I know, I know.  This was going to be so much fun.  And we (hubby and I) were planning on long term trips with the extended family …. but not all dreams come true.  PLUS —  we knew from the start that this was an experiment — and that we had to see how it all worked out.  The dream was my eldest sons, and mine, and none of us knew if it was going to work out.

This Adventure was our only our second trip out in this gorgeous truck —  but it was also our longest trip experience together.  We planned to start in South Carolina at the Carolina Adventure World, then we headed to Georgia and finally a stop in North Carolina before heading back home.

Our first day on our second trip started out with a LOT of driving.  Let’s just say 7 hours in a truck with 2 little ones, is a long haul.   Did you catch that… 2 little ones?  The trip wasn’t really 100% planned in advance, but when my granddaughter arrived early and there was nothing to stop us from traveling — we packed up the truck for a week worth of camping, the ATV gear and started out.  And while both children were in their safety seats strapped in for the majority of the time (except for the rest stops and other reasons along the way), the 3.5 year old was not happy to be in that seat for long periods of time.  I guess I don’t blame him — we were all kinda in our seats for a long time to cover that distance and still get to South Carolina with enough time to hook up, and take an ATV ride before dinnertime.

Our first stop when we got to South Carolina was at  the Carolina Adventure World – it was a nice clean place and had nice amenities.  They had good size parking spots for our huge truck and trailer – and provided fire pit area, picnic table and nearby showers and bathrooms — as well as a restaurant,  and general store … in case you forgot anything!

DSC06016It’s hard to see our RED truck in this photo, but you can see the amount of space you get per “lot” and the amount of space around the rig so that maneuvering – thankfully –  isn’t like parallel parking.  There were some amazing people here and we totally enjoyed our time.  This place has lots of trails and lots of riding possibilities.  We noticed a lot of side by side UTV (Utility Terrain Vehicles) and many were “decked out” with what looked like comfortable seats and built in coolers! There is supposed to be 100 miles of trails on their 2600 acres of private land at this park – and while I stayed home at the motor home most of the day, I am sure my son navigated and likely saw them all!

It was at this park that we first let our grandson, who would have been about 3.5 years old at the time, ride his 4-wheel ATV all by himself.  It was in a huge open field and his parents had been riding with him now for some time showing him the controls and how it worked.  He mostly went “straight” during his first outing on the 4 wheeler alone — but the time we got to Georgia, he rode almost like a seasoned pro around the kids track.   Below are some pictures from the Carolina Adventure World.

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Back Line of the Motor Homes

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Doing Bike Tricks

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Relaxing

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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General Store

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Bath House

 

 

 

 

 

 



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So did we have a good time?  Yes, we really did.  There were some bumps in the road and we learned things we couldn’t have known about pre-trip.

As mentioned in Part 1 – there was the electrical cord issue but there was more.  Here are some of the things I learned:

1) You may have to settle for less than 50 AMP service.  Breezewood Proving Grounds only had 30 Amp service.  On 30 Amps you can do just about anything you need, but you cannot run both of the trucks air conditioners.  We found this out the hard way,  of course trying to put it on.  My son was using the garage to get into his gear, instead of the small bathroom inside the truck — and it was hot — so he turned it on.  And blew the breaker!  Of course, the air conditioner in the garage wasn’t necessary to run — and so we learned that unless we do have a full 50 Amp service or the generator on… we better just run one at a time.

2) You may not have to use your generator.  It’s another choice we had with regard to the electrical power.  We could have run our generator for the garage air conditioner, and even used it for the refrigerator, and other things, but we instead did without it.  There will be times we will NEED to have it on…. for example, on longer trips because there is no air conditioning in the truck without the generator being on!

3) You can use Propane.  We used the propane for heating the water and running the refrigerator and freezer.  We also used the trucks propane for the grill, having bought the needed connections in advance.  This worked really well, the propane made hot water in no time flat for dishes, or showers and we never had to think about the refrigerator or freezer. I love that most of our essential items will run on either the propane, the generator – or the electrical hookup.

4) Figure out the shower in advance. I had to go outside and get hubby to show me how the shower worked.  It was funny till it wasn’t.  I nearly ripped off the shower knob — thinking it had to move one way or another to turn on the water.  Turns out the switch for that is in the handle of the shower head — I never would have found it, and he had a hard time finding it too.  Something to think about before you are in there … and can’t get it to work!

