So you've been entering daily to win that Caribbean cruise of your dreams. Your hard work pays off, but instead of winning the cruise, you've won a World Class Widget. What are you going to do with that?
Over time, any dedicated sweeper is bound to accumulate some unwanted wins. Here are some ideas for finding good homes for prizes that you don't want or can't use, ensuring that they don't go to waste.
Ebay is a great way to find buyers for valuable prizes that you can't use. It's a win-win situation: you receive value for winning the prize, and the buyer gets a great deal on something they'd love to have. Best of all, you only have to pay taxes on the amount that you receive for the prize. Read How to Sell Sweepstakes Prizes on eBay
for tips and information.
Maybe you have no interest in playing that electric guitar that you won.... but your brother might think it's the best thing since sliced bread. Prizes are a great source of gifts and surprises for loved ones. See using prizes as presents
for more information.
Many other sweepers are sure to be in the same boat. Maybe one of them has an unwanted prize that you'd love. Sweepstakes forums are a great place to find people who are willing to trade. Visit the About.com Sweepstakes Forum
to meet other sweepers.
4. Donate Prizes to Schools or CharitiesClothes that don't fit your size or sense of style, books for children that you don't have, games that you're not interested in playing... these all make ideal donations to charities, schools, and hospitals. Help others and get a tax write-off at the same time.
5. Find Homes Through Online Classifieds
Online classifieds websites like Freecycle
can help you find people in your area who are willing to buy your prizes - or, if all else fails, at least take them off your hands.