Introduction to Giveaway Listing Terms
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In this document and the Agreement, “you” refers to you as the user of the Giveaway Listing website or any of Giveaway Listing’s related Service(s), including its paid services. As a user of GiveawayListing.com, you are entitled to use the service we provide only by reading, understanding, complying, accepting, and following the terms and provisions found in the Agreement.
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Giveaway Listing Terms
Those are the official Terms that govern your use of the Giveaway Listing Service:
1. Understanding the Difference Between Contests, Sweepstakes, and Giveaways
The terms ‘contest’, ‘sweepstakes’, and ‘giveaway’ are often used interchangeably, but they have different legal definitions. A contest is a promotion where entrants can win a prize based on merit, while a sweepstakes is a promotion in which entrants can win a prize through a random drawing. The term ‘giveaway’ is not typically a legal term and can be used interchangeably between the two in casual reference, but within the rules of this Terms document, it is specified as a free-to-enter contest with randomized drawing.
2. Importance of No Purchase Necessary Clause
The law requires that entrants know that a purchase won’t increase their odds of winning. This means participants cannot pay a fee to enter, but they are required to pay taxes on anything they win.
3. Eligibility Criteria
It’s important to outline who is eligible to enter and potentially win the prize(s) you’re giving away. This could include age restrictions, location limitations, and exclusions for company employees and their families.
4. Clear Description of the Prize
A detailed description informs participants and adds to the appeal. Your description needs to accurately depict the actual prize without misleading your entrants.
5. Legal Disclaimers for Social Media Platforms
If you’re planning to organize a giveaway on social media platforms like Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter, you need to provide proper social media disclaimers. Each platform has its own set of rules and regulations for hosting giveaways.
6. Protection Against Legal Disputes
Including an indemnification and limitation of liability clause in your terms and conditions can protect your business from potential legal disputes. This clause can shield you from legal liability in case something goes wrong during the promotion.
7. Compliance with International Laws
If you’re planning to allow entries from countries outside of your own, you need to look into any regulations and laws that may govern giveaways in those countries before you launch.
8. Importance of Official Rules
Every giveaway sweepstakes or skill contest should have rules. The rules are the contract between the sponsor and the entrants. Those rules should always be in accordance with the required Terms to get listed in GiveawayListing.com
9. Handling Personal Data
When running a giveaway, it’s crucial to handle personal data correctly. You need to comply with privacy laws such as GDPR, CCPA, CPRA, VCDPA, and other international laws.
10. Additional Submission Rules
There is also a list of additional, required submission rules, as mentioned on the Submit Giveaway page. Before submitting any giveaway make sure it complies with the following:
- No duplicate posts – please check if we already listed your giveaway
- We only accept free-to-enter giveaways
- Do not use any affiliate links, or low-credibility sites (no casino, no gambling)
- Only giveaways with disclosed and credible organizers
- Only giveaways with a clearly defined ending date and prize
- Only giveaways with disclosed number of entries
- Only giveaways ending in the current or the next calendar month
- Only direct giveaway links from the following trustworthy giveaway platforms:
- gleam.io (preferred option)
11. Clear and Comprehensive Rules
Having clear and comprehensive rules / terms for your giveaway is crucial. They should include all the necessary information about the giveaway, such as how to enter, eligibility criteria, prize details, and more. This not only helps participants understand the rules but also protects your business legally.
12. Paid Services & Refund Policy
Our refund policy is designed to be transparent, fair, and in compliance with PayPal’s merchant policies, ensuring that both parties understand the terms of service and refund eligibility. Please review the following policy carefully before purchasing any of our paid plans.
12.a Overview of Paid Services & Refund Policy
At GiveawayListing.com, we offer two distinct paid services, available at the Submit Giveaway page to cater to your promotional needs:
- Express Submission: For a fee of $20, your giveaway submission undergoes an express review process and is highlighted in bold in the Giveaway List.
- Partner Submission: For a fee of $490 for a 2-week duration, this plan features your giveaway with a homepage featured image, secures a top 3 position in the International Giveaway List, includes a permanent dedicated article, and sends one promotional push notification to our push subscribers.*
* Note that our push subscriber list is constantly changing, so the actual subscriber number will be different than the one specified on any online page at GiveawayListing.com. If you want to learn the approximate push subscriber that will receive a push notification for your promotion, please contact us in advance before placing your order, and we will respond within 24 working hours.
