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CathrynRose
10-17-2006, 01:31 PM
So, I got in a little late on the postcard mailing for the Year of a Million, contest.

No big deal... I began sending them Friday.

What do I get back in the mail yesterday? A postcard. Nothing wrong with it. They just mailed it on back to ME!

UGH!

What the heck? Now my odds just went down. :guilty:

Is there a "trick" to this?!? :rotfl:

Robo
10-17-2006, 02:04 PM
Is there a "trick" to this?!?

For starters, you might want to use correct US Postage on the card.

:rotfl:

CathrynRose
10-17-2006, 02:25 PM
For starters, you might want to use correct US Postage on the card.

:rotfl:

It was!!! It was those postcards you BUY from the post-office with the postage included.

Any other helpful hints??? :p

Mecha Figment
10-17-2006, 02:29 PM
did you put the address in the right place? and how old are the cards. because postage went up not to long ago.

David R
10-17-2006, 02:34 PM
I've had that happen to me before when you write the TO address on the right and the FROM address on the left (the way it should be.) For some reason they just looked at the FROM address and returned it to you. D'oh!

Now when I have to do that, I write the TO address real big and the FROM address much smaller so that there are no problems, it's worked so far.

Robo
10-17-2006, 02:38 PM
...how old are the cards. because postage went up not to long ago.

My first thought.

seashoreCM
10-17-2006, 02:56 PM
Drop it in the mail again. (Of course do not put on fresh postage.)

Disney hints:
http://members.aol.com/ajaynejr/disney.htm

Robo
10-17-2006, 03:13 PM
(inspired by the web site haircutstory.net )
Suppose that, in order to make it more difficult for prisoners to escape, they all had to sport funny haircuts or hairdos?

I've seen some prisoners.

I think that idea may already be in play. :goodvibes

Jennasis
10-17-2006, 03:13 PM
Can anybody tell me the address that these cards need to be sent to and what info needs to be on the card?

CathrynRose
10-17-2006, 03:14 PM
did you put the address in the right place? and how old are the cards. because postage went up not to long ago.

I *just* bought them Thursday evening....and sent #1, Friday.

Maybe it was a fluke. But again....my odds have shot way down, and if I dont win, I will know why. :stir: :joker:

Marilou
10-17-2006, 03:16 PM
I was afraid of that too. So I put my address on the back and put the word "From" next to my address. I started mailing ours on Friday and so far haven't had any back in my mailbox.
I also let my kids draw on the back (which on a real postcard would be the picture side) Mickey heads, etc.

CathrynRose
10-17-2006, 03:17 PM
Can anybody tell me the address that these cards need to be sent to and what info needs to be on the card?


Sure.... but dont be suprised when you get the postcard back!!!

TO:
PO BOX 8629
ELMHURST, IL
60126

Info:
Your Name, Addy, Phone number and Date of Birth!

Good luck!

ToriLammy
10-17-2006, 03:23 PM
The postal machine has a tendancy to read the addresses on post cards wrong. In order to work around this here's what you do.

Address the front of the post card normally -- stamp should be in the upper right hand corner as you write. Now, flip the card over to the empty back. Turn the card 90 degrees so the 3 inch part is the top and the 5.5 part is the side - now write your info.

The machine will now only read the front of the card and not the back.

If you are using picture postcards where you put the to and from on the same side do the same. Make sure the to address is normal and your address is the "twisted" one.

I've sent postcards nearly every day since Sep 18th and have not had one come back to me.

Good luck!

CathrynRose
10-17-2006, 04:19 PM
The postal machine has a tendancy to read the addresses on post cards wrong. In order to work around this here's what you do.

Address the front of the post card normally -- stamp should be in the upper right hand corner as you write. Now, flip the card over to the empty back. Turn the card 90 degrees so the 3 inch part is the top and the 5.5 part is the side - now write your info.

The machine will now only read the front of the card and not the back.

If you are using picture postcards where you put the to and from on the same side do the same. Make sure the to address is normal and your address is the "twisted" one.

I've sent postcards nearly every day since Sep 18th and have not had one come back to me.

Good luck!


Thank you SO much!!! :thumbsup2

If I win - Im taking ya! ;)

seashoreCM
10-17-2006, 04:50 PM
The postal machine has a tendancy to read the addresses on post cards wrong. !
But isn't the last handling of mail, just before it ends up in your home mailbox, done by humans?

ToriLammy
10-17-2006, 06:21 PM
Yeah but how many times have you gotten something at your address with another person's name? Do you really think your mail carrier really looks at each piece of mail? Granted some mail carriers are really good (my last one was) but overall they just sort it based on zip code and the bar code.

ANTSS2001
10-17-2006, 06:31 PM
Sure.... but dont be suprised when you get the postcard back!!!

