Prize Jar: a website to avoid
Have you heard of Prize Jar? This new website has been widely promoted on Bauer radio stations and websites as a great source of giveaways, so I thought I’d check it out at www.prizejar.com. Unfortunately, I was disappointed! It’s the pay-to-enter prize draw format which is so popular now – you buy tickets to enter a prize draw, at a cost of either £1.50 – or a very expensive £3!
I’m concerned about the number of pay-to-enter prize draw websites that are popping up, and I’ve previously shared my concerns on the addictive nature of them, in my blog post Pay to enter competitions – are they gambling? Every week I’m contacted by yet another new competitions website, based on exactly the same pay-to-enter model as Prize Jar, asking if I will promote their website! I don’t agree to promote any of these sites, the only exclusion being Omaze, who offer an easy FREE online entry route to win some incredible and unique prizes (see my post How to enter Omaze prize draws for free if you like the sound of that!)
Pricey Prize Jar
I think that Prize Jar sets a dangerous precedent for popular and respected brands like Bauer to start pushing paid prize draws to their customers. There are plenty of great free-to-enter prize draws and competitions on the Bauer radio and magazine websites – and I’m sure the Click to Win Competitions must raise plenty of advertising revenue – but I think Prize Jar is a rather cynical money-grabbing addition to their portfolio.
As for the addictive nature of a site like Prize Jar, this worries me. Unlike many raffle sites, at least they have set a limit to the amount you can spend on draw tickets – but that limit is an incredibly high £240 a month, or £2880 a year! For people with an addictive personality, it might well be a step towards a gambling habit and I’m disappointed that Bauer are promoting this.
Of course there are also a handful of free-to-enter prize draws on the Prize Jar site – but to enter them you need to earn points, and points are earnt through referring friends to the site. And I’m not sure most compers would be happy to recommend a site like Prize Jar to their mates, when there are so many free entry comps online and on social media.
Look for the free entry routes
Pay-to-enter prize draws do sometimes have a free entry route detailed in the T&Cs, and but for Prize Jar it involves buying a first class stamp and sending off a postcard (there’s also a limit of one postcard per draw). I do wonder how it’s still acceptable to describe this as a ‘free’ entry route when a first class stamp now costs an eye watering 76p though!
Bauer do offer a genuine free entry option for some of their on-air radio comps though. Although it’s not advertised on air, you can enter most of the big cash Bauer radio promotions on Absolute, Magic and Kiss up to 12 times for FREE online – see my popular blog post Win cash prizes online in free competitions for details of current cash prizes on offer.
Comping doesn’t need to cost any money
Entering to win prizes need not cost you a penny, and you’d do well to steer clear of sites like Prize Jar. Most UK competitions are completely free to enter – in particular those shared on social media. If you do want to spend money on entering comps, then try the standard rate text entry competitions (such as those advertised on Tesco shelves) which will only cost you around 10p. Or get involved with purchase-necessary competitions – you spend your money on a product with the opportunity to win a prize (but you’ll also still have the product too!) – make sure you learn which type of on-pack promotion format gives you the best chance of a win though!
I’d love to know your thoughts on Prize Jar. Have you heard of any winners? Will you bother sending off any postcard entries for their prize draws?