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    • 1972
    • By 1972 11th May 19, 9:03 PM
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    What am I doing wrong?
    • #1
    • 11th May 19, 9:03 PM
    What am I doing wrong? 11th May 19 at 9:03 PM
    I have won some amazing prizes in in the last 12 years - including a holiday to Austtralia, a holiday to Florida, 2 iPads, concert tickets.

    I haven't won a thing in 16 months though, but I see people winning so much all the time.

    Am I doing something wrong?

    Thank you evryone who posts the comps - I will keep trying!
    2019 Prize Total - 0/0 Prizes 2018 Prize Total - 100/1 Prize 2017 Prize Total - 250/2 Prizes
    2016 Prize Total - 650/3 Prizes 2015 Prize Total - 250/5 Prizes 2014 Prize Total - 625/10 Prizes
    2013 Prize Total - 430/5 Prizes
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    • baconcob
    • By baconcob 11th May 19, 9:25 PM
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    • #2
    • 11th May 19, 9:25 PM
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    • 11th May 19, 9:25 PM
    I think there are more people entering than there used to be.
    • Short-n-Sweet
    • By Short-n-Sweet 11th May 19, 9:38 PM
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    • #3
    • 11th May 19, 9:38 PM
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    • 11th May 19, 9:38 PM
    Just wanted to say I have been comping for over 10 years now and this has been the absolute worst year for wins!
    Ask.. Believe.. Receive..

    Every Accomplishment Starts With The Decision To Try
    • LizB62
    • By LizB62 11th May 19, 10:04 PM
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    • #4
    • 11th May 19, 10:04 PM
    • #4
    • 11th May 19, 10:04 PM
    As above - there are just far more people entering competitions so our chances to win are lower than ever.
    I've got back into comping in the last few months and haven't won a thing yet - very very different from a few years ago !
    • Defoe
    • By Defoe 12th May 19, 5:42 AM
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    • #5
    • 12th May 19, 5:42 AM
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    • 12th May 19, 5:42 AM
    Two lovely free holidays in 12 years is surely fantastic! There will be saturation point at which new compers quickly become discouraged and drop out - so stay with it. Not hard for me as I chase down "lost causes" all the time......
    Still cracking on....
    Wins in 2019: 11 prizes realised value 61
    Wins in 2018: 59 prizes realised value 1,818
    Wins in 2017: 53 prizes realised value 2,556
    Wins in 2016: 51 prizes realised value 790
    Wins in 2015: 81 prizes realised value 2,065
    • Surfermom
    • By Surfermom 12th May 19, 8:37 AM
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    • #6
    • 12th May 19, 8:37 AM
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    • 12th May 19, 8:37 AM
    I think we all get a lot less wins now than a few years ago.

    Besides more people entering I also think there are a lot less comps with good prizes. Many more for low value prizes these days.
    • chloeadkins
    • By chloeadkins 12th May 19, 8:43 AM
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    • #7
    • 12th May 19, 8:43 AM
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    • 12th May 19, 8:43 AM
    I have won 82 prizes so far this year - so keep positive! I know it's really a game of luck. xxx
    16 wins in April 2019 Thanks everyone x

    Anorexia Fighter & Proud NHS Worker!
    • mclarkie
    • By mclarkie 12th May 19, 9:50 AM
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    • #8
    • 12th May 19, 9:50 AM
    • #8
    • 12th May 19, 9:50 AM
    I have gone six months without a win. I recently won a box of beer, that's it so far this year.
    • Zanzib
    • By Zanzib 12th May 19, 2:40 PM
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    • #9
    • 12th May 19, 2:40 PM
    • #9
    • 12th May 19, 2:40 PM
    A lot of the same prizes are being offered across a number of sources too and often they're things I don't need or wouldn't want, so I'm not entering many at all now.
    • zuzuspetals
    • By zuzuspetals 12th May 19, 3:34 PM
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    I haven't won anything in almost two years, and before that it was about four years I think. I started comping about 12 years ago too, and it was great the first few years. People keep asking me why I don't enter competitions any more and I always tell them that I do, I just don't win anything!!
    • kfox92
    • By kfox92 12th May 19, 3:37 PM
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    I'm pretty sure Martin Lewis recently had a programme on TV about entering competitions to win more and as above I think more people are taking part. I haven't won anything for over a year but I did have a lovely win of 3000 January 2018. I'll keep going as others will drop out over time.

