I’ll start by saying I’ve never won anything of any consequence. So, a few weeks ago, I was adding books to my “wish list” on Amazon, since that is a good way to keep track of things as I am browsing. There was a button to enter some Wish List 10th Anniversary Sweepstakes.
I didn’t pay any attention, but clicked the button and forgot about it.
A little more than a week later, my cell phone rang, with some AC 206 number. I don’t know anyone in AC 206 (Washington state) and was in a meeting so let it go to voicemail. A few hours later, as I was finishing lunch I remembered the call from earlier in the morning. I called the voicemail and heard someone tell me they were from Amazon and I won some tickets (or something.) The message left a phone number, as well as an email address “@amazon.com” if I didn’t want to call. I was skeptical, but curious. A telephone can be anybody, but the email seemed to be a bit harder to spoof.
I called the phone number and talked to Wendy. She was friendly, bubbly and excited about me being the winner. She asked if I remembered entering the sweepstakes, which I did, and she was pleased to let me know I had won. I was still thinking tickets to the movie here in Anchorage. She explained the prizes, etc. No, I didn’t have a clue what New Moon was all about, and had to plead ignorance. I guess that’s why I wasn’t so excited; I didn’t (and don’t) have a clue. She said there were a lot of envious people, and it would be a great experience. I was surprised, and still skeptical, so said, “what’s the catch?” Hey, there is no catch, I won.
Wendy proceeded to tell me that I was the potential winner and would have to fill out some forms, etc., but that is a formality. She would send or fax the forms and be back in touch. I gave my fax, and email, etc. She asked how I wanted my name to appear, and we would talk later.
I pondered for a couple of days, and decided to send the forms in at the eleventh hour. I was really not as excited as everyone else, and am trying to get myself pumped up. I was on the verge of declining, but figured this is my one and only chance (as lame as it might be), so guess I better accept, since I would probably waste my shot at the brass ring if I declined.
So at this point, I will be in Los Angeles for the movie premier on November 16. I missed the call from their fulfillment company to arrange travel, etc. I’ll touch base with them Monday to finalize those items.
The physical products (prizes) are supposed to be shipped sometime soon, so I will have to watch for them. I don’t know what I will do with a couple of Barbie dolls and some girls gloves and hat, but I guess I can read the books and watch the movie or something. Might be able to donate that stuff, too, to somebody that would really appreciate it.
All for now, I’ll keep a positive attitude and post updates here as the event unfolds.
More information about the sweepstakes, and the swag, is located here.
Some of the prizes, besides the trip to the Premier: