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Old 04-02-2010, 07:33 AM   #171
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Default Re: Official Chipette Contest Rules: Contest for Canadians ONLY

I spent a long time this afternoon (it's nighttime now where I live) looking through Webkinz News for the ad, but didn't find it of course. I DID find that in the Contest News the only two contests listed there -- for the Easter Outfit and the Music Star -- are both open ONLY to US and Canadian residents (Quebec, New York and Florida are excluded). I was quite surprised and came over here to WI to ask about this exclusion and, ironically, found this thread.

I haven't participated in these kinds of contests before, so had no idea that they often (usually?) exclude those of us who live in other parts of the world -- be it U.K., Australia, or anywhere else. I guess I can understand that legal issues might make it hard to offer the contests to people in other countries, but it does seem strange that this time it's limited only to parts of Canada (apparently neither Quebec nor Novia Scotia are getting the ads).

One person mentioned that this exclusion is common knowledge, but it's definitely news to a lot of us -- even an administrator posted asking whether most contests are limited to NA residents only.

It sounds like this has brought some touchy feelings to the surface for some, and I was sorry to see that for a while it seemed to be turning into an "us and you" kind of exchange.
As an American working abroad, I've had to get used to not being able to participate in some other stuff that's hard because of time zones or server access (even tho' I've paid full price for all of my webkinz and my deluxe membership, etc), so in one way this is just more of the same. Whenever I start getting frustrated, I have to remind myself "It is what it is" and be thankful that at least some of the time I can use this to have fun with younger family members back in the States. Sometimes it's not so easy, I'll admit!

However, given that the whole of the US (which far outnumbers those of us members who live outside NA) was going to be excluded, I agree that it would have been a good idea for Ganz to add a clear note of "limited participation" so that parents would be aware. Someone has mentioned that she added "chippettes" to the end of the Contest URL and was able to see the ads are just for Canadians, but not everyone would have tho't to try that. I certainly wouldn't!

I really sympathize with parents who are having disappointed kids now. For Webkinz parents 'round the rest of the world, missing out like this is normal, but when someone's not expecting it, it's hard to take. Thank you to the Canadians (and others) on this thread who have expressed patience and sympathy with members who are upset and disappointed!
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Old 04-02-2010, 07:34 AM   #172
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Well, Janet I AM Canadian and I have gotten nothing but Invalid coding since I got up this am This is stupid with a CAPITAL *S*T*U*P*I*D* and I don't usually whinge about Ganz *sigh*
Where are you seeing the ads? Which page? I AM CANADIAN too and haven't seen an ad yet. I have been on here almost all night!
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Old 04-02-2010, 07:35 AM   #173
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170 comments? LOL, I didn't know so many people were excited about this contest
Thank goodness I'm a boy, and I don't like the costumes, or I'd be mad too!
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Old 04-02-2010, 07:35 AM   #174
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I see it off to the right second ad down. I just clicked on it and and filled it all out...now it says that I have already used the email address and there is no notification in my email...I am NOT impressed!
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Old 04-02-2010, 07:37 AM   #175
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Well, this is all I see.

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Old 04-02-2010, 07:38 AM   #176
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Did Ganz for get about the rest of its loyal customers. Sham on them!
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Old 04-02-2010, 07:38 AM   #177
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I see it off to the right second ad down. I just clicked on it and and filled it all out...now it says that I have already used the email address and there is no notification in my email...I am NOT impressed!
Maybe they will fix it so that we can all get the ads if thats likely
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Old 04-02-2010, 07:38 AM   #178
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I, too, am disappointed to be excluded from this contest. I am seeing so many people upset about this contest in particular. People have mentioned calling Ganz or asking the people who ARE eligible to refrain from participating in order to force Ganz to be fair to those who aren't. I wonder if people realize that there are groups of people excluded from EVERY contest. As a resident of Florida, I am excluded from every contest (along with all residents of New York and Quebec). To be fair to our friends from Canada who ARE eligible, if we asked them to refrain from participation it would be like me asking everyone to never participate in any contest. I do understand the disappointment that comes with being excluded. I am still sad that I will never have a shot at a Sparkle Pegasus. But...

Since it seems the boundaries of eligibility are based on laws regarding internet contests, perhaps we can collectively ask Ganz to add in a loophole that allows exluded groups to "squeak" around those laws. Maybe add in the option of a mail-in entry if a WW player is excluded from internet entry in their region?

In the meantime, good luck to those who are able to participate! I will wait for the next WI contest
I feel the same way, as a Floridan, I'm not allowed to enter any of the contests either. I am also upset that Ganz would do this. So far, I haven't been able to enter any contests for that Pegasus (Ganz thinks I'm too young I guess?) and now this? Come on Ganz, I know you can do better. And I can't wait for the next WI contest, too!
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Hpw bizarre, I see the Chippettes ad just second down on your link Janie...
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I am so sad. I was all ready with my tabs to catch an ad. I got up early and was excited to hunt all day. The outfits are going to be so rare and so hard to get a hold of.
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