TO:
PO BOX 8629
ELMHURST, IL
60126

Info:
Your Name, Addy, Phone number and Date of Birth!

Good luck!

Does it have to be a post card... what about an index card in an enevlop since you have everything written down and everybody who passes it through gets the whole information :confused3

Guess my only chance is keep on going to WDW for the next 11 months :goodvibes

Mish19
10-17-2006, 08:04 PM
That's what I was wondering, with a postcard everyone will have your info.

ToriLammy
10-17-2006, 09:12 PM
Info they can pretty much get on the internet anyway but if it makes you feel any better I've been entering sweepstakes over 7 years now and sending post cards all the time - I've not had any problems.

Also there is actually very little hands on by humans at the post office anymore. Everything is sorted by machines, barcoded and then sent on where the barcode is read again, it is sorted again and even sorted by barcode for your mail carrier before he or she delivers it. Long gone are the days of manual labor at the post office ;)

See this:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_Postal_Service#Mail_sorting

Vickie46
10-17-2006, 09:20 PM
The same thing happened to me the first week I sent one in.. it came right back to me.. so you are not alone!!!!!!!!!! I was so upset!

By the way.. the above poster that has been doing this for years.. what all have you won?

MsLeFever
10-17-2006, 09:24 PM
Cathryn - your chances only went down for that day (if that makes you feel better.)

From what I've read if a prize comes up as a postcard winner they only choose from the postcards that have come in THAT VERY DAY. So there's no big pile of postcards that they draw from that you'd have a bunch of cards in - just one a day.

Vickie46
10-17-2006, 09:48 PM
I just wish we would hear a post card winner won something!!!!!!!!!! That would be so nice.. maybe one day soon..

Von Drake
10-17-2006, 09:51 PM
I got one back, and just dropped in the mail again. I like the 90 degree theory, though. Funny that it was not stamped with anything. Looking forward to posting when I win!

ToriLammy
10-17-2006, 11:04 PM
The same thing happened to me the first week I sent one in.. it came right back to me.. so you are not alone!!!!!!!!!! I was so upset!

By the way.. the above poster that has been doing this for years.. what all have you won?

I've won a some things, $1000 in iTunes gift cards from Radio Shack is my largest most recent win. I've won two iPods, a NASCAR trip, tickets to concerts, tickets to races, movie tickets, lots of gift cards ($50 Target one most recent), lots of baseball caps, a big screen TV for my brother in law, $1500 from BestBuy for a tv for another BIL, a trip to France that I had to turn down. Lots of things ;) The trip to Disney has been elusive but it's coming someday. Two of my friends just got back from their Disney trips that they won from McDonald's last year.

It's a great hobby, requires a lot of patience but if you've got the time and money for postage it's fun cause you never know when the mail carrier or Fed Ex is going to bring you something.

ToriLammy
10-17-2006, 11:06 PM
I just wish we would hear a post card winner won something!!!!!!!!!! That would be so nice.. maybe one day soon..

Someone on another thread (a lawyer I think) spent time really reading the rules and posted that the rules state each month on the 20th they would pull the winners from the mail ins. It could then take as long as 2 months before those winners were notified (this is where the patience comes in) but we should start seeing winners around the middle of Dec or so.

kaytieeldr
10-17-2006, 11:16 PM
But isn't the last handling of mail, just before it ends up in your home mailbox, done by humans?
Um, well, since you asked... yeah, the absolute last 'sort' before the mail goes out for delivery on any given day is done by, well, your own mail carrier.

Sorting is also done by hand if there's any problem with or confusion over the address.

In addition to the GREAT suggestion of putting your required information on a postcard turned 90 from "normal", you might want to use a fine-tip Sharpie, or a Flair or other felt-tip pen, in a dark color for the mailing address, and an ink or gel pen in a legible but less-bold strength/color for your own information.


Does it have to be a post card... what about an index card in an enevlop NoNoNoNoNO!!!!! It HAS to be a postcard!!!! Anything in an envelope does not comply with the contest entry rules and will be discarded - UNopened!!!!

cnids00
10-18-2006, 06:57 AM
I've been mailing one each for DH,me and DD since Sept 19, bought the postcards at the postoffice and cutting the half inch off..didn't do that to start with though. I put a TO: on the front before addresse and a big FROM on the back and haven't gotten any back yet "knock on wood".

I mail them to Disney Dreams Giveaway @ same addresse posted above, I also put the date I mail it on back of postcard, only to know when to mail it and not forgetting to put it in the mailbox as I write alot of them one day and stack them for mailing by date ;) I'm being persistant on this one, haven't missed mailing one yet and it's been a month :rotfl:

We'll how that looks say like 4 months or so down the road...patience is a virtue though....so it's said :)

phorsenuf
10-18-2006, 07:11 AM
Can you all fill me in on the whole thing. I didn't know they had a mail in entry.
Can you share the info or where I can go to read more about it.
Thanks!

