About Winning (and Losing)

I posted here a couple of days ago a screenshot of the proof that I have won in an online contest sponsored by Startlike. The excitement has yet to wear off, as honestly, this is the first time in my life, EVER, that I won in an online contest of any kind. I think that stems from the fact that I, as a rule, don't join every online contest that I stumble upon. Pehpot introducing me to that contest might have been the trigger why I decided to join, but I was not sure at first how to go about it, or if I even have a chance of winning. If it depended on pure luck, I wouldn't have possibly made the list of winners, as I am already proven unlucky when it comes to chances. As it happens, the spot I was targeting depends on how much you are willing to put in, so I took the plunge and thankfully, it paid off. So thank you everyone for telling the wall that it was me who referred you. Everyone in this SHOULD win a Macbook Pro and it would've been swell, but this is the real world, so there.

NOTE: The following is not a long-winded tale of how happy I was to have won. If you want to keep believing that I won an iPhone, then STOP READING!

You're still here? Okay. Now what I'm about to tell you will DEFINITELY let you people down. I DID NOT WIN AN IPHONE. All I won was an iPHONE GIFT CARD, which is obviously not the same as an actual iPhone unit which costs around $700 here in the Philippines (I think). The gift card is worth a measly $200. BUT when you think about it, you can't pick up an instant $200 anywhere, so it's not that part that I'm complaining about. The guys at BigPrize Giveaways (BPG) told me they can't send me the gift card, and I obviously cannot use it here, so we settled on sending the money to my PayPal account, a proof of which is below:




You ask, so what are you complaining about? $200 is good money (dang, it's not even $200 because of the fee! LOL). Yes, as I believe I mentioned earlier, that part I'm not complaining about. What got into my nerves is that BPG did not mention about it in their contest details! There was no FINE PRINT to read, people. There we are, winners of the iPhones, expecting an iPhone unit when all they intended to give from the start was a GIFT CARD! How sly is that? Of course, them giving away 5 iPhones sounds much better than them giving away 5 iPhone gift cards. It's understandable, from a businessman's point of view. I mean they saved a hell lot more money giving out the gift cards than if they gave away the actual units, and further research took me to the Apple site, where you can clearly see that YES, you CAN buy a $200 iPhone PROVIDED that you WILL purchase them with a personal phone plan! WTF. Is Apple trying to sign up everyone in the U.S. under AT&T?! It seems to me, yes. And if you want to buy an iPhone that's not tied to AT&T, it costs around $699! But that's a whole other discussion and we're not touching on that right now.

Bottom line is, THERE IS A WHOLE WORLD OF DIFFERENCE between an iPhone and an iPhone gift card. If the BPG people took the time to mention that in the contest, you think I would be here ranting about it? Of course not. Knowing beforehand that we should expect a GIFT CARD and not an iPhone wouldn't have kept me from trying to win, as I said, $200 is still $200, and you don't get that easily. BUT STILL. You think it would hurt for them to make it clear for everyone and say, "Oh, just in case you suckers care to know, we're not actually giving you the actual iPhone units, as it is impossible for us, considering Apple's devious marketing strategies". I WOULD'VE UNDERSTAND. I would've lauded them for being HONEST enough and not let A LOT of people's expectations down. You know how I felt when I was informed that I was getting a GIFT CARD? Like BPG telling me, "Sweetie, you have just won a night with Brad Pitt!" and getting me all excited like a high school girl, only to find out that Angelina Jolie is part of the package and WILL tag along. Sucks big time, right?

I know I am also to blame. I am a researcher, for chrissakes. Had I taken the time to do a little Googling (I found an article at Mashable here. Almost the same scenario, with the exception of that one little detail of BPG NOT telling us beforehand of that UNIMPORTANT phrase, that is, "GIFT CARDS".), I would've been prepared for all of this, you know. Of course it also has something to do about me not being interested in mobile phones at all. If I were, I would have already known about Apple's frustratingly cunning marketing ploy. And a little something to do about me not knowing how all these online contests usually work (as mentioned at the start of this article, this is my first serious attempt at winning on such a contest). And maybe the fact that I take all things at face value. Hah. Jaded much? A little, yeah, but more importantly, "wiser" now.

