Compers Chronicle – Can You Win Your Way To Wealth?

Posted on: January 28th, 2009 by Jason 4 Comments

How many competitions do you enter? How much time do you spend comping? How many prizes do you win? We know some of you keep records of what you do, what you enter and what you win, but Debbie Loton has gone one step further and is writing a blog about her competition exploits. Called Comper’s Chronicle – Winning My Way to Wealth 2009 you’ll be able to see the “the highs and lows of her comping year”.

Each day you’ll see how many comps Debbie enters, the time spent entering and news of any wins or competition tips. So far, in January, for almost 12 hours work she’s picked up £280 of prizes (although at least £150 of value is for a comp that closed in November, so we’d argue that this isn’t a result of her efforts in 2009).

So what’s the reason behind the blog?

Well, Debbie is also the author of “Win Your Way To Wealth : Win Competitions and Sell Your Prizes Online” and we guess the blog is extra research for further books in the future, as well as a promotional tool for the book. More people may be tempted to buy a copy if it can be demonstrated that you can win your way to good fortune!

We’re not that keen on comping books mainly as in our experience unless you’re doing tiebreakers, it’s not rocket science to pick up comping knowledge and become a good comper – just sit down and enter competitions! Mind you, we’re used to internet comping and there are hints and tips for postcard comps as well as frequently asked comping questions, but these are covered in depth on Loquax and other free resources.

Anyway here’s our shortened version of Winning Your Way to Wealth

Be warned, selling prizes is a bit of an emotive subject for some compers, but if you want to sell prizes online we suggest that you use eBay or Freeads. To find competitions just head on over to the main site and forum at Loquax. If after all that you want some extra help and advice just ask other compers on the forums or check out our competitions guide.

Book aside, Debbie’s comping diary will be an interesting exercise to keep an eye on. We’ll definitely be dropping by her blog over the coming months to see how things develop.

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  • SandraDJ

    I enter a lot of comps, both online and offline. My daily average is over 50. I can’t believe that it is possible to win your way to wealth. I manage to get myself a few treats, and have only won one holiday in all the years that I’ve been comping.

  • car01e

    i dont believe that comping would ever may you wealthy. a good few treats and a biggie now and again but nothing to give up the day job for!

  • 1234jmt

    I think it depends on what types of competition you “home in” on. If you spend a good proportion of your time entering car, holiday and large luxury items, chances are that you will win fewer things. I have been very lucky over the last few years and win consistently – averaging out about a win a week for every week where I spend 20 mins to half an hour a day comping online.
    Prizes tend to be between £10 and £200 in value, but these are the types of prizes and competitions I home in on. I also like the ones that make you think, ask a little more of you than just typing in your email address and make you jump through a few hoops. I think this automatically puts a lot of people off and increases your chances of winning.
    Not in it to make me wealthy, just like the odd little suprise and buzz from winning an extra treat now and again. My latest wins have been a Dualit toaster and a Nintendo Wii Yay! Nice prizes 🙂

  • debslot

    Thanks Jason for mentioning my “Comper’s Chronicle” blog, and thanks to the other contributors for your views.

    “Winning Your Way to Wealth” is a little subjective in that it depends on your definition of “wealth”. The aim of my year-long experiment is to find out what might realistically be achieved ‘on average’ by comping along the lines stated by 1234jmt.

    My blog includes running stats that show the number of competitions entered, the time spent, and the number and estimated value of wins to date. So far, my stats show £280 worth of wins and about 12 hours of effort, which would work out at around £24 per hour. Theoretically at least, if you were to extrapolate over a full 35-hour working week this could amount to an annual income of £40,000 — wealthy by many people’s standards.

    I take Jason’s point about some of the wins value resulting from last year’s effort, but as I am compiling stats for an exact calendar year, there will be some wins from 2009 effort that would not be counted until into 2010 — so the whole thing should even itself out.

    Thanks for your interest in my experiment and my blog.