12.b Refund Eligibility
- General Policy: All sales for services on GiveawayListing.com are final. We do not offer refunds to any extent once the payment has been made and the service has commenced. A commenced service also includes the process of reserving a content writer who will handle the permanent article for your giveaway. This is due to the nature of our digital marketing services and the resources involved in initiating the promotional activities.
- Refund Request Period: If the paid service didn’t commence to any extent and you reached out to us within 24 hours of making the purchase, you may be eligible for a refund, according to our sole discretion. However, any refund required that occurs after 24 hours of making the purchase will be automatically rejected for any circumstance. Therefore, we strongly advise you to reach out to us for any refund request immediately after the transaction takes place.
- Partner Submission Eligibility: Before opting for the Partner Submission plan, it is mandatory to contact us to confirm the eligibility of your giveaway and website. Failure to do so may result in the non-publication of your giveaway without eligibility for a refund.
12.c Process for Requesting a Refund
- Contact Us: To initiate a refund request, you must contact us here within 24 hours of the paid service purchase time. Please provide a detailed explanation of the issue and any relevant evidence to support your claim. You may be eligible for a refund if we haven’t commenced any part of the service within this 24-hour window.
- Review: Our team will review your request in accordance with PayPal’s merchant policies and our internal guidelines. This process may take up to 7 business days.
- Outcome: You will be notified of the decision via email. If your refund request is approved, the amount will be credited back to your original payment method within a timeframe dictated by PayPal’s processing guidelines. In the case where additional charges will occur to our merchant account due to the refund, we will deduct those charges from the refunded amount.
12.d Paid Service & Refund Policy Notes
- GiveawayListing.com reserves the right to modify this refund policy at any time. Any changes will be effective immediately upon posting on our website.
For further assistance or clarification regarding our refund policy, please contact our customer support team. We are here to help ensure your experience with GiveawayListing.com is positive and successful.
Understanding Giveaway Listing Terms
Understanding the Terms is crucial for all users of the website, either via taking the role of the entrant in any of the giveaways listed on our website or via taking the role of a giveaway organizer.
Legal Aspects of Giveaway Listing Terms
When it comes to the legal aspects of the Terms, there are several key points to consider. One of the most basic rules for any sweepstakes is that no purchase is necessary to enter. This means that if you’re running a sweepstakes where winners are drawn at random, you are prohibited from requiring entrants to make a purchase. However, if you’re running a contest where entries are skill-based and winners are chosen based on the merit of their entry, you are free to ask for purchases and other forms of consideration. However, it is critical to know that GiveawayListing.com will NOT knowingly accept contests that require any fee to enter.
In the United States, promotional giveaways are governed by lottery and gambling laws in each of the 50 states. There are also certain federal laws and regulations that can come into play. For a promotion to be legal, it cannot have all three elements prize, chance, and consideration. The lottery and gambling laws interpret those elements slightly differently, but upon the elimination of one of the three elements, a brand normally would have a legal giveaway.
Basic Submission Parameters
When breaking down the Giveaway Listing submission parameters, they are typically comprised of the following:
- Prize: The prize of the giveaway
- Ending Date: The date that the giveaway is ending
- Giveaway Organizer: The legal name of the company or legal entity that is running the giveaway
- Giveaway Region: In which geographic regions the giveaway is available
- Giveaway URL: The direct, original page URL of the giveaway
There are additional parameters as often required by national or international law, such as:
- Giveaway Name: The name of your giveaway (whether it’s a sweepstakes or a contest).
- No Purchase Necessary: The law requires that entrants know that a purchase won’t increase their odds of winning.
- Promotion Description: This includes the dates and times of when it begins and ends (and in what time zone), the sponsor company of the giveaway, and the contact email address for participants to send any relevant questions.
- Eligibility: It’s important to outline who is eligible to enter and potentially win the prize(s) you’re giving away.
Here’s a comparison table of the two main types of prize promotions:
|Purchase Required for Entry
|Yes (in some cases)
Remember, these are just the basics. Depending on the specifics of your giveaway, there may be additional legal considerations to keep in mind. Always consult with a legal professional to ensure your giveaway is compliant with all relevant laws.
