I received a winning email notification today. It looked odd, so I went back to the contest and read the rules.

You think I would learn.

Always read the rules BEFORE entering.

They are not well written. Incomplete, but complete enough to know you get roped into a long contract for something I don’t want or need.

1. Must live in the service Area.
2. Must have high-speed internet and strong Wi-Fi signal for Door bell. Must know Wi-Fi password.
3. Door must be 2 inches thick to install deadbolt, if not we will give client $50 to hire a lock smith to install it.
4. Depending on the structure of the home, the technician may need to run wires which may be exposed. If there is anything in the home obstructing the Technician’s ability to properly run wires and install the system Technician will advise the winner.
5. If the participant chooses to forfeit the installations due to aesthetic concerns. We will not proceed with the Agreement, installation or package to Blue Mountain. No charge will be applied to the customer. All giveaways become null and void.
6. Availability of colour may be limited due to high demand of the contest. If the participant would like to wait for colour availability they may do so, however there will be no guarantee that the required colour will be restocked, other colour options will be available.
7. Participant is responsible for a 42 Month Monitoring Agreement at $69.99. The first 6 months is on us and you will receive $949.06 which can be used to pay the next 12 months of monitoring in the agreement. The first 18 months are on us!
8. Participant will be notified within the first 6 months, once the Blue Mountain Village Suite becomes available. Suites sleep four (4). We will provide you with a minimum 30 day notice of the date you are booked for.
9. Participant agree to have their information released, announced on Battikha’s Facebook/Instagram page to advise the public they Won the Giveaway!
Terms & Conditions for accommodation at Blue Mountain Suites
4 Days / 3 Nights stay at Blue Mountain Suites
10. Battikha covers the costs for ACCOMMODATION ONLY for 4 days and 3 nights
11. Participants are responsible for additional charges should they wish to extend their stay beyond the 4 days and 3 nights or wish to upgrade their suite
12. Participants are responsible for providing Blue Mountain Resort with their own credit card for incidentals during their stay
13. Participants are responsible for costs of additional persons staying in the suite, special requirements such as, but not limited to, requests for additional beds, cribs, spa services, etc.
14. Participants are responsible for costs of ALL their food, beverages (alcoholic and non-alcoholic), activities, entertainment, equipment rentals etc.
15. Participants MUST abide by the rules of the establishment
16. Only one (1) qualification / offer per household
17. Offer is based on a signed 42 Month monitoring term Agreement at $69.99
*Battikha Security Inc. is a registered promoter for various companies therefore Battikha Security Inc assumes no responsibility for delays, lost/misplaced/stolen property, cancellations, reschedules, situations caused through human error or conditions due to nature or an act of God.
*Participants releases and waives all right of recovery against Battikha Security Inc.
*Participants agree that Battikha Security Inc. shall be exempt from any / all liability from loss, damage or injury due directly or indirectly to occurrences or consequences arising from their stay at the Blue Mountains Village Suite via this promotional offer.
BSI Assumes no liability in Trademark /copyright disputes. The Logos, Images, videos, designs, and Trademarks which are printed /posted are reproduced ONLY to show examples of gift card companies. They are not to be construed as products of brand name endorsements by or for the trademark owner
All terms and conditions of the agreement must be honored and adhered to.

Then I went back and looked at their entry page.

Clearly MY fault.

They are upfront about the conditions of entry. If I read the page properly, instead of jumping straight to the entry page I wouldn’t have entered.

I replied to their email with this:

No thank you. I went back and read your rules, which are not Criminal Code or Competition Act compliant. Please draw another name and delete my profile/contact information. I will not be buying or using a security system.
They sent back a nice reply.
We will remove your info. Thank you very much.
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I realized they are a small business trying to drum up business using a contest. However, they have gone about it completely the wrong way. Instead of thinking the worst. I will assume the best. I am betting they do not know this particular marketing tactic isn’t going to garner them the results they are seeking. I will contact them this week and discuss more a optimal marketing solution.
What would you do if you ‘won’?