I tend to be really, really slow when picking giveaway winners, but this last giveaway/giftaway has taken me an embarrassingly long time.
It’s been on my to-do list for over 2 months now, and I kept pushing it off because it’s time-consuming to sort through entries to weed out duplicates to ensure fairness. Plus, I wanted to spend more on the giftaway, but wasn’t quite sure how.
Earlier today a reader asked about why I don’t do follow ups to giveaways or even mention winners, and I also answered about why I don’t show winners with their prizes, (because hardly anyone ever sends photos) and things like that. That discussion finally lit a fire under me to sort through entries and pick winners.
So… here’s the list of winners, with links to their entry comments. Each has won a $50 Amazon.com gift card, to be delivered via email. Congratulations!
But there’s a catch. I’m not going to send out notification emails just yet.
If your name is on this list, please fill out this form:
ToolGuyd Winner’s Form (Read the update, below, before filling out the form!)
If you fill out the form, you get an extra $25, for a total gift card prize of $75. It pays to be a regular reader, doesn’t it!
I’ll send notifications out to remaining winners in about a week’s time. If a winner doesn’t fill out the form by then, they’ll still get the original $50 gift card prize.
Oh, and you might have noticed that there are more than 5 randomly selected winners. Because that’s what you get to do when you’re in charge. =)
Hmm… there are quite a few Bobs, Davids, Adams, Tylers, Scotts, and Nathans that entered the giftaway.
I imagine it might be disappointing to see your name on the winners list, only to click through and find out that it was someone else with the same name that won a prize. I guess that’s another reason why giveaway winner announcement posts aren’t very good.
I don’t like disappointing people.
What if I entered a giveaway, and then read a winner’s announcement post, thinking for a moment that I won, only to see and realize that it was another Stuart that won a prize? Yea, I don’t think I’ll be doing any more giveaway announcement posts after this one.
So here’s the deal. If you’re a Bob, David, Adam, Tyler, Scott, or Nathan who entered but did NOT win the giftaway, ToolGuyd will send you a $25 Amazon.com gift card.
ToolGuyd Consolation Prize Form (Read the update, below, before filling out the form!)
The “you must have previously commented on ToolGuyd at least once” entry condition still applies.
And your email address must match the one you used when you left the comment.
And there will be no email notifications about the consolation prize. This post will be your only notification. But, I guess it’s redundant to say this, because if you don’t read ToolGuyd regularly, you wouldn’t even know about any of this. No disappointment, no consolation prize.
All said, that’s 10 winners, and up to 21 consolation prize winners. So that’s up to 31 winners when originally I planned for just 5.
Hopefully this makes up for the delay.
I’m going to go ahead and hit “Publish” now, before I calculate how much this giftaway could cost me/ToolGuyd.
But it’s worth it, you guys are awesome, and I like to give back however and whenever I can.
For those of you that read ToolGuyd regularly but don’t comment, we might be doing a similar giftaway next year, giving you quite a few months to get at least one comment in.
Oh, and if you won a gift card, please send in a photo of the tool(s) or items you end up purchasing with it. The new ToolGuyd forum would be a great place for this!
Winners have until April 2nd, 2016 to claim their prizes!
It seems that some clarifications are necessary.
1. Did you enter the Amazon Wishlist Gift Card Giftaway?
No? Then you could not have won.
2. Are you one of the 10 people whose entries are linked to in the above list of winners?
No? Then you did not win one of the grand prizes (for lack of a better description).
Yes? Fill this out: ToolGuyd Winner’s Form.
3. Did you not win the grand prize, but entered the giftaway under the name Bob, David, Adam, Tyler, Scott, or Nathan?
Yes? Then you won a consolation gift card prize! Fill this out: ToolGuyd Consolation Prize Form.
4. Is your name Bob, David, Adam, Tyler, Scott, or Nathan, but you entered the giftaway with a different name?
Yes? Then I’m sorry, but you did NOT win a consolation prize.
5. Did you win a consolation prize but filled out the grand prize form by mistake?
I’ll assume it was an honest mistake and make the correction.
If you are not one of the 10 winners, and you did not enter the giftaway under the name Bob, David, Adam, Tyler, Scott, or Nathan, then I’m sorry but you did not win anything.