
Date: 08/08/12, updated on 09/08/12 (85 review reads)
Advantages: You can win
Disadvantages: You might waste your time on a scam
I have been entering online competitions since I first discovered that they existed and that has been for a very long time. Undeniably it is appealing when you get an email to your Hotmail Inbox convincing you that you could be a winner and sometimes the temptation to enter is too hard to resist. When you enter them there is so much signing up and divulging of your personal details and some websites end up having your phone ringing off the hook. The reason for that is that in order to enter certain sites competitions you have to provide contact details. It can really be annoying and a total inconvenience. Especially if your phone continuously rings until it wakes you out of your sleep. It seems to me a lot of these websites want a membership fee and that is required monthly. Sometimes they get you to sign up under the false pretenses. They make a very tempting offer and then hide the T & C (The reasons why its a con) somewhere out of sight or really difficult to find and often use letters so tiny you struggle to even see them. Then before you know it they are requesting very expensive membership fees that you did not even realize you had signed up for and this happened to me recently. I was led to believe I would only be paying a small one off fee of £2. They told me I would get a free voucher and have a membership to their competition site.
I thought it would come in handy. Admittedly I should of been a little more suspicious and looked at the small print but I took the offer at face value. The way they presented the offer made it extremely misleading and that caused me not to question it. With genuine competitions anyone who enters has the chance of winning it. No matter how big or small that chance may be. For a lot of people just knowing they could win is enough to make them enter. Even if they do not even like the prize being offered and they just want the chance to compete. It seems the perfect thing to do. All that the participants have to do is enter and then sit back and wait for the results. Some competitions go through stages in which people compete and one by one they get eliminated until finally the winner is revealed. I don't particularly like situations like this when people go head to head. I get the impression there may be a lot of squabbling and I myself avoid them for that reason. Entering competitions should be fun and not stressful. I enter with the hope of winning but it does not mean I can not be happy if I do not for those who do but for some people this is not the case.
I HAVE ENTERED A LOT OF COMPETITIONS BUT WON ONLY A FEW TIMES.
I have won around fifty pounds from Scratch Cards on the National Lottery website. I was silly though and gambled it all away. What can I say? It is addictive! I won a competition on Ciao and that has been one of my favorite out of all which I have entered and won so far. I constantly win Swag-bucks via completing offers and using their search toolbar and have cashed out four times. I once won a free Maybelline goodie bag via a Facebook competition and got quite excited about that as it contained products that I really like but ended up very disappointed because it never arrived. I have won on bingo sites like Bingo Port and Bingo Street but they were small wins. It really is down to luck and the reason I know this is that my mum buys Scratch Cards regularly and always wins. I always joke that she has a lucky leprechaun following her everywhere she goes. She has won hundreds!
There are even ones that want to take five pounds or more from your mobile phone every single week for something you probably will never win. I often wonder if these particular ones are scams because I have yet to hear of anyone I know or even anyone I do not know winning them. I decided over these last few days to quit comping and instead focus all of my attention on my reviews because the feeling of getting good ratings and recognition for something you put effort into is a million times better than any prize that any competition site could offer and is a lot more worth my time. That is not to say that occasionally I will not be tempted and maybe enter one or two but I certainly will not be spending as much time as I use to on them.
I have seen some people on different websites arguing with each other over competitions and it totally goes against the whole point of them and that is to have fun. Well in my opinion anyway and in times like these when you get emails telling you that you have won a competition that you have not even entered. It is really getting much harder to tell the difference between scams and genuine competitions and the fun is going out of it because as I fill in my details I am always wondering in the back of my head if its a scam or not. If I had to recommend a site to someone that you have a fair chance of winning competitions on it would be SwagBucks, Ciao or Dooyoo because all three of these sites are rewarding and worth your time because you win not by luck but by the effort you put into them.
Summary: A short review of my experiences with competitions and views on them