As the editor around here, it’s part of my job to surf the Twitter posts of all kinds of gear and knife manufacturers and writers. I notice lots of give-away contests from manufacturers and retailers, but only a few of them have been worth passing on to you.
One unfortunate trend I’m noticing is that these give-away contests are coming with more and more invisible strings attached…
Take the Leatherman/Led Lenser/Goal Zero contest swag in the picture above. Leatherman is giving away some cool gear on their Facebook page: a multi-tool with extra tool bits, an LED headlamp, and a solar battery charger. That’s some great gear to have if you find yourself off the grid (voluntarily or otherwise) for extended periods. But there’s a catch: you have to “Like” and “Share” three separate Facebook pages in order to enter.
Leatherman is a solid company and their MUT kicks serious ass, but my personal rule is that I never “Like” or “Share” any commercial Facebook content. Maybe it’s already too late to live a private life in this Internet age, but I’m not going to hand over all of my friends, interests and hobbies to every marketing mastermind out there.
It’s bad enough that they already get my name, email and IP address when I enter some of the contests on Aaron Spuler’s contest page. But I’m not giving them any more than that, and I’m sure as hell not going to betray all my friends in the process.
So I don’t enter Facebook contests like this. The question of the day is, do you?