Sunday, October 10, 2010

Very Upset about Blogomania Prizes I won't receive

On September 20, 2010, I received an email stating:

From: EMAIL REMOVED
To: thefritzs_2000@yahoo.com
Sent: Mon, September 20, 2010 3:41:03 PM
Subject: Notification of Giveaway Win

Hi Teresa!

Congrats! You are the lucky winner of one of my Blogmania prize packages.

The package you will receive is the "pamper me" set. You have 48 hours to respond and confirm your mailing address so I can pass it along to the sponsors who will sending your prizes.

Thanks so much for taking the time to visit my site and enter the giveaways!

NAME REMOVED
EMAIL ADDRESS REMOVED

I responded back:

From: Teresa Sperline

Subject: Re: Notification of Giveaway Win
To: EMAIL REMOVED
Date: Monday, September 20, 2010, 4:43 PM

OH! I am so thrilled! Now I am off to check out what I have won!

Thank You,

Teresa Fritz
ADDRESS REMOVED

SHE RESPONDED BACK:

From: EMAIL REMOVED

To: Teresa Sperline
Sent: Tue, September 21, 2010 11:20:49 AM
Subject: Re: Notification of Giveaway Win

Thanks Teresa!

I'll forward your address to the sponsors.

NAME REMOVED

ON OCTOBER 1, 2010  I CONTACTED HER:

From: Teresa Sperline

Subject: Re: Notification of Giveaway Win
To: EMAIL REMOVED
Date: Friday, October 1, 2010, 12:05 AM

Hi NAME REMOVED,
I just quickly wanted to let you know:

DC Handbags and Accessories – $15.00 Gift Certificate ( I have already been contacted and redeemed my gift certificate).

Gabriel Horn – Obagi Medical Skincare, Phone or Email skincare Consultation – $335 value ( HAVE NOT been contacted yet).

Avon – $30 in bath and body products (HAVE NOT been contacted yet).

Pure Intox – $25 Gift Certificate ( I contacted her tonight and told her I was the winner).

Not really sure how long I should wait for a contact from them since this was my first time for Blogomania(which I enjoyed but it took forever for me to recover...lol).

Thanks,

Teresa Fritz
ADDRESS REMOVED

SHE REPLIED BACK:


From: EMAIL REMOVED
To: Teresa Sperline
Sent: Fri, October 1, 2010 10:21:36 PM
Subject: Re: Notification of Giveaway Win

Hi Teresa,

Allow another week for the sponsors to contact or to receive your prizes. Let me know if anyone has gotten in touch by mid next week.

Thanks!

NAME REMOVED

ON OCTOBER 8, 2010 I CONTACTED HER AGAIN:

From: Teresa Sperline

Subject: Re: Notification of Giveaway Win
To: EMAIL REMOVED
Date: Friday, October 8, 2010, 6:34 PM

Hi NAME REMOVED,
On October 1, you told me to let you know if I hadn't been contacted(Blogomania Wins).
I have not heard from:

Gabriel Horn – Obagi Medical Skincare, Phone or Email skincare Consultation – $335 value

Avon – $30 in bath and body products

Thanks,

Teresa

SHE REPLIED BACK:


From: EMAIL REMOVED

Subject: Re: Notification of Giveaway Win
To: "Teresa Sperline"
Date: Sunday, October 10, 2010, 3:40 PM

Hi Teresa,

I'll contact Gabriel Horn and see whats going on.
My mom donated the Avon as well as the Urban Spice Emporium. She told me she sent you the spices you picked out and the other winner received the Avon. We both offer our apologies for the mix up and hope you enjoy the spices.
I'll let you know when I hear back from Gabriel Horn.

Thanks!

NAME REMOVED


SHE REPLIED BACK AGAIN:
From: EMAIL REMOVED
To: thefritzs_2000@yahoo.com
Sent: Sun, October 10, 2010 2:54:19 PM
Subject: Fw: Re: Notification of Giveaway Win

Hi Teresa,

Have you received any prizes from my other sponsors? I think I mixed up the packages.

Thanks,

NAME REMOVED

I REPLIED BACK:
From: Teresa Sperline

Date: Sun, 10 Oct 2010 13:46:13 -0700 (PDT)
To: EMAIL REMOVED
Subject: Re: Re: Notification of Giveaway Win

I received an email from your mother saying I had won from Blogomania. I had no idea that I had won spices(which I guess I didn't) until I received that email. I have emails coming in daily that says I am a winner.

