Monday, March 19, 2007

The Patient Sweeper

'Member back in January I mentioned that I had won something that I felt was worthy of a little fanfare?

Well, it's here! Let me take you on the long strange trip it took on it's way though...

On Monday January 22nd I got an email that read:
"Congratulations! You have been selected to receive a prize by registering in the iCush Crank Up The Game Instant Win and Sweepstakes, administered by ePrize.

You have won a PlayStation 3. Please see the attached Official Rules for further prize details and eligibility requirements. You will be receiving your prize in the mail 8-10 weeks after we receive your email.

WOO HOO! I'm not a big gamer, but It's an expensive toy and I could eBay it or hang on to it for the Blu-Ray DVD player. Either way, win-win.

8 to 10 weeks always seems excessive to me... I don't understand why it takes so long to ship a prize but whatever, I'm getting some free stuff, I shouldn't complain about how long it takes to get here.

On February 21st I get this email:
"Dear winner,

Due to the popularity of the prize you’ve won, we are offering a prize substitute of a $500 Game Stop gift card. This way, you are able to purchase the prize once it becomes available or purchase other similar gaming items. The gift card will be mailed to you within the next 2 weeks...

So I guess there is no magical sweepstakes prize vault filled with Plasma TVs, pallettes of cash, Corvettes, iPods, Boats and PS3's that they can just go in and get the prize from... OR maybe there is and it is SO MASSIVE that it takes 8 to 10 weeks to find the prize they are looking for. Like that giant government warehouse at the end of Indiana Jones.

Finally today, almost EXACTLY 8 weeks since this all began I had a certified letter in my mailbox containing this:

So... my PS3 has turned into a $500 giftcard which I can use to buy anything GAME STOP or EB GAMES sells. Any suggestions?


sortedlives said...

Well, if youre not into electronic games, I would ask for the cash and by something for the New Condo!

Paul said...

Do you get a 1099 with that card?

CondoBlogger said...

Sorted - I wish... they never made me that offer though and while THEY are within thier rights to exchange a prize for one of an equal or greater value, I am not.

Paul - no 1099's on winnings under $600 dollars. I still have to claim it as income this year though. Kind of an honor system thing.

dbv said...

maybe something to pick up all those clothes on the floor... lol... just kidding!!!

kevin said...

Well done on winning but it is a bit disappointing that it took so long to get to you.

Spend it wisely my friend.
Kev in NZ

Jason said...

and Wiiiiiiiiiii games.

Dean said...

how about a portable stripper pole?

Michael said...

Congrats, I never win things like that. If you're not a gamer perhaps you could sell it on one of those gift certificate sites on the intertubes and make some cashola!