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Giveaway Rules Answered

I'm thinking about doing a giveaway of one of my upcoming Instructables. I want to give away an origami model to a randomly selected user but I was wondering if there were any rules about this. I would prefer to give the item or items away to one of my followers so I could reward them and encourage more people to subscribe too. Is that sort of thing allowed? I'm also wondering if I can run the same sort of thing with memberships, I have a lot of codes and I would love to reward my followers/entice new ones but I'm more doubtful that this is allowed. 

I searched the Legal stuff and didn't see anything about this but that doesn't mean it's not in there. Any insight or actual staff answers would be greatly appreciated, thanks. 

More detail about my idea: 
I would run the giveaway for a set time like a week or two and post on the Instructable that all current followers are eligible to win as long as they are subscribed to me by the deadline and until the winner(s) is/are chosen (which would be asap). They would also have to comment on the Instructable that they would like to be entered in the giveaway so that I know who to include in the drawing. 

To choose the winner I would use a random number generator to assign numbers to each of the users who are following me and leave a comment and then use the random number generator to choose the actual winner. Another option is to just write all the names down on little pieces of paper, mix up, and blindly choose one. I'll do whichever option is the easiest but I definitely want it to be as close to random as possible. 

I will mail the prize via USPS normal letter mail so I will have to ask for the mailing address of the selected winner or winners but I will not store their address or anything like that, it's only to mail the prize. I don't want to spend more than the price of a stamp so I might have to limit it to US entrants only :( but I'll look into this. 

I would of course also include most of what I said here so that the requirements and selection process are clear. 

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Kiteman (author)2012-02-12

That is absolutely fine, and I have done something similar myself.

As a private individual, you are not bound by the same restrictions as the site, either, and can award prizes to people in any country you like.

Never mind now about the judging - it's your contest, you can make the decision how you like - the main thing to do is to advertise the contest and encourage plenty of entries.  If you write an instructable on how to enter your contest, and it gets featured, then it will end up on the Instructables twitter feed, and maybe on their Facebook page (I don't know about that last bit, I don't really "do" FB).

If you want any help (or extra prize codes), PM me.

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sherrycayheyhey (author)Kiteman2012-02-12

Haha, I don't "do" FB or Twitter either. Thank you so much for taking the time to answer my question. Also, thanks for offering extra prize codes but I don't think I will need any because I have enough membership to last me until I'm a senior citizen and I'm 22 now!

The reason I would limit it to the US is because I don't want to have to more than the 40-whatever cents it costs to send a letter and I'm not sure if I can drop one into the mailbox and have it make it's way to say Canada for the same price.

I really like the idea of writing an Instructable on how to enter the giveaway. I've seen a few of those but it didn't even occur to me to do that, thanks for the great idea. I hope I can get a lot of people interested because I would love to make giveaways a regular occurrence.

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Kiteman (author)sherrycayheyhey2012-02-12

Restrict the physical prize to the US, but the codes could go anywhere.

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