Cheating….I Can’t Believe I Need To Say This

Recently some of the bloggers in the Thrifty Nifty Mommy Blogger Network realized that there were a few people entering their giveaways and claiming entries on Rafflecopter that they had not earned. What do I/we mean by this?

I think it’s pretty self explanatory. If we say “Pin this giveaway to Pinterest” then you need to pin it to Pinterest, and then leave a link to that pin, as the instructions state. If we say “follow Thrifty Nifty Mommy on Google Friend Connect” then you need to follow Thrifty Nifty Mommy on Google Friend Connect. If we say “Tweet this on Twitter” then you need to tweet it and paste a link. We aren’t going to make you do any of these entries, that’s why they are optional. BUT, if you are going to claim the entries, then you better actually be doing these things.

Maybe those who are cheating don’t realize just how easy it is for us to check the entries you are claiming on Rafflecopter. Here is a screen shot. Rafflecopter tells us your name, when you entered, what entries you claimed, and what you wrote in the box where we ask for you to paste links or verify entries. I’ve blacked out the name of the individual who was taking entries falsely (if you click on the picture you can see it a little more clearly):

(Thanks to Ruth at Viva Veltoro for the screen shot)

It’s extremely sad that grown adults still feel the need to cheat. Most of the giveaways we have are for items for kids. What is it teaching your children when you give them an item you won by CHEATING? It shows a complete lack of respect for not only the blogger who takes the time to organize a giveaway (which, to be honest, most posts I put up take me an hour plus) but also a lack of respect for the other people who take the time to enter the giveaways legitimately.

It is easy for us to see who is cheating and it’s also easy to see if someone might have done something accidentally vs. those who are blatantly cheating over and over again. Claiming you are tweeting about a giveaway when your Twitter account is suspended is an obvious attempt to cheat. If you cheat and you are found out, you will never win again on this blog, or any other blog in the Thrifty Nifty Mommy Blogger Network. We now keep a list of all known cheaters. (Bloggers not in the Network, I’m happy to share with you too if you’d like to send me an email).

To those of you who enters these giveaways all the time, I apologize if a cheater has ever won a giveaway that you entered. We are working hard to make sure this does not happen because we value your time! Thank you for taking the time to enter these giveaways and for doing it with integrity!

Giveaways are fun, let’s keep them that way!


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Hi! Welcome to my blog. My husband and I were high school sweethearts who married over 10 years ago. We now have 4 children: Maggie (age 6), Jacob (age 3), Zellene (age 1) and our youngest little guy Gideon born in February 2016. I love sharing about the great products I find that help to make our lives easier, while also talking about some of my passions like home birth & natural childbirth, travel, family life, and living a semi-green life.

One comment on “Cheating….I Can’t Believe I Need To Say This

  1. It scares me when I see so many bloggers talk about having their own private ban list (or even sharing blacklists), and not one of those bloggers has had the courtesy to let the supposed “cheaters” know they are banned from future contests. Banning ANY entrant from a giveaway, who is otherwise eligible to enter, is immoral and ILLEGAL.

    In all the years I’ve been entering giveaways, I have changed my email address dozens of times, and sometimes (mistakenly) changed my email address mid-contest. I have twitter and Facebook accounts and I use them exclusively for giveaways. I’ve recently learned that some bloggers have blacklisted folks like me for using social media only for giveaways. That is just wrong. And illegal! If that’s one of the blogger’s rules, it needs to be clearly stated in every giveaway. I’ve also absentmindedly submitted entry after entry while forgetting to follow, etc. or misunderstanding what I’m supposed to do. Also, because I’m disabled and can’t afford regular housing, I live in a hotel. That means I share an IP address with about 300 guests. So if another guest decides to enter the same giveaway, have I cheated? Absolutely not, but I’ll unknowingly be banned from that blogger’s future contests. Like I said, that’s a scary thought. I depend on giveaway prizes for Christmas and birthday gifts and to supplement my disability income, and I hate to think I’m wasting hundreds of hours entering blog giveaways for nothing.

    I wonder how many bloggers have blacklisted me for “cheating” when, in reality, I’ve unintentionally or stupidly disqualified myself many times, no doubt, but I’ll never know how many giveaways I’m wasting my time entering…unless or until bloggers are held accountable for holding illegal giveaways using blacklists or disqualifying entrants based, not on whether they followed instructions, but whether they are disliked by the blogger.

    Shame on you, you blacklisting bloggers.

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