I think it's pretty self explanatory. If we say "Pin this giveaway to Pinterest" then you need to pin it to Pinterest, and then leave a link to that pin, as the instructions state. If we say "follow Thrifty Nifty Mommy on Google Friend Connect" then you need to follow Thrifty Nifty Mommy on Google Friend Connect. If we say "Tweet this on Twitter" then you need to tweet it and paste a link. We aren't going to make you do any of these entries, that's why they are optional. BUT, if you are going to claim the entries, then you better actually be doing these things.
Maybe those who are cheating don't realize just how easy it is for us to check the entries you are claiming on Rafflecopter. Here is a screen shot. Rafflecopter tells us your name, when you entered, what entries you claimed, and what you wrote in the box where we ask for you to paste links or verify entries. I've blacked out the name of the individual who was taking entries falsely (if you click on the picture you can see it a little more clearly):
(Thanks to Ruth at Viva Veltoro for the screen shot)
It's extremely sad that grown adults still feel the need to cheat. Most of the giveaways we have are for items for kids. What is it teaching your children when you give them an item you won by CHEATING? It shows a complete lack of respect for not only the blogger who takes the time to organize a giveaway (which, to be honest, most posts I put up take me an hour plus) but also a lack of respect for the other people who take the time to enter the giveaways legitimately.
It is easy for us to see who is cheating and it's also easy to see if someone might have done something accidentally vs. those who are blatantly cheating over and over again. Claiming you are tweeting about a giveaway when your Twitter account is suspended is an obvious attempt to cheat. If you cheat and you are found out, you will never win again on this blog, or any other blog in the Thrifty Nifty Mommy Blogger Network. We now keep a list of all known cheaters. (Bloggers not in the Network, I'm happy to share with you too if you'd like to send me an email).
To those of you who enters these giveaways all the time, I apologize if a cheater has ever won a giveaway that you entered. We are working hard to make sure this does not happen because we value your time! Thank you for taking the time to enter these giveaways and for doing it with integrity!
Giveaways are fun, let's keep them that way!