It seems that some sponsors won't allow a winner to win their giveaway more than once.
A giveaway I entered on another blog ended, and I saw the blog post about who the winner was, so out of curiosity (because of course I hoped it was me! :) I read the post. I can't and won't quote it here - but the gist was this:
The blog owner had picked a winner and notified the sponsoring company. The sponsor then told the blog owner to select a new winner because the first selected winner had already won one of their products on another blog giveaway.
What the -- !!
The blog owner was apologetic and I really believe felt bad about it, but complied with the company's wishes. (This is all conjecture on my part, just so you know, I do not personally know the blogger and have no first hand knowledge of this, only what I read on her blog.)
Well, I don't know about you, but that just hit me the wrong way. People go out of their way to enter these blog giveaways and at the very least all they can do is hope the blogger is honest about who wins the giveaway by selecting a winner at random. (That's why you see so many bloggers use Random.org - so that there's no hint of anything underhanded.)
Yes, the sponsor has the right to ask for certain things in conjunction with the giveaway, but these are usually limited to signing up for a newsletter or "like" them on Facebook or what have you. But to have a blogger do the product review and hold the giveaway in good faith and then tell them that the winner they chose in a legitimate fashion was not eligible AFTER they had been picked is just not right.
To tell you the truth, I was so shocked by this that I don't even remember the sponsor's name or the product. I wish I could remember, because I'd tell you all right now that if you have already won a product giveaway from that sponsor that you are wasting your time (and the blogger's time) entering again.
It's just not right.
Am I wrong? Am I overreacting? Does the sponsor have the right to say that you can't win their product in a blog giveaway more than once?
Have you had personal experience with this? What did you do? How did you react? I really want to know because it could happen to me, either when I'm sponsoring a giveaway on my blog here at Shady Lady or if I'm entering a giveaway on someone else's blog.
What if there are several giveaways for the same product going on at the same time and I enter all of them? I haven't won the product before, but let's say by some strange stroke of luck I should get lucky and win on one blog and then win on another blog too.
Do you think I should receive the giveaway product both times? If not, why not? If it's a legitimate giveaway and I am the legitimate winner, wouldn't you say that luck was on my side and I should get both prizes? If I win $20 in the lottery, does that disqualify me to win the jackpot - because I've already won?
No, it doesn't. Maybe it sounds a little selfish to admit that I would want both prizes if I were to be so lucky and win the same product twice. But I have a large circle of family and friends and believe me, someone would get the use of the extra product.
The sponsor is still getting exposure and advertising and website visitors and their name all over the blogosphere. And isn't that what blog reviews and giveaways are all about? To get some publicity for a product? What better way to get publicity than giving your second prize you won to someone who doesn't even enter blog giveaways and would otherwise probably never even have heard of the company or product, much less sought it out to purchase.
Am I wrong? What do you think about this?