When we first wrote the Loquax Competitions Guide, MyOffers was regarded as one of the main online prize draw sites in The UK. It was run by a company called IPT Limited and it hosted a large number of prize draws for cars, holidays, vouchers and the latest electrical prizes. Their competitions featured on a number of websites including MSN, The Mirror and Tiscali. To enter, users would register and complete surveys/fill in their details for offers in order to enter the prize draws. The site is still running today but is now owned by MyOffers 2019 Limited.
This is a subsidary of DM Ltd who are well known in competition circles. There other interests include Compers News (Accolade Publishing), and The Prize Finder. MyOffers claims to be the "UK's No.1 competition, prize & free stuff site" and still runs prize draws but these are now alongside other sites such as Product Tester, Mystery Shopper and Secret Diner offers. They run what is called "permission marketing" - where you enter prize draws in exchange for your information so that sponsors can contact you. At time of writing they have what appears to be a number of car competitions on the site but if you look closely at the terms the three draws are in fact just one overall draw. There is a winners page so obviously people do win.
MyOffers isn't the only site of this kind either although it is one of the few left in business. Sites such as GetMeATicket, UKPrize, Win4Now, Vaniki, Consumer Lifestyles, Clash Prize Draws, ConsumerHouse and QuizPlayer have all closed. Similar sites to MyOffers that are still running include OfferX, ActiveYou, Instant Win4Now and Soap Box Survey. Note that these sites as well as MyOffers do not feature on Loquax. However these kind of permission marketing competitions aren't always obvious to spot. For example many can be found on various Hearst magazine titles.
For example if you visit Good House Keeping then you'll need to register and register before you can enter their giveaways. This all sounds great but the site is run by Data Media & Research Ltd, the same company behind Instant Win4Now (and formerly Win4Now). This doesn't mean that these competitions aren't genuine, far from it, but what you'll find is the same competitions running across several titles under the premise of getting your data. Additionally some competitions require you to pick a code for the chance to win and in our view aren't worth the effort. There are some regular prize draws running on these sites too but it's often difficult to pick them out.
But do people win the competitions that feature on these sites? In terms of MyOffers they do create winners but the chances of winning aren't great. Way back in 2007 (Loquax Blog) we reviewed the site and looked at entry levels. We don't think things will have changed that much since other than our blogging ability. The Daily Click To Wins do seem to generate winners and these details are updated regularly.
Should you enter these kind of competitions? Well that depends how happy you are in giving away pretty much all your information. We'd suggest avoiding any 'permission marketing' type sites altogether. But in fairness the competitions on Hearst Magazine and Future Publishing titles like Good Housekeeping, Men's Health, Woman's Weekly, Trusted Reviews, Prima and Marie Claire do list winners and they do seem to be different on each site. We do think that there are better competitions to spend your time on as these can be time consuming but ultimately it's your choice.