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  1. BoblyBill

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    I'm very careful these days about entering into contest especially after the photo.com contest scam I experienced a couple of years ago. I was wondering if any of you have entered this contest. Please let me know.

    Here's the site.

    http://www.studio414.com/
     
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    $5.00 registration fee-I wouldnt bother

    also the name studio 414 photograhy spunds like the primary reason for the website would be to sell a photography service but there is no info on packages or prices

    The site added cookies to my computer
    it doesnt suply ownership info
    and the connection is not encrypted
     
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    It doesn't even need to be a scam as such.

    They could be running a legitimate contest.

    Just get a couple of thousand people to pay $5 each and pocket the change from buying the camera.

    Entirely legal and risk free but a very bad deal for the entrants.
     
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    If I wanted to go to the effort of setting up a photo contest then it would be lucrative. Offer say a $500 first prize and a $200 second prize with a $50 third prize. Total prize costs $750. Entry fee of $10. Assuming you get 75 entrants you break even bar overheads. More like 150 and you are into profit. As for the winning pictures - selected randomly from the JPEG submissions.
     
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    Sugarcoating doesn't change it one bit, imo: that is a clear and present scam in my book!
     
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    No more of a scam than the lottery; there's a reason gambling is called the "stupid tax".
     
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    It's not sugar coating.

    I suppose you're correct in saying it's a scam. It's just (in most jurisdictions) a perfectly legal one.
     
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    I was looking into whether that was a scam myself, thats how I cam upon this forum. I think it's bogus they request a $5 entry fee AND they require the 3 digit code on the back of your credit card. I work in retail and that code is not a requirement to charge someone on their card.

    Not cool studio 414, not cool :thumbdown:
     
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    This thread was FAR past dead.

    And as far as needing the 3 digit code - you need it on all transactions (like, a $5 entry fee to a "contest") where the cardholder is not present (like, I dunno, something online). So you should read back up on the requirements.
     
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    Entry fee shouts the warning bells - seeing as you are already submitting a photo to them!

    As for the 3 digit code - most online or telephone sales ask for this number so that is not that strange - not a requirement, but its often used as a security measure -- edit -- appears to be a requirement after all ;)

    As for photo competitions in general the thing to look out for is a rights grab - one where they end up with sole rights to use your photo for any reason without any permission from you - this includes editing the photo as well.
     
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    I hate sites that spam you, or if you have to pay a fee!:thumbdown:
     
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    Like, for a service?
     

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