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Eligibility: 50 US and DC 18+
Ending Date: 02/04/2017
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KLEVV #Refineyourgamer Sweepstakes

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Eligibility: 50 US and DC 18+ Void In: RI FL NY
Ending Date: 02/11/2017
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Heather Graham Suspense Sweepstakes

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Eligibility: 50 US and DC Canada (No Que) AOM
Ending Date: 01/16/2017
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SlimFast Pick A Date Sweepstakes

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Eligibility: 48 Contiguous US and DC 18+
Ending Date: 12/31/2017
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Zing Clean Slate Sweepstakes

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Eligibility: 50 US and DC 18+
Ending Date: 02/10/2017
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Hallmark Channel Winterfest Sweepstakes

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Eligibility: 50 US and DC 18+
Ending Date: 01/27/2017
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Eligibility: 50 US and DC 18+
Ending Date: 02/05/2017
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The 2018 Country Music Cruise Giveaway

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Eligibility: 48 Contiguous US and DC 21+ Void In: RI
Ending Date: 11/30/2017
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Birds & Blooms Great Backyard Giveaway XVII

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Eligibility: 50 US and DC Canada (No Que) 18+
Ending Date: 01/30/2017
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Fishman Win a Schecter Acoustic Contest

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Eligibility: 50 US and DC Canada (No Que) 18+
Ending Date: 01/31/2017
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Eligibility: 50 US and DC Canada (No Que) 21+
Ending Date: 09/01/2017
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Monster Energy Kurt Busch Talladega Experience Sweepstakes

(5) Grand Prizes: (a) round trip airfare for each Grand Prize Winner and his/her one (1) guest to Talladega, AL; (b) ground transportation; (c) three (3) nights infield accommodations; (d) meet + greet Kurt Busch; (e) VIP Pit-Box experience; (f) indoor racing experience; and (g) five hundred dollars ($500) spending money. ARV $12,000
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Eligibility: 50 US and DC 18+
Ending Date: 04/30/2017
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(1) Grand prize includes hotel accommodations for two (2) people,in Killington, VT for two (2) nights, and four (4) one day lift tickets to the Killington Ski Resort. ARV: $550.

Eligibility: Open to CT ME MA NH NJ NY RI and VT; 21+
Ending Date: 03/31/2017
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Eligibility: 50 US and DC 18+
Ending Date: 03/13/2017
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Eligibility: 48 Contiguous US and DC 21+
Ending Date: 03/29/2017
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Aerie Happy New Attitude Sweepstakes

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Eligibility: 50 US and DC Canada; 18+
Ending Date: 01/18/2016
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HGTV Dream Home 2017 Sweepstakes

(1) Grand prize: Home located in Saint Simons Island, GA; furnishings, $250,000 cash, and 2017 Honda Pilot Elite ARV $1,788,576.
Cash alternative is offered.

Eligibility: 50 US and DC 21+
Ending Date: 02/17/2017
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Dream Floor Giveaway

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Eligibility: 48 Contiguous US and DC 21+
Ending Date: 02/17/2017
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Eligibility: 50 US and DC AOM
Ending Date: 01/13/2017
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Ocean Spray #WarmUpWinter Contest

(1)Grand Prize: 3 day/2 night tropical vacation for 2 adults, ARV $4500
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Eligibility:
Ending Date: 01/17/2017
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NatureSweet Giveaway

NOTE: For AMOE entry, click on “I don’t have a image to upload”
(1)Grand Prize: $1000 Gift Card
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Eligibility: 50 US and DC 18+
Ending Date: 02/04/2017
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Note: One Online, One Mail-In Entry per month.
Monthly Prizes: Varies with ARV of $500
(1)Grand Prize: Trip for 2 to destination of winners choice from the OneMain 2017 Americas Hidden Gems Calendar ARV $5000

Eligibility: 50 US and DC 18+
Ending Date: 01/02/2017
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Ryan Seacrest La La Land Flyaway Sweepstakes

(1)Grand Prize: Trip for 2 including: Roundtrip coach airfare to Los Angeles, CA, (2) nights hotel accommodations, $1500 spending cash to see the sites of LA LA LAND.

Eligibility: 48 Contiguous US and DC 18+
Ending Date: 01/08/2017
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MISSION FOODS ULTIMATE GAME DAY FIESTA! SWEEPSTAKES

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Eligibility: 50 US and DC 18+
Ending Date: 01/31/2017
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Eligibility: 50 US and DC 18+
Ending Date: 06/30/2017
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Eligibility: 50 US and DC AOM
Ending Date: 02/05/2017
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Eligibility: 50 US and DC 18+
Ending Date: 01/22/2017
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Eligibility: 48 Contiguous US and DC AOM
Ending Date: 05/07/2017
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TV One Best Supporting Fan Sweepstakes

***Must be member of participating National Cable Television Cooperative (listed in rules)
(1)Prize: Trip for 2 to Los Angeles CA for the event and more ARV $4980.

