View Poll Results: Do you enter drawings for tools on the internet?

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  • Yes. And I actively look for new contests.

    2 3.51%
  • Yes. But only when I see one, or hear about one from others.

    40 70.18%
  • No. I don't have time for this nonsense.

    4 7.02%
  • No. And I don't like taking polls either.

    5 8.77%
  • Yes I read the rules.

    15 26.32%
  • No, I don't ever read rules. Don't read owner's manuals either.

    4 7.02%
  • Rules??? These things have rules???

    3 5.26%
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Thread: I've been meaning to do this thread for a while... Part deux

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    I've been meaning to do this thread for a while... Part deux

    Ok, messed up the first try when I wanted to go back and read what I had written. It didn't like that and posted what I had going sans the poll. So let's try this again.

    ...and Chuck's thread that he "shouldn't" tell us about the LV giveaway from Highland Woodworking finally got me to do it.

    So curious first: A poll: How many of you enter tool contests? If you do, do you read the rules to see how often you can enter? I'll start entering the different contests I know about in a little while. Let's see what kind of interest this draws. Jim.
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    I am pretty careful about providing info that I know is being funneled directly into a machine designed to part me from my money. However, if the potential prize is attractive and the rules are clear enough about how my information will be used, I go for it.
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    Thought I should go ahead and vote in my own thread. I said I actively look for contests. That may be a little misleading. Once every 3 to 4 weeks, I'll look at one of the sites that usually runs a contest to see if they have a new one. Found several yesterday that were new to me.
    And I do skim over the rules. I want to see how many times I can enter in a given time frame. Most are once per day, or one time for the contest. But did you know the Highland Woodworking contest is once every 3 minutes???? That was a first for me to see. Jim.
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    Quote Originally Posted by glenn bradley View Post
    I am pretty careful about providing info that I know is being funneled directly into a machine designed to part me from my money. However, if the potential prize is attractive and the rules are clear enough about how my information will be used, I go for it.

    Same here.
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    Quote Originally Posted by glenn bradley View Post
    I am pretty careful about providing info that I know is being funneled directly into a machine designed to part me from my money. However, if the potential prize is attractive and the rules are clear enough about how my information will be used, I go for it.
    Me too. That's why I prefer to use your e-mail address on the sketchy contests.

    Seriously, I create unique e-mail addresses for nearly everything I sign up for on the web. It makes an easy way to see who's sharing my address with spammers.
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    No, Once I entered on a drawing for a sawstop to find out later that only US residents were allowed to enter.
    Now I check that first.
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    Quote Originally Posted by glenn bradley View Post
    I am pretty careful about providing info that I know is being funneled directly into a machine
    Exactly. And email addresses are just the tiny tip of the iceberg. The amount of data corporations keep on us makes the gubmint seem like small potatoes. And it all goes into that great big data warehouse in the sky, gets sold around between companies, and gets mined for all sorts of things most of us couldn't begin to imagine.

    In this case, they get your name, your IP address, your physical address, your preferences, even what kind of computer you're using. It all goes into the demographics, and by the time they're done, these companies know more about us than we know about ourselves. Do you really think they'd offer prizes worth an entire shop just to build an email address list?

    Read the rules again, but this time, look for what they do with the data. The honest ones will say something like "we do share data, so we can better serve you." The less honest ones won't even mention what they do. The correct translation of "All entries become property of XYZ company" is "We don't give a darn what you think..."

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    Ummmm, 10 month old thread guys...

    ... and I still haven't won that Sawstop!
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    I do believe we have a poll with no end date here!!!!!!!!
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    Poll is closed. Feel free to still comment though....
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