5) Don’t depend on the campgrounds Wi-Fi signal.   Breezewood has wi-fi — but it wasn’t sufficient for most phones, let alone our laptop or TV.   We did have a Rogue Wave and wireless router.  It advertises it can get you a signal for up to 7 miles – and we were able to “sporadically” hook up to Breezewoods’ signal —  I even deleted 30 emails before it cut me off.   The Rogue Wave might have to be — line of sight — to be at it’s best.  In any case, Breezewood is in a valley between two mountains and that might have been part of the reason we had issues.  It made us realize that we might not always be able to hook up to a wi-fi in our camping locations — use our phones and/or computer and that, like at Breezewood, we might just be able to have one TV channel to watch.

6) Bring Movie DVD’s  – We brought kids DVD’s but we totally forgot the adults.  This is one thing we are going to remember next time, especially if we can’t get a wi-fi signal to use — as we would have loved the option of a movie over the one TV program choice — The Stanley Cup Playoffs.

7) Make Lists  – Make a written checklist of everything you need to check before you go.  Each time till you get used to the routine, this will let you know if you forgot something.  While not unplugging is a big one… which we didn’t forget to do, we did go home with the key to the electrical box!  I called them and mailed it back the next day — but I am hoping that’s because we are still novices that we can remember to return everything before we leave next time!  Other lists to make are things you didn’t remember this time that would make the trip better next time (like DVD’s, more snacks and coffee creamer).

8) You may need to play Musical Beds – Never having slept in a camper we knew there might be adjustments we might have to make.  My husband and I snore. We had no clue how this would affect any of us.  Neither did we anticipate that I would not be able to sleep in a bunk – which was from part claustrophobia, and part heated conditions (not enough air flow into the bunk).  My son had no idea how “soft” the pull out sofa would be and that he would not be able to sleep on it.  So the first night a few of us changed places as the night went on.  Second night, we rearranged, and hubby and I loved the soft sofa bed and the kids loved the bunks – and they even said the snoring wasn’t as bad as they thought it would be.

 

 



 

We  were anxious to get going on our first trip — but we knew we had to do the repairs/reviewing and checking.  There is nothing less fun than getting out on the open road, headed for a cool place to camp and finding out something serious is wrong with the truck.  Especially for newbies like us!

At the least it’s a delay, at the worse it’s a trip killer.

So we worked as hard as we all could checking and rechecking things.  Making sure everything was in good working order on the truck was primary, but also we made lists of things we needed to bring with us for a comfortable trip.  Things like my tailgating grill, food, snacks, paper products – pillows, blankets, towels — you get the idea.  When you are first starting out with a motor home,  you just don’t have a feel for everything you might need!  I am thankful for a friend who does have a motor home,  and the time she spent letting me know about some very important items to make sure you have with you.   Some of those items included a first aid kit, bug spray, sun screen and loads of paper towels!

The first trip was just going to be to the Breezewood Proving Grounds. DSC05903 It’s located in Pennsylvania — and lets say about 100 or so miles away.  Breezewood is an ATV/Motorcycle park which allows you not only to ride around the grounds with your chosen mode of transportation, but also has 3 “race” tracks for you to ride on, a campground with and without plug ins and other amenities.

The first spot they assigned us to park in…  wasn’t working.  We couldn’t back in to hook up because we had to be able to get the Razor, and ATV’s out of the back garage — and we couldn’t pull in because we didn’t have a long enough electrical hookup cord.

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We learned from that, and was able  to park “sideways” in a different spot at this park, but made a note to get an additional electrical cord for our next adventure.

Additionally, a pull thru spot might also work for this huge truck — so it’s something we will look for in the future.

We didn’t take the “extra” trailer we have talked about taking to carry a car.  This trip we weren’t expecting to have to make any trips outside the park or to any other location — but there will be times we will need an extra vehicle.  We would have had to park the tow vehicle in another location – because even being sideways there would not have been enough space right behind our truck for it.

This park was relatively empty when we arrived and we were the only one in the RV lot – but as the weekend approached, so did the other campers.  We learned there are some who come by each weekend to ride, party and camp.  I am thankful even though they were close to us and we could hear the music, it was not overwhelming and did not stop us from going to bed early or “eventually” sleeping.

 

The first of our preparations are all centered around the motor home being “road ready”.  So we set about looking at all the systems to make sure they were in good working order.

