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Give Away Mania

11 Nov

I’m a little obsessed preoccupied with giveaway’s and contests at the moment. With this free Christmas idea that my mom had, I’ve been entering contests non-stop in hopes of winning some cool swag for the people on my gift list this year. I’ve won a couple things, and some may be given as gifts. (But NO-ONE is touching my drabby to fabby hair win!! That is ALL MINE!!)

I’ve never RUN a contest before. I don’t know the ins and outs and am happy to just simply fill out the required info and run move on to the next contest. But I have to ask for those of you who do these regularly…

ARE PEOPLE CONTEST CRAZY??!??!??

Mabel’s Labels is hosting a FUN contest today. They are cleaning out their sample and unclaimed order bin, so every hour on the hour, they are releasing names to both their facebook site and their twitter. First person to comment on the name wins them. Free!

Its awesome, and I have TOO MUCH nothing to do today, so I’ve parked myself on the couch with the dog, and I’m surfing both. Looking to win some cool labels for a special kid on my shopping list.

Now we’re all chatting while we’re waiting for the next set of names, when one woman comments

“How long will the contest last? Its super hard to watch young children and bounce between Twitter and Facebook at the same time 😦 I think just one or the other at a time would be much easier for all of us.”

Now I can see her point. I don’t agree with it, but I can see it. It could be hard. BUT at the same time, its a contest. She doesn’t HAVE to participate. and a couple people tell her so. (myself included)

Sharon Elliott
I think it’s supposed to go until 5pm.
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XXXX
I think they have both because many people are not on twitter and they want to spread the love 😉
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XXx
Not everyone has both Facebook and Twitter! I think they are trying to reward both sets of fans for being followers.
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xxx
but yes I have the same issue here
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Original Poster
Geez, there are not that many people on Twitter – only 10% of all members compose 95% of the tweets, something like that.

Now, I have no idea about twitter. I use to to post for contests and stuff, but I don’t twitter (twitt?) But others apparently do and think they need to educate this woman.

Xx
They have 3200 followers on Twitter.
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Original Poster
I expected an hour or so – 5 pm is 8 hours from now my time, I’m a loyal customer, but I have work to do! Its all good and fine for them, this is their job, but this is not fair for their customers.
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xxx
I don’t understand why people are complaining. They don’t owe you anything. This is just for fun and something nice they do for their customers.
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Be-otch person of interest
Its not like they even have to do this contest. Its for the people who happen to catch the name they want. Either you can wait for it or not, just be grateful they are even doing this.
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Sharon Elliott
I totally get your point, but they’re giving it away free… so they can give them away how they see fit. its up to us if we want to participate or not.
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xxx
I agree _____! What’s not fair about FREE? If you get something yay! If not, oh well…they don’t owe anyone anything.
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XXX
They are giving away FREE labels! Don’t complain about the way they choose to do it! It sounds pretty ungrateful!
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XXX
I second that, ____! It’s a really nice thing for the Mabel’s Label’s folks to do. Besides, no one is forcing anyone to sit at their computers all day and update.
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And of 3200 followers there is a percentage already on Facebook that prefer Facebook, a percentage that works full-time (8am to 5pm) and unable to participate regardless. The fact they have 3200 followers is irrelevant – I am one of them and I can not be in 3 places at one time. They need to post names on only one service at a time – there is nothing wrong with making it fair to their customers.
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XX
Go do your work _____…you’re really taking a fun idea and crapping all over it.
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XXX
hmmmm let’s see life isn’t always fair. thanks Mabel’s labels for the great opportunity!!
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XX
Wow! You blow my mind. I don’t think this contest has anything to do with being fair. It is just fun to try and win.
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Original Poster
And yes I completely agree with everyone – it is definitely a very nice thing for them to do – just remember they are simply clearing out stock that they already had extras of.
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XXX
Am I the only one who can’t stand whining?
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At this point Mabel’s Labels steps in to kind of clarify and let everyone know what the plan is…

Mabel’s Labels
We appreciate all the fan love coming our way today 🙂 We will be giving the love back with this contest running until 5pm EST. In order to avoid ambushing every one’s Facebook feeds, I will post a bunch every hour on the hour all afternoon.
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XXX
FOR FREE!!!! sheesh!!
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XXX
Who cares if they already had them? It matters how?
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Be-otch Person of interest
Why does there always have to be that ONE person that complains? In these hard times, I am astounded that anyone would have the audacity to be so rude to a company that is giving its customers a chance at a little treat. Mabels Labels are $20. If it means that much to you, spend all day on your computer trying to get a free set. If not, move along. Its that simple. It’s not like anyone is giving away a Hawaiian vacation or a sports car. Geeeeeeez.
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So, annoyed with EVERYONE jumping at this poor woman, whether she deserved it or not…

Sharon Elliott
I dont think a 20+ comment post is the way to go 😉 Mabel’s has said they will be doing different names on the hour, some of us will go for it, some of us wont. I think we need to remember that Mabel’s doing this for a fun giveaway, not for us to “yell” at each other. Just My Opinion.
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Person of interest Be-otch
and you adding to the 20+ comment post helps……how?
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Original Poster
I only posted ideas, its turned into a “complain about whining party”. If you don’t want to hear it, please stop reading the thread. Easy. I LOVE Mabel’s Labels and have purchased many $$$ worth – they have made life so much easier for myself and my autistic son at both of his schools. I have a right to my suggestions, and a right to post as anyone else.
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Sharon Elliott
_________, I was just trying to draw attention to the fact that we’re adults, and that I think the point had already been made that not everyone was happy with this woman’s post, but… rather then to continue on, that we could maybe stop and focus on something elsle. Mearly a suggestion, and your attitude helps how?
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Be-otch MEGA Be-otch
Well I just happen to be a big believer in “put up, or shut up” 🙂 KWIM?

At this point I stop engaging. It seems the best thing to do, rather then press enter on my “Well I just happen to be a big believer in your being a mega Be-otch” post.

Are people like this for contests you guys do? I wouldn’t be able to handle it.

P.S… I just won a pack of Bin Labels from Twitter.. SWEET!!!!

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Posted by on November 11, 2009 in Uncategorized

 

One response to “Give Away Mania

  1. knitwit

    November 11, 2009 at 11:54 pm

    Oh man. I'm starting to get into the contests now, and I won a drabby to fabby recently, which was possibly one of the high points of my life. But I think it's important to take a deep breath and remember that it's just a contest!
    Congrats on your latest win–awesome!!

     

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