Giveaway Rules

These rules apply to ALL giveaways hosted on DustinNikki Mommy of Three

Rules

All contests/giveaways are void where Prohibited By Law

No purchase needed to enter or will increase odds of winning any giveaway/contest

You MUST complete the MANDATORY entry to enter before any extra ways of entry are counted (it does not have to be in order but Mandatory entry must be completed)

Must be 18 years old or older to win.  DustinNikki Mommy of Three doesn’t have a way to verify but winner may be subject to verify with company, sponsor, or PR representative if asked to provide proof of age when claiming prize.  If the sponsor, company, etc. wants proof of age provided, it will be stated in the giveaway post.

Entries are approved by DustinNikki Mommy of Three’s admin (me) and is subject to my approval.  If comments are not actual entries, they will be deleted.  If there are duplicate entries, they will also be deleted.  Negative and harassing entries (and this goes for comments on any non-giveaway posts as well) will be deleted and you will receive a written warning.  If more than 2 offenses are made, your IP address will be recorded and banned from DustinNikki Mommy of Three.  I feel strong about protecting all my readers and keeping my site fun and friendly.

Any taxes or customs are the winner’s repsonsibility.

All postings (content and images), entries, and links are the sole property of DustinNikki Mommy of Three and/or the posts sponsor.

Winner will be contacted via email and MUST respond within 48 hours to claim prize.  If I do not get a response, a new winner will be selected!

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Ways of entry

BE SURE TO READ THE GIVEAWAY POST RULES FIRST AS THEY ARE NOT ALWAYS THE SAME!

Make sure to leave a SEPARATE comment for EACH entry including actions that count as more than one entry!  For Example:  if you post my button on your blog, it counts as 3 entries so leave three separate comments saying something like “I have your button #1”, “I have your button #2″, and ‘I have your button #3”.  That way all entries will be counted correctly.  If they are all in one comment, it will only be counted as 1 entry comment and you don’t want to waste your time!

As stated above, MANDATORY entry must be done before extra entries are counted.  You must also be a follower or become a follower of DustinNikki Mommy of Three via Google Friend Connect (GFC is not counted as a separate entry, you just need to be a follower before entering)

It is no longer necessary to leave your email in your entry comments (that way, no one else will see your email) because when you leave your comment, you must enter your email address when leaving a comment for approval.  I am the ONLY one that will see your email and will never be shared with anyone (unless you win of course and I share it with the sponsor only).  Make sure your email address is valid though because I can’t spend the time trying to track you down if you win!

Mandatory Entry

Usually the Mandatory entry is visiting the sponsor’s website unless stated otherwise which is why it is important to read each giveaway posts rules and ways of entry.

Extra Entries

These are a One Time bonus usable per giveaway but some may be worth more than others and will be specified how many entries each action earns you.  These are always specified in the giveaway post and sometimes not all of them will be there – which is why reading the rules in each giveaway post is a must!

Liking DustinNikki Mommy of Three on Facebook (1 entry)

Following DustinNikki Mommy of Three on Twitter (1 entry)

Liking “sponsor” on Facebook (1 entry)

Following “Sponsor on Twitter (1 entry)

Subscribing to my blof via email (1 entry)

Subscribing to my blog via feed (1 entry)

Placing my button on your blog (3 entries)

Writing about the giveaway on your own blog linking back to the post and sponsor website (3 entries)

Entering any of my other current giveaways (1 entry for each one , no limit) or commenting on any of my non-giveaway posts (1 entry for each one, no limit)

There may also be additional ways for entry like subscribing to sponsor email newsletters, etc. but will be specified in giveaway post if available.  These will usually be 1 entry unless sponsor requests to allow more than one.

Share giveaway on Facebook (1 entry, one time entry).  Please Note:  I will not ask entrant to write on a wall, tagging, or any other action on facebook other than liking a page or sharing giveaway on FB per facebook’s giveaway/contest guidelines.

The following entries are Daily bonuses usable per day, per giveaway unless stated otherwise.

Tweet giveaway (1 entry per tweet, once daily).  This can be used for all giveaways.  I have an example tweet you can use if you choose in each giveaway post.  You are also free to use tweet button but all I ask is that you use any hashtags provided in the giveaway post.

