The tell-tale sign is the same IP address, similar emails, and most importantly it's the the duration in-between entries. This is how I discerned that it was one individual as opposed to two individuals from the same household.
It is sad that some folks entering sweepstakes and blog giveaways do so dishonestly. But, how about on the other end of the spectrum? What about bloggers that host bogus giveaways or simply do not follow through with their giveaways.
The month of March was insane for me. Three giveaway wins not received and subsequent April correspondents falling on deaf ears.
Close to three years ago I entered a blog giveaway that required much effort including daily tweets. I was so excited when I received an email claiming that I had won this giveaway which including seventy five dollars worth of cosmetics.
The company contacted me and wanted to know what products interested me, how exciting I get to choose my products. After not receiving the products I contacted the blogger and apparently the hold up was on my end, say what? after my reply to their email they were under the impression that I was expecting a gift certificate and the prize was a package of makeup worth $75, but "She said that she sent out a package today".
Very strange, but either way I was happy that they were going to follow through and send me the product.
Another month went by and I never received the products, two months then three. It has been close to three years and I don't expect to ever see the products, nor do I want to at this point. Obviously this is not a trustworthy company.
But, one thing that always disturbed me was the attitude of the blogger, who basically said something to the effect of 'oh well chalk it up to a learning experience', well OK fair. After all I learned never to enter contest on that particular site.
I can guarantee if a company shirked their responsibility on my site I would not take it lightly. I would go to bat for my winners. Fortunately I work with the best and I never had that problem in my ten months of blogging.
Customer service is as important as the caliber of the product. Regardless of how much I may like a product if I experience poor customer service then I'm going to take my business elsewhere.
I; and I'm sure many of you, have no problem waiting for a giveaway win, just let me know what is causing the hold-up. Communication is key. We really just want to know that they plan of following through with their obligation. In the end it's really about the principle of the whole thing.
Sometimes though it is not always the company, but rather the complacency of the blogger. In March I won a giveaway and I just recently found out that the company was never notified of the win. They even contacted the blogger in regard to the giveaway and heard nothing back from the blogger.
I am now waiting on another win and this time the company has not offered any communication since being notified last month. Time will tell if this company fulfills their obligation to the hosting blogger.
If a company or blogger is up in the air about following through with a giveaway, then please post a caveat explaining the situation. This will prevent folks from entering blog giveaways under false pretence.
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