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    • Louiseoc
    • By Louiseoc 18th Sep 18, 12:13 PM
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    Louiseoc
    Worst Year Ever!
    • #1
    • 18th Sep 18, 12:13 PM
    Worst Year Ever! 18th Sep 18 at 12:13 PM
    The wins this years are few and far between, Im not even at 10% of what I won last year, whats going on? I know im not the only one struggling, perhaps an email address change is needed?
    April Wins -

    In 2019 win more than 2019/0
    Win Totals 2013 3331 / 2014 4815
    2015 3067 / 2016 5617 / 2017 994

    2018 300 & PPI REFUND 3500
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    • booklover500
    • By booklover500 18th Sep 18, 12:40 PM
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    booklover500
    • #2
    • 18th Sep 18, 12:40 PM
    • #2
    • 18th Sep 18, 12:40 PM
    I have only had two decent prizes this year - both involving effort plus a couple of very small wins. I was previously winning at least once a month usually 5 valuable prizes a year and several lower value.
    • Lillibet13
    • By Lillibet13 19th Sep 18, 8:13 PM
    • 14 Posts
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    Lillibet13
    • #3
    • 19th Sep 18, 8:13 PM
    • #3
    • 19th Sep 18, 8:13 PM
    Nothing at all since last October!
    • Fiona_T
    • By Fiona_T 19th Sep 18, 8:45 PM
    • 437 Posts
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    Fiona_T
    • #4
    • 19th Sep 18, 8:45 PM
    • #4
    • 19th Sep 18, 8:45 PM
    I only seem to win on Facebook and Twitter now!
    • Romsnowden
    • By Romsnowden 19th Sep 18, 9:17 PM
    • 40 Posts
    • 389 Thanks
    Romsnowden
    • #5
    • 19th Sep 18, 9:17 PM
    • #5
    • 19th Sep 18, 9:17 PM
    Keep trying everyone! This has been my best year yet!
    • badamsgirl
    • By badamsgirl 24th Sep 18, 9:12 AM
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    badamsgirl
    • #6
    • 24th Sep 18, 9:12 AM
    • #6
    • 24th Sep 18, 9:12 AM
    Very few wins this year-only two of any note really. Hoping all my comping luck will return for the advents.
    Wishing good luck to all compers in 2019


    April 2019 wins:
    • broughton
    • By broughton 24th Sep 18, 10:01 AM
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    broughton
    • #7
    • 24th Sep 18, 10:01 AM
    • #7
    • 24th Sep 18, 10:01 AM
    Nothing for me for ages, more than a year. I never win on facebook or twitter or instagram but i dont have hundreds of friends and followers.That is maybe why.
    • The 3rd Zebu
    • By The 3rd Zebu 24th Sep 18, 4:23 PM
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    The 3rd Zebu
    • #8
    • 24th Sep 18, 4:23 PM
    • #8
    • 24th Sep 18, 4:23 PM
    Just one paperback book in the last 12 months.
    • chloeadkins
    • By chloeadkins 24th Sep 18, 5:37 PM
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    chloeadkins
    • #9
    • 24th Sep 18, 5:37 PM
    • #9
    • 24th Sep 18, 5:37 PM
    Wishing you all lots of luck for the coming months! xx
    16 wins in March 2019 Thanks everyone x

    Anorexia Fighter & Proud NHS Worker!
    • Trinket
    • By Trinket 28th Sep 18, 3:14 PM
    • 38 Posts
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    Trinket
    Does changing your email address help in some way? Is it because they think you are a new subscriber? Just curious....
    So many competitions...so little time...