Eligibility: 50 US and DC 21+
Ending Date: 01/13/2017
Enter: Daily


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United Healtchare Engage Giveaway

**Link is AMOE entry
(4) Weekly prizes: $100.00 Visa Gift Card.
(1) Grand Prize: $500 Gift Card

Eligibility: 50 US and DC AOM
Ending Date: 01/31/2017
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(75) $100 Fandango digital gift code
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Eligibility: 50 US and DC AOM
Ending Date: 05/31/2017
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Raymond Vineyards Red Carpet Sweepstakes

(1) Grand Prize: Trip for 2 for the Ultimate Napa Valley Film Festival VIP Experience. ARV $8700.
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Eligibility: 48 Contiguous US and DC 21+
Ending Date: 06/30/2017
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GAF Guy Fieri Experience

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Eligibility: ***OPEN TO PROFESSIONAL ROOFING CONTRACTORS, BUILDERS, AND REMODELERS
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Ending Date: 01/31/2017
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Eligibility: 50 US and DC 18+
Ending Date: 02/06/2017
Enter: Daily


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(1)Grand prize winner will win an all-expense paid VIP sporting experience. A Bucket List sporting experience of their choice* within the continental U.S; Economy airfare and hotel for 3 days, 2 nights for winner and their guest; $500 in spending money and Samsung Galaxy S7 with 1-year of the Cricket Wireless $70 plan.

Eligibility: 50 US and DC AOM
Ending Date: 02/05/2016
Enter: See Rules


By Johannah Brookwell
Intro:  Lately things have become “so annoying” that I decided to write a few columns about some of the things that are currently annoying me.  They will always start out “It’s so annoying” and then the topic of the article will follow.  All of these will be written in my personal opinion, and style and I have not been paid by anyone to write these.  I hope you can identify with them, find them amusing and most of all thought provoking.

My parents used the phrase “It must have fallen off the truck” all the time. As a child I thought it was something literal. I wondered how or why some of these things actually could be falling from trucks. Why the items didn’t break when they fell, and how anyone could actually get to the item and pick them up once it did fall?  The phrase often made me watch trucks to see if I could actually see something falling. I never did.

As I grew older, someone explained it to me. It’s basically a euphemism for any illegially obtained goods or merchandise. I assumed after that, probably correctly, anytime that phrase was used it really meant someone stole it.

It seems as a society too many people have decided that stealing is much easier than earning, and are making a living this way. I am speaking from personal opinions gleaned from watching business and society evolve over the last 25-40 years. People have made stealing things, from tangible objects in an actual burglary, to your identity and credit card numbers into a regular 9-5 type job. They will tell you it’s “just that easy” and why not? Well, it’s wrong, that’s why not!

I get at least 20 spam emails a day in which people try to “trick” me into giving them information, money or product for free. Yes, in ever manner possible they keep shaking the truck, so that the goods fall off — but they are really just trying to steal it.

Most of us are aware of the “bigger” scheme’s out there, like the Nigerian Letter and the one where you win 5 million from just having an email address — but there are sneaky, underhanded new ones popping up each and every day with twists that make doing business honestly an enormous challenge. For an average consumer, it might be equivilent to walking through a field of landmines blindfolded hoping to come out the other side unscathed.

Many of the new items on auction sites, are selling for less than they would normally cost for me to purchase! I am speaking only of specific items I personally have access to and am familiar with in terms of pricing. I have a 26 year old business selling computer services and related supplies (www.ccssinc.com).  I cannot sell for the same prices listed on these sites because I cannot buy them for resale at those prices. And when I add in the fees and shipping costs ~ their pricing is still less than if I bought a few pallets (let’s use 100,000 pieces) from my regular suppliers. And that’s annoying!

This wasn’t always the case. I used to be able to sell on Ebay and make a couple of dollars on each lot I sold – I wasn’t getting rich, but it was allowing the rotatation our product on a regular basis. Then all of a sudden a few years ago, prices fell lower than I pay for the items. One day, I was buying enough to be competitive, and then zap I wasn’t.

All this is a mystery to me, and keeps making me wonder about that truck. Why can’t I sell at the same prices as these others? What am I missing? Has someone figured out how to get them to fall off the truck into their waiting arms, and therefore has a seemingly unlimited supply to sell?

We all love a bargain, but I personally care if they fell off the truck. I don’t want an item someone stole, no matter how they came to have it. Could the seller be stiffing their vendor, buying seconds, buying factory rejects, or heaven forbid counterfeit merchandise?

Is it the price that matters most anymore whether it falls off the truck or not?