It’s not a contest win, but yesterday when I was checking in for my flight, the desk clerk asked me if I wanted a wheelchair. I said no I didn’t need one, puzzled. She said there’s a request for one on your ticket, did I want one at my arrival gate. I told her, no, it was some kind of mistake. I’m TSA precheck, but no disabilities. I don’t even know how I got pre, I’m not old enough and didn’t pay the fee but I’ve been TSA pre for several years. She said okay, but you have preboard status on your ticket, so go ahead and take advantage of that. I was flying Southwest, no assigned seating so it was quite a perk. I waited for all the legit preboard people to get on and seated, then just went first in line of the regular passengers. Got the very front seat on the aisle, no tray table but acres of leg room and bend forward room. I’d gotten that seat for the first time by luck on the flight out and really liked it, so I had it both flights.
@reg036 I’d be interested in discussing taking it off your hands, if you really don’t know what to do with it. I’d happily pay for shipping and packaging at least, and we could discuss remittance for your efforts. If you’re interested in talking about it, let me know!
Thanks @mfladd for the mention! That was really thoughtful!
@MagnaVis@reg036 Of course. If you have ever looked at the thrift thread, I love to see items that may not be wanted by one person make it into the hands of another who does. I hope it works out for you. I definitely want to see that print!
Question:. Are those giveaways on Amazon legit? I must have entered 300- 500 of them and won zip. I’ve also entered in for some strange things that I’m sure noone else wants to win… I don’t want the prize I just want to win for once.
@OnionSoup Yes they are legit, but they changed the way they worked in the last few months. There used to be different kinds of giveaways. Such as random entry based on defined odds (1 in 400 chance of winning), certain entry wins(400th entrant wins), raffle style based on total entries etc… Now, I they might all be certain entry wins, or at least that how it seems. In other words, being the first one to enter is a disadvantage, so you have to be aware of how many entries are accepted and then estimate when you should enter. They also base the odds off of the product value now, you won’t find as many good items with favorable odds.
@OnionSoup for a while I was on there daily trying to win and after a week or so I won a $25 exfoliating body scrub stuff. Which I was excited about then received and it was too perfumey which I can’t handle. So that sucks. I need to get on there and try some more.
/giphy try and try
@OnionSoup With some of them the boxes appear, I click, they vanish and then they then drop again, I click… Makes me wonder if I was to be a winner but they didn’t want it to end so early.
I refuse to play videos or follow on facebook or where ever and it used to be, until a few weeks ago, you could see which ones made you do that. Now the have the email rigged so you have to click on each of them to see the entry method.
A bunch of fukus, some top ramen swag, some passes to an indoor waterpark, several coupons for various products for free. It was a pretty quiet year for wins here. I hope to hit the sweepstaking hard this year and make it another big win year. I have won a tv, an xbox, a 250 dirt bike, a Yeti cooler, and other great stuff. I need to get back to it.
@Kidsandliz Not who you asked but I’ll share my side anyway lol…
I can spend and hour up to a few hours depending on my life at the moment a day. I usually play all the instant win games daily along with any text and big ticket daily entries every day when I’m sweeping. I’ll enter 1-entry contests when I get the time.
It all depends on what time you want to commit as you need to consistently enter to get the wins coming in. I play more in the winter as I’m doing less outside projects. There are various tips and tricks to peed it up such as Roboform and using bookmarks/spreadsheet/premium service to track your entries.
@CaptAmehrican a bottle of hot sauce from an amazon contest.
That search link is great for when i am bored. I have been ordering by change of winning then go down and scan for stuff i might actually like.
I’ve been listening to his podcast for a few years now and when he has a new book out he is gracious enough to have fish bowl drawings for bound copies of his books. I never win anything! Maybe this will be the year I win the Saint Jude’s Dream House!
The only thing I ever won was 3rd place in a Cheerios contest many years ago (sent the entry in during the last week of the contest). It was a table top nerf pool game which I gave to a friend of my sister’s who was financially stressed. It was to be the big santa present that year except she screwed up and opened the box in front of her son. Oops
Hey -you want to possibly win something later this month? Then sign up for the (unofficial mehrican exchange).
Due to the generosity of two people we now have an added special component to this exchange - several of you will receive a mystery box as a bonus present. If you are signed up for the exchange you are automatically entered to be a possible winner. I am in conversation with the donors on how they’d like to proceed (I figure their boxes, their money, their choice).
If you have signed up and DON’T want to be part of this, please let me know.
So far the odds of winning one of these boxes is far higher than the odds of getting a fuko/I.R.K. So sign up and join the fun!!!
@reg036 I had a good run in 2018 because they use to have more giveaways with better odds and it was advantageous to enter early. They changed the system and early entries are actually at a disadvantage, so I don’t win nearly as often now.
I don’t think they’re required to send me anything unless the total is over $600, so I’ll see when I get home today. The problem is I think Amazon started reporting the retail value of the prizes that I won. For example, I won a hammock that supposedly retails at $40, so that adds up pretty quick even though hammock was realistically worth $20 at most.
@medz When you win something do a search for the item and if you see it below the ARV, screenshot it and record the price, that is the FMV (fair market value). You can ask Amazon to adjust the tax form to reflect this but if they don;t there is a form that you fill out for the IRS that if you provide proof will reduce the taxes to the FMV price.
@reg036 Yup. It was a 1099-MISC for just over $600. Payment Source on a summary is just a single line titled “Amazon Giveaway”. One part of the page reads “this if for info purposes only and is not provided to the IRS”, but another spots says “accounts are reported to the payee and to the IRS”.
I’m not ever sure where to see what I won unless I kept all the email confirmations…