    Shame I have to go to work!
    • hdh74
    • By hdh74 29th Sep 18, 6:58 AM
    • 2,286 Posts
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    hdh74
    Does changing your email address help in some way? Is it because they think you are a new subscriber? Just curious....
    Originally posted by Trinket
    I have a new comping email yearly, and just use my official one for odd sites I'm really interested in. My comping email for this year is pretty befeft of stuff in my 'wins' folder - only 1 thing in there.
    • bargain_babs
    • By bargain_babs 30th Sep 18, 5:10 PM
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    bargain_babs
    same here ................. worst year ever!!
    I don't do the facebook or gleam ones is that why there aren't any wins?
    • bob_a_builder
    • By bob_a_builder 12th Oct 18, 7:45 AM
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    bob_a_builder
    Now that GDPR requires that all web forms should be opt in rather than opt out, and most of us probably don't choose to opt in to all of their marketing emails et all, and only check the accept T&Cs box on these competition entry forms

    Could that be another filter they are using to determine entry into the draw or not

    Or is that me just being too sceptical
    • lukgs7
    • By lukgs7 12th Oct 18, 8:17 AM
    • 761 Posts
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    lukgs7
    Worst 2 years compared to previous wins.
    Winning isn't everything, it's the only thing

    Never never give-up
    • mjm3346
    • By mjm3346 12th Oct 18, 9:52 AM
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    mjm3346
    Now that GDPR requires that all web forms should be opt in rather than opt out, and most of us probably don't choose to opt in to all of their marketing emails et all, and only check the accept T&Cs box on these competition entry forms

    Could that be another filter they are using to determine entry into the draw or not

    Or is that me just being too sceptical
    Originally posted by bob_a_builder
    It should be stated if you need to opt in to newsletters etc to be in the draw (which they can do, the opt out being not to enter) - it maybe they choose to only notify winners from the newsletter database etc so they would not be able to contact you if you have not opted in (I have seen it stated on a few and it maybe in a site privacy policy that they only retain e-mail addresses for those that have signed up)
    Last edited by mjm3346; 12-10-2018 at 5:06 PM.
    Internet goodness 26324
    • db3745
    • By db3745 12th Oct 18, 11:37 AM
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    db3745
    I've been going to mention this subject for a while, and only saw the thread while looking to report an unwanted sales call.

    It's very noticeable to me that the landscape seems to have changed alarmingly from a comper's point of view in the last year or so. Certainly there's been a fall-off in the number of comps in my favourite prize area - foreign holidays or flights, which can be put down to some extent to pressure on marketing budgets; also a huge switch to social media which I avoid more and more as friends get unwanted Facebook notifications. Without Bauer radio stations and some magazines there'd be even fewer opportunities.


    Having said that, I heard of something worrying via a forum on fantasy football which is a hobby of mine. A small group of keen fantasy enthusiasts saw familiar-sounding user-names cropping up in the league tables which you can access online. Between them they identified hundreds of team entries obviously coming from one address or family, and this from more than one or two such families. They'd reported this to the promoters without any action being taken. We know in our sector promoters try to ensure that automated entries don't get through, but if the checks are being circumvented in the fantasy arena, you wouldn't bet against the same thing happening in our comps?


    It's over a year since I won anything really, and I think it's more than coincidence, and just a few more people comping.
    • MaineBlue
    • By MaineBlue 12th Oct 18, 11:47 AM
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    MaineBlue
    Had a couple of small wins via social media but not won a single thing via any web entry form. All in all, if you look at the effort against the 'prize fund' I've won I must be 'working' for something like 5p per hour. It's been pathetic this year.
    S Aguero (16); Y Toure (45); S Aguero (47); S Nasri (50)
    E Dzeko (1); E Dzeko (56); Y Toure (90)




    • cagsd
    • By cagsd 12th Oct 18, 4:09 PM
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    cagsd
    All in all, if you look at the effort against the 'prize fund' I've won I must be 'working' for something like 5p per hour. It's been pathetic this year.
    Originally posted by MaineBlue
    So you're not one of the "many" who've quit their jobs due to competition success?!https://forums.moneysavingexpert.com/showthread.php?t=5907133 (Me neither )

    • bubblebobble23
    • By bubblebobble23 12th Oct 18, 5:09 PM
    • 601 Posts
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    bubblebobble23
    I'm having a pretty bare year too. Small wins which I love but there is definitely lots of horrible factors contributing to less opportunity.
    • JamboDP
    • By JamboDP 13th Oct 18, 12:32 PM
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    JamboDP
    I was having a crap year until today, look in IWIWIW
    I do it just for fun and whatever I win is a bonus
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