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Re: You can't win if you don't enter

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  • Member since
    November 2005
Posted by Anonymous on Friday, December 3, 2004 3:56 PM


Hi there. I understand the reasons given by Mr.Ellis as to why they can't open the sweepstakes to readers outside America, but yet other publications published in the UK, I might add, have and continue to include their world-wide readership in their giveaways,  including their American readership. How can they do it, but you cannot?

Maybe FSM could change the sweepstakes into a giveaway .. if it's not a sweepstakes then surely it's not a problem. If something is given away for free......

I cannot believe that rules and regulations apply in only one direction. If it is possible for similar publications in UK  to include it's entire world-wide readership in it's competitons/giveaways, including America, then surely it would be possible for American magazines to do likewise.

With a bit of thought applied, anything is possible.

Afterall, you sell your product ok in "other " regions outside USA, but exclude that readership from the bonuses and rewards, if you like, that are enjoyed by American readers, therefore it follows that it seems it's ok to take our money for the magazine, but that's as far as it goes. This is unfair and is slighty taking advantage of us over here...because although your sales are allegedly "small", similar to the movie buisness, your "all-sales-other-than-American" do contribute to your overall profit margin, no?

This imbalance in customer care ( if you will) is one reason whay I left this board last year and one reason why I will not buy the magazine.

The answer given, while logical, is lazy a comfortable catch-all or fall-back manner so as allow you to remain "as is" without rocking the boat or instigating change.  It seems to me that the little extra effort required to come up with a way to include everyone in your happy family is not an effort you seem willing to make.

Maybe if you did make this extra effort, your sales might increase to justify the work?

I know you'll disagree. I know you'll justify your postition with facts, figures and what-not, but to me that's not sloving the problem, that's hiding behind it. Meanwhile, there's a large portion of your readership that's thinking if they can't be bothered with us, then why should we be bothered with them.



  • Member since
    November 2005
  • From: White Mountains, NH
Posted by jhande on Saturday, January 28, 2006 4:06 PM
 DanCooper wrote:
What about American troops that are overseas ? Aren't those bases considdered American soil ?

An American that is serving his country in the armed forces is still classified as an American citizen and still has his or her home residency. So by law, anything that is offered to someone state side, it is "supposed" to be offered to them also.

They still own their home Stateside (if they did to begin with LOL),
They can still get mail sent home,
They can still hold their states drivers license,

Well, you get the idea.

I know this was an old post, but the subject didn't seem to be answered.
If someone from FSM'ing has a different answer, I'd be interested?

-- Jim --
"Put the pedal down & shake the ground!"

  • Member since
    November 2005
Posted by Anonymous on Monday, January 30, 2006 11:39 AM
Persons serving in the military overseas are eligible to enter but they’d need to use a domestic US mailing address, as that’s where the prize would be shipped.
  • Member since
    January 2003
  • From: Upper left side of the lower Penninsula of Mich
Posted by dkmacin on Monday, January 30, 2006 5:02 PM
Just because you are stationed overseas doesn't mean you get the "bennies" of all the great stuff offered in the LOWER 48.
Some stuff excludes FPO, APO addresses, Alaska and Hawaii.
As Michael said if you can put down a real USA address you're golden, if not sorry.
(But the two bucks a day family seperation pay makes up for it)


I know it's only rock and roll, but I like it.

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