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Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Are The Publishers Clearing House?


Are The Publishers Clearing House?

Around October, the Cranky House received a letter.  It was from a company, Publisher’s Clearing House.  Apparently we might have won $7000 a week for life.  A WEEK! FOR LIFE! I don’t know about any of you, but $7000 a week for life would come in very handy in the Cranky household.

In order to be eligible for this Princely sum, we had to fill something out and mail it back.  Mrs. C took care to do this.  The next week we received another letter that we were still eligible for the big prize.  We simply had to fill something out and mail it back again.  Mrs. C took care of this once more and as long as she was doing it decided to also order something.  Nothing big, a pen with a plastic daisy top or some such tchotchke.

The next week we received two more similar announcements from Publisher’s Clearing House.  The forms in both were filled out and returned.  Mrs. C may have made another small purchase.  All the letters and forms clearly say purchase of any item will not increase your chance to win $7000 a week for life, but Mrs. C thinks they lie and a purchase will increase your chances to win.  Hey, for $7000 a week for life, a few tchotchkes are a good investment.

It is now April, and we have received at least two such letters from Publisher’s Clearing House every week…sometimes more.  They now claim the final drawing will be in May, but I think they have dangled that carrot at us before.  Mrs. C thinks she has returned every entry form and she made several other purchases.

I hope they do have a drawing in May and end this relentless process of sending multiple entry forms.  If I am not going to win $7000 a week for life, I would like to find out soon before I start to spend it.

I am beginning to think they do not actually have a drawing.  I think they keep sending forms until only one person is left that did not fail to send in one of the entry forms, and that person is the winner.  Either that or they are just going to keep sending entry forms until Ed McMahon makes a comeback.

So far Mrs. C seems to be keeping up and we are apparently still in the running.  We were planning a trip in May, but we may have to postpone it so we do not miss submitting one of our weekly entry forms. 

What the heck, for $7000 a week for life we could take a lot of trips.

17 comments:

  1. When you combine that with the money you're getting from the Nigerian prince, you'll have a tidy sum, indeed!!

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  2. When you've eventually bought $7000 worth of tchotchkes, they may suddenly declare you a second prize winner and send you a box full of tchotchkes.....

    I always throw those types of letters in the recycle bin, sometimes I tear them into confetti first.

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  3. Patience is a virtue and Mrs C has plenty of it. Like River, all such correspondence gets recycled in my house. It made an amusing post though... smiles.

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  4. $7000 dollars a week is worth filling out a few dozen forms for - who knows, eventually they may even send you a free display case for all your tchotchkes!

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  5. I don't think we have ever received anything from them in the mail.

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  6. I wonder what I did to get off the mailing list? I certainly didn't disqualify myself by winning.

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  7. Good luck and hope you invite all of us to your winner's party.
    For some reason, I quit getting those letters years ago. I evidently didn't buy any tchotchkes to keep me eligible.

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  8. I don't get those notices any more because my husband had somehow put a block on all the junk mail years ago. Since most of my bills come online now, I hardly get any mail all at all. Pathetic that I look forward to Wednesday when the grocery flyer arrives.

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  9. Jim has got himself in that endless loop but thank goodness no tchotchkes.

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  10. If you win you'll be the first to do so. I'm just saying.

    Have a fabulous day. ☺

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  11. Omgosh. I've been doing this same thing via email since I can't even remember when! The drawing was supposed to be April 26th.. Schmucks.

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  12. Someone needs to win---why not you? Good luck.

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  13. Now that you are on their list, you will get these mailings forever.

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  14. I didn't realize they still send "real" mail. My girlfriend has a high school friend who won $100,000 by participating online.

    My fingers are crossed for you, and if you and Mrs. Cranky win, I hope you'll remember that it was my crossed fingers that helped you win...

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  15. She can probably enter online, too! Twice the chance! Hopefully, not twice the tchotchkes.

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  16. My mom in her wisdom always wondered if they put the entries that didn't buy something into a different bin and those didn't get considered for the contest. She would buy a lot from Reader's Digest with their contests in the past. She never won anything.

    Good luck though! Someone has to win so it might as well be you and Mrs. Cranky!

    betty

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  17. Ain't no such thing as a free lunch :)
    R

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