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My Offers is yet another website for all the competition addicts out there (and I’m sure there are many!), with a range of competitions every month. It’s very easy to navigate, designed with navigation buttons down the left hand side, in a nice array of pastel colours!
The categories of prizes are:
· Holiday and Travel – at the moment this includes a week in the Greek islands (haven’t entered this though as I have no passport!) and a trip to Eurodisney. · Cash – some of these are for charities where you can win £250 for yourself and £250 for your chosen charity. · Cars – including a Toyota Yaris · Electrical – including cameras, a camcorder, a cordless phone, and DVD players · Lucky Dip – including a BUPA health screen (which I don’t want to win as it would scare me!)
These categories used to be different – so if you read any of the older opinions and they don’t agree with mine then that’s because the site has recently been altered. (Well, fairly recently anyway – I’ve had a break from it for a while, whilst I’ve been studying).
There are over 30 different prizes on offer at the moment. Many of these prizes will also be on offer again next month, but since I have not yet won anything so far, I am more than happy to enter them again and again. I am confident that I will win one day – someone has to after all! You never know, I might even win the car.
Unlike theprizefinder.com, for example, My Offers does not link to other sites for you to enter the competitions. Each one is entered on the my offers webiste, simply by filling in a survey. These are very easy to fill in, and don’t take too many minutes. There’s also a new feature on the site which can also save time, as since many of the competitions from month to month are sponsored by the same companies, there is an automatic re-entry feature, where you don’t have to type in all your information again. Indeed, the site itself, since it doesn’t link to any other websites, is generally pretty speedy, with only a few occasional hiccups – which means you’ll probably be able to fill in all the surveys during a lunch break. There are no difficult questions to answer either, unlike most competitions - it really is just a case of putting in details.
You can see on the site when you’ve entered a particular competition, as it will be marked with a big red tick. No entering twice to double your chances (unless of course you sign up with another email address – I do this sometimes and enter giving my mum’s name and address details). To use this site, you need to log on each time with your email address and password – it’s a very quick and painless procedure!
There are very few restrictions on the competitions – this month, I have come across only one that I was ineligible to enter, and that was because it was for over 40s. I was a bit miffed because it was to win £1000, but I got my own back, as there was one which was just for students to enter. I’ve just checked the terms and conditions too, and it says that you have to be 18 or over to enter – but I’m sure all the under 18s could enter for their parents.
For every few surveys that you fill in, at the moment, you will get some pontoon credits which will enable you to play the My Offers pontoon game. If you play this, you will get entered into a draw to win a DVD player (which I really really want to win!), but as far as I can work out, there’s nothing to be gained by either doing well at the game, or playing more than once. It seems a bit of a waste of a time to me – it’s not exactly the most taxing game (it’s a simple card game which you might know otherwise as 21’s).
My Offers used to have an offer whereby for every few qualifying surveys that you filled in, you would get sent a free mousemat. I have got loads of these – they’re not much use either, I mean you can only use one mousemat at a time, and I would rather stick to my map of the London underground!
There’s also the opportunity to send greetings cards from the site – I’ve never tried this – I’d rather stick to somewhere a bit more exciting such as Bluemountain, than send cards which would, in effect, be advertising on the behalf of My Offers.
What about the disadvantages? Well, once you’ve signed up, you’ll get an email from them every month, telling you that you haven’t won, and telling you who has (great, just what I’ve always wanted to read!). And more importantly, since you’ve filled in the surveys for other companies, they too will contact you. In my experience, this contact has only ever been by email, trying to get me to join book clubs, for example, but by giving them your details, they may also choose to phone you or contact you by post. It’s impossible to say however if any of the great piles of junk mail I seem to receive has come as a direct result of entering competitions here. And if anyone tried to phone me, chances are they wouldn’t get through anyway, since I always seem to be connected to the internet!
Overall then, if you’re prepared to put up with any junk email you might receive as a result of entering your information into the surveys then this is a good site. I’ve not won anything – yet, but plenty of people have, and it can’t hurt to give it a go. It’s very quick to enter so you don’t feel as if you’re slaving away for ages with no reward. If you’re serious about entering competitions, this probably won’t be one of your first ports of call, but is a useful little extra nonetheless.