Archive for the ‘FAQ’ Category

Using auto form-fillers

Thursday, January 15th, 2009

Question: 

          When entering Internet contests is it acceptable or legal to use a form filler to fill in the entry form?

Answer:

         Unless the rules and regulations state otherwise, it is perfectly acceptable and not against the rules to use a form filler (such as Roboform). Keep in mind that to fill in some forms you will still need to key in some items, such as security numbers or codes. But using a form filler will speed up your contest work and allow you to enter many more contests more efficiently. Read the rules when in doubt.

Hand-print on plain paper

Thursday, January 15th, 2009

Question:
      When the rules say “print name/address/phone number” on a plain piece of paper, do I have to hand-print the information or can I use a stamp or address label?

Answer:
     Although it takes extra effort, you do need to hand-print the information, unless it states otherwise. Any qualifiers such as hand-drawn facsimiles of UPCs must also be hand-drawn.

#10 size envelope?

Thursday, January 15th, 2009

Question:

     What is a #10 size envelope and where do I get them from?

Answer:

     A #10 envelope is simply a business-sized envelope. They are sold at any paper goods, or office store, or even at a discount department store. A large box will be labelled as “#10″ sized. Be sure to obey all the rules of a contest, such as size of the envelope you are asked to send in, if applicable  to avoid being disqualified for a draw. Also be aware that most contests only allow one ballot or entry per envelope and you can be disqualified if you try to send in more than that.

Need to draw UPC lines?

Wednesday, January 14th, 2009

Question:
      When submitting a hand drawn UPC code, do you have to draw the exact number of lines for the UPC to be accepted?

Answer:
      Usually it is a good idea to try to copy the UPC as correctly as possible. I would advise you to record the correct numbers as well as the  accurate number of lines on a UPC code. There are  two basic configurations for UPC’s, and they become easy to copy with practice. Look at any UPC code on the products in your home for guidance as to the size of the code & number of lines. I have been informed by others that the numbers are the most important aspect of the code, and some people have won with an irregular number of lines, but why take chances? UPC codes are of standard format and it is in your own best interests to make them as accurately as possible so as to not have your entry disqualified because of inconsistencies.    With practice you will learn to make well-drawn UPCs quite easily.

      Another suggestion is to draw the codes free-hand as this would not contravene the directions “hand-drawn facsimile” of a UPC. One note: you do not need to make the lines thicker or thinner to have an acceptable UPC code. Simple pen strokes will suffice.

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