Run a Legal Giveaway

Posted by Jennifer Hibbs on September 30, 2016 in Articles, compliance, Consultation, Contests, Legal, Promotion Planning, Social Media, Sweepstakes | 8 Comments

8 Responses to Run a Legal Giveaway

  1. Clara says:

    hello! I won a giveaway that was supposed to hold a 50 dollar gift card but I never got my prize. I offered to lower it down to 10 dollars (and they accepted) however I still haven’t gotten my prize because “they need to wait for their pay day”. I was wondering if any of this is legal at all amd if I never get my prize that I can take action. I would very much appreciate it!!

    • Jennifer Hibbs says:

      You could consult an attorney about taking legal action. However, since it sounds like they don’t have the funds to get you a $50 or even a $10 prize, I am not sure what you would hope to gain by taking legal action.

  2. I am interested in playing a game on social media that is limited to the people in my friends list. My profile is not public and the give away is only to those people in my friends list. The prize is less than $10 and there is no purchase required. We are playing a game and the winner gets some samples of a product that they could not otherwise get without purchasing them. Anyone in my friends list is welcome to play. What should I know about doing this?

    • Jennifer Hibbs says:

      Legally you should still have Official Rules that define the game. Contact us or another promotion marketing vendor for your specific case.

  3. Ben Williams says:

    Is it legal to do a “Every 10th order free” promotion? Is that still considered a sweepstakes?

  4. Vincent Xavier says:

    So I got this gift card for a store I don’t plan to go to. But I don’t want it to go to waste, I heard I could hold a fan page and giveaway that card to someone selected at random. But then I came across this legal stuff and was wondering if what I plan to do is legal?

    The card is worth $100 to a digital store.

    • Jennifer Hibbs says:

      As you know from reading our post, there is some level of risk involved if you run a giveaway without checking the legal restrictions in your country/state. Be sure to weigh the risk before you proceed.

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