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    • fairyface
    • By fairyface 15th May 18, 3:07 PM
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    Professional Comping?
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    Professional Comping? 15th May 18 at 3:07 PM
    Hi I have read newspaper articles and watched you tube videos about how people are winning thousands of pounds worth of prizes every year. I know it is mostly down to luck of the draw, I do comp and have a few wins, just thinking about putting more time to it. You know the saying in it to win it, what do you think could you make a part time living from comping, any success stories? Interested in your thoughts.
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    • mansey
    • By mansey 15th May 18, 3:31 PM
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    Hi I have read newspaper articles and watched you tube videos about how people are winning thousands of pounds worth of prizes every year. I know it is mostly down to luck of the draw, I do comp and have a few wins, just thinking about putting more time to it. You know the saying in it to win it, what do you think could you make a part time living from comping, any success stories? Interested in your thoughts.
    Originally posted by fairyface
    The media have to sell their newspapers some way and making things look more glamorous than they really are sells.

    I reckon very few are winning thousands a year.

    It wouldn't be possible to make a living from comping, you mostly win a prize not cash, so you would have to then sell the prizes to make cash to pay your bills.

    Comping is very time consuming for very little gain.
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    • Blulu
    • By Blulu 15th May 18, 3:44 PM
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    Making a living from comping.

    Is it possible? Yes.

    Is it likely, or within your control? No.

    Blu X
    Comping fairy fly to me. Make my bells go tinkle.
    Get your dust out for the lads, and let me have a sprinkle.
    • mjm3346
    • By mjm3346 15th May 18, 3:46 PM
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    do you think could you make a part time living from comping
    From just entering competitions - No

    Very little of what these people have won is cash, the quoted "value" of any actual prizes is often significantly higher than their actual purchase price so the prices would be much lower if you were trying to sell them, a good number of the prizes are holidays which are non-transferable and have no cash value.

    Can you live off what would not be a bad haul for a day - a CD, DVD, bunch of flowers, can of muc-off, some concert tickets and a watch?
    Internet goodness 25263
    • The 3rd Zebu
    • By The 3rd Zebu 15th May 18, 4:14 PM
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    I would guess that many of the people who say they make a living by entering competitions are receiving state benefits or pensions of some form or another or are being supported by their partners.

    So their prizes are just really subsidising rather than supporting their lifestyles.
    Last edited by The 3rd Zebu; 15-05-2018 at 4:16 PM.
    • Enigmatic Me
    • By Enigmatic Me 15th May 18, 6:04 PM
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    Probably like winning the lottery. You will get a select few who are extremely lucky and will win the jackpot, just like you will get a select few who will continuously win competition prizes. Although I do feel you would probably have a higher chance of winning the lottery than making a living from entering competitions!

    These days, to win a competition is harder and harder.
    The best things in life are free.....
    • babs
    • By babs 15th May 18, 6:57 PM
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    Years ago comps were slogan based, low entry and judged. Some people were fab slogan writers and did basically live off what they won. These days 7K people enter a social media comp for prizes less than a tenner. So not a chance.
    2018 prizes in 2018 challenge - 2018/well over 20,000 - smashed it!
    • Marg2k8
    • By Marg2k8 15th May 18, 7:28 PM
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    I reckon if I worked out the hours I spend comping and the prizes I win in a typical year, it would equate to an hourly rate of around 1 per hour. So no, I'll stick to my day job and comp as a hobby.

    • sammi86
    • By sammi86 15th May 18, 7:57 PM
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    If you believe the media outlets, yes

    If you're realistic, no.

    The question is, if you quit your job tomorrow or significantly reduced your hours could you sustain your current lifestyle and pay your bills when you're in a year-long not winning spell.
    • lemonade11
    • By lemonade11 15th May 18, 8:35 PM
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    I used to be a very avid comper, and went through a stage where I would win a few things every month, laptops, TVs, a holiday in Devon. However since the rise of social media I have found that I hardly win anything these days - joining MSE in the hope that I will stand a better chance (used to be a loquat - not sure I can say that word in here lol) x
    • comper__9
    • By comper__9 16th May 18, 4:12 PM
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    newspapers are there to sell sell sell
    I wouldn't believe everything you read.
    you just have to look at the varying different papers for political biase
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