Entering Internet Contests As An Alternative To Smoking?

from the keep-yourself-busy dept

When people stop smoking, they often suggest you pick up some other habit, so you have something to do when you would normally be out taking a smoke break. For one man, who was told he had six months to live (over five years ago) if he didn't stop smoking, that meant turning to internet contests. Apparently, every morning, instead of lighting up, he goes online and enters 12 to 15 contests. At that rate, it's no surprise that he's won a thing or two over the years. Though, what may be more interesting than the fact that he plays so many contests, is the trouble he's had claiming some of the prizes he's won. It seems like some of the big companies who run these contests don't always pay up -- or when they do, it's not what was originally promised. What's not clear, though, is how he finds these contests, and how he knows they're trustworthy. Plenty of these contests are really designed to just get your email address for spam purposes.

Add Your Comment

Have a Techdirt Account? Sign in now. Want one? Register here

Subscribe to the Techdirt Daily newsletter

Comment Options:

  • Use markdown. Use plain text.
  • Remember name/email/url (set a cookie)

Follow Techdirt
Techdirt Gear
Shop Now: I Invented Email
Report this ad  |  Hide Techdirt ads
Essential Reading
Techdirt Deals
Report this ad  |  Hide Techdirt ads
Techdirt Insider Chat
Report this ad  |  Hide Techdirt ads
Recent Stories
Report this ad  |  Hide Techdirt ads


Email This

This feature is only available to registered users. Register or sign in to use it.