WHEELS

First, we had the wheels all aligned, as the truck “felt” like it needed it when it got up to speed on a highway.  And those with “super trucks” like this one, already know that you need a real expert to do that well.  We thankfully had one within a short distance away – and took the truck there.  It did need it.  The alignment was adjusted, and while there we also paid extra to have the “steering wheel” re-aligned correctly.  That little additional aspect will help with knowing more about how the wheels are turned without getting out, or having someone else get out to look. To us it was important as first time owners.

Additionally, we are considering new tires even though the ones on the truck are in very good condition — the reason is that they are “worn” a bit funny from the alignment being off — and new tires would make the vehicle experience less drag and therefore better gas mileage.  The current tires would/could be sold to make up a good portion of the new price – and so at this point it’s a consideration, but not a necessity.

LEVELING SYSTEM

There was the small matter of a continuous beeping noise.  A sensor  was beeping and for a LONG time we couldn’t find out what it could be causing it to do that.  Out came the manuals and we had to read what it could be, run through them and start to rule things out.   Turned out it was the leveling system.  Some of the the stands under the rig needed to be welded and a few needed more serious re-threading work.  We could do this work ourselves (or should I say the “men” could do that themselves!) and so this was minor in costs.  We had to buy a tool or two to help with this but you know men love buying tools so that wasn’t a problem.

PROPANE TANK

We found as we went from one system to another checking “everything” like it was an airplane getting ready for a flight, that our propane tank was empty.  And old.  That meant that we would have to have it “tested” and certified before they would fill it up with propane.  It’s a safety issue and we knew it had to be done.  However, we found out that we could replace the tank with a totally different configuration using 2 tanks and it was less expensive than testing and refueling the old tank.  It would also be easier to hook up to our tailgating grill, DSC05911so we set about doing that.  We now have 2 new tanks and they are full of fuel for less than certification and fuel was for the old one.  Even better these are more or less removable and refillable at any propane location.  I am guessing that the old tank (from 2005) was the best way to do it at the time, but technology has advanced since then.

AIR BRAKES

These were leaking — and we have had to reseal them.  Right now they are holding air, yay!

Phase 1 — Complete!

Phase 2 – Taking it out for a night or two coming up.

 

 

Well, it’s one thing to think about it — another to plan it out — but it’s really amazingly fun to actually do it.

So far there are no regrets, and we are hoping that all works out well with this new adventure.   It has technically begun with the purchase of the RV/Motor Home that we will be traveling in — and here he/she (yet to be determined) is!

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The plan was always to get one of these amazingly built motor homes that use a Diesel Cummins engine and which can pull with ease and travel a million miles or more!

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AND…. yes, that is RED – and we understand the first owner had it painted that color on purpose and we LOVE it.   It’s a home that sleeps 8, and has a 12 foot garage on the back with wonderfully made and built in tool boxes.  The interior isn’t as colorful – but over time that could change (smile) as we laugh, and sing, cook and enjoy our adventure.

One thing I can be certain of — you will see us coming and recognize us wherever we go!

 

Today I was reminded when Mary at Sweepingme posted an article I had written about Sweepstakes Rules — that I really haven’t written much on this site about sweepstakes, lotteries, games of chance or other ways to win fun things on this blog.

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If there is one rule that I like with regard to Winning… it’s enter, enter, enter, enter!!!

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This week are you getting in your last minute entry for the $5000 a week for life from Publishers Clearing House? 

Entry for that online is free… and your entry will have an equal chance to win as all the others, even if you don’t agree to buy or take any of their offers.   So don’t fool yourself, no matter “how you read” it, they cannot give you any less of a chance (under the law) at winning if you decline all offers. 

But then too… you might have just a good a chance at willing one of the multimillion jackpots offered by the Mega Million or PowerBalls lotteries.  That would make you pretty much set for life …. right?

Most of the contests and sweepstakes you will enter like the ones mentioned above have odds that are astronomical, and during each run when, for example, the Mega Millions is up at say 300 million, people will quote the odds of this or that to give you a reality check….saying things like you’d  have more of a chance in getting hit by lightening than actually winning.

And while I do not reqularly “buy” tickets for any of the different lotteries  — I will admit, I do occasionally succumb to the lure and the dream.  And truthfully because the odd are so much against you actually winning — it really is just a dream.  

If you really want a chance to win there are a few things you can do to narrow your odds:

1) Enter sweepstakes that are limited in scope in some way.  Only good in few states, only good for certain age groups, and only good for a short period of time.  These are sometimes called local sweepstakes — and while it seems unlikely that your name might be pulled from that cardboard drop box at the courtesy desk in your local supermarket, car dealership, etc. you have a better change of winning that, then any nationally run sweepstakes.