From the Blogomania wins on YOUR site, I have received:

DC Handbags and Accessories – $15.00 Gift Certificate
Pure Intox – $25 Gift Certificate (My package is on the way she said).

That is it. I guess the spices(which I have received) are being substitued for the Avon.

I still would like the Gabriel Horn – Obagi Medical Skincare, Phone or Email skincare Consultation – $335 value.(This is the one I really wanted the most). It's the reason I signed up for your giveaway...to have a chance at winning it.

Thanks,

Teresa

SHE REPLIED BACK:

From: EMAIL REMOVED
To: Teresa Sperline
Sent: Sun, October 10, 2010 3:55:54 PM
Subject: Re: Re: Notification of Giveaway Win

Your name was mixed up with the other winner so you are receiving prizes from both packages. Pamper me and the Spoil me. Its my fault but if the sponsors from the Spoil me have already shipped to you then I will have to offer the Gabriel Horn prize to the other winner so that she still receives a gift.

If you had mentioned you were receiving these emails earlier we could have rectified my mistake.

My apologies for the confusion. NAME REMOVED
Sent on the Sprint® Now Network from my BlackBerry®

I REPLIED BACK:

From: Teresa Sperline

Date: Sun, 10 Oct 2010 14:11:08 -0700 (PDT)
To: EMAIL REMOVED
Subject: Re: Re: Notification of Giveaway Win

I'm sorry, I would like to receive the products I won.

You can pay for the shipping and I will send whatever prizes I receive from the other Blogomaina package, back to the sponsors.

As far as mentioning to you my other emails I received...I received emails DAILY and at that time, I won OTHER prizes from different sites participating in Blogomania.

SHE REPLIED BACK:

From: EMAIL REMOVED
To: Teresa Sperline
Sent: Sun, October 10, 2010 4:14:33 PM
Subject: Re: Re: Notification of Giveaway Win

Would you let me know what prizes you have received and if they are still in their original packaging. Thanks

NAME REMOVED
Sent on the Sprint® Now Network from my BlackBerry®

I RESPONDED BACK:
From: Teresa Sperline

Date: Sun, 10 Oct 2010 14:33:19 -0700 (PDT)
To: EMAIL REMOVED
Subject: Re: Re: Notification of Giveaway Win

I just checked the Spoil Me package and this is what I have received:

Jewelry by Jackie
Relm Handmade
Urban Spice Emporium(Your Mother)

None have been opened.

Thanks,

Teresa

SHE RESPONDED BACK:

From: EMAIL REMOVED

To: Teresa Sperline
Sent: Sun, October 10, 2010 5:06:26 PM
Subject: Re: Re: Notification of Giveaway Win

Hi Teresa,

I'm going to leave the prize packs as is since you stated you'd be happy with any and have already started receiving the prizes.

I think it will cause more confusion trying to ship and reship. I know you must be disappointed but the other package is just as great!


Thanks for your undstanding.

NAME REMOVED
Sent on the Sprint® Now Network from my BlackBerry®

I replied back:

From: Teresa Sperline

Date: Sun, 10 Oct 2010 15:10:14 -0700 (PDT)
To: email removed
Subject: Re: Re: Notification of Giveaway Win

Disappointed??? That doesn't begin to explain how I am feeling at this moment. I also host Giveaways on my blog and have made mistakes BUT I correct my mistakes even at my own expense!


I'm sorry, this is NOT acceptable! I won this prize and I do expect to receive it.



SHE REPLIED AGAIN:From: EMAIL REMOVED



To: Teresa Sperline
Sent: Sun, October 10, 2010 5:19:49 PM
Subject: Re: Re: Notification of Giveaway Win

I understand but I will not inconvenience my sponsors any further. They have been very kind to donate.

You accepted prizes that were not in the prize pack and made no mention of this. The issue could have been resolved earlier if had let me know.

I do not known any of the prizes and can't afford to buy them.

Again I apologize but you are still receiving free prizes. This is the decision I have made.

NAME REMOVED
Sent on the Sprint® Now Network from my BlackBerry®

I RESPONDED BACK TO HER:

From: Teresa Sperline

To: EMAIL REMOVED
Sent: Sun, October 10, 2010 5:26:31 PM
Subject: Re: Re: Notification of Giveaway Win

Hello,

I noticed your went and changed your winners around on your blog. What was the point? I have all the emails to prove I won and now you are going to make yourself look very shady and not trustworthy. I am going to contact everyone of the sponsors and send them all the emails so they know what kind of person you really are. I am also going to let everyone know about what you have done!

