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#1 Brad  OFFLINE  

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Posted Oct 20, 2006 - 8:21 am

We are excited to announce a great new contest on the forum with the biggest prize we've ever offered - an XBox 360 Premium video game system!

As you may know, GottaDeal.com is primarily a hot deals site. The site is open all year round (not just during Black Friday) and is dedicated to saving you money by posting and discussing deals from online retailers. While there are other non- online deal forums, the site was created as a deal site, and a look at the main GottaDeal.com site will show that. And while we post a great number of deals on the site, we know that our members are excellent deal hunters and therefore we are asking you to help us out, which brings me to the contest.

Beginning today, every 24 hours starting at midnight PST you can earn an entry into the contest by posting at least one new deal thread in the Online Hot Deals forum from a retailer on this list. You can earn only one entry per 24 hour time period, regardless of how many deals you post. At the end of the contest, we'll randomly pick winners from all entries earned and prizes will be awarded.

Official Rules

1. You will earn an entry into the drawing by posting at least one unique deal for a specific item or group of items, special sale or coupon in the Online Hot Deals forum from any store on this list of affiliate retailers. Deals must be specific - DO NOT just link to a site's home page as those threads will be deleted.

2. The contest period for each day starts at midnight PST.

3. Posting more than one deal on the same day doesn't earn you any additional entries (but we'd still appreciate it greatly)

4. The contest will run until midnight PST on December 13, 2006.

5. The administrators and moderators reserve the right to disqualify any post from counting towards this contest - see below for more information.

6. Winners will be selected at random from all entries earned by all members during the contest period.

7. Limit of one prize per person for this contest.

8. Members found to have created multiple accounts will be disqualified from the contest and banned from the forum.

Prizes

(1) Grand Prize: Microsoft XBox 360 Premium Video Game System

(5) Runner-up Prizes: $10.00 Amazon.com Gift Certificates

Keep in mind that you will also earn GottaPoints for posting deals in the Online Deals forum (and creating new threads in the Online Deals forum earn you more than creating threads in any other forum), and there is no limit to the number of GottaPoints you can earn for creating those threads, so even if you are not a winner, you'll still be earning GottaPoints which can be used for the Holiday Gift Card Giveaway and any future GottaPoints contests.

Please search before posting to make sure your deal has not been posted. Click here to learn more about how to search the forum. Deals posted that are reposts will not earn entries into the contest. In addition, deals posted that are not legitimate deals (determined at the sole discretion of admins and mods) will also not count towards the contest, so please be sure you are posting actual deals. As always, please do not post affiliate links, referral links or links to other deal sites in your threads.

What makes a good deal thread?

1. Include a very descriptive title - include item, price, expiration date, if the deal involves a rebate, if the deal includes free shipping and any other important information. It MUST include the site/store name to count for the contest.
2. Include a link in the post - make sure the link is as direct as possible - if you are posting a deal for a product, link to the product and not the site's home page
3. Images are also appreciated in the post, as are detailed descriptions of any steps needed to get the deal (coupon codes, etc...) - the more info the better.
4. DO NOT directly copy and paste deals from other forums - you may "borrow" the deal, but type up the title and post in your own words. Directly copied posts will NOT count for the contest.

If you have any questions about this contest, please reply to this thread. Thank you and good luck to everyone :)

#2 Brad  OFFLINE  

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Posted Oct 20, 2006 - 9:48 am

This contest will start today, so any deals posted since midnight PST will count towards the contest :)

#3 Scott  OFFLINE  

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Posted Oct 20, 2006 - 10:20 am

Wow! This is a great contest. I'm looking forward to finding a lot of new deals! :)

#4 Marcster  OFFLINE  

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Posted Oct 20, 2006 - 10:23 am

Very Cool! Posted Image

#5 Tracy72  OFFLINE  

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Posted Oct 20, 2006 - 10:43 am

Good luck everybody....give me some good deals to save on Christmas....lol

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Posted Oct 20, 2006 - 1:05 pm

i hope i can find some want a xbox but cant afford it

#7 JonathanM  OFFLINE  

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Posted Oct 20, 2006 - 1:22 pm

Goodluck everyone...

#8 USC Becca  OFFLINE  

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Posted Oct 20, 2006 - 3:17 pm

Everyone - Please read ALL of the contest rules and guidelines regarding posting. Posts that need excessive editing will NOT count. Thank you. Good luck to everyone! :)

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Posted Oct 20, 2006 - 3:26 pm

Wow. This is awesome. I need to put my searching gear on. My son wants this for Christmas, but I can't afford it and the games too. Hopefully, I will be able to post. I love this site and I'm very addicted. Ask hubby how much I'm on here!

#10 Reisch  OFFLINE  

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Posted Oct 20, 2006 - 3:52 pm

Excellent idea...looking to save money this holiday season! :D

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Posted Oct 21, 2006 - 9:41 am

Good Luck To All ..

#12 gingersunshine  OFFLINE  

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Posted Oct 21, 2006 - 3:59 pm

i love this site more everyday! thanks all!

#13 Brad  OFFLINE  

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Posted Oct 21, 2006 - 7:33 pm

Just a reminder that you MUST include the store name in the title of your thread for it to count towards the contest, and only deals from the list of affiliates count. You are free to post deals from other stores, and we appreciate those as well, but for the contest they do not qualify :)

Once again, what makes a good deal thread?

1. Include a very descriptive title - include item, price, expiration date, if the deal involves a rebate, if the deal includes free shipping and any other important information. It MUST include the site/store name to count for the contest.
2. Include a link in the post - make sure the link is as direct as possible - if you are posting a deal for a product, link to the product and not the site's home page
3. Images are also appreciated in the post, as are detailed descriptions of any steps needed to get the deal (coupon codes, etc...) - the more info the better.
4. DO NOT directly copy and paste deals from other forums - you may "borrow" the deal, but type up the title and post in your own words. Directly copied posts will NOT count for the contest.

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Posted Oct 22, 2006 - 4:51 pm

out of curiousity - how many entries are there so far?

#15 Brad  OFFLINE  

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Posted Oct 22, 2006 - 9:23 pm

out of curiousity - how many entries are there so far?


The contest has only been going on for 3 days, so there are some people with 3, some with 2 and some with 1. We're not going to be providing a running total of entries though.

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Posted Oct 24, 2006 - 3:39 pm

I know of a great one I'll post right now!!

#17 Brad  OFFLINE  

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Posted Oct 26, 2006 - 6:21 pm

To reiterate the main points of this contest:

* Deals posted from stores that are not affiliated with GottaDeal don't earn entries (see the list of affiliate stores here)
* Deals posted that don't include the name of the store in the title don't earn entries
* There is a maximum of one entry that can be earned each day (starting at midnight PST)
* Do not copy and paste deals from other sites without re-wording them.
* Deals posted must be legitmate deals to earn entries.

To expand on that last point, if you post a deal about something that is always available (such as the clearance section at a store's web site), that is not a legitimate deal. If you post about specific items from that clearance department which are hot deals, that is OK.

If a store always has free shipping if you spend $50, don't post a deal about it. It will not earn you an entry and will likely be deleted.

Thank you to everyone who has been posting great deals lately, and we hope to see it continue for the rest of the year and beyond :)



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