Prize Jar: a website to avoid

8 Responses

  1. Frances Heaton says:

    Well done for deciding not to help promote sites such as Prize Jar. Although I had heard vaguely something about them, haven’t been tempted to enter their competitions.
    The only comps I pay to enter are Tesco text competitions. They are charged at standard rate, and I was lucky enough to win £100 Tesco giftcard recently through entering their text competitions.
    Also, I entered the Trebor contests where you bought the products, and sent a photo – promoted in your newsletter. Luckily I won £5.
    I also enter most of the ITV competitions, sending a stamped postcard. But I don’t need to buy the stamps, as I am a Royal Mail TNS panellist, and receive monthly payments in stamps. Not been lucky enough to win yet, but definitely worth trying.
    Thanks for all the help and advice Di.

  2. Gill says:

    I have enormous respect for you, Di, for refusing to promote companies like Prize Jar. I’d not heard of them until you mentioned them but I agree, it does smack a bit of greed by these companies and it’s akin to gambling, in my book.

  3. Jackie Talbot says:

    I entered once online and then sent two postcards for separate competitions, the postcard entries were never added to my overall entries. In the Terms it stated you would receive an email confirming your postcard entry this never happened so I contacted them. I sent her a screenshot too, this has now disappeared from the site. What concerns me is that the postcard entries are handled by a third party company Fonix and I wonder if they are entered at all.

    • Gill says:

      I have heard this from other people, Jackie. 98% of the time I use the pistol route to enter, rather than pay hefty prices for text entries and I would be fuming if my entries were not included.

      • Gill says:

        I, of course, meant the POSTAL route, not the pistol route. I think the pistol route is a tad too aggressive!!

    • Caroline says:

      Firstly, as i have a £2500 Tag Heuer watch which i won via the postal route it indicates that they are counted. I queried the lack of info on the profile regarding postal entries and had this response.
      We use a third party to manage our postal entries. This company is the same company that manages most postal entries in the UK for competitions such as the one you entered and the process is very similar to other competition sites they work with.

      We allow postal entries to be submitted during the course of each competition, and whilst these must be posted by the closing date, we allow three additional working days for postal entries to arrive. On the fourth working day after the close of the competition we are notified by the third party of the total number of postal entries received for that competition.

      Each postal entry is assigned a unique reference number and added to the draw, and if a postal entry is drawn as a winner, we inform the third party of the reference number and they provide us with the details of the corresponding entry. We then contact the customer and issue the prize.

      Given this process, we do not register a postal entry in a customer’s account at unless it wins. However we will add this to FAQ so its very clear to everyone who enters by post.

      However, if you wish to earn a Bonus Point for your postal entry, you should follow the process outlined in Terms 5, 6 & 46 of the T&Cs, which is flagged in FAQ

  4. yvonne says:

    I hadn’t heard of prize jar until reading this but would never pay to enter any of their competitions nor would I send off any postcard entries for their prize draws.
    My opinion is that Bauer are getting far too greedy. It was only recently they took over 50+ radio stations putting a lot of people out of work and ripping the heart out of local radio stations around the UK. To see that happen to many presenters and staff some who had spent years working on these stations was horrible and so sad.

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