Today as I was verifying comments, and drawing winners a nerve was struck. That nerve was the fact I had a few people lying when entering giveaways. Let me make one thing clear before I continue on, I will NOT tolerate lying, if I find that you have lied when entering a giveaway here on The Neat Things in Life, you will AUTOMATICALLY be disqualified. No ifs, ands or buts about it.
Companies are generous enough to offer product for giveaway, you can be respectful to both the company and myself and be honest when entering those giveaways.
The giveaway that angered me was the Food Lion giveaway. In the post it states clearly to make sure you have a Food Lion in your location.
“To enter use rafflecopter below. Since these gift cards can only be used at the Food Lion stores, please make sure you have a Food Lion in your area.
Not sure if there is a Food Lion in your area? Simply click here and check using the Food Lion Store locator.”
The mandatory entry which was ignored by one of the “old” winners, was not only to tell me which coupon would be clipped but also to tell me how far you lived from Food Lions. While it wasn’t required that you live by a Food Lions, it was a mandatory entry to go to the Food Lion store locator and tell me how far. When you tell me 5 miles, yet the store locator shows me there isn’t one within 50 miles, you failed to do the mandatory and GO TO the site to find out how far you were from a Food Lions store, and this is the reason the two were disqualified.
When I informed the one winner of the reason for the disqualification I was responded to with this…
“Well it does not say in the rules you can’t lie and it’s not a big deal, relax lady. And I liked your facebook and twitter which is why you do giveaways. These giveaways are open to all the states it does not matter if you live near one. I won on 2 other blogs and they don’t care where I live. I think I will have to contact Food Lion about this. And I am not your child.”
Let me make a few things clear, and I will make sure I put this in the rules on all giveaways. DO NOT KNOWINGLY LIE TO ENTER A GIVEAWAY HERE ON THE NEAT THINGS IN LIFE, I WILL NOT TOLERATE IT.
Secondly, I don’t host giveaways to get facebook and twitter followers, I host giveaways as a thank you to all of you. Yes, the likes and follows are nice, but they’re never a requirement to enter the giveaway. Also, who is this person to tell me who the giveaways are open to, I am the one running the giveaway, Food Lion provided the gift cards yes, but I am the one who made the rules for the giveaway, I am the one sending out the cards.
Thirdly, I am not other bloggers, other bloggers may tolerate those that are dishonest, but I will not, and making threats to me will not make you re-qualified for a giveaway you got disqualified from for not following the directions, and lastly, I know this person is not my child, because I have raised my child to be honest no matter what!
Again, if I find you being dishonest when entering my giveaways, you will be disqualified. Lying about how many miles you live from a place is no different then lying to me about being a subscriber.
If I were to let those who were dishonest win giveaways here on The Neat Things in Life, it wouldn’t be fair to those who are honest. Bottom line, you lie to enter a giveaway and you’re caught, you will be disqualified. If it happens a second time you will be completely banned from any and all giveaways here on the site.