The Amazon Prime Win a Free Kindle 3G Sweepstakes – It’s Legit, But with a Catch

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Many of you received an email from Amazon this week which invited you to enter the “Win an Kindle 3G from Amazon.com” contest in honor of Amazon Prime, and, of course, and as you should, you were suspicious and are wondering whether it’s a scam. in fact, the “Win a Free Kindle 3G Sweepstakes” is legitimate! No purchase necessary, and here is how to enter (even if you didn’t get that email). You’ll need a Facebook account, as it involves the Amazon Facebook page, and that’s where the catch comes in.

Here is the legitimate email:


Dear Amazon.com Customer,

In celebration of the many ways Amazon Prime members take advantage of FREE Two-Day Shipping on millions of items, we’re giving away some popular Prime-eligible items from A to Z. Enter at www.facebook.com/amazon by 5/23/11 for your chance to win a Kindle 3G, a lighted leather cover, and a $50 Amazon.com Gift Card that can be used to shop for Kindle books or towards millions of items at Amazon.com.

Rules: NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Sweepstakes ends 6/19/11. Must be a US resident. See Official Rules.

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Ah the official rules. You are asked to read them before submitting an entry, so the link to the Facebook part is below these rules:


Official Rules
NO PURCHASE OR PAYMENT OF ANY KIND IS NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN THIS SWEEPSTAKES. A PURCHASE WILL NOT INCREASE YOUR CHANCES OF WINNING.

Please read these rules before entering the Amazon Prime A-Z Sweepstakes (the “Sweepstakes”). You agree that, by submitting an entry, you will be bound by these Official Rules and you acknowledge that you satisfy all sweepstakes eligibility requirements.

 

Eligibility. If you are an individual legal resident of the 50 United States or the District of Columbia and are 18 or older at the time of entry, you are eligible to enter the Sweepstakes. Our employees, their immediate family members (spouses, domestic partners, parents, grandparents, siblings, children and grandchildren), and our affiliates, advisors or advertising/promotion agencies (and their immediate family members) are not eligible to enter the Sweepstakes.

How to Enter. You may enter the Sweepstakes beginning at 12:00:01 a.m. (PT) on April 25, 2011 and ending at 11:59:59 p.m. (PT) on June 19, 2011 (the “Sweepstakes Period”). To enter, you must: (1) go to www.facebook.com/Amazon and click on the “Sweepstakes” tab; (2) click the “Like” button to “Like” the page www.facebook.com/Amazon if you have not already done so; and (3) complete the online entry form. Limit one entry per person/e-mail address per week during the Sweepstakes Period.

Prizes. We will award 1 prize package per week for a total of 8 prize packages during the Sweepstakes Period, each consisting of the items described on Schedule A to these Official Rules. The approximate retail value (“ARV”) of each prize package is listed on Schedule A. Total ARV of all Prizes is $4,535.73. Winners must have or will need to create an Amazon.com account in order to redeem the Amazon.com Gift Cards (“GC”). The GC may only be used for purchases of eligible goods on Amazon.com or its affiliated website Endless.com. Redemption of the GC will be subject to our standard terms, conditions and restrictions applicable to Amazon.com Gift Cards in effect on the day of issuance of the GC. The GC cannot be redeemed for the purchase of gift cards. Except as required by law, the GC cannot be reloaded, resold, transferred for value, redeemed for cash, or applied to any other account. Amazon is not responsible if any GC is lost, stolen, destroyed or used without permission. If the GC is lost or stolen, it will not be replaced. See www.amazon.com/gc-legal for complete terms and conditions. The GC is issued and © 2011 by ACI Gift Cards, Inc., a Washington corporation. Each winner will be: (a) responsible for paying all costs and expenses related to the prize that are not specifically mentioned, including, but not limited to, taxes and any other expenses that might reasonably be incurred by the winner in receiving or using the prize; and (b) required to submit his/her social security number or tax payer ID number to Sponsor in order to claim the prize.