Vote for DustinNikki Mommy of Three at “We’re on the Fence!” (1 entry, once daily).  Each person can only vote once a day so you will have to choose which giveaway you want to use this entry on each time you vote.  Each day you vote, you can use it on the same giveaway or use it on another.

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FAQs (Questions that have been asked by entrants before)

Can you win even if you already won a giveaway from the same sponsor whether on my blog or someone elses?

I don’t really have a rule against this.  Most of the time a person who has won a prize from the same sponsor either on my own blog (I work with some companies more than once) or someone else’s has told me they had and gave up their prize so that someone else has a chance to win.  I personally don’t have a rule against it and I most likely wouldn’t even remember or know if someone has already won.  Even though I don’t have a rule against it, a sponsor may make that a stipulation and prize would be approved by the sponsor.  If there is any stipulation of the sort, it will be stated in the giveaway post.

Please Note:  There have been a couple times that a sponsor did not honor a prize because of this without even disclosing it in the beginning.  This has only happened twice since I have been writing my blog but please keep in mind that it may happen when you enter even if it happens NOT to be disclosed before entering.  If this is the case, I cannot be held responsible for a prize not being honored due to multiple winnings.

Who can enter?

All giveaways state who the giveaway is open to.  This is always subject to change.  Prizes are shipped directly from the company or sponsor and so each giveaway may be different.  Sometimes a giveaway may be open to US only or continental US only.  Sometimes they are open to both US and Canada and sometimes they are also open Worldwide.  These restrictions are always stated in each giveaway post so make sure you read the rules in each giveaway post before entering.

How winners are chosen?

All winners are chosen by Random.org (hopefully will be switching to “And the winner is” WordPress plugin if I can get it to work).  Giveaways will always end at 11:59pm EST unless stated otherwise.  I usually close comments on giveaways soon after they end but if I have not closed out the comments (that does happen from time to time), feel free to go ahead and enter but keep in mind that they are usually closed when stated.

When will winners be chosen?

I try to get winners chosen as soon as possible.  This helps me stay on top of things and get the winner’s information to the company as quickly as I can after the giveaway has ended.  I usually choose a winner on the following day after the giveaway has ended.  Being a stay at home mom, we all know that sometimes things come up so if I have not chosen a winner within 1-3 days, I will announce the hold up and when to expect the winner to be announced.  I have rarely taken more than 3 days as I like to get it done ASAP. 

How long does it take before I receive my prize?

Giveaway prizes are shipped directly from the sponsor or company so it depends on how quickly they ship.  I would allow 6-8 weeks before prizes arrive.  I always ask the winner to let me know when they receive their prize so that I know it was sent.  I know we all forget things sometimes but it is helpful if you remember.  If a month or so goes by and you still haven’t received your prize, please send me an email (it’s easier if you reply with the same email since I don’t save anyone’s information) and I will contact the sponsor about it but please always allow at least 6-8 weeks.

Please Note:  I give all my trust to any sponsor I work with to honor any prize.  I have had a problem once with a company/sponsor that completely “flaked” on a giveaway prize through no fault of my own.  They never got back with me about anything and I had a winner that never received anything.  I have done hundreds upon hundreds of giveaways and only once had this happen.  I feel completely terrible about these things happening but upon entering any giveaway, you are agreeing that if for some reason anything like this should happen, you are not holding me responsible for giveaway prizes.  You will have my most sincere apology and I will keep trying to get to the bottom of things with the sponsor.  Something like that is or can be devastating to a blogger nevermind all the advertising and promoting of their product they receive.  It’s a lot of my time and work and I will not work with those companies ever again.  However, if this should happen although it’s not that likely, I will try to do something if I can.  For example, if the winner is a blogger (most of my readership are bloggers themselves), I can offer a free ad space for their blog for a month or give a facebook and twitter shoutouts once a week for a month or something like that.  Again, I cannot be held responsible for giveaway prizes which is why I state by entering any giveaway, you are agreeing that I cannot be held responsible.  I am sorry I have to stipulate that but prizes come from them and not me.   

Rules will be set on all giveaway posts including when the giveaway ends and who it’s open to.  Please refer to this page for in depth rules details.

DustinNikki Mommy of Three does NOT share or sell emails or any other information and does NOT save or share any personal information other than to send winner info to sponsoring company to claim prize.    

If you have any further questions about any of these rules, do not hesitate to contact me!

danderson35 (at) columbus (dot) rr (dot) com