The Importance of Giveaway Listing Terms
Giveaway listing terms are not just a formality; they serve several important functions:
- Legal Compliance: They ensure that the giveaway complies with local, national, and international laws.
- Transparency: They provide clear information to participants about how the giveaway will be conducted.
- Dispute Resolution: In case of any disagreements or issues, the terms serve as a reference point.
- Protection: They protect all users, organizers, and entrants from potential legal issues.
Giveaway Listing Privacy Terms
Giveaway Listing Terms Guidelines
When it comes to giveaways, it’s crucial to understand the legal landscape. The distinction between sweepstakes and contests is significant, as each requires its own considerations to avoid liability related to lotteries and gambling. Sweepstakes involve prizes that are awarded based on chance, while contests award prizes based on skill.
The official rules of a giveaway should include the following:
- A statement that no purchase is necessary and that a purchase will not enhance the chances of winning.
- Information on how a party will enter the giveaway and how many entries will be permitted.
- A clear statement regarding the number of prizes available and the number of entries permitted.
- Information regarding entry eligibility (i.e., age and states of residence).
- Information regarding the verified retail value of the prize.
- A statement regarding the odds of winning the prize based on the number of estimated and completed entries received.
- Information concerning the free method of entry if there is a method of entry that requires a purchase.
- Information regarding the name of the giveaway sponsor, including the name and address.
- Information about where the official rules can be accessed.
Compliance with Giveaway Listing Terms
Compliance with terms is not just about following the rules but also about understanding the legal requirements. For instance, in the U.S., different federal laws and regulations affect what you can and can’t do with a sweepstakes or contest. These laws have state-by-state variations, but the general administration of sweepstakes shares similarities.
For example, Florida requires registration for sweepstakes that exceed a total prize value of $500 and applies to retailers only. On the other hand, New York requires registration and bonding 30 days before the promotion begins.
Social Media Giveaway Listing Terms
Social media platforms have their own distinct rules, policies, and guidelines for promoting contests and giveaways. For instance, Facebook requires all official rules and requirements if promoting from their platform. They also require you to add a statement that states they are NOT a sponsor of the giveaway.
Instagram, on the other hand, requires you to include in your contest or giveaway rules:
- Acknowledgement that your Instagram contest or giveaway is not sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with Instagram.
- The name of the company hosting the Instagram giveaway or contest.
- The dates the campaign will run, including time zone.
- Participation restrictions — such as age and location.
Here is a comparison table of some social media platforms and their specific rules:
|Social Media Platform
|Requires all official rules and requirements if promoting from their platform. It also provides a list of additional Business Promotion terms.
|Requires acknowledgement that your Instagram contest or giveaway is not sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with Instagram.
These are just some of the considerations when running a giveaway. Always consult with a legal expert to ensure full compliance with all applicable local, state, and federal laws.
Additional Terms for Businesses
Understanding the legalities and best practices of running giveaways is crucial for businesses. Gleam and DailyStory highlight the importance of using the correct terminology when running giveaways. They differentiate between sweepstakes (luck-based promotions where winners are chosen at random) and contests (skill-based promotions where winners are chosen on merit)¹.
When running a sweepstakes, it’s essential to comply with No Purchase Necessary Laws. These laws state that businesses cannot require a purchase or any other form of consideration as an entry for a prize promotion if winners are selected at random.
NerdWallet suggests various giveaway ideas to promote businesses. These include sweepstakes, where each customer has one chance to enter by taking some action with your business, and raffles, where customers can win a prize each time they take a specific action during a certain time period.
Whatnot provides an overview of giveaways, explaining that they allow sellers to give away items for free to their viewers during a livestream. There are three types of giveaways: standard giveaways, follower-only giveaways, and Buyer Appreciation giveaways.
Summary of Giveaway Listing Terms
In summary, understanding the Giveaway Listing Terms is crucial for organizers/ businesses planning to run giveaways and entrants who plan on entering giveaways using any part of the Service provided by GiveawayListing.com.
It’s important to understand the legal aspects of the Terms and ensure compliance with all relevant laws and regulations.
Organizers should also be aware of the different types of giveaways and understand the agreement Terms associated with each. The importance of following the Terms cannot be overstated, as they provide a framework for running successful and legally compliant giveaways.
