I'm currently running this giveaway, guys. It's in honor of ARCycling's one year blogoversary. Jennifer and I are giving away a gift card, a BEA ARC, and a mystery box of books between the two of us. It's rare that I run giveaways because shipping sucks and I always want to give out a prize that'll be worth it to those entering, but I love running them. Knowing that whatever the prizes are will end up in great homes is such a nice feeling. It really, really is. And it's a great feeling to see someone beyond excited that they win. Trust me, guys. In those response e-mails we can tell who is faking enthusiasm and who is really enthusiastic.
One of the main reasons that I avoid giveaways on top of the aforementioned reasons is because of the dreaded GIVEAWAY GOBLINS!
These guys constantly send me running for the hills. I dislike what they stand for greatly. And what is a giveaway goblin, you may ask? Well, it's simple. It's a person who gobbles up all the giveaways.
- They enter every giveaway they see, whether they want the book or not
- They tend to win a lot since they constantly come back for the double entries (most normal people do this too, I've re-done entries for giveaways I really wanted)
- Their Twitter feeds are nothing but hundreds of giveaway entries a day
- They hoard their prizes or sell them or profit off of them somehow or trade them
Seeing that list grow recently is what is prompting this post. If you are a giveaway goblin would I still talk to you and befriend you? Sure! But it's not like I can! Your Twitter is only used for giveaways!
Granted, I think everyone has gone through a stage where they were slightly giveaway crazy, but I always limited myself to books I wanted. I turned down several wins because I entered for a specific book and somehow obtained it before I was notified that I won and I didn't need a copy. Sometimes I took it not realizing I had another copy of that book en route to me somehow and I'd give it to a friend or occasionally trade it off. But I never entered giveaways for the purpose of gaining more books that I could profit off of. I see some people who shall remain nameless who have, like, 5 copies of the same book and I go to trade with them and they have three of those copies for trade because it's clear they don't need them. Just stop. That makes me so mad. Those books could have gone to someone who better appreciated them and really wanted them.
Instead of running giveaways, I tend to just gift my books to friends who I know really want them. Occasionally, I'll put a book I have up for trade if I think I could get something off my wishlist for it. Who would pass up a chance for wishlist books, y'know? But I won't give them to people who won't appreciate them. I want them to be appreciated, hence the trading because that person clearly wants it or the gifting it to a friend. I don't want them to be another book in another pile that will probably forever go unread or will be sold for whatever purposes.
You can sit here and claim you need the money for this or that. Here's an idea...sell your own books instead of giveaway books. Let the books be appreciated! Don't hoard them and be a giveaway fiend and be silently hated by everyone.
I'm really sick of seeing my list grow, guys. Every time a name on the list pops up in my giveaway I just go on to the next one to someone who deserves it! I just can't handle giving a book to a place where I know it's under appreciated. How do I know that? I check entries! I take a quick look at your blog and your Twitter and everything is obvious from there.
Conclusion: don't be a giveaway goblin. You're like the bikers of the book blogosphere. Everyone wants to secretly run you off the road, but it's not worth going to jail.