Prize Drawings. Potential winners will be selected at random drawings to be held on or about the dates listed on Schedule A. To be eligible for a drawing, we must receive eligible entries by 11:59:59 p.m. (PT) on the entry end date for that drawing as listed on Schedule A. We, or Promotion Activators, Inc. on our behalf, will notify each potential winner by phone or e-mail within 3 business days following the drawing, and he/she will be required to sign an Affidavit of Eligibility and Liability/Publicity Release. We will select an alternative potential winner if a potential winner does not claim the prize within 72 hours of notification, or meet the eligibility criteria. Each prize will be awarded “AS IS” and WITHOUT WARRANTY OF ANY KIND, express or implied (including, without limitation, any implied warranty of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose). We will award the prize to a minor’s parent or legal guardian if a minor, in any state where the age of majority is not 18, wins the prize. The parent or legal guardian must sign and return all required documentation. Limit 1 prize package per person during the Sweepstakes Period.

Odds of Winning. Odds of winning depend on the number of eligible entries received for each drawing.

Additional Terms. We may, to the maximum extent permitted by applicable law and in our sole discretion, change these rules or cancel the Sweepstakes at any time; or modify, terminate, or suspend the Sweepstakes should viruses, worms, bugs, unauthorized human intervention or other causes beyond our control corrupt or impair the administration, security, fairness or proper play of the Sweepstakes or submission of entries. We are not responsible for: (a) lost, misdirected, late, incomplete, or unintelligible entries or for inaccurate entry information, whether caused by you or by any of the equipment or programming associated with or utilized in the Sweepstakes, or by any technical or human error that may occur in the processing of entries; (b) any printing or typographical errors in any materials associated with the Sweepstakes; (c) any error in the operation or transmission, theft, destruction, unauthorized access to, or alteration of, entries, or for technical, network, telephone, computer, hardware or software, malfunctions of any kind, or inaccurate transmission of, or failure to receive any entry information on account of technical problems or traffic congestion on the Internet or at any website; or (d) injury or damage to your or any other computer resulting from downloading any materials in connection with the Sweepstakes. We may, in our sole discretion, disqualify any individual found to be: (x) tampering with the entry process or the operation of the Sweepstakes or website; (y) acting in violation of these rules; or (z) acting in an unsportsmanlike or disruptive manner or with intent to annoy, abuse, threaten or harass any other person. If your entry is incomplete or if you use robotic, automatic, programmed or similar entry methods, your entry will be void. The authorized subscriber of the e-mail account used to enter the Sweepstakes at the actual time of entry will be deemed to be the participant and must comply with these rules in the event of a dispute as to entries submitted by multiple users having the same e-mail account. The authorized account subscriber is the natural person who is assigned an e-mail address by an Internet access provider, on-line service provider, or other organization responsible for assigning e-mail addresses for the domains associated with the submitted e-mail addresses. No greater than the number of prizes stated in these Official Rules will be awarded. If any technical errors occur in the selection of potential prize winner or if more prizes are claimed than the number of prizes being awarded as provided in these Official Rules, we may award the prize by random drawing from among all eligible claimants.

Miscellaneous. The Sweepstakes is governed by the laws of the United States. The Sweepstakes and all accompanying materials are © 2011 by Amazon Services LLC, and its affiliates. All rights reserved. If you win a prize, you may not transfer, assign, or redeem the prize for cash. We may substitute a prize with a prize of equal or greater value. The winner agrees (for himself or herself and his or her heirs) that, by accepting the prize, we, along with our affiliates and agents, and Facebook, will have no liability, and will be held harmless by the winner for any liability, loss, injury or damage to property or person, including death, and reasonable attorney’s fees and court costs, due in whole or in part, directly or indirectly, by reason of the acceptance, possession, use or misuse of the prize or participation in the Sweepstakes, even if caused or contributed to by our negligence. You agree that our decisions related to the Sweepstakes and all drawings are final. Each winner agrees that, by participating in the Sweepstakes, we may use the winner’s name, image or likeness in any manner and in any medium for our promotional purposes without additional compensation, except where prohibited by law.

Winners’ List. After we confirm the winners, we will post the winners’ names until December 19, 2011.

Sponsor. Amazon Services LLC (“we” or “us”), 8329 W. Sunset Road, Suite 220, Las Vegas, NV 89113. The Sweepstakes is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook.

Privacy Notice: All information submitted in connection with this Sweepstakes will be treated in accordance with these Official Rules and Amazon.com’s Privacy Notice (www.amazon.com/privacy).

Ok, you read all that, right?

