Friday, April 8, 2011

Read the Darn Rules!

I’ve been holding contests for a while now and recently something happened that really made me frustrated and truth be told pissed off. In one of the giveaways I clearly stated that as a mandatory term of entering the giveaway I would be giving the sponsor the email of everyone who entered and that they would be put on their mailing list. I not only mentioned it clearly in the rules but I also included it in the form. The sponsor had requested of this form of mandatory entry and I thought that instead of having to get my readers to have to take the time to go to the site and then to have to enter their email deets I would take away the step and make it easier for them.

That’s why I was so surprised when I got an email from the sponsor telling me that they had got numerous angry emails about how they did not give them consent to be put on any mailing list. That made me mad because clearly the people that had sent the emails DID NOT read the rules clearly which made me wonder did they even read any of the post or did they just skip to the giveaway part? I mean when I enter giveaways I always read the rules carefully and make sure I know what I’m getting myself into. The giveaway was not an elaborate ruse to extract your information and you don't have to enter the giveaway if you don't want to adhere by the rules it's as simple as that. Usually my rules are pretty easy and it doesn't take a lot to enter, but sometimes the sponsor requests different entries and since they are providing the prizes which in most cases are significant I cater to their needs.

The reason why I’m pissed is because it looks bad on both me and the sponsor. It makes me look bad because it seems as if I am selling your emails off which I never ever do. And it looks bad on the sponsor because it seems like they are spamming everyone who enters. If there are any mandatory rules I will make it clear and obvious and not hide it in small text that can’t be seen with the naked eye.

I’m just asking in the future PLEASE read the rules carefully and don’t complain if you think you got misled because I pride myself on being real and giving you all the information. There are so many great and amazing readers out there and I have mad love for you and this post is definitely not directed at you! That being said have a good weekend and I have lots of updates, reviews and giveaways coming up.

I’d like to get your opinion especially if you are a giveaway blogger, do you ever have problems with people not reading the rules and then later raising up big complaints?


Rebel Chick said...

That's ridiculous! It sounds like people are just skipping to the giveaway comment form and not reading the rules.

The Giveaway Diva said...

I know so frustrating! And the fact that I even wrote it down twice and in the entry form too! So there is no way you could have not seen it. But readers like you rock and make the frustration worth it! =)

socialitedreams said...

people are dense these days, can't be bothered to sit for an extra 40 seconds and read the freaking rules of anything. just browse and skim stuff, stupid

Kathy Detweiler said...

Yep, people can be dumb and lazy. I'm sure the sponsor wasn't happy about all the angry emails either :(

Tart Deco™ said...

I've pretty much stopped doing giveaways on my blog because I would keep getting people that would just leave an "enter me" comment or just their email OR worse, wouldn't leave a way to contact them at all. I also rarely got a thank you or just an email letting me know they got the package.

On the flip side, I have had at least 3 giveaways that I won from other blogs in the last year never even sent the item to me.

Giveaways are a complicated lot ;)

Nichol said...

Ugh so sorry this happened to you. Obviously those upset didn't read anything. It's not your fault. I do think a lot read our "regulars" it's sweepers who tend to be the jerks lol