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Giveaways and Contests

In general, I love free stuff.  Free is generally good.  The problem though, is that too often you get free things you don’t really want.  You know, like a flyer in the mail for a free car wash if you buy a new car.  Which…come to think about it – aren’t usually free at all.

Well, I’m here to change that.

My goal with giveaways is to give back to all you.  After all, you read through my musings and ramblings day in and day out – the least I could do for you is to give away some stuff.  But I don’t want to just give away random things of little value.  I want to go big…and giveaway big things.

Who sponsors them?

I’m often approached by a variety of companies to do giveaways of their products.  But usually these are laden with strings that essentially make it a product advertisement, when in the end all you as a reader get is a free brownie.  That’s not really my style (of course, if a company approaches wanting to give away really cool stuff…I’m here for ya!).

So basically…I sponsor them.

So how do I giveaway big things?  Well, one of two ways: Either I give them away straight up (with my own hard cold cash), or Clever Training sponsors them with me (they sell sports gadgets).  Sometimes we go splitsy too.  They’re my partner in giveaway crime here.  Simple, right?

I do not entertain any giveaways directly with manufactures of products. Sorry!

Who can enter?

Everyone! None of my giveaways have geographic restrictions!  I’ll send the goods to wherever on earth you may be.  Be it California, Canada, Croatia or Colombia.  I’ll get the goods to ya…free!

The only caveat is that depending on where you are in the world, you may be taxed upon import to your country by your local customs folks.  Clever Training and myself do everything under the sun to make that cost as legally close to $0 as possible, but having lived overseas long enough I know that sometimes you just get on the wrong end of the customs/duties/tax officer no matter what the sender puts in that box.

For folks within Europe, Clever Training will ship from Clever Training Europe (so no worries there on VAT/etc…).  For everywhere else in the world, Clever Training will generally ship from Clever Training US (Florida, USA).

How do I enter?

You simply leave a comment on the giveaway post in question – that’s it!  Just one entry per person per giveaway.  That’s it!

Note if your comment doesn’t appear right away, don’t worry about entering again.  In busier giveaways I increase the caching on the site, so it may take a little while for the comment to appear on the public pages.  Fear not, it’s there.

Also, sometimes things get caught up in the SPAM filters.  Don’t worry though – I sift through and remove all giveaway ones before I declare a winner.

What about the Giveaway Extravaganza?

While a normal giveaway is usually held over a period of a few days, the annual DCR Giveaway Extravaganza is a totally different beast.  In that case there is a new giveaway every 2 hours!  Yup, it’s kinda like Woot.com…but for giveaways.  You can enter once per each item being given away, for a total of 12 different giveaway items.

The whole extravaganza lasts 24 hours in total, with new giveaways opening (and closing) every 2 hours.  It’s a once a year event!

How and when are winners declared?

Generally I’ll announce the winners within a day or two, depending on travel and other posts planned.  There will be a new post with the giveaway winner announced prominently.  I’ll then work with that person to get an item shipped their way immediately (assuming it’s in stock).

Do you give or sell my e-mail address away?

Nope, not at all.  That’s pretty sketchville.  Never would do that.  If you want to sign-up for the newsletter or VIP membership, you can do so here.  But neither have any impact on giveaways.  Nor are they sold/given away either.

Thanks for entering! To see all previous giveaways, just click once.