Loc: Metrowest, MA
|Posted: 7/15/2011 7:45:10 AM|
i won a contest on a manufacturer's FB page and when I received it, it was all CHRISTMAS stuff. a whole line. papers, stamps, embellies, the works.
i don't celebrate christmas.
while i'm grateful to have won and received anything, i think it's a little presumptuous to send anything religious/holiday-related. is that wrong to think?
|Posted: 7/15/2011 7:51:39 AM|
i remember ordering some CM stickers on line once. it was an "assortment" but the seller said "tell me what you would prefer and i'll try to do it". i told her we celebrate christmas, i have one DD, i'd love any canadian stickers, outdoors/camping, etc. she sent me the judica (sp?) pack, boy stickers, 70s stickers - basically NOTHING that matched what i requested. oh well, lesson learned!
if i won a prize, i might be a wee bit disappointed BUT i paid nothing so that would be the difference. i actually PAID for all this crap!
do you know anyone that might appreciate it?
Loc: Far from Home in McKinney TX
|Posted: 7/15/2011 8:00:51 AM|
Well if it is a prize I don't really see how the person giving away the prize could know what you do or don't celebrate.
When I give away a blog prize there is often something girlie or something for boys and I realize that not everyone has children but I just assume they will have a crafting friend to pass it on to if they don't like/need it.
Sorry you were disappointed, try selling it on the FSOS board.
|Posted: 7/15/2011 8:02:24 AM|It was a prize. If I didn't pay for it, it wouldn't bother me! Sounds like a great deal if you celebrated Christmas...just pass it on to someone who does!
Loc: West Texas
|Posted: 7/15/2011 8:10:18 AM|
Yes, I would be disappointed if I actually got lucky enough to win something and the prize wasn't something I could use and I ended up giving it away. It wouldn't feel like I actually won anything.
I don't celebrate Christmas either or any of the other major holidays and we don't have kids. I guess it can be difficult for the prize authority to decide what to give away as not everything will fit everybody.
Manic Mom of 2
|Posted: 7/15/2011 8:13:03 AM|
I have been mildly disappointed, only because I love surprises and it is always disappointing if you get something you don't like or won't use, but, A gift is a gift...I am always greatful to have won in the first place!
Loc: Northern Kentucky
|Posted: 7/15/2011 8:17:30 AM|
I understand where you're coming from. It's a bigger deal because it's Christmas. If you don't celebrate Christmas (and heck even if you do) it can be very overbearing at times, so it's even more in your face 'you can't use this' b/c it's Christmas (in my opinion at least). It might feel less presumptuous if it were something family oriented or pet oriented versus a religious holiday. At least that is how I think I would feel.
I've gotten stuff in a crop prize that I had no interest in, and it's kind of an 'eh' feeling. I don't want to take home items I don't want or suddenly have the burden of trying to find them a good home. Those things are in my give away pile now.
Ancient Ancestor of Pea
Loc: Beautiful South Orange County, CA
|Posted: 7/15/2011 9:27:26 AM|I love getting surprises! I think I would have been a bit disappointed as well. We don't celebrate Christmas in our house either. Make someone elses day and pass it on as a RAK.
Leader of the Banned
|Posted: 7/15/2011 9:42:01 AM|
Oooh, that sounds cool! For someone who could use it of course. Are there any elements you could use if you thought outside the box a bit?
And yes.... I won a prize for a crop I was not at - it was for those online who couldn't be there. We were told it was scrap goodies (and a t-shirt?). After months, I got my prize. It was just a t-shirt. I'm not a big fan of t-shirts either. So this wasn't just getting a theme I couldn't use, this was not even getting what we were told we'd be getting - i.e. 'scrap goodies'.
Loc: New York City
|Posted: 7/15/2011 10:07:06 AM|
I have won several prizes on manufacturers blogs and have always been very happy and grateful for what I received.
But I did win an awesome prize on a major company's blog in January and they never sent it to me! She even emailed me once and I replied giving my address and nothing! It was never sent and I sent another email and it went unanswered. So that was very disappointing! Especially since it's a very popular company!
Loc: San Jose, CA
|Posted: 7/15/2011 10:49:40 AM|
I have I thought the prize would be more of a group of items, but it was just a bit random and not really my style/taste, but it was a prize. I put what I thought I could/would use into my stash and the rest went into my dotate box. I'm just going to pass it forward as I"m sure someone would love it.
I also don't comment or try for things I don't think I'll use or like.
Ancient Ancestor of Pea
|Posted: 7/15/2011 11:00:47 AM|
I agree with Katie - they can't know your specific tastes or circumstances. I do celebrate Christmas, but I don't like the usual Christmas lines and have never used them to scrap Christmas! LOL What I have done is bought things I've ended up not using that such a prize just isn't going disappoint. I pass it along or whatever. I liked the participation in the blog, I liked winning, I move on.