But beware: Just as easily you could be entering to be harassed by phone calls from people trying to sell you time shares or other annoying things.  Make sure you actually pay attention to what you are entering, and if you are also signing up for something  — because as nice as it would be to win, it is not worth the time, and trouble if they only really offered a prize to get your name and address!

2) Enter sweepstakes that require a little extra work than just filling out a form. Maybe they want you to make a tweet, follow them on twitter, or facebook, maybe they want you to pin an item or post a picture of something, write a small essay, or play a game.  Many people will skip these because of the time it takes them to enter, so the odds usually wind up better to win.

But beware:  This never ever means paying any amount of money, and never ever means giving out more than simply your contact information. 

3) Enter unconventional sweepstakes, the ones that require something “other than” filling out a form to enter — like radio sweepstakes.  The ones where you are the ninth caller, or have to answer a specific trivia question to win.  Because I don’t listen to the radio or really even know where my cell phone is at any one point in time — I don’t enter these — but I have been told they have great odds and many people I know have won fun things from CD’s to trips.  

But beware:  A lot of times you might not be able to read the rules on these to know if you qualify or could accept the prize before you are caught up in the moment and dialing the number given … and you may have to go to the radio station to actually get your prize or you may have to take the trip in two weeks – so be prepared for the need to potentially do that or decline the prize.

NEXT UP:  OTHER WAYS TO UP YOUR ODDS OF WINNING

You can visit Sweepingme.com and read my article on why you should read the Sweepstakes Rules here:  SWEEPINGME.COM

You can check out some sweepstakes I post, as well as winners lists (right hand column) here: YESUWON.COM

Disclaimer: I have not been compensated in any way for this article, and all opinions contained herein are my own.

 

CHANGES

 

Here are 10 things I would change if I could….

Getting Old – for more reasons that I could reasonably type in 10 pages of text.  Mostly because you feel like you can see the end of your days and can’t remember a darn thing from the day before yesterday.

Rising Prices – seriously does every single service and product have a price increase every week?  And if they are all legitimate ones, why do they try to hide them?  This reminds me of my Sprint Bill, which has a line item that basically says that this is the increase we are passing on because our costs of doing business have increased.  Really every month, instead of trying to contain those costs and maybe even cut them, just divide by the number of customers you have and tack it onto their bill.

Ignorance – this covers many areas but basically I’d like to see our children coming out of high school actually knowing more than I do – not less.  I’d like to see them be able to add without a calculator, and write so that you can read and understand it.

The Weather – now who hasn’t wanted to change that a time or two.  Right now because it’s a crazy spring, I wish I could just make the temperature an even say…. 65 degrees for a few weeks – before summer hits and I’d want to cool it down say 20-25 degrees.  In winter, I might make the reverse wish, but you get the point.  If I could change it I would.

Rules – Any rule that is silly, stupid or redundant.  In VA, radar detectors are illegal, you may not spit on a sea gull, nor keep a skunk as a pet.  It is totally illegal to park a car on the railroad tracks, or ride on the handlebars of a bike.  In NJ, you cannot pump your own gas into your car, nor delay or detain a homing pigeon.

Time – I’d really like to get just a few extra hours, a few times a week.

Food – I’d outlaw that genetically modified stuff in an instant… or not ever allow it in the first place.

Money – I think the whole idea of a cashless society is flawed.  Right now when we lose power and we do often enough, you cannot buy, sell, or in any way transact financial business.  No one is taking your word that you will come back tomorrow and pay for that item – and you won’t have any way to get what you need from food to gasoline if all you have is plastic and they cannot process your payment.

Law Enforcement – I would just like to change it back to them being there to serve and protect the communities in which they serve, not just themselves and their jobs.  I give all law enforcement credit for doing the job that needs to be done, at personal risk to themselves but I think they’ve gotten trigger happy.

Court System – What a happy day it would be if we could go back to you are innocent until proven guilty.  Right now you stand a snowballs chance in hell if someone (anyone) wants you to be guilty and has the power or the money to make it happen.

 

So… what about you?  What would you change if you could?

 

 

 

Do you have a 10 year plan?  Where do you want to be in 10 years?  Have you made any type of plan for where you want to be in the future, and how you intend to get there? or do you just let it happen?