    Best Wins: 3000 Cheque, 50 Cheque, 100 Amazon Voucher, Amazon Dot, 2 Tickets WBA Vs Spurs, Emerald Birthstone Bracelet, Alex Monroe Scissor Necklace
    • strawberri_shortcake
    • By strawberri_shortcake 12th May 19, 5:33 PM
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    When I started I used to come home to something on my doorstep every day. Won amazing prizes!

    Definitely this is the driest patch ever.

    I put it down to less competitions, more gleams/rafflecopters (which I don't do. I'm not entering via 72 routes to win a towel), having to share competitions on Facebook and the requirement to tag in the population of a small country.

    I can't remember the last time I saw a car as a prize in mags.

    More people entering.

    Cheats like our convicted friends with the son in America.
    Why do mice have such small balls?
    Because so few of them can dance.

    • mjm3346
    • By mjm3346 12th May 19, 6:27 PM
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    I can't remember the last time I saw a car as a prize in mags.
    Originally posted by strawberri_shortcake
    I am happy about that, they were generally low value cars worth quite a bit less than the 10,000 prize that replaced them (if someone really wanted the car they could always use part of the 10,000 to get one and still have several k left).

    That said, the total prize funds for the magazines keep shrinking as the circulation figures for the magazines keep falling.
    Internet goodness 26574
    • xoxlauraxox
    • By xoxlauraxox 13th May 19, 7:34 PM
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    I think its just not what it used to be unfortunately, I remember being excited to see postie everyday lol.

    I still love comping thats why I still do it, but times have certainly changed. I think this dry spell is just how it is now. x
    Thanks to everyone that posts
    • Midnighter
    • By Midnighter 14th May 19, 4:45 PM
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    When I started I used to come home to something on my doorstep every day. Won amazing prizes!
    Originally posted by strawberri_shortcake
    Every day! I guess someone was either very lucky or is exaggerating slightly.

    I can remember winning something pretty much weekly a few years back, but it tends to be one or two small wins a month now and one biggish win a year.

    I guess all the 'I've won a fortune' pieces that mags and tabloids seem to like running don't help, giving new compers a false impression of the chances of winning.
    '...luck came to those who left a space for it.' Terry Pratchett
    • deb2112
    • By deb2112 15th May 19, 10:55 AM
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    A definite down turn for me this year. Last year I did wonderfully well but this year hardly anything. However, I don't know about anyone else but the less I win, the less I enter as I lose enthusiasm, so part of it is probably my own fault. For me it does seem somewhat proportionate.
    • keshimonster
    • By keshimonster 15th May 19, 11:34 AM
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    Very slow on wins these days. I had three years where each year I won about 3000 worth of prizes, some better prizes than others. Then the newspaper articles about people comping for a living (usually bloggers) made loads of people start entering and lots less prizes and posters, there used to be at least 500 pages of comps a day and I would struggle to keep up!
    I just enter web entries now and no social media so that cuts them down a bit too.
    I just don't expect any wins now and then if I get any its a brucey bonus!
    • dontone
    • By dontone 17th May 19, 9:22 PM
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    It's been a rubbish year for me so far anyway, but it feels like luck has deserted me completely.
    We must have peed the Comping Fairy off.
    It does seem like there are less decent comps out there too, and Twitter, which was once a goldmine for decent prizes seems to have tailed off as well.
    It doesn't help when these people go to the newspapers bragging to everybody saying how easy it is to win. We know differently.
    Let's hope that it starts to pick up eventually.
    Be Lucky.
    BEST EVER WINS WON IN ORDER (so far) = Sony Camcorder, 32" lcd telly, micro ipod hifi, Ipod Nano, Playstation 3, Andrex Jackpup, Holiday to USA, nintendo wii, Liverpool vs Everton tickets, 250 Reward Your thirst, 500 Pepsi, p&o rotterdam trip, perfume hamper, Dr Who stamp set, steam cleaner.

    comping = nowt more thrillin' than winnin'
    • flipflop29
    • By flipflop29 17th May 19, 10:48 PM
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    When I started comping in 2011 I think it was a bit of a golden age with companies feeling they had to run lots of competitions on facebook and twitter to get followers etc. I think maybe it didn't get them as much extra publicity/business as they'd hoped and the prizes got smaller and fewer.

    I've found purchase comps better of late - won 100 on the Visa one, but I know that was luck, really.
    • square eyed geek
    • By square eyed geek 20th May 19, 3:51 PM
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    square eyed geek
    I’ve entered 1607 competitions this year and I’ve won absolutely nothing. I think I need to increase my output!
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