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 Post subject: Anybody Win Clearinghouse Consolation Prize?
PostPosted: May Sat 04, 2013 4:47 am 
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Hi Gang, I quit entering decades ago, but a while back I entered again on a whim.
I'm told I won a consolation prize...Not quite a prize, but a series of 400 hundred
dollar vouchers to use on products; Android Tablet for 170.00. Refurbished laptop for
240.00. Desktop for 280.00. All loaded with software and Win.7.
(prices minus the 400)
Of course the burning question is if I actually won anything. Perhaps everyone entered
got the same offer.

What say you, "Exalted Keepers of The ARF" :)


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 Post subject: Re: Anybody Win Clearinghouse Consolation Prize?
PostPosted: May Sat 04, 2013 5:04 am 
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terry,

It is a total scam.


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 Post subject: Re: Anybody Win Clearinghouse Consolation Prize?
PostPosted: May Sat 04, 2013 5:37 am 
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I entered for many years back when they still sold actual "publisher" stuff, i.e. magazines and periodicals. Sandy liked the National Enquirer, she always loved following a good society train wreck in progress, so I'd get it for her birthday or Christmas. I dutifully clipped all the stupid little stamps to enter and sent it off. Most contests didn't end till some 5 years distant, with around a billion-to-one odds (US population being some 350 million, so you get the picture), but somehow they always had plenty of "big winners" to show in the commercials.

If I won enough to pay me back for just the stamps, I'd feel well-compensated. ;)

I quit sending them in a year or so ago and have been pretty much dropped from the list. If they still sold the Enquirer, they'd have a small chance of getting me back, but I have no use for any of the high-priced junk they peddle now.

You can be certain their so-called consolation prize still makes them a healthy profit. Just another way to market to the less-wary. Too bad most of those are probably elderly on fixed-income and hoping for a prize or windfall, so their offerings border on predatory in the way they are pitched.

-Ed


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 Post subject: Re: Anybody Win Clearinghouse Consolation Prize?
PostPosted: May Sat 04, 2013 6:53 am 
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Neali probably has it right. Does the offer have DETAILS of the products, exact brands and model numbers? Not one Android tablet has ever sold for $570.00, if I understand your comments right ($170 after a $400 "discount"?). A high-end Asus or Samsung 10-inch tablet is a bargain at that price, but a brand-X 7-inch one is worth $100 or less. The other items sound equally marginal.

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 Post subject: Re: Anybody Win Clearinghouse Consolation Prize?
PostPosted: May Sat 04, 2013 9:22 am 
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Ed in SoDak wrote:
Just another way to market to the less-wary. Too bad most of those are probably elderly on fixed-income and hoping for a prize or windfall

I don't think so. By the time you have six or more decades under your belt, you're a long way from, "falling off the Turnip truck" (or however that saying goes ;) ).

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 Post subject: Re: Anybody Win Clearinghouse Consolation Prize?
PostPosted: May Sat 04, 2013 4:45 pm 
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I used to work at a fulfillment warehouse in town where we shipped merchandise to PCH customers.
Like music CDs ,Movies on VHS,DVDs.Books and odd and ends.

They lost the PCH account and about 400 of us got axed from out jobs in 2000.


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 Post subject: Re: Anybody Win Clearinghouse Consolation Prize?
PostPosted: May Sat 04, 2013 4:50 pm 
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 Post subject: Re: Anybody Win Clearinghouse Consolation Prize?
PostPosted: May Sat 04, 2013 6:15 pm 
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It's not a prize if you are required to spend money (get X value in merchandise for spending Y amount).
It is not possible to simultaneously save and spend money.
Widget normally sells for $200. On sale for $150. You buy one. You did not save $50. You spent $150.


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 Post subject: Re: Anybody Win Clearinghouse Consolation Prize?
PostPosted: May Sat 04, 2013 7:34 pm 
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My wife did actually win $100 last year. Never got subscribed to any magazines or anything. Skeptical check was legit we had the president of our local very small town bank look it over and said "yes it's a real check".


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 Post subject: Re: Anybody Win Clearinghouse Consolation Prize?
PostPosted: May Sun 05, 2013 1:32 am 
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Sweepstakes Clearinghouse has no affiliation with Publishers Clearinghouse.


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 Post subject: Re: Anybody Win Clearinghouse Consolation Prize?
PostPosted: May Sun 05, 2013 8:17 am 
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So, maybe this fake "Sweepstakes Clearing House" gets information about Publishers' Clearing House entrants and tries to scam them into buying stuff? How low can you get... "Not the real, cheesy sweepstakes, but an IMITATION of the cheesy sweepstakes!". :)

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PostPosted: May Mon 06, 2013 4:13 am 
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