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WANTED: Your comping questions

Tue, 2012-02-14 09:14 Competitions Blog RSS Feed

Recently lots of you have been asking us comping questions both here on the blog and on our Facebook page. So we thought it would be a good idea to collate them all together and put together a series of blog posts and do some Facebook 'comping clinics' to offer advice and tips on your favourite hobby!

If you have any questions please feel free to leave them here as a comment, email them through to me at (use the subject 'Comping Questions') tweet them to us or post them on our Facebook page.

Here are some suggestions for topics we could cover:

• Postal competitions
• Roboform
• Automated entry services
• Competition magazines
• Photo/video competitions
• Facebook competitions
• Voting competitions
• Organising your emails
• Twitter
• Blog giveaways
• Finding competitions
• Terms and Conditions

…but we welcome questions about ANYTHING at all comping-related! I'll regularly choose a topic to cover on the blog and we can have a Facebook chat about it too.

Looking forward to hearing from you!

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Hi Di, I have a question!

Is there anything you can do if a prize is not as described. I recently 'won' a competition that was advertised as a prize pack worth over a £1000 but when it arrived it was just a box of fliers and a few posters- Definately not worth what the promoter was saying! I know a few other people who have also won with this competition and have been really disappointed with the prize.Is there anything I can do about this?


Thanks for your question - I've answered it at


I recently entered a Facebook competition where the promoter does not appear to have carried out the prize draw when they said they would. I posted on their wall asking when the prize would be drawn but no response. Is there anything I can do?


I've answered this one at too!


I would definately like to know if the automated entry services are worth investing in. I also am unsure how applications like tweetdeck can help you when comping on twitter. I know a lot of compers use it but I don't have a clue!


Great questions Esther - I'll use your first two in the first 'clinic ' about how to complain!

As for Automated Entry Services - definitely DO NOT invest in them. There are lots of reasons why, which I'll cover in a future blog. For now, read more at my Superlucky blog at


You're right, a geeky friend of mine told me once how easy it was for her to cheat these games by slowing down her computer - that's why I never take part! I can't understand why promoters insist on rewarding the highest scores with a prize - they should just enter you into a prize draw if you reach a certain level, to give more people a chance!


If you feel a competition is unfair you can complain to the IPM - check out the information on my 'When things go wrong' post at


I've answered your question at An extra bit of advice - set up filters on your comping account that move anything with the word 'Congratulations' in the body or subject of a message to your main inbox so you don't miss it!


Do promoters ever choose winning entries based on location?
I live in the South East but often enter comps promoted by radio stations or magazines based hundreds of miles away, not the sort that are for meals out or show tickets in local places and so on, but for more general prizes. It must be clear from my address that I'm not a listener to or a reader of their products and I wouldn't blame them if they did favour local people, but as they don't have any restrictions on who can enter I often wonder.


Hi Di, I just wondered if it's worth the extra effort and cost to enter postal entry comps?! do these tend to get less entries? in your experience have you won more with postal entries than online comps? thanks!


Whenever a winner is interviewed on Daybreak, This Morning etc, they always mention the fact that they won after sending in a text. I was wondering if it's worth doing the free entry ? Thanks !


.. in response to Carolle's comment to Di re: Daybreak and This Morning competitions ... ive not won those particular competitions (yet!;) but I did win on Dickensons Real Deal last yr and I always do the free entries only... I never expected to win as the odds are im sure pretty scant! Wishing you luck!


Well done for winning on Real Deal and thank you for your comment. So far I've only heard of winners like you on RD but no free entry winners on the others. I will keep trying though. Thanks again !


Carolle, two of my friends have won cash prizes on the ITV shows (I think they were both This Morning) and both used the free entry online!


Thanks for your comment - I presume as you're commenting as 'Anonymous' then the problem is that you're not logged in to the site when you're entering the competitions. The tracker only works if you're registered and logged in!

We removed the message board when we redesigned the PrizeFinder in November - it wasn't used very often and unfortunately we had lots of problems with spammers! However you're welcome to post your wins on our monthly thread (find the February one at ) or tell us about them on our Facebook page at!


Hi all, I'm having a problem with new competitions by date not changing colour recently, although competitions entered are still fading out - anyone else experiencing this? Thanks :)


It seems like there were a lot more new comps last month doesn't it? There are loads on Facebook at the moment so will try my best to add a few more to the website as well as sharing them on our Facebook page!


Since you ask, a fellow comper (from a rival company) turned down the BBC interview and suggested I do it instead. From your point of view, of course it's better that nobody new takes up comping, so any mention in the press is a bad thing. But if The PrizeFinder didn't get any new members signing up, Steve and I might be out of a job!

If you're struggling to win prizes, why don't you take my advice and spend a little more time on the comps that are harder to enter? I'm here on the blog, on Facebook and on Twitter to 'help existing users' - and any time I'm asked for advice or tips I'm happy to help out. If you check out our Facebook page I regularly share the comps that have LOADS of prizes, because I know PrizeFinder users will have a good chance of winning.


hi di , you have done amazing with your wins , i have been with prizefinder now for years but no much to write home about boks,cds ,i do check alot of winners pages and there is never alot of wins from scotland area ,do you think we get discriminated against if we live in scotland or our postcode is too far away , thanks


is there a official body i can complain to if i think competitions are being unfairly run, on the whatsontv site it seems to be the same names appearing on the winners list every month, now some may think it is sour grapes, but check it out, it seems to be the same names over and over, i noticed one month, the same person won the same prize twice


Thanks for your question - I've answered it at


Is it really worth entering comps with the big companies that get you to fill in surveys/questionnaires which try to get you to sign up to be called by other services? I don't have a lot of spare time and it feels like a waste when I could be doing a job application instead (not that I have any luck with those either). How many people enter these comps compared to, say, filling in a form when you don't have to register to anything?

Moreover, I always go through and say I don't want to be contacted by anyone about double glazing/no win no fee claims/winning a FREE!!! makeover etc etc, so do they have anything in their small print to discard entries from people that don't take up any of these "offers"?


Opting out of further communication should have no effect on your chances as the winners should be selected randomly by computer. However, you ARE reducing your chances of hearing about future promotions by doing so! I find plenty of rare promotions in my junk email & snail mail. With the survey sites though, I do find myself regularly unsubscribing from repetitive email marketing - it's relatively easy to do this, so you could opt in at competition stage... and then opt out later on!