Clash Prize Draws – Should You Enter?

March 23rd, 2007

One of the things we want to do with the Loquax blog is look at competition sites in a bit more detail. We’ll be taking a close look at the site, signing up, telling you what we see, and then seeing just what we get from signing up. First up for the Loquax Road Test is Clash Prize Draws.

Since 2006 there have been a number of Clash Prize Draws appearing on Loquax. The prizes range from a £150,000 flat to shopping vouchers, hampers of chocolate to holidays abroad. A number of websites promote these offers but the promotions are now always called ‘Clash’. For example the landing page may be a domain, however you will find a reference to the Clash Club in the terms and conditions or on the landing page.

We chose the latest competition £250 Sainsbury Vouchers to try out.

Registration is simple. They want the usual name, address and email address plus sex, marital status and phone number. After this we’re offered 5 “special offers” ranging from joining Get Me a Ticket, the chance to win a Photoshoot and Makeover and a Free Physio Accident Recovery Plan! These are all selected as ‘Yes’ by default, but we chose ‘No’ for them all.

However, that’s not the end of it! After the special offers we’re told we’re only 1% through the entry and then shown more offers. On the first page alone there are 12 offers including a Club La Costa timeshare promotion. You must select yes or no in all cases. After 7 pages and over 70 yes/no offers we finally reach the end of the ordeal. Amongst the offers were book clubs, phone subscription services, insurance, loans, competitions, bingo sites and dating services. We selected no to all the offers but the next step will be to see what arrives in our inbox in the coming weeks.

Entering competitions should be fun, and this wasn’t fun! Over 70 offers that require ticking does seem incredibly excessive. We do wonder how many people reach the end of the 7 pages without ticking ‘yes’ and if they have ticked ‘yes’, for example for the phone subscriptions or book clubs or timeshare related competitions, whether they’re fully aware of what they’re signing up for.

Whether there’s a place for these kind of competitions is another argument and another day, but they do exist and they’re growing in number. Our advice is be very cautious, with this and similar sites, and make sure you’re aware of what you’re signing up for! These are data collection services and primarily their aim is getting you to part with your details. The chance to win £250 of Sainsburys Vouchers does seem a cheap incentive in comparison, however, like all competitions we promote, the decision to enter is yours.

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