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Anyone want a TR-iPod?

By Jay Garmon Contributor ·


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by ITgirli In reply to Anyone want a TR-iPod?

What if you do several updates to your profile, do you get multiple entries?

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Not quite

by Jay Garmon Contributor In reply to TR-ipod

Multiple updates do not equate to multiple entries. It's one entry per person. One prize person. No multiple entries, no multiple prizes.

However, the sooner you update, the more drawings you'll be eligible, and the better your odds are in one of the earlier drawings. Update now, get better odds, period.


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sorry to nit-pick, Jay

by jck In reply to Anyone want a TR-iPod?

But in the email that I got notifying me of the contest:

At the top, it says " the month of May..."

Later down the line, it tells you that modifications made "...between now and May 31..."

Some idiot who really wants a TR-iPod might have some high-power attorney father who'll sue you over it if you don't clarify.

Just don't wanna see things go wrong over a little bit of nothing.

Plus, I don't want some a**hole getting my TR-iPod!!!

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April 25th

by ITgirli In reply to sorry to nit-pick, Jay

was listed somewhere in the actual rules as the official start date.

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by The Admiral In reply to Anyone want a TR-iPod?

Shucks - You mean that Sarcasm don't count?

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