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    • andrew71
    • By andrew71 16th Jun 17, 9:08 AM
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    Does it matter how you place your details (post entries)
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    • 16th Jun 17, 9:08 AM
    Does it matter how you place your details (post entries) 16th Jun 17 at 9:08 AM
    Ok so I've started to enter competitions via post (mainly ITV's). Over time we've always been told she. Entering competitions via post to either place the address where the postcard/SAE is going to on the right side and your details on the left. Or their address on one side (stamp side) and your own details on flip side.

    So with most post competitions now scanning post does it make a difference how and where my details are? Could I place my details upside down or going sideways?

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    • NBLondon
    • By NBLondon 16th Jun 17, 9:22 AM
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    Over time we've always been told she. Entering competitions via post to either place the address where the postcard/SAE is going to on the right side and your details on the left. Or their address on one side (stamp side) and your own details on flip side.
    Originally posted by andrew71
    Yeah - that's normal for postcards...
    Could I place my details upside down or going sideways?
    Some compers suggest putting your details sideways or at an angle to avoid the Royal Mail machinery sorting it based on your postcode and delivering the card back to you - which has happened to me a few times. But as the ITV comps usually only want Name and Phone # that's not an issue. So I'd say make it as clear as possible to avoid the possibility of your card either being misread or discarded as unreadable. Pre-printing sticky labels may help if you are planning to enter a lot.
    One day I'll think of something witty - Apparently I have!
    • chocoholic123
    • By chocoholic123 16th Jun 17, 11:05 AM
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    • 16th Jun 17, 11:05 AM
    I always write To: and From: over the different addresses too.

    • custardy
    • By custardy 16th Jun 17, 11:14 AM
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    • 16th Jun 17, 11:14 AM
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    • 16th Jun 17, 11:14 AM
    From experience. Easiest way to distinguish to/from is 2 diagonal lines through the 'from' address.
    • trueblonde
    • By trueblonde 9th Jul 17, 2:57 PM
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    • 9th Jul 17, 2:57 PM
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    • 9th Jul 17, 2:57 PM
    I write my details on a slant and the address to the comp straight
    • janE1956
    • By janE1956 9th Jul 17, 3:59 PM
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    • 9th Jul 17, 3:59 PM
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    • 9th Jul 17, 3:59 PM
    also putting phone number after post code is supposed to stop their reader picking up your post code and it coming back to you too
    • bubblebobble23
    • By bubblebobble23 9th Jul 17, 7:03 PM
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    • 9th Jul 17, 7:03 PM
    you may find this helpful! Good Luck!

    https://superlucky.me/how-to-send-a-postcard-entry/
    • dontone
    • By dontone 10th Jul 17, 6:59 PM
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    • 10th Jul 17, 6:59 PM
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    • 10th Jul 17, 6:59 PM
    I made my own postcards and I just write the address to where it's going on one side, and then on the other side I write my details sideways.
    I read on here that putting stickers on the address side helps highlight the card. It hasn't been lucky yet, but I'm optimistic (I think lol)
    thanks for the tips.
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    • andrew71
    • By andrew71 10th Jul 17, 8:41 PM
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    • 10th Jul 17, 8:41 PM
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    • 10th Jul 17, 8:41 PM
    Does it matter if you use Postcards or SAE? I also wonder that my hand writing isn't eligible for Royal Mail machines to read. It's probably not my best talent my hand writing ����

    • mjm3346
    • By mjm3346 10th Jul 17, 10:04 PM
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    Does it matter if you use Postcards or SAE? I also wonder that my hand writing isn't eligible for Royal Mail machines to read. It's probably not my best talent my hand writing ����
    Originally posted by andrew71
    You would have to check the T&Cs of the individual competitions, some allow on the back of a sealed envelope, some inside an envelope.
    Last edited by mjm3346; 10-07-2017 at 10:08 PM.
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