Organizers should also consider any Privacy issues, ensuring that they respect the privacy of participants while also complying with all relevant data protection laws. Following the Giveaway Listing Terms and ensuring strict compliance is crucial for avoiding legal issues and ensuring the success of the giveaway.
All users should also be aware of the specific considerations when running or entering giveaways on social media and make sure all 3rd-party terms are followed as well.
Overall, understanding and implementing the Terms is crucial for running or entering successful, legally, and safely compliant giveaways.
Giveaway Listing Terms FAQs
What Are the Giveaway Listing Terms?
The official Giveaway Listing Terms are available in this article and govern the Service provided to you by giveawaylisting.com. Please make sure to read carefully all of the rules and definitions before engaging with any giveaway featured on the website or before submitting your giveaway to the website. If you don’t understand or agree with any of the rules, you are not allowed to engage with the Service.
Does Giveaway Listing Provide Paid Listings?
Yes, GiveawayListing.com offers a few limited paid listing services that offer higher exposure than giveaways submitted for free. Those paid listing services are presented on the Submit Giveaway page in more detail.
Please note that the moderation standards are not affected by any paid or free submission plans. That means that if your giveaway is not compliant with the Terms, then it can be rejected. GiveawayListing will not offer any refunds for any paid giveaway submissions that fail to comply with the Terms.
Does GiveawayListing.com Provide Refunds?
No, typically, GiveawayListing.com will not provide any refunds for any paid listings unless Sociobright Ltd, the Company that owns Giveaway Listing, decides at its own discretion that a user is eligible for a refund. You may read the exact Refund Policy in more detail in the relevant section available on the Terms page.
Please note that any refund payments do not constitute a legal obligation for the Company to refund any other similar refund requests unless explicitly specified by national law.
Why Are Giveaway Listing Terms Important?
The Giveaway Listing Terms are important because they ensure that each featured giveaway is conducted in a fair, transparent, and legal manner. They protect the rights of both the organizer and the participants. They also help to prevent misunderstandings and disputes by providing clear guidelines on how the giveaway will be conducted. Without these terms, a giveaway could lead to confusion, dissatisfaction, and potential legal issues.
How Do Giveaway Listing Terms Protect The Rights Of The Organizer And Participants?
The Giveaway Listing Terms, also known as Giveaway Listing Terms and Conditions, act as a contract between the website GiveawayListing.com and the giveaway organizer or the giveaway entrants. They outline the rules using any part of the Service, including submitting giveaways to get listed in GiveawayListing.com, or entering to giveaways listed in GiveawayListing.com.
Clear and comprehensive terms protect the rights of all parties. For the website, GiveawayListing.com, they provide a secure, transparent space that brings giveaway organizers and entrants together. For the organizer, they provide a legal safeguard against potential disputes or misunderstandings. For participants, they ensure transparency and fairness in the giveaway process. For instance, they specify that a purchase won’t increase the odds of winning, which is a legal requirement.
What Happens If Giveaway Listing Terms Are Violated?
If any of the Giveaway Listing terms are violated, there can be serious consequences. For participants, violation of the terms (such as entering more times than allowed) can result in disqualification. For organizers, violation of the terms or applicable laws can lead to legal action, including civil and criminal liability. For example, if an organizer fails to provide clear and comprehensive terms, they could face legal disputes or damage to their brand reputation.
The website, GiveawayListing.com, also reserves the right to ban any user who has been violating any of the Giveaway Listing Terms, with or without any warning, and pursue legal action if applicable by national and international laws.
How To Dispute Giveaway Listing Terms?
Disputing the Giveaway Listing Terms typically involves legal action. If an organizer or a participant believes the terms have been violated or are unfair, they may choose to consult with a lawyer. It’s important to note that the process can be complex and time-consuming, so it’s often best to seek legal advice. For any legal disputes or questions, you may contact us using the official Contact Us page.
How to contact GiveawayListing.com?
You may contact Giveaway Listing at any time, using the official Giveaway Listing Contact Us page. Feel free to reach out to us for any kind of question, including but not limited to privacy requests, legal requests, clarifications, questions about listing requirements, etc. We will be more than happy to assist your request.