AFTER I SENT HER THIS LAST EMAIL, SHE WENT AND MADE A POST ON HER BLOG. AFTER, YES AFTER!

What upsets me is:

1. I personally have made mistakes with my winners BUT I also paid "out of my own"
 pocket to correct them.
2. I have been waiting to get the Gabriel Horn package anxiously.
3. She tried to blame me for not letting her know I had received packages. First off, I was contacted by HER MOTHER stating I had won. So, I thought, great!...I won another giveaway! Secondly, I receive winning emails daily and just stick them in my "waiting on" folder AFTER I respond back. I have no clue when I receive packages WHO they are from UNLESS they put a card or note in with it or it's on the package(which several of prizes I have won, I have no clue where I won them at until I go and match them up with the winning emails. So, therefore when I receive a package with nothing saying who it is from, it sits in my closet until I have time to find the email.
4. She went and changed the winners on her Blogomania Prizes.
5. AFTER I told her I was going to let everyone know, only then did she make a post making it look so innocent.
6. I have been communicating with her since the win and now I am told I will not get the prizes I have won.
7.I just feel she was trying to be dishonest by altering her winners on her blog and not mentioning it. Yes, she made a post about it AFTER I sent my last email.
8. The necklace and earring set and the other pair of earrings are still sitting in my closet as I had no clue where I had won them from. No emails to match them up with! The spices are sitting in my kitchen(unopened) as I do know where they came from(email) but not which site I won them on. Now I know but it wasn't my win afterall.
9. The package I won: Pamper Me – Valued at over $565.00. That's posted on HER Website. The package I am going to get is: Spoil Me – Valued at over $250.

I am upset and just needed to vent. I make ammends for the mistakes I make, it would just be nice if others would do the same.

I'm not trying to sound so horrible but I sat up and didn't go to bed during Blogomania, reading about everything and entering giveaways. This was my first Blogomania experience and I don't know If I will participate next year or not. It took me forever to recouperate and I was thrilled when I won the Gabriel Horn gift...which I don't get. Also, since she changed me to the Spoil Me package, I wonder why I haven't been contacted by any of the other 7 sponsors for those wins.

Yes, I regret letting my temper get the best of me but when I noticed at an earlier time that she changed the winners and yet kept right on letting me think she was going to contact Gabriel Horn(That's the one I wanted!)..my fuse exploded and I finally told her I knew she changed it.

 All the time emailing me she never mentioned she had already changed it.

16 comments:

I♥thesecrazykids said...

That is horrible! She sounds very shady, dishonest, and rude. Please post the link to her blog because I would like to make sure that I don't waste my time on her blog.

Deb said...

That whole Blogmania thing, while a great idea, just seems so chaotic to me. How in the WORLD do they keep everything straight?? Well, according to your experience, I guess they don't! I entered too, every single one, and didn't win ANYTHING. Not that I really expected to... well, yeah, I expected to win SOMETHING for all the time and trouble I went to. I'm like you, I probably won't waste my time with another one in the future.

And I know that bloggers really have no control over whether a sponsor follows through on a giveaway win or not, but if the blogger is the one who messed up (as in your case she was) then SHE should make it all right, even if it means coming out of her own pocket. Yes, I'm a blogger and I host giveaways all the time. I've never had a sponsor renege on a prize, but I've never messed up with a prizewinner either. If I ever do, it will be MY responsibility, NOT the sponsor's. Just my 2 cents. :)

Studio Chic said...

Here is the link to my blog - http://studiochicdesign-blog.com/scd

I have nothing to hide. Although I did notice Teresa left out a few of her own emails. Doesn't surprise me though. Understandably, this is how most one sided stories sound.

She will be receiving ALL of the prizes in BOTH prize packs except for the Obagi kit and Avon.

I consider myself a very honest person. She accepted prizes that she did not win which made the error a LOT harder to correct. The spices she actually had to "shop" for because the prize was a gift certificate. She very well knew this was not a part of the prize pack. So to say she had no idea where they came from is not true.

I have been very up front with her so I'm not sure where the "dishonest" part comes in. Rude? Maybe.

I am only one person and a very small business and do not have time to go back and forth on this. While my decision was not the most popular it was the one I made and will keep.