What is not cool is not getting promised prizes. I won a prize from a major company that I never received. They asked for and received my contact info, but it never arrived. While I get human error and all that, it was very disappointing to watch the mail every day and not receive it. Not only that but I had to make something using their product to enter into the giveaway - I did my part, so a little bit of follow through would have been nice.
These giveaways are usually through blogs, FB, etc. - they wanted to drum up site visits or sales, how hard is it to reward the people who helped you to do that when you enticed them in the first place? We should start a list of prize flakers! LOL
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|Posted: 7/15/2011 11:43:46 AM|Yes, I have won scrapbooking prizes at crops and have been quite disappointed because it contained really flashy stuff or things I don't use. I usually try to give it away to someone at my table or it gets tossed later.
often something girlie or something for boys and I realize that not everyone has children but I just assume they will have a crafting friend to pass it on to if they don't like/need it
Not a very good assumption to make. I don't have kids. None of my close-by friends have kids and the ones that do don't scrap. While it's nice of you to give things away, by having it kids-orientated/girlie or holiday related, it's a double waste. A waste for you because you're the one who bought it (or it was given to you) to begin with and a waste for the person receiving it. If you're doing the give-away on your blog or other social media-type site maybe let the potential recipient know what it is ahead of time so the potential recipients have the choice of not trying to win. It's better than the item you're giving away ending up in the trash. But that's just my opinion and what I'd do.
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|Posted: 7/15/2011 11:51:59 AM|Anything free is fine with me
I can relate if you don't celebrate Christmas - guess if I won some supplies for the Jewish holidays I wouldn't know what to do with them - but bet I could get creative, cut up the papers or create borders, etc.
Loc: Dallas, TX
|Posted: 7/15/2011 12:00:41 PM|The phrase "don't look a gift horse in the mouth" comes to mind. If it's a prize and the giver isn't specific about what it is they're offering, I figure it's a gamble -- I might like it and I might not. If I don't like it, I give it to a friend or sell it at the next scrappy garage sale. No big deal.
The time I was most disappointed was when I won a layout contest that specifically stated what the prize would be (3 new collections) and when I received it, it was actually 3 OLD collections (like over a year old!). The worst part was I had held off on buying the collections thinking I would get them in my prize pack. By the time I received the shipment, the new collections were mostly picked over/sold out, so I couldn't even buy them at that point. Let's just say I won't be entering that contest ever again.
|Posted: 7/15/2011 12:09:28 PM|
Never. As often as I comment/enter give aways - I have never been selected.
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Loc: New Jersey
|Posted: 7/15/2011 12:50:46 PM|
I would be a little disappointed if I won something that I couldn't use. I wouldn't be angry and I'm sure the OP is not angry either. I don't celebrate Christmas either, so I'd love to win something more generic. I think whether a prize is religion-themed or not, you may or may not like it. It's not wrong to feel a little disappointed if it's something you don't care for.
Ancient Ancestor of Pea
Loc: NE Ohio
|Posted: 7/15/2011 1:23:09 PM|
Id be disappointed as well but Id probably try and trade it to someone or sell and buy something I loved. Im actually surprised someone sent christmas stuff without asking
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Loc: Far from Home in McKinney TX
|Posted: 7/15/2011 2:01:15 PM|
elleceebee, what I forgot to mention was that my prize photos are up front so if you don't like them then you don't enter. So really I suppose I should have put "I assume if the photo of the prize is there that you'll enter if you want to win, not if you don't".
But surprise prizes are pretty much a "hope I'll like" thing and something you have to accept are a risk that won't like if you win.
I have friends of all walks of life so if I got a prize I didn't like I'd pretty much know someone that would, or I'd donate it or sell it.
Sugar Snap Pea
|Posted: 7/15/2011 2:18:08 PM|
I recently went to an expensive weekend crop at my LSS that had a lot of prizes. I won a big one and it was all Christmas, and I am Jewish. I pulled out two or three sheets of paper that were more generic (snowflakes) and gave the rest (stamps, papers, embellishments--quite a lot) away to people at my table. I was definitely disappointed--not mad, but disappointed.
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Loc: ARIZONA...MY NEW HOME!
|Posted: 7/15/2011 7:04:04 PM|
I have been disappointed by a prize before too. And it isn't that you aren't grateful but it can be disappointing to wait for something and when it comes it isn't something that you like or want.
I have had that happen to me and I quickly moved on but it seems unfair to enter a challenge and get a prize and it isn't something that you can use or even want. Unlike others, I don't have anyone to pass anything on to except my dd's who are 2 and 4yrs old.