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Variables all around me in our economy and world has caused my new plan to be stalled.   Why? Because my personality doesn’t really like to make a decision (about the plan) without knowing all the variables.  I like to be able to see the path from beginning to end, and then carefully chart my course.  Checking off the milestones and making decisions along the way according to the plan is just the way I usually like to roll. 

I haven’t ever written down my plan on paper.  But I really did have a list of things I wanted to accomplish in life from when I was a child and although they were vague …. I wanted to marry, have children, have a house of my own, save a million dollars … you get the idea. Later this list became revised, to include living debt free, having a business, saving for the boys college education, and being a grandmother. 

Planning and thinking about these things helps build a framework to a goal. It gives you a direction and a reason to forgo some of life’s instant pleasures for the joy of making the goal happen.  So many people could benefit from doing this.  It isn’t easy by any means, but it gives you something to work for and towards — and it’s a worthwhile endeavor.

Just think of the things that “could be” easier to deal with, if you planned ahead.  Things like the type of education you wanted, your education costs, how much your first house might cost,  where you might like to settle down, or what you goal/dream job would be? 

Years ago, you could put together a workable plan pretty easily.  You saved a certain amount, you received actual interest that made it look like you were gaining on your goal, and you were “on your way”.   You bought a house, and knew “down the line” you could sell it for more than you paid for it ~basically a fairly secure investment in your future~ as well as it being your home.  You worked hard for an employer who had a retirement plan so that you’d have that safety net and today …. nothing is guaranteed.  Don’t get me wrong, nothing was guaranteed before either, but it was assumed to be so, and usually was — so that the plan had a secure footing to build upon.

Part of it,  I know is my personality – like it or not I do try and choose my path, and plan the way to the goal without considering if, or what “could be” if I changed that path along the way.   I do consider the variables before I start, but once en route I really don’t think about them much.  Most of the time, and through most of my life, my paths have not been hindered by large obstacles or horrific circumstances.

Today the variables seem to be all around me outnumbering the choices. All are vying for my attention – chose this way, chose that way…. oh no, don’t do that, do this instead.  Because of where the economy is, where it might be in a few years, and my age,  the variables seem to be overpowering any long term decision making.  So until I can work to “clear a reasonable path” for our next 10 years, I think I’ll put the plan on hold.

Do you “plan” and if you do, how are you getting around your obstacles to make it happen?

 

 

Text messages never before seemed  like any kind of a threat since I have “unlimited messaging” but there’s a new way they could be!

I hardly ever use my phone in general and text messages in particular.  I have an ancient phone which I can almost never find when I need it.  And admittedly I am definitely not “up to date”  with the technological advances in phone technology.  My husband and I will joke with each other when we need some tidbit of information in the car… saying “just look that up on your phone” but of course we don’t have a phone that can even come close to doing anything like that.

The text message I received seemed harmless — somebody from a ringtone place saying that I was signed up for as many free ringtones as I wanted — or something like that.  I ignored it right along with the ones from the local Wawa or Kwik Chek  which offers me a deal on a sandwich or a coffee.  I never respond to any of them and quite honestly, they pile up as messages for quite some time before I even get to open my phone to know I have them.  That’s right I don’t use my phone every day.  I almost never can find it when it rings, and I certainly don’t use one of those unique ringtones.   However, I have to admit “emergency” cases have come up over the years and I am glad I have one — I just am not that connected to it.  

So imagine my surprise when the next month on my phone bill I discover at charge for $9.99.  I haven’t a clue what it is, and why it’s there.  I think it’s because I pushed the wrong number into my phone when trying to use it, I think I might have some sort of feature I don’t know about and activated it by mistake.  What I do know is that I don’t want it, whatever it is and I sure don’t want to pay $9.99 for it.

 Cell Phone Ringtone   Yes, it turns out it’s a ringtone scam.  They find your cell number by “any means they can” and then they send you a message about having been signed up for free and unlimited ringtones.  If you do not respond with “STOP” – you get charged $9.99 a month as an access fee to this “free unlimited ringtone” service.  Now you never asked for this, you have no clue why they called your number, but they will bill you as a third party biller through your cell phone service provider for it, each and every month until you cancel it.

   We caught ours the first month, because we read our bills and yes, try to figure out and make sense of any odd charges, or unexpected balance.  Anyone on an automatic payment deduction from their bank account each month, might not notice or care or think about this $9.99.  Many would actually just “assume” their plan or the taxes attached to their plan went up….and this is how and why this particular scam works so well.