This will be the first and only time I comment on this issue. Lets see if this comment sticks.

3 Giggly Monsters said...

I am very sorry to hear about this. Some people are cheats and liars but keep your head up and just know that there are many of us bloggers our there that are truthful. Hope you have a great night!

funfunfun said...

Dionne, I have NOT left any emails out! I will happily forward them to ANYONE who would like to read them. I have already forwarded to a couple of readers that wanted to see them!
Accepted prizes I did not win??? YOUR MOTHER is the one who sent me a winning email! AGAIN, I say, You are Very dishonest and also a person who does not tell the TRUTH.

bigguysmama said...

I won't choose sides as I have no clue as to the entire situation. I would say if there are "missing" emails, she should come and post them here if she has them. That would be proof in the puddin'. I don't know either of you so I won't judge.

As a giveaway blogger I know mistakes can happen and thankfully never anything on this scale! I'd hate to have to pay for this mistake.

I hope this is all rectified and things get better...Soon.

one frugal lady said...

I am sorry you ladies had so much confusion... and here I was ticked off that I didn't win anything from blogomania! It sounds pretty chaotic to me!

Gabriel Horn said...

I am Gabriel Horn and I am the sponsor of whom you are speaking..... Using my name WITHOUT my permission!

I have been in business for 20 years and have never seen any respectable business owner act the was you (Teresa) are acting!!!!!!! Posting a childish play by play email.... She said she said game. Are you kidding me? I have worked with Dionne but have never even needed to speak with her..... She is extremely professional and made a simple error..... Simple..... There are people dying in a battlefield right now for your right to act this way!

I will send you a skincare package as well..... Even though' in my opinion you haven't demonstrated ANY behavior that would warrant this. Dionne made an unknowing mistake.... You, on the other, hand have made a knowing one in accepting "gifts" from others and not owning up to it!

This was my first time dealing with anything to do with blogging and Blogmania..... And Teresa you have single handedly ruined this experience and I will never participate in anything like this again!

funfunfun said...

This is the post I left Gabriel on his site. I want everything to be in the open so I am posting in here also.

I am Teresa Fritz(the one whose blog you made a post on)http://funfritzfamily.blogspot.com/2010/10/very-upset-about-blogomania-prizes-i.html. I would like you to know, I think you are very childish and if you have been in bussiness for 20 years as you say,I think you would know better than to attack someone the way you did. Really not professional! You are the one that has a businness, I have a blog! Don't start about the military, I have PLENTY of my family in the military right now and have for years! The reason I made the post is so everyone knows the way she done this. I guess YOU are just as bad as she is. She made the mistake but tried to blame it one me! Yes, I received gifts without any names of who they were from. If I sent you gifts in the mail, can you honestly say you would know who they were from If I NEVER included a note or message OR EVEN a return address? NO, you can't! I have single handely ruined this experience for YOU??? What about ME! I am the one that got MISTREATED throughout this whole experience!

Terry said...

I too would like a link to her blog. I would like to UNFOLLOW HER if I am following.

I hate it that you took your time to enter and think you win.....but don't. That is VERY SHADY.

funfunfun said...

Hi Terry,

Just sent it!

Thanks,

Teresa

3 Giggly Monsters said...

I was just wondering since her and her mother where offering 2 of the giveaways is this another family member? I know he claims to be a doctor who really knows, I mean you can be anything you want to be on the internet. I just have a hard time Believing that a DOCTOR would take time out to comment on a personal blog. This is just my opinion. Hope you are having a better day!

Gabriel Horn said...

I am not a doctor and never have made that claim! Please tell me where you picked up this information? I am just appalled by this behavior. I'm glad you posted what your wrote to me.... It pretty much says it all....

Dionne designed my blog for me and I approached her about participating in the event. I have never met her nor am I related. Facts should be looked into before you or anyone makes accusations like this.

Gabriel Horn said...

I am not a doctor and never have made that claim! Please tell me where you picked up this information? I am just appalled by this behavior. I'm glad you posted what your wrote to me.... It pretty much says it all....

Dionne designed my blog for me and I approached her about participating in the event. I have never met her nor am I related. Facts should be looked into before you or anyone makes accusations like this.

funfunfun said...

Gabriel. I never made a claim that you were a doctor. I am assuming your were talking to me since in the SAME PARAGRAH you stated you were glad I posted what I wrote to you.

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