Loc: South Carolina
|Posted: 7/15/2011 7:14:43 PM|
I pick and choose what contests...comment or otherwise...I enter. I always know what they are giving away. I don't want to win something I already have. But that's me.
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Loc: It's dark in here......I can't see a thing!
|Posted: 7/15/2011 11:04:09 PM|
The phrase "don't look a gift horse in the mouth" comes to mind. If it's a prize and the giver isn't specific about what it is they're offering, I figure it's a gamble -- I might like it and I might not. If I don't like it, I give it to a friend or sell it at the next scrappy garage sale.
Yes, but it is still ok to be disappointed.
I won a prize here at 2peas on one of the National Scrapbooking Weekends. As part of my participation I made some cards with one of the cards kits by BG. And guess what I won from 2peas? The same kit! How fun is that?
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Loc: Texas Transplant
|Posted: 7/16/2011 2:59:47 PM|
I can see being a bit disappointed. I don't, however, think it's presumptuous at all. The majority of people do celebrate Christmas, so the chances were good that someone could have used it, but even then it might not have been someone's style, nor anything else that might have been sent. I've won prizes that were great, but not for me, such as infant themed packets - my kids were teen/pre-teen then, Jolee's Elmo and Cinderella sticker packs - again - older kids. I just figure someone else would be thrilled to get them, so if that happens someone else gets a happy RAK.
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Loc: LI, NY
|Posted: 7/16/2011 4:20:59 PM|
I've won a few scrapbook prizes and been very pleasantly surprised. I've also "won" a prize and never received it. I sent an email or two and no response. The website went out of business shortly there after.
Ancient Ancestor of Pea
|Posted: 7/16/2011 4:44:43 PM|
I've won several things and have been disappointed. I usually give prizes away any way because I have very particular taste. I've even won something I already owned and i just blessed a friend with it. Usually they post what the prize will be, but I guess they did not do this. I would sell over on the other board, craigslist or garage sale. Christmas is tricky because many people celebrate other holidays and it should not be assumed that everyone celebrate this holiday without posting a picture of the items to be won. Its only fair to the winner. I love Christmas, but I do not love every paper and embellishment for it, so I would need to see the items before I ever won or bought something. I would contact the company and see if they are willing to substitute another grouping for you, These companies are usually very understanding if you communicate with them and ship back at your own expense. Good luck.
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|Posted: 7/16/2011 7:46:59 PM|
I only ever won a scrapping prize once, and it was a bunch of papers, most of which I have never used. But hey, they were free!
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|Posted: 7/16/2011 8:42:08 PM|
Disappointment is an emotion and I have felt it several times for prizes. I went to a large getaway crop and I got my name drawn for both a small prize of a pack of vellum quotes I would never use, and later for a very large grand prize. They said because my name had been drawn already and I won the random prize of a pack of vellum quotes, so I could not win the big prize.
I really felt that I should have been able to give back the vellum quotes for the big prize. I was very very disappointed. You just can't help it sometimes.
I've won some good stuff too over the years; I recently got to pick my prize and I chose a CM prize worth $35 that I donated to a Relay for Life Raffle at another crop. I usually donate the prizes I win some way or another, but it is so nice to win something really exciting once in awhile.
|Posted: 7/16/2011 10:32:38 PM|
Reading this I have to think it must be hard being the person who picks the prizes to send out; some people don't celebrate Christmas, some don't celebrate Jewish holidays. Some people don't have kids, some have kids but only sons, and don't want girly paper.
Some people would never use vellum quotes, some would never use pet oriented goodies. Some people don't like frilly flowery stuff others probably would never use grunge style crafting stuff.
I guess it would be best to state specifically, right up front, what the prize is and let people decide if they want to enter for that particular prize.
I have to say though, that I don't quite understand people saying that they, 'don't have anyone to pass the unwanted prize on to'. I can't help feeling that there must be somewhere it could be donated and be used by someone.
vero the sahm
|Posted: 7/17/2011 6:23:42 AM|
I have never won any scrapbooking prize, not lucky for that. anyway I think I could be disapointed if the prize is not I thought to get. BUT sure, I think it would be nice to offer it to a friend !
I agree with the fact that it's not easy for the person who offers the prize ! How can she know what the winner likes or dislikes ?
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Loc: Somewhere over the rainbow
|Posted: 7/17/2011 6:48:05 AM|
Congratulations on your win - that is odd to me that they would send Christmas stuff as a prize though. Many people don't celebrate Christmas and while I do, I don't scrapbook Christmas (I mostly scrapbook vacations and travel and such since I don't have kids)
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|Posted: 7/17/2011 10:13:36 AM|
On one hand, the stuff was free so no big loss. On the other, I would have been disappointed too if I were you.
Perhaps you could RAK it and pay it forward?