Why only US Residents? If you do that, then you can't argue over georestrictions. The internet has no borders and shipping is not that much nowadays...
Absolutely. a whole world out there and it is all "we Can't blah blah blah"That's the first thing I scroll down to look for before I bother reading about the contest.
How are others able to run international giveaways?Posted in the contest:
"Due to the complexities of international laws regarding giveaways, only U.S. residents who are 18 years of age or older are eligible to enter."
Absolutely. a whole world out there and it is all "we Can't blah blah blah"
How about doing some competitions ONLY for other specific territories? Fix it just for them, no problem! (I think a lot of these companies sell their products outside of the USA, so it should not be SUCH a stretch - just saying!)
You get revenue from our visits, just the same as from people in the USA - how about sending some Love our way in return?
How are others able to run international giveaways?
What are the specific limitations a site like yours faces so I know what pages are comparable?Does any other comparable site run international giveaways? It's just too complicated legally for us to run them in multiple countries.
Even Engadget, who is owned by AOL and had their terms written up as "AOL Tech Giveaways", limits their giveaways to U.S./Canada. http://www.engadget.com/official-giveaways-rules/ -
What are the specific limitations a site like yours faces so I know what pages are comparable?
As long as you can't tell me what exactly it is that limits you, I really don't know what comparability there is.I just meant of our scale. If you point at Pepsi or Google and say they manage to run an international competition, it's just not comparable. Can you point to any international giveaways?
As long as you can't tell me what exactly it is that limits you, I really don't know what comparability there is.
If the giveaway allows international participants, things get really crazy. Giveaway laws abroad are often contradictory to laws in the United States. Sweepstakes as defined above are illegal in Canada, since giving away prizes without a skill requirement is considered a lottery. Delivering a prize internationally can get you in trouble in countries with restrictions on U.S. exports.
As for pointing to international giveaways, maybe here's one that even might compare, one not run by youtubers:
The problem in that case seemed to be that the retailer did not disclose that the international winner would have to pay for import charges and whilst I don't want to question the 300 dollar charge on imports, as a German resident, here's my take on it:The issue we run against is researching all the local laws: http://www.mardenkane.com/articles/international-sweepstakes-contest-laws-may-cause-problems.html
I am surprised they seem eligible in as many countries as they do.
- Contest is open to all residents of the 50 States, the District of Columbia, and Canada (excluding Quebec), 18 or older! Sorry, we don't make this rule (we hate excluding anyone), so direct your anger at our lawyers and contest laws if you have to be mad.
Give away per country is different. Each country has different laws. When you study social media you will see, it is very easy to get suit if you do it wrong.Why only US Residents? If you do that, then you can't argue over georestrictions. The internet has no borders and shipping is not that much nowadays...
Take a social media class. If you are in Panamá and you create a contest on line in Mac Rumors you have to obey Panamá laws, and actually you may or not be able to do it since you are not the manager of Mac Rumors, it depends on the agreement you signed when you open the account. If you do it on Facebook you are responsible of your publication and you have to do it based on the laws of your country of residency (or read Facebook agreement). There are international laws and agreements and concessions but creating some sort of contest today is a responsibility. Is not the shipping only.Speaking as a regular member, not as staff...
I'm not sure why a US-based site (MacRumors) needs to comply with, say, NZ law in the first place. The site is hosted and run from outside NZ so surely NZ law doesn't apply.
Although NZ may be a bit of a special case since NZ Post has services that are explicitly designed to let you get "US only" deliveries in NZ...
How about a competition open to the world. How hard can it be to sort out the legalities and postage of a prize to people worldwide? Make us log in with Facebook to enter or something if it'll help.