I came across a blog post I wrote on Dumpster Diving. I don’t actually dumpster dive, but I thought it would make a great post title. What I do (or used to do) is PIN code hunt.
Firstly, what is a PIN code? A PIN code is a series of letters and/or numbers printed inside a bottle cap, a candy wrapper, a cardboard cereal box, etc. You then take that code and enter it into the corresponding online sweepstakes, contest or giveaway for a chance to win a prize, instant, daily, weekly or grand.
Secondly, why did I use the term used to? In April of 2014 iCoke in Canada closed. Pepsi stopped their similar program sometime after 2008. Now codes (in Canada) are only found when a company is hosting a specific sweepstakes. Currently, they are so far and few between, it’s not worth my time to go hunting. (Apparently, I am not as dedicated to my hobby as one would think … LOL!)
There are only three ways to get PIN codes:
- buy the product,
- utilize the no purchase entry option (NPE),
- or using codes others have thrown away.
As my time is now spent differently than it was several years ago, more often than not I now opt for option 1, and if I come across it easily, option 3.
As PIN code giveaways are expensive to run and manage, only the largest of companies can afford to sponsor them. I don’t see them making a big resurgence in the future as different technological winning opportunities arise. Just like we never pictured entering Facebook contests 10 years ago, we can’t imagine what the next big thing may be.
Do you PIN code hunt?