Tuesday, January 4, 2011

"The Giveaway Dilemma"

Posted by Andria at 11:58 AM
I had a question/concern/thought about something that I’d like to share so if I ramble, I'm sorry. Baby giveaways... That is, baby product giveaways. Since we're currently "trying" I’ve been wanting so badly to enter in a ton of awesome giveaways but I always stop myself.

Here's my side of things; No I don't have a "baby" right now. My little one is already six years old (scary)BUT I know I'll have another one soon enough. That's the goal here so when I see all these cool things I can possibly win for this unseen, yet to be conceived baby, I want to enter! You know, cause I'll eventually need it! This is my thought process.

Here's the flip side and why I can't bring myself to enter; I DON'T HAVE A BABY! What if there's some mom out there struggling financially who has a baby and otherwise couldn't afford some of these amazing products and this would be her chance. Then little old, non-pregnant "selfish" me comes along and I just happen to win. I can't live with knowing that I'm storing something in the back of a closet until my "future baby" decides to come along. Meanwhile some poor mom out there could be getting use out of it for her baby.

Do you get what I'm saying? I mean, yes technically it's a giveaway and I can enter in any one I want to without needing to give an explanation but does that make it right? I guess that's all. I would love your thought on this subject. Thanks guys :)



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13 comments:

Double Duty Mommy on January 4, 2011 at 7:16 PM said...

um... well to me this doesn't really make sense. So what if you WERE pregnant right now. Ok? Let's say that you are so the sake of argument... Little ol' you comes along and enters a giveaway when you can probably afford to go out and buy the product your entering. Do you think of the parent struggling at that point?

So my point is why does it matter if your pregnant or not, either way you MIGHT be taking it from someone who needs it "more" but that doesn't mean your less worthy of it.
You took the time to enter day after day and you were picked at random for a prize. That's the name of the game when it comes to giveaways.

I know a lot of ppl who are TTC and enter my giveaways. Heck even someone who is entering for their sister is not even pregnant yet either... or really trying right this very minute, BUT when the time comes she wants to have as much stuff for her sister as she can.

So I say enter. Don't feel bad AT ALL!

HEADA on January 4, 2011 at 7:19 PM said...

I totally understand where you are coming from. I think it's super considerate of you but just because you don't have a baby doesn't mean you can't enter giveaways you like/can eventually use. Unless it specifies you have a baby, you should have a chance too. =)

Katy on January 4, 2011 at 7:25 PM said...

gave you thoughts on twitter but yep. totally agreeing with jenn's thought about if you were pregnant, would you still feel guilty about taking it from others who need. great point!

and i think it's smart for people ttc to enter giveaways. how many people can say they are actually prepared for their baby well before they even come? i wish i could have. :D

Andria on January 5, 2011 at 12:12 PM said...

Hey Jenn, valid point. I must say, im still trying to interpret the emotion behind the msg but it's a valid point none-the-less. I have thought about that in the past but I admit that it wasn't in the forefront. I guess that's the point of these posts, to hear others points of view cuz sometimes we can be clouded by our own. I also want to say that though I do feel bad about moms who can't afford these things, I think I may have over-accentuated the "financially struggling mom" example when I wanted it to be more of a reference point. Or, that example may have been given too much weight by you guys (not sure which)I'll for the sake of argument say that I should have done better clarifying. The other side of it is simply the "something's not getting use when someone else can be using it" mindset but after seeing others stand points I think I have more clarity and not as much guilt. I think you're also right about me not being any less worthy.

ghostwritermummy on January 6, 2011 at 3:25 PM said...

I know what you mean, perhaps wait untik you're pregnant before claiming you goodies. Having said that though, these companies make so much that someone else will jsut get yours anyway if you see what I mean. And its not as if you won't have a use for it eventually, right?
Great blog by the way, found you via the blog hop
XxX

Frugal Couponing Mommy on January 6, 2011 at 5:58 PM said...

I am a new follower via Thursday blog hop. I would love if you could follow me back at http://frugalcouponingmommy3.blogspot.com/

Yakini @ThePrissyMommy on January 6, 2011 at 8:48 PM said...

I think it's really sweet that you would even consider the other mom-to-be's out there who may be struggling financially. It shows what a kind and thoughtful person you are.

With that said, my thoughts are this: Go ahead and enter the giveaway, and if you win, hang on to it to enjoy later. Although there may be other moms out there who arent doing so well financially, there are a TON of giveaways available on various blogs, so if they're really motivated they can always do a google search and find the same giveaway on another blog. :-)

New Google Friends Connect & Twitter follower! :-) So great to "meet" you, and hope you come visit me too!

Hanna on January 6, 2011 at 9:58 PM said...

Hi there! I am your newest follower from the blog hop! Lovely blog:) You can find me at www.bouffeebambini.blogspot.com
I've got some great handmade giveaways to share so take a peek when you stop by!

And I don't think you should feel bad at all. I say join all the baby giveaways you like!

Belly Charms on January 6, 2011 at 10:29 PM said...

I say if you would like to win it then enter it:) Maybe winning baby stuff would get the "baby vive" going. I am following you back and have a wonderful weekend.

Mommy on January 10, 2011 at 10:28 PM said...

I say go for it! It will eventually be getting use since you're trying to concieve. I do giveaways for things that are geared towards older kids all the time even though my daughter is only 20 months.

I'm a new follower from the blo hops I'd love a follw back :)

http://myadventures-in-mommyland.blogspot.com

Erica K on January 10, 2011 at 10:56 PM said...

awww, such an honorable thought. tough, especially knowing you'd want it someday.

new follower from follow me chickadee.
http://www.bassgiraffe.com/2011/01/weekly-linkups-26.html

BeeCute on January 11, 2011 at 2:57 AM said...

Im a new follower from the blog hop and would luv the follow back!!

http://www.beecute1.blogspot.com

It's so sweet of u to think of less fortunate moms on the giveaways. I do think u should go ahead and enter any of them u want. I am a blogger, and I do enter some giveaways because we live on a budget and I can't afford all the cool stuff we want, but also enter smaller stuff than I could afford. I wouldn't be upset with anyone that won over me, no matter if they could afford it or not. There are just so many giveaways out there, I think those less fortunate can always find something they need as long as they are dedicated to trying to win it. So, get to entering and good luck TTC!! By the way, I'm going to be working on getting some baby stuff going for my new blog, so keep your eyes out in the future!

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