Almost everyone connected to the blogosphere use giveaways at some time or another for their readers as a marketing tool. Nearly all readers enter our giveaways. Everyone knows that fantastic rush when s/he opens up that email that reads, "Congratulations, you won ______!" There is just something about winning that triggers the happy juices in our brains. (Some more than others, but still.) That's why there are lotteries, casinos, bingo, anything. So - yes! A winner!
Skip forward a few weeks - there are nose prints on the front window, from a melancholy face pressed expectantly against it. However, there is still no goodie.
I have not had to deal with it very often, but I am seeing quite a bit of it in situations other than my own.* (For the record - everyone but one blogger who told a bold-faced lie and a terrible publicist have been fantastic about stuff that has been overlooked, lost in the mail, etc.) I kept telling myself that I would not address this issue, but I would really like to know you guys' thoughts. I want your opinions, stories, and/or experiences.
What do you do when you never see your prize? How long do you wait to contact the blogger, publisher, author, publicity group, tour coordinator, etc.? Have you every had anyone say, "it'll be in the mail next week" on multiple occasions, to never follow through? Also, what is the longest you generally wait before sending out or ordering prizes for your winners?
*For the record - this is not an attack on anyone in particular. I'm guilty of being late in sending prizes. I just want to know how long is too long and when you write it off.