Please note: ALL contests are now banned from Neopets. Please do not read this article (even though it is quite good).
Looking over pinkpoogletoy.com as usual, I came across an article of how to choose the best contests to participate in, and how to run a good one too. I read the article, and got very frustrated with what it said. It was saying that the only contests you should join are the ones that are where you spend the most. It was also saying that the shop should keep a running total of who is winning, etc. etc. Now this is reasonable advice, but seriously, I think that this person was putting out in valid information. I do not participate in any sort of contests on neopets. The only contests I would participate in, are ones where all you do is simply post a message in a chat or something and your name gets put in a hat to win a prize, or the ones where you guess someone’s middle name, and so on. The only contests I would participate in are those kinds, where you don’t lose anything. I would encourage no neopet users to join in on contests where you have to BUY expensive items to win something. I would also discourage them for running contests. Here is why. Participating in a contest can cause you to lose thousands of NP. For example, say someone is running a contest where as if you spend the most you win, say, a faerie paint brush. 1. This person may not even have a faerie paint brush. Don’t be tricked if they say they have one, and display it in their shop. This “paint brush” could be an image, and is fake. They also could really have a faerie paint brush, but is not actually going to give it away. Even if they display a rare item or say they have it, don’t be fooled, you have been warned, LOL. 2. You have to spend thousands on something simple such as an apple! It is an easy way to lose all of your NP, and end up with nothing but useless items and a scammed self. 3. Say this person really IS going to give away a rare item. There is a chance that it might not be you. You could end up spending 5,000, but someone else spent 7,000, therefore, you would have spent alot of money on nothing. Concluding Quote: ~Even though some people have honest contests, still, you may not win. And 7/10 of them are really scammers, pretending to hold a contest. Please, I would advise you not to participate in any sort of contests where you have to spend NP, give away items, etc.~ Why not to hold a contest: Ok, so you want to do something nice and hold an honest contest. You have a disco fever paint brush on hand that you don’t really need. So you decide to hold an innocent contest where whoever spends the most NP gets your paint brush. 1. Others might think this is a scam. They could report your shop, and then, well, “Goodbye Account!” You would end up frozen or disabled. Remember, the neopets team discourages shop contests, so they would be glad to freeze an account holding a contest. Closing Quote: ~It’s best not to hold contests in your shop. If you have a rare item on hand, instead of putting it in the spot of 1st place for your contest, put it in a spot for your shop. Then you can get that item off hand and make some good honest NP~ Frankly, I think it is a stupid idea to join in on contests, and even riskier to hold them. It may seem like a fun or good idea at first, but after you do your homework like me, you can figure out pretty quickly that it is a not so great idea, ending up to scams, lost NP, and sorrowful selves. Please take this information for your further neo-life on the wonderful, yet at times cold and brutal, *~*Neo World*~*