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I’ve seen the question asked online: “How do I win Amazon Giveaways?”. The short answer is that there really is no secret to winning. Statistically, sometimes you’re going to win and sometimes you’re not. There are some things you can do, however, to make sure you’re in the right place at the right time, which will help maximize your chances.
I know it sounds silly, but it’s true. The only way to win Amazon giveaways is to participate in them. At any given moment, there are typically over 1,000 active Amazon giveaways, some of them with great odds. So if you participate in enough of them, you’re bound to win sometimes.
Just be mindful that not all giveaways are created equally, and some seem destined not to produce winners. For example, we tracked 6,219 giveaways that ended between July 1, 2017 and July 15, 2017. Of those, 2,077 expired without a winner. That’s 33%, which is pretty substantial. I’ll talk more about this in a moment.
Use Our Chrome Extension
Of course we would be delighted if you used Giveaway.City. However, if you’re using Amazon’s giveaway listing pages, you’re not getting all of the information you need to know when to click. Take a look at this screen shot without our extension active.
Now take a look at a similar screen shot with our extension active.
See the difference? With our browser extension, Amazon Giveaway Assistant, Amazon’s giveaway listing pages will show you the odds, number of prizes, how long the giveaway has been running, and when it will end. If you click on that exercise bike 10 minutes after the giveaway started, the chances are pretty slim that you’re going to win it. Without knowing the odds and start time, you might have wasted your click.
Also, notice that the camera in the second screen shot has a border and slightly different background color. That shows that we have already clicked on that giveaway, so we’ll know not to click on it again, saving time to participate in other giveaways.
Get There Early
There are four types of giveaways: random instant win, sweepstakes/drawing, lucky number instant win (nth entrant), and first-come, first-served. Of these, the first three are the most common. In terms of getting there early, let’s focus on random instant win and lucky number instant win.
Throughout the day, there are often many great giveaways with odds of 1 in 50 or less. Whether these are random instant win or lucky number giveaways, they produce winners very quickly. If you’re looking at the giveaway list once a day, you’re probably going to miss these.
Nobody has time to stare at a giveaway list all day, but if you’re near your computer and want to go about doing other things, you can use Giveaway.City’s features to your advantage.
First, set up a filter to capture the giveaways with odds that are important to you. For example, maybe you want to know when a giveaway worth at least $20 shows up with odds of 1 in 30 or better.
Next, use the preferences to tell Giveaway.City to play a sound when new matching giveaways arrive, and turn up the volume so you can hear it.
Now you can walk away or turn your attention to another task and let your computer keep an eye out for you. Just in the time I was collecting screen shots using this filter, I was notified of this giveaway. Without the filter and notification, I would’ve missed it entirely.
Don’t Get There Too Early
I just said “get there early”, and now I’m saying “not too early”? What?
Be aware of what kind of giveaway you’re participating in. If a giveaway is of the lucky number instant win variety looking for the 3,000th entrant, it may take a few days to get there. If you participate immediately after the giveaway becomes active, there is no way you’re going to win. This is a tricky one, of course, because someone has to go first, and you never know how many people will participate or how quickly.
If I can offer any bits of advice here, I guess it would be the following. First, if the prize is valuable, click sooner. When someone is giving away an iPad or a Playstation 4, people notice and participation levels will increase. Second, take the requirement type into consideration. Many more people will click on a giveaway without any requirements than one requiring a Twitter follow. Finally, if you’re just browsing Giveaway.City, you might try jumping all the way to the bottom of the list and scrolling up from there. Find the lucky number instant win giveaways that started several days ago, and, if they seem ripe for clicking, go for it.
Choose Your Battles
As I mentioned above, many giveaways end with no winners. Some of these are due to lack of interest in the product, while others are due to pure chance. Sadly, some giveaways are intentionally crafted to elicit the maximum user response while minimizing the chance of awarding a prize. While you can’t choose what sponsors give away or how they do it, you can choose which giveaways are worth your time.
Amazon giveaways are contests, and it would be unreasonable to expect that sponsors just give away items without something in return. However, it’s up to each participant to decide how much time they’re willing to spend for the chance of winning something. If you don’t mind watching a two-minute video for a 1 in 10,000 chance to win something worth $16, then go for it. Just keep in mind, however, that of all the giveaways we’ve tracked with odds of 1 in 10,000, 68% of them have not yielded a winner.
If you do participate in giveaways with low odds of winning, pay attention to some of the details. Is it 1 in 10,000 or is it the 10,000th entrant who wins? On Giveaway.City, we highlight the latter in yellow so it’s clear before you click. You can also filter them out should you desire.
Don’t Neglect the Drawings
The “sweepstakes” type giveaways or “drawings” as we at Giveaway.City call them are not as fun as the instant win giveaways, but they always produce a winner. That’s what makes them my favorite. I’m much more likely to spend time watching a video, for example, when I know there will be a winner. As long as the prize is something I truly want, you can bet I’ll participate.
When you do participate in a drawing, don’t forget to check your email, including the spam folder. Winners have 48 hours to claim their prize, after which I presume a new winner is selected. You don’t want to be the person who missed out on a great prize because they missed an email.
Like I said at the beginning, there is no fool-proof way to win Amazon giveaways. You can definitely increase your odds by playing smarter, though. If there is anything that we at Giveaway.City can do to make it easier or to improve your experience, don’t hesitate to let us know.
What’s the best prize you’ve won? Let us know in the comments.