What did I learn from all of this? Several things. That Apple has fantastic "marketing skills", that I should ALWAYS do my research as I am supposed to, that iPhones cannot be bought for $200 ANYWHERE, and that I should check my Facebook account more often (I got in touch with a lot of friends during this whole episode). What did YOU learn from all of this? YOU learned that U.S. originated-contests boasting of FREE iPhones is not what they appear, as it is impossible for any company to give out several actual units without breaking the bank. So it pays to ask. I am not an ungrateful little bitch. I love the BPG guys for acknowledging my efforts and giving me a $200 reward for that. I just don't like the feeling of being let down. Don't we all?

16 comments:

Mama Karebare said...

Well lesson learned right. Cant sweat the small stuff sometimes the your blog design need to learn more about it so i can redo mine

Genejosh said...

you have a point Kaye...am excited na kaya ipost mo dito yong iphone mo...Ok na yan may 200 dollars ka naman..Happy day to you...

OceanDreams said...

Oh bummer, wish you got the real iphone! Sorry about that girl! I guess you have to be careful with marketing techniques, like you said. ;) Well, a gift card isn't the best of luck!

Wanda said...

Girlfriend! I am so on your side on this one!
I just experienced some "not quite what they claimed it to be" crap from Starbucks today!
I'm so ticked! So I get your frustration with the no iphone/giftcard junk!

What a scam!

I took my two teen girls to Scambucks this morning for the free danish....yea right!
They said....Oh we're not participating in that offer! Which was NOT on the coupon or Facebook buzz page anywhere!

I also participated in the BG giveaway (thanks to you).....and I'm wondering about the actual Macbook winners...if they actually got their REAL prize? Hmmm

Oh well....you're right....at least you have a little extra moola now! :)

fedhz said...

hehe. That's what I wanted to say like from Mashable: READ THE FINE PRINT. when I told Mike about it (kase sya ung active sa facebook eh) sabi nya agad, SCAM yan. so sabi ko, wala naman mawawala eh, mag cocomment ka lang naman, gang sa di nakalimutan na namin then nung sinabi ni peh na nanalo ka nga daw, tuwa naman kame at di nga naman scam.

pero after reading this, cheeze... alam ko ung feeling no? pero un nga, as always, READ THE FINE PRINT. yan lagi pinapaalala sakin ni mike. hindi sa jaded pero diba, kahit naman sa mga advertisements ganun eh... "lose weight in 10 days.."

uu nga ang laki talaga ng charge sa paypal kung send payment. sana ni transfer funds na lang nila. dati nga rin may nagbayad sakin, $1, so mga 60cents na lang nareceive ko. LOL. dapat charge na rin sa kanila un.

oh, well. ganun tlaga. ingat na lang next time. hehehe.

The Redhead Riter said...

bummer

Hope you experienced a wonderfully fantastic Tuesday!

Mike said...

If it's too good to be true, it probably is. But you still got something in return, which is much better than nothing. With that said... manlibre ka naman!

Tetcha said...

I understand how you feel. Bottom line is we shouldn't believe everything promised us, right? Charge it to experience, Kaye.

kAyE said...

@ fedhz:

there WAS NO fine print to read! wahahaha! how do we deal with that? it's a purely intentional false hype. oh well. i still have the $200. hehe.

pehpot said...

bottom line is: wag makinig kay Pehpot.. haha
Make or Break

honey_nonz said...

so sad naman..well,thats the only moments your Gagi stays wit you...u can have another one.

fedhz said...

korek. ok na rin ung $200 kesa wala. hehe.

redamethyst said...

come on, look on the brighter side, getting a little less than $200 on your paypal is already alot. un nga lang nakakalungkot, na kailangan pa nilang manloko ng mga tao. anyway, that's life. just keep on smiling. :-)

zoan said...

okay lang yan.. hayaan mo nlang yung mga panloloko nila babalik din sa kanila yun...

niko said...

pasalamat sila you are taking this thing in a very civilized manner.. naker kng ako. hmmmmm

iyak ko n lng lol

niko said...

ihhhhhhh di man lng nisend ung $200 without fee! anube. or kaya ni shoulder n lng nila ung fee. sumama na nga loob mo ganun pa! grrrr