How to Win Amazon Giveaways

By | July 19, 2017

Amazon has made many changes to its giveaways since I wrote this article. Several requirement types were eliminated, as have random winner giveaways. Please keep this in mind as you read. Also, take a look at our giveaway list. You may find some exclusive giveaways!

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.

Participate

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.

If you’re interested in our extension, which has many more features, you can read more about it here. You can also add it to your browser from the Chrome Web Store.

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.

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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.

Preference

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.

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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.

Every 3,000th entrant wins

Every entrants has a 1 in 3,000 chance

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.

Conclusion

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.

25 thoughts on “How to Win Amazon Giveaways

  1. Pam

    My favorite prize from the Amazon daily giveaways thus far is a set of wireless blue tooth earbuds valued at 65.99 that I won a couple of months ago. I also really love the universal multi-bottle I won a few weeks ago. It works as a solar powered lantern, waterproof storage device, and so much more. It’s made of silicone so it’s easy to pack/store and has 3 modes for producing normal light, bright light and even super bright flashing light which could prove very useful as an emergency signal if needed. I use it on a nightly basis as a light in the pool, as well as waterproof storage while in the pool.
    I was fortunate enough to win a 55′ 4K Amazon Fire with Alexa Smart TV from Amazon via a Twitter contest and it is amazing. Even though I didn’t win it via the daily giveaways, Amazon was responsible for the contest that resulted in the win, as well as awarding the prize, so I’m very grateful to them for it.
    Thank you so much for the service you provide with Giveaway City. I find it extremely helpful in sorting through the giveaways that I’m interested in vs. those I’m not at all interested in and I’ve shared your page with several of my friends/family members who play the daily giveaways. Just wanted you to know that you, your hard work and the service you provide, are much appreciated!

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    1. Charles M Post author

      Thank you for commenting, and especially for your kind words regarding the website. We’re so happy that it’s useful and that people are enjoying it. You’ve won some great stuff. The TV sounds really awesome.

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      1. Pam Jackson

        You’re very welcome! Over the years I have found that people are all too eager to criticize when they don’t like something or something doesn’t go their way, but not nearly as eager to offer praise or even a simple thank you for a job well done and that really bothers me. I try to make sure and offer praise & thank those who do a great job or go above and beyond to make life a little easier for their fellow man. The world would be a much better place if we all learned to appreciate each other’s talents and contributions to this world and take the time out every once in a while to acknowledge them 😉

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  2. yerika

    ive won several stuff… one of them was a fire tablet from book gorilla… something that whould really help my search is (if you can.. dont know if its possible) but if you could put in the list the ending date of the giveaways. this way i could search for the ones that are finishing today for example and try for those… thank you very much… your blog has been really helpfull for me

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    1. Charles M Post author

      That’s a great suggestion. We’ll see if we can find a place to put it. I’m sure it’ll fit on the desktop view, but mobile screens may be another question.

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  3. Kim

    My favorite Amazon Giveaway prize so far is the Jinvun Silver Antique Swan Compact Mirror. It’s absolutely beautiful! The photos don’t do it justice. I started winning more often after using your site. Matter of fact, I liked Giveaway City so much that I shared the link on one of my blog posts. It’s by far the best place to enter. I appreciate the filters and the preference updates that you’ve added. Thank you!

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  4. Kelly

    I’m a daily player, and I love this site- it is so much easier to hit them when I can sort them. I only have a few minutes here and there throughout the day, and filtering lets me hit the fast ones, saving The higher odds for when I get home.

    Best so far- a kindle fire tablet. Lots and lots of other stuff too.

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  5. Jessica

    I LOVE, LOVE,LOVE your website! I use it every single day! I love the new feature to remove entered giveaways too! So far, the best thing I’ve won is a Nuvision tablet with keyboard. Keep up the great work!! Thank you for being here!!

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  6. LISA FITTING

    GREAT improvements! Amazing how quickly this site has evolved! Started as GREAT and now it is even better!!
    I have won so many items since I started using your site! Thank you!!!!

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    1. Charles M Post author

      Thanks, Lisa! We’ve got a few more ideas and we’re always excited to hear our users’ as well.

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  7. Ashley

    Everytime I see a giveaway with good odds such a 2 or 5 pop up I click on it right away only to see that the giveaway has ended? Is there a delay between when a giveaway is posted and when it’s put o here?

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    1. Charles M Post author

      Thank you for commenting. I tried to respond to your email yesterday, but it bounced back. This is what I said:

      There is definitely a delay, but it’s generally a pretty short one. I’ve seen a lot of giveaways like the one you’re describing lately, and the majority of them are over by the time I get them. At the heart of the issue, I believe, is that there are just so many people out there clicking. So when there is a prize where the second click gets it, your chances of beating out competing users is incredibly low.

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  8. Samantha

    Do you have to have any specific settings in place to win? I.e. pop up blockers and cookies.
    I’m asking because sometimes I’ll enter a jumping box and it will reset and start jumping again. It’s been doing it more lately, and I’ve messed with some setting on my phone.

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    1. Justin Post author

      Hi, Samantha! I’ve also noticed that symptom lately where it resets and starts jumping again. I’m not sure why that happens, but I don’t think there’s anything you can do on your machine to stop it. That page communicates back to the Amazon servers several times to figure out what to do next, and it appears that sometimes it just decides to go back to that step. Good luck!

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  9. Marie

    I’ve won a handful of giveaways by clicking again when it resets itself.

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  10. Tara

    My favorite, so far, is some moisturizer I won. 🙂

    I also have a suggestion.. How about sorting, would be great to sort the lowest odds to the top.

    Thank you so much for maintaining your site. I love it! my new $0 addiction.

    PS a question do you know at what point is the winner actually counted/determined?
    Is it when you click the link, or when you click the bouncing box?

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    1. Justin Post author

      Thanks for your comment and suggestion. My impression is that the winner is selected upon hitting the bouncy box.

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    1. Justin Post author

      Amazon requests your social security once your winnings reach a certain threshold. At the end of the year, you will receive a 1099-MISC from Amazon with the dollar value of your winnings reported as taxable income. This is the downside of winning, especially if you’re winning things that aren’t worth (to you) the percentage in tax you’ll eventually pay on them.

      Giveaway.City simply provides a convenient way to view Amazon Giveaways. We do not ask for any personal information from users. We offer the ability to log into Giveaway.City using the “Login with Amazon” service, but we do not have access to your credentials.

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  11. Zoe

    It would be great to have a way to flag contests you want to enter later. Your site is wonderful!

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