Here is how to enter the sweepstakes…first, you will need to go to Amazon’s Facebook page (link below). On the page, if you have not already “Liked” the Amazon Facebook page, you will need to “Like” it. There is a prompt to do this:

 

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Once you have “Liked” the Amazon Facebook page, you will get a little note on the page thanking you for “Liking” them, and inviting you to fill out the short form that appears below the note:

 

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After you fill out the form, you can hit “Enter”…but..ooooh…look what comes next!:

 

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This little gotcha, says the pop-up, is subect to Amazon’s privacy policy, which you can see here: View Amazon’s privacy policy..

However, that privacy policy says nothing specifically about information they scrape from you on Facebook – including your list of friends. The closest thing we could find was this rather scary looking clause:

Does Amazon.com Share the Information It Receives?

Information about our customers is an important part of our business, and we are not in the business of selling it to others. We share customer information only as described below and with subsidiaries Amazon.com, Inc. controls that either are subject to this Privacy Notice or follow practices at least as protective as those described in this Privacy Notice.

* Affiliated Businesses We Do Not Control: We work closely with affiliated businesses. In some cases, such as Marketplace sellers, these businesses operate stores at Amazon.com or sell offerings to you at Amazon.com. In other cases, we operate stores, provide services, or sell product lines jointly with these businesses. Click here for some examples of co-branded and joint offerings. You can tell when a third party is involved in your transactions, and we share customer information related to those transactions with that third party.
* Third-Party Service Providers: We employ other companies and individuals to perform functions on our behalf. Examples include fulfilling orders, delivering packages, sending postal mail and e-mail, removing repetitive information from customer lists, analyzing data, providing marketing assistance, providing search results and links (including paid listings and links), processing credit card payments, and providing customer service. They have access to personal information needed to perform their functions, but may not use it for other purposes.
* Promotional Offers: Sometimes we send offers to selected groups of Amazon.com customers on behalf of other businesses. When we do this, we do not give that business your name and address. If you do not want to receive such offers, please adjust your Customer Communication Preferences.
* Business Transfers: As we continue to develop our business, we might sell or buy stores, subsidiaries, or business units. In such transactions, customer information generally is one of the transferred business assets but remains subject to the promises made in any pre-existing Privacy Notice (unless, of course, the customer consents otherwise). Also, in the unlikely event that Amazon.com, Inc., or substantially all of its assets are acquired, customer information will of course be one of the transferred assets.
* Protection of Amazon.com and Others: We release account and other personal information when we believe release is appropriate to comply with the law; enforce or apply our Conditions of Use and other agreements; or protect the rights, property, or safety of Amazon.com, our users, or others. This includes exchanging information with other companies and organizations for fraud protection and credit risk reduction. Obviously, however, this does not include selling, renting, sharing, or otherwise disclosing personally identifiable information from customers for commercial purposes in violation of the commitments set forth in this Privacy Notice.
* With Your Consent: Other than as set out above, you will receive notice when information about you might go to third parties, and you will have an opportunity to choose not to share the information.

 

So, we say thanks, but no thanks, to a free Kindle (especially as we’d just sell it – we consider the Kindles so inferior to using the free Kindle app on the iPad).

(Don’t have an iPad yet? Seriously, we love our so much, and use it so much, that we have already bought 3! You can get them new for as low as $400 now at Amazon! Shop for an iPad at Amazon

All that said, if you’re keen to try to win that Kindle, here is the link:

Go to the Amazon Facebook Page

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4 thoughts on “The Amazon Prime Win a Free Kindle 3G Sweepstakes – It’s Legit, But with a Catch

  1. Amazon is really that generous. Sadly, its only for those who’s from US. I hope next time it will be open internationally.

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  2. Well, I will skip on kindles and igizmos. I spend enough time in front of the “big screen”. I find it refreshing to actually open, smell, touch, and read a book. And I can do so very cheaply, and never have to worry about the battery dieing out. Plus, after I have read it, I can actually keep the book to refer to later. I do not have to worry about the component electrons being recalled to the cloud by Big Brother Jobs, or someone like him.

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  4. I know you love your iPad, but some of us cannot read for long periods on a screen of that sort (phone, iPad, computer) without suffering headache, dancing vision, or some other passing but annoying ailment. For us, the Kindle is, while far from ideal, the best available alternative to carrying around piles of paper (pdf printouts of journal articles and similar things, in my case).

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