CathrynRose
10-18-2006, 07:21 AM
Can you all fill me in on the whole thing. I didn't know they had a mail in entry.
Can you share the info or where I can go to read more about it.
Thanks!

Surely:

http://72.14.203.104/search?q=cache:4jycAcvQ8RwJ:en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Year_of_a_Million_Dreams+year+of+a+million+dreams+ postcard&hl=en&gl=us&ct=clnk&cd=2

http://interestalert.com/story/siteia.shtml?Story=st/sn/09290000aaa06501.prn&Sys=siteia&Fid=ENTRTAIN&Type=News&Filter=Entertainment

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY to enter or win in the Disney Dreams Giveaway. A purchase will not increase your chances of winning. Open only to legal residents of 50 U.S., D.C., Puerto Rico, Canada, Mexico & UK. Void elsewhere and where prohibited. Giveaway runs October 1, 2006 - December 31, 2007 (mail in entries postmarked starting September 18, 2006 & received by January 14, 2008 on 3.5x5 postcard with complete name, address, daytime phone#, birth date and proper postage sent to PO Box 8629, Elmhurst, IL 60126 USA). UK residents only mail to 483 Green Lanes, London N13 4BS. Castle Suite stay and Penthouse stay will be awarded most days starting January 25, 2007 and December 1, 2006, respectively, will likely be awarded early in the day, will be for a stay that night and is only available to eligible participants at the parks and Downtown Disney(R) area in Florida and California, respectively. Some prizes, such as Dream FastPass badge, are only awarded at certain theme parks for use that day. Some prizes, such as Special After-Hour events, are only awarded on certain days at certain parks and must be used that day. Mail-in winners of prizes that must be used that day, such as Castle stay and Dream FastPass badge will receive a prize of comparable value. Approximate retail value of prizes listed: Cinderella Castle Suite Stay US $587, Mickey Mouse Penthouse Stay US $572, Disney Vacation Club Membership US $83,701, Grand Marshal World Tour US $45,370, Pin and Lanyard set US $23, Mickey Ear Hat US $12, Disney Cruise Line cruises from US $9,880 to US $16,900, Adventures by Disney vacation packages from US $15,500 to US $25,400, shopping spree US $500, Dream FastPass badge US $5, Special Park After-Hour event from US $3.83 to US $4.76 and Tour of Walt Disney's apartment and dining experience US $340. Prizes in the Giveaway range in value from US $3.83 to US $83,701. All prize awards are subject to verification. Odds of winning on a given day depend on the number of eligible participants at a selected location or within the mail-in entry pool for the time or date (as applicable) selected. Subject to official rules at www.DisneyParks.com/rules. Sponsor: Magic Kingdom Productions, Inc., PO Box 10000, Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830.

BirdsOfPreyDave
10-18-2006, 07:41 AM
What's the deal with the math skills test for Canadians? I thought that was a joke when I saw it on the boards before. Is this something required by a Canadian law dealing with contests?

Also take note that the postcard size specified isn't a standard 4 x 6 postcard.

ANTSS2001
11-01-2006, 12:28 AM
hope they post back if any of you win :goodvibes

irishbosoxfan
11-01-2006, 12:45 AM
I luckily haven't had any returned yet!!

disneyaggie
11-01-2006, 06:26 AM
Does it have to be a post card... what about an index card in an enevlop since you have everything written down and everybody who passes it through gets the whole information :confused3

Guess my only chance is keep on going to WDW for the next 11 months :goodvibes

I, too, am concerned about ID theft (been through that already and will do everything in my power to not go through it again!). Here is another link to this topic: http://www.disboards.com/showthread...63#post15023663

Anyway, as I wrote in the link above, I called Disney and ended up talking with a nice man who is in Disney Marketing and deep into this project.

This guy is definitely "in the know". He was very nice and quite surprised that I found his telephone number! He even asked me, "How did you find my number'? Again, he was very curious, but most polite and helpful.

Anyway, he understood how some may feel uncomfortable sending a post card with such key information. So here are two other alternatives he suggested. He did add that they were trying to find the most uncostly way for folks to play. Here are two other suggestions he had besides just sending in a post card:

1) On a 3 1/2 x 5 post card, fill in all the information Disney asked for (name, address and DOB). Then take a second 3 1/2 x 5 card and put that on top of the information. Seal the edges. Then put a stamp on it and send. He said this way you can have one of the 3 1/2 x 5 cards cover the one with the information.

I asked him if we could tape around the edges and he said we should check with our local post offices to see if that was acceptable. He then suggested we find out if there is any additional postage.

