I'd like this to be in RATS because it has some sensitive material but I'll just hide some stuff best I can.
I won a writing contest telling about how I like and use Linux. I came in 2nd place.
I have two issues.. First, I live in the USA. I won a 10 GBP e-voucher from Amazon.UK. I know it's worth 16.82 USD at present time however I have no
idea how to use this and apply it to a warehouse in the United States.. the shipping would kill me making it not worth the purchase.
Anyone know how or if I can still use it?
Secondly, here is a copy of the text from the contest page. (I'm electric rider) See if you agree how wacky this prize line up is. I hid some
personal information for the contestants and companies involved by highlighting the text as Hidden. I won't post the URL, I don't want to embarrass
the fellow knowing I'm posting about this. Sure guys can look up some of this text in google and find out exactly who these companies are but please
don't post about them openly in this post as i am trying to protect people.
[Hidden] Contest Results
And today is the day...
First of all, [Hidden], [Hidden] and [Hidden] would like to say THANK YOU to all the participants of the contest that we ran for last few weeks. It
was a real pleasure to see such a response, and to read all your article.
Unfortunately, not all of them could get the prizes. It was a difficult task to select the winners. It is time to announce their names!
The 1st prize, a disk with [Hidden] with all the attached support from [Hidden] team goes to [Hidden] and his article [Hidden].
The 2nd prize, 10 GBP e-voucher for Amazon.co.uk site from [Hidden] goes to Electric Rider and his article [Hidden].
The 3rd prize, CD with any Linux distribution of your choice from [Hidden] goes to [Hidden] and his article [Hidden].
The 4th prize, 25 USD voucher for amazon.com from [Hidden] goes to the person who submitted the article #10: [Hidden]
Winners will be contacted directly by the contest organizers. Of course, stay tuned to see the winning and some other articles.
Here is my beef with this line up..
The prizes themselves do not fit the prize status. Example, First prize should be the prize with the most value, 2nd prize should be a lesser value
and so on. This Is how it is generally done isn't it folks.. or am I losing it?
1st place is a Linux DVD that has official support from the company ( That's the company of the Linux distro that put the contest on But the contest
was not organized by these folks) If you purchased a downloadable Linux edition with the full support online from this company it would only cost you
9.99 GBP or about 16.82 USD
2nd place prize is 10 GBP for the Amazon.UK voucher I got and it's worth only 16.82 USD, same as above
3rd place - this is a CD of a Linux distro of the winners choice - sold from the one of the companies above that are hidden. The list price on the
website for all of the Linux Distros is 5.50 USD.
4th place - a 25 US dollar voucher for Amazon.com - this guy's story content didn't even matter, he won it cus his was the 10th submission.
Doesn't it seem like to you they messed up a bit? Like the prizes for 2nd and 4th are switched around? Seems to me the 2nd place prize should be worth
more than the 4th place prize. 4th place is the most expensive prize! I really feel bad for the 3rd place winner - his prize (5.50 USD worth) is only
one quarter the value of the 4th prize (25.00 USD).
They wanted the Linux distro with company support to be the 1st prize because that's the point of the contest - showing off that distro. I can
understand that but then dont go and make prizes for 2nd, 3rd, 4th that do not reflect properly on that prize status - they should have all been of
lesser value in descending order or perhaps they should have made the 25 USD the 1st place prize.
The funny thing is, I cannot even use the $16.82 (10 GBP) voucher to Buy the linux distro with full support (which is what I wanted anyway) - even
though it cost the same amount of money - because Amazon doesn't have it. LOL
This prize line up isn't normal is it? Your thoughts..
edit on 3-8-2014 by JohnPhoenix because: sp