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post #201 of 379 (permalink) Old 06-16-2011, 08:47 PM
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I think that we should take the members who were complaining that this was a scam forum taken out of the drawing.
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post #202 of 379 (permalink) Old 06-16-2011, 09:02 PM
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If we're going to be disqualifying people here, how about the people who only have ten posts too.

I'm not being serious, of course...but do you get my point?
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If we're going to be disqualifying people here, how about the people who only have ten posts too.

I'm not being serious, of course...but do you get my point?
I know I'm shooting myself in the foot here (as I have fewer than ten posts), but you're completely right. Loyal members should be rewarded with Chromebooks. Obviously I'd love to win one, but I'd completely understand if only senior members won. I mean, it shows dedication, after all.
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Yae!

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Hey Guys..... we will be announcing the winners as soon as we receive the Chromebooks. They are on order from BestBuy and should arrive shortly!
Yae!!! Thanks for the update!!! I'm soooooo glad to still be in the running!!! I can't hardly wait!!! To win a new Samsung Series 5 Chromebook right now (or shortly from now) would sure be nice, amazing, helpful, and AWESOME!!!
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If we're going to be disqualifying people here, how about the people who only have ten posts too.

I'm not being serious, of course...but do you get my point?
Haha. let's face it. Most people joined the forum just to win the chromebook whether you like it or not. I did because I love ChromeOS too. Tried it on vmware and it's a great OS. But, it was a joke when I said disqualify those people. Why did the forum admin do a giveaway? To get more members and promote the chromebook as well as chrome OS of course.

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Hence me saying, "I'm not being serious."
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I agree from what i know as well there is a legal issue going on that isnt allowing google to sell the product. as well i wouldn't blame the company, i would blame google for not taking care of their legal issues before hand.
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I agree with C.os the legal issue isnt allowing google to sell the product officially!

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ISYS Technologies Sues Google and Its Partners, Claiming Violation of Its ChromiumPC Trademark; Restraining Order Sought to Stop Launch of Chromebook and Chromebox

After months of delaying tactics by Google and after ISYS’ first use of the ChromiumPC mark, ISYS and subsidiary, Xi3 Corporation, see their talks with Google reach “an impasse.” Noting that Google’s planned June 15, 2011, worldwide launch of the Chromebook PC products would cause ISYS “irreparable harm,” ISYS is pursuing an expedited legal review in federal court in Utah to prevent shipments of Chromebook and Chromebox computers.
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The suit seeks an expedited temporary restraining order and preliminary injunction against Google and its partners (Acer, Amazon.com, Best Buy and Samsung) to stop further marketing efforts of the Chromebook and Chromebox PC products, as well as plans to begin selling these PC products on or about June 15, 2011. All five companies are named in the federal lawsuit that was filed in the United States District Court for the District of Utah in Salt Lake City, Utah, as Case No. 2:11-CV-507 CW.
More about the release here but i think we all need to be calm and re-think it over at whos fault it is! haha

ISYS Technologies Sues Google and Its Partners, Claiming Violation of Its ChromiumPC Trademark; Restraining Order Sought to Stop Launch of Chromebook and Chromebox | Business Wire
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We spoke with BestBuy today and they are suggesting a June 25th - June 27th shipping date.

I personally called Amazon as well to see if they could get us the Chromebook sooner, and the answer was no... they are on backorder. Will ship in "late June"
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I think that we should take the members who were complaining that this was a scam forum taken out of the drawing.
Not Saying It's A Scam or Not , All Contest That Giveaway Products Must A Legal Contest Rules Page...... FYI ....... In the US, the legal requirements relating to promotional contests and sweepstakes are driven by one goal: To avoid operating an illegal lottery. Gambling is heavily regulated on a state-by-state basis, meaning that if you want to run this kind of promotion, you either must comply with all 50 states' laws or specify that residents of Florida (for example) are not eligible to enter. An illegal lottery includes these elements:
Payment of consideration (such as an entry fee)
Winner chosen by random chance
Prize awarded

The two types of promotions commonly used by marketers are contests and sweepstakes. A contest requires skill of some kind and judging is involved to choose the winner. You can charge an entry fee for a contest (so you have #1 and #3). A sweepstakes is a drawing for prizes by random chance alone (#2 and #3 above). It's critical that you pick one or the other and don't mix the two. Never charge an entry fee, or require any other form of consideration, for a sweepstakes! That would make it an illegal lottery. Hence "no purchase necessary" in the fine print of just about every sweepstakes you've heard of.

The rule is the opposite for contests. "Consideration" can include anything that requires significant effort; it doesn't necessarily mean the payment of money. So in a contest (think American Idol), you can require participants to invest time and effort in creating an entry, pay an entry fee, or both, provided that entries are judged on the merits, with no random chance involved. Online contests often start with a mechanism for users to vote for their favorite entries, narrowing down the field to a few finalists, and then a panel of judges picks the winner. (You could do it the other way around but it requires a lot more work.)

Now that we've managed to keep you out of jail, here's the Cliffs Notes version. Please note that I am not your lawyer, dear reader (unless you choose to engage my firm) and therefore this is general information, not legal advice:

Every contest or sweepstakes needs Official Rules. They are what keep you out of trouble. They all look similar but are not boilerplate and need to be carefully tailored to the specifics of your promotion. This isn't rocket science, but it is important.
The Official Rules need to be readily accessible to anyone who wants to enter. If it's a web-based entry form, make sure to link to a printable version if you can't just include the rules below the fold on the page itself. In ad copy, make sure to state where the reader/viewer/listener can find them ("see our website at ... for official rules and entry form"). The Rules are Official for a reason; make sure you abide by them and strictly enforce start and end dates, methods of entry, etc.
Start by determining eligibility. When in doubt, limit it to US residents over 18 (21 if alcohol or gambling is involved). Minors have separate issues involving parental consent. "Void where prohibited" is good CYA language since it's tough staying on top of 50 states' laws.
Is the prize worth more than $5,000? If so, you'll need to register the sweepstakes in New York, Florida and Rhode Island (or prohibit their residents from entering). NY and FL also require that a bond be posted equal to the total value of the offered prizes.
Official Rules must cover the following at a minimum: No purchase necessary; start and end dates; eligibility requirements (age, residency, any exclusions); method to enter (including a “no purchase” method); limitations on the number of entries by a signal person or household; odds of winning; description and approximate retail value (ARV) of prize; how the winner will be selected and notified; restrictions on receiving the prize; and sponsor’s name and address.
That "restrictions on receiving the prize" thing is important. If you're looking to get any PR or media coverage from the promotion, make sure to state in the Official Rules that the winner will be required to sign a release and affidavit of eligibility. Those documents will allow you to use the winner's name and likeness, etc.
You'll need to report the prize to the IRS as income to the winner on Form 1099-MISC, so make sure your accounting folks are in the loop.

Just saying.....
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