3) Fill out a 3 1/2 x 5 post card as mentioned. Get an envelope that is as close to it being a 3 1/2 x 5 envelope as possible. Not just a regular sized envelope. You can then put the card inside the envelope and send. I am going to call Office Depot or some local printing companies. They should be able to accommodate for this size. Again, he stressed that the envelope must be as close to 3 1/2 x 5 as possible. But YES, he did recognize that even if it came in an envelope, it should be added to the bin.

He gave me impression that whenever they receive the cards, they put them into a big bin. Then they draw. So that is why they want the envelopes as close to the size as the post card so it will all be fair.

Hope this clears it up. I know some printing companies and an Office Depot may have 3 1/2 x 5 cards and even the same size envelopes. They may even have these items at a good rate as well.

Even after talking with him, I still know that after they draw, I don't think they have shredders around and will most likely just toss out our entries. For anyone who knows that such information is available in a trash bin, it will be a field day for ID thieves. I forgot to ask him how they discard the cards once they have the drawing so I am not taking any chances.

I think I will just wish you all well, not send in any such information, and then I can definitely sleep better knowing I did not open up the door for ID theft. (Again, been there, experienced that.) But much luck to those of you who do enter! Be sure to post your winnings! :thumbsup2

jagruti6
11-02-2006, 12:27 PM
I have been away from the boards recently, could some fill me in on what this mailing is for/about?

Marilou
11-02-2006, 01:12 PM
I have been away from the boards recently, could some fill me in on what this mailing is for/about?

The best source (besides here) is Deb's all ear net. I got tons of info from that site including the mail-in entries for the Year Of A Million Dreams. That site has the address to mail in postcards as well as what info needs to be on them and what prizes are given out and how often they draw.

kaysmommie
11-02-2006, 02:25 PM
Thanks, I alos must have missed that there was a postcard mail in for Disney Dreams. I would love to win the DVC membership. good luck to everyone. :)

cnids00
11-02-2006, 10:53 PM
I'm also one hoping for the DVC membership, especially after have stayed at OKW for the first time this last trip! Beautiful and I feel spoiled rotten :rotfl: We rented points from a good friend of ours and having the 1BR was the best ever, though any time at WDW is great, this trip had some extra touches! :sunny:

Still faithfully mailing a postcard for each of us in every day, almost 7 weeks later, know the addresse by heart :rotfl2:

cnids00
11-02-2006, 10:55 PM
I haven't had any of them returned to me, I write a big TO: on the front and a big FROM: on the back, so far no returns of the postcards!

disneyjunkie
11-04-2006, 06:14 AM
Add me to list of DVC dreamers. :cloud9:

krismom
11-14-2006, 11:39 AM
OK- I know the address and info needed, the problem is I have conflicting info about the actual post card... the contest regs say 3.5x6, but won't the post office only process 4x6? I tried to buy post cards at the us post office web site- and they don't sell 3.5x6. If I buy that size index cards (or make them) and affix post card postage, will they be returned? Thansk for any help! Also- I understand it's one entry per day correct? Chances aren't better if you mass mail right?
Thanks!

Kimberlyfamilyfv
11-15-2006, 09:53 AM
is it the understanding of those that are doing this that only 3.5 x 5 postcards will be taken.

if so is there a such thing as a 3.5 x 5 postcard. Is this a ploy by Disney to reject as many as they can to reduce the number eligible.





Just wondering.


Kimberly
Just to be sure I bought the postcards at the post office and cut them down.

cnids00
11-15-2006, 09:46 PM
I don't think the postoffice should sell the prepaid postcards size 3.5x5.5 if not able to use them (referring to 4x6 question of previous poster). I do cut them to 3.5x5 size and have mailed them in since the start. None have been returned to me so far. :)

Eyore4Ever149
11-18-2006, 09:35 AM
so glad I checked in to the disboards today- now to find 3.5x5 post cards!!

bunnyfoo
11-23-2006, 10:39 AM
What's the deal with the math skills test for Canadians? I thought that was a joke when I saw it on the boards before. Is this something required by a Canadian law dealing with contests?

Also take note that the postcard size specified isn't a standard 4 x 6 postcard.

I believe that Canadian law requires the skill testing question so that the contest isn't a purely a game of chance. Usually the skill testing question is just a math question but sometimes it's a trivia question, I guess it depends on whoever designed the contest. I recently won a contest and had to answer a math question and I got it wrong :blush: so the guy who had called me up said "Are you sure that's your final answer?" :rotfl: But then he realized that he had given me the wrong question when I read it back to him.

I've been cutting my postcards because I can't seem to find any 3.5 x 5. I haven't had any returned to me yet but good idea for the poster who suggested turning the postcard around so that our address oriented differently than the TO address.