When I write a blog post it takes me anywhere from 30 minutes to several hours, and the occasionally longer. I write, edit. Reread what I wrote, edit, write. I keep going over and over the post until I think my message is clear, concise and convey the exact lesson, thought or idea I am trying to get across to the reader. Yesterday was no exception; The Watch List.
However, this morning I received the following email:
I would like you to please clarify the following comment from your Website.
“I am seeking sites that treat their members poorly by not sending prizes, ignoring emails, etc. Classic Heartland falls in the same group. One prize and many entrants.”
Are you publicly accusing Classic Heartland of not sending prizes to winners? If so, can you please furnish me with evidence of such misgivings?
Classic Heartland has been unfairly slammed publicly by a vindictive few originating from a different sweepstakes listing site than this. After we adamantly refused their demands that we furnish them with the first and last names of all of our winners as well as their personal contact information, they went on a campaign to smear our name claiming that our listings were fake and making absurd accusations about some of our technical staff. And, now we receive word and then see for ourselves that you are accusing us of not sending prizes and not returning emails. With regards to the emails, we have very strong spam filtering in place which requires some mail senders to verify that they are real. But, be informed that we respond to each and every email which we do receive. And, each and every prize which we promise to a winner is sent and received with delivery confirmation. We attempt to contact each winner within 24 hours of their name being drawn in order to verify their shipping information and that their entry is even real. Once we verify the winner, we publish their first name and last initial and their location. We do NOT release any more personal information about winners….period, and we never will.
I strongly appeal to you to reconsider your offensive and possibly defamatory remarks about Classic Heartland and remove them from your Website.
In the past we felt it prudent to shrug off such possible libelous statements. However, moving forward, we may opt to look toward more pro active legal remedies.
Somehow, I wasn’t very clear. Classic Heartland wasn’t one of the sites I was adding to The Watch List. I wasn’t even defaming them! I was trying to distinguish between sites that are unethical and sites that have poorer odds of winning due to their popularity. My intention was to lump them in with Wanna Win and lotteries. Apparently, I did not make that clear, even though while editing the post it was clear to me.
To understand why it is easier to win on some sites vs others read:
The sites I want to add to The Watch List are ones that have a track record of treating their entrants poorly by not shipping prizes in a timely manner or at all, not answering emails, blocking people from their Facebook page for getting frustrated with poor service, etc. I have been entering contests on a daily basis since 2001 and I never won from Classic Heartland, but I still enter because it only takes WON to WIN!
Carolyn Wilman (aka @ContestQueen) is the author of You Can’t Win If You Don’t Enter. She teaches others how to find, organize, enter and win contests, sweepstakes and giveaways. To-date others have won over $1,000,000 using her Online Contesting System. With over twenty years experience as a Marketing Consultant, Carolyn also helps companies create, and viral market, winning promotions.