So while you can’t hide your cell number from these new thieves – you can check your bill and make sure you aren’t one of their victims.  Our provider was happy to provide the short code to send a ‘stop” message to this company on the same phone the message was originally sent to,  and even waited till I received a confirmation on the phone from them.  She removed the charge off my bill — and per my request blocked all premium services like this one from my phone.  You may not be able to block premium services as I know many of you use them every day – but you can and should make sure that you aren’t a victim to this type of scam. 

 

I just recently read of something pretty annoying to me.  It’s about a “blog contest” which has put the blog owner in a sort of a quandary.  She ran the contest per the sponsors’ instructions, and at the end picked a random winner.  The winners’ entries were verified (the entrant completed the mandatory and optional choices to receive her entries legitimately).  She notified the winner, and then notified the sponsor who (in almost all cases) is responsible for the prize fulfillment. 

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  However that’s when the issue occurred.  The sponsor told the blog owner that they would not be awarding the prize to this winner because she was a “sweeper” and “she had won previously”, and that the blog owner should pick another winner.  Does being a sweeper disqualify you from winning?  Does winning one or more of their giveaways disqualify you from ever winning again?  How does one get labeled a sweeper?  Does winning separate contests from the same sponsor mean they will disqualify you – at whim, or randomly, for no good reason?  As far as I can know, this person entered in good faith – where she might have tweeted, or pinned, or shared on  Facebook, or maybe signed up for a newsletter, etc. just as all the other entrants had done.  And even if she has done this on every single promotion this sponsor has run, and has won previously, what makes this person now ineligible to win?

The blog owner didn’t want to pick a new winner.   She had already notified the legitimate winner.  There was no discussion about letting the sponsor know who won in advance of notifying the winner, there was no discussion, language or rule known to the blog owner or entrant, that allowed the sponsor to make this “arbitrary” decision.  The blog owner feels as if she is now in a precarious position because the alleged “sweeper” did all that was required of her, and was picked randomly and fairly. 

The issue is – Can the sponsor disqualify a winner for this reason if it was not stated upfront to both the blog owner and the entrants?  Can they just keep having random winners picked till they “agree”  on a  person who is OK to win the prize?  Can you pick your friend, sister-in-law or aunt if they happened to enter and you wanted them to have the prize?  Can and do sponsors of blog contests make lists of people they will NOT allow to win in their contests? 

How do you feel about this way of doing business – this fixing of the contest, this outright manipulation of the results?  We’d all be naive if we thought blog owners, or sponsors never did some of this.  I’ll bet they do it daily in one way or another (like just never sending the prize out to the winner).  I feel that no matter whom you are, why you entered, how many times you entered – if you entered legitimately – and were chosen randomly – you deserve the prize.

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If this promotion clearly had stated that you cannot win a second time from this company, or that once you won from them, you were never able to win again from this sponsor, I might think differently.  But I believe that it’s really sneaky that the sponsor doesn’t mention that they will chose the winner in a fashion that might not be fair, and  have the right to determine who you are, label you and then disqualify you at whim. 

I am not a lawyer, and I don’t work for the FTC (who might be the one who regulates things like this), so I don’t really know what to say.  As a blog owner the lack of ethical behavior on the part of the sponsor, and their lack of honesty really appalls me.  Actually it makes me a bit angry – because they really are treating the winner as a cheater who shouldn’t win because they’ve already awarded her a prize in a previous giveaway.  This entrant spread their message and basically did marketing for them by tweeting, sharing and entering, just like every other entrant hoping to win.  Nowhere did they give her any indication she was doing all that work for THEM for nothing as they had no intention of awarding her the prize.

I don’t personally know this blog owner, I haven’t ever to my knowledge hosted a giveaway by this sponsor and I am not the winner in this instance.  I have no investment in the outcome of this particular case but  I wrote this article because it’s annoying to me to know that even when you think people are running legitimate contests (and most are), behind the scenes sponsors are manipulating the outcome.

**No one paid or influenced me in any way to write this article, the contents are 100% my own opinions about an injustice that had come to my attention regarding a specific blog contest sponsor. 

UPDATE:  The sponsor in question has decided to award the prize to the “sweeper” who actually won!  This is good news although the sponsor said they have rules on their actual site that say they have the FINAL say in these matters and that they can make this type of decision.  I believe if they want this type of rule,  just make sure everyone knows it, and sees it before they enter.  And remember.. with them saying they have the final say ~ that  could mean just about anything.  I can tell you, they are certainly not going to get any blog entries from me – I have better things to do with my time.

 

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