Valentine's Day Contest Winner - Schlage LiNK Starter Kit and 3-Months Free Service

By Adam Zeis on 15 Feb 2010 11:58 am EST
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We celebrated Valentine's Day in style with a load of great contests. Our biggest was for the chance to win a complete Schlage LiNK Starter Kit along with 3-months of service. The folks at Schlage were kind enough to help us out again by offering up a great product for one lucky CrackBerry reader. After looking through all of the 250+ comments, they got back to us with the grand-prize winner:

Winner of a Schlage LiNK Starter Kit and 3-months of service

ebedoun

Congratulations to ebedoun. If you missed out on this one, you can still check out the great line of Schlage LiNK products including deadbolts, keypad levers, thermostats, lighting modules and more on the Schlage LiNK page. Check out the winning entry after the jump.

ebedoun: Wife and I both have blackberry 9700's. This would be perfect. I've heard about the Schlage Link system here on Crackberry before. I work days and the wife works nights. This whole system would give us both peace of mind and safety while we are at work. It will also be great on the nights she has off and we are out and about visiting family. We would definitely be buying some add-ons to expand the system. Looking forward to expanding with wireless cameras and the thermostat. Right now, we have a wired camera in the son's room and the wire running down the hall. Not the ideal solution. I would also like to add a camera at the front door and the backyard. Amazing offer, Thank you Schlage.

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Valentine's Day Contest Winner - Schlage LiNK Starter Kit and 3-Months Free Service

26 Comments

You should offer this to the guy with cancer that posted in the contest. He seems to be in dire need of this.

I know I would have. Hell I even negelected to post an entry and replied to that guys saying he deserves it.

I just got a big heart and been around cancer patients. :(

mindchatter | Date: Wed, 02/10/2010 - 13:34 |

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This is more of a sad story I guess. Recently I was diagnosed with a brain tumor. Needless to say we are taking it pretty hard. I'm in my thirty's and have a wife an a 3 year old daughter (her birthday was yesterday). There's days that I can not even get up to do simple tasks which is becoming increasingly frustrating. In my opinion the shlage lock would be a wonderful tool. As of lately I've had more and more friends/family coming over to check on me. The ability to remotely unlock a door for access will probably become essential to me. Sorry for the story, just another curve ball in life.

120+ words-ish enough.

Wow we sound like some haters! But seriously when you do stuff like that with 'rules' and then just ignore them, it makes it hard to celebrate with the winner.

:fail:

I edited my comment 3 times to make it shorter, and now I'm like should I have left it alone because a book might have won it... Oh well, when you're playing with house money you can't lose.

Big ups to the winner, they liked something about what you said.

First of all I do want to say that I appreciate the fact that Crackberry.com gives us the opportunity to win free apps and prizes at all.

With that being said I am frustrated to no end how the non random contests are held. Starting with the Bold 9700 giveaway where they asked for us to write a post stating why we thought the 9700 was the greatest Blackberry ever and they would pick a winner only to randomly pick a poster that has never participated in our forums and did not even do what was asked in the contest.

Then you have this one where I once again carefully read the contest criteria and guidelines and followed them as closely as possible; I wrote in as close to 50 words as possible the most concise and eloquently worded reason I would like to give my Blackberry a Shlage LiNK System this Valentines day. I stuck to the rules and thought I along with many of you did a great job trying to win within the rules. The winner did not mention valentines day, follow the rules and his answer (given the fact that he used more than double the word allotment) was pretty weak. Some of you got across equal or better answers in the requested 50ish word requirement in my opinion.

Good news is that I know how to win the contests now; abandon the rules and do exactly the opposite of what is asked.

C'mon Crackberry.

"Lifesaver!
By: ebedoun | Date: Sat, 02/13/2010 - 15:47

Wife and I both have blackberry 9700's. This would be perfect. I've heard about the Schlage Link system here on Crackberry before.

We have a 2 year old son and after getting him and all our stuff out to the car, I am constantly running back to the door to make sure it is locked.

I work days and the wife works nights. This whole system would give us both peace of mind and safety while we are at work. It will also be great on the nights she has off and we are out and about visiting family.

We would definitely be buying some add-ons to expand the system. Looking forward to expanding with wireless cameras and the thermostat. Right now, we have a wired camera in the son's room and the wire running down the hall. Not the ideal solution. I would also like to add a camera at the front door and the backyard.

Amazing offer, Thank you Schlage.

Please pick us.
Thank you so much."

I agree with the other previous posts. The rules were there and this entry did not take any of them into account. This was a 169, word why I should be given a Schlage hard luck story. 50-ish seems to involve a number close to 50. If you went to somewhere and they said it cost about 50 dollars and you got the bill for 169 you would smack some one. Well you smacked those that actually stayed in the rules. I am glad to see the entry with an offer to buy additional products won.

I will remember these unofficial rules for next time.
Any limitations concerning content are meaningless.
Word count only counts if you are stupid enough to count them.
Offers to buy additional products or services will gain extra merit.
Dont forget to thank us for picking you.

It's *very* disappointing to see how the rules were posted, and then the winner was picked without regard to the rules of the contest.

I will no longer purchase Schlage products. This is unfortunate, but honestly they are the door handles and locks I have always used in my houses... but will be no more.

What's the point in supporting a company that doesn't play by the rules anyway?

Yes, I entered the contest, but didn't win. Oh well, I played by the rules (I re-wrote my entry multiple times to get it to 50 words from the 70+ I had originally). I'm fine not winning, but only if it was by someone who followed the rules.

Guess I should have instead told a story about purchasing more product instead of following the contest intent. Heck, mine is a true story even...

Just goes to show you what sort of company Schlage is, and it's a type of company I no longer support. We should all add comments on Twitter / Facebook and inform others what sorts of values this company has.

Talk about irony... I just found out I won the other contest (GymTechnik) in which I followed the rules!

I was really excited about this contest. Constantly checking back to see if I had won, and if I hadn't; see which story was good enough to be picked. This guy’s entry is not only one of the dumbest entries; it almost has 3 times the amount of words that I and a lot of the other people had to abide by in the rules. Considering it was supposed to be about Valentine’s Day the guy wrote about running wires in his house and adding cameras to the backdoor. I guess we can’t be bitter with the brilliant guy who wrote the story cause he wasn't the genius who had the responsibility of picking the winner. So thank you Crackberry for introducing us to the schmucks they have over at Schlage who make rules for their own contest and then ignore them. Hope the people that make the products at schlage aren't the same bone heads making the locks. Yikes!

everyone should quit whining. waaa waa waaa. so you didn't win something for free. if you really needed this, go out and buy it.

I second that. Quit b---ching! Maybe Schlage wasn't aware of the word count rules when they chose their winner. Don't blame them or the winner. Congrats on winning.

I never win....... But after reading, now I know why. Maybe I should have wrote about my soon to be born twins in the coming weeks (but that would be more like a 150ish or so words).

Maybe the sponsors had a computer scan the entries to find one that seemed to be the best "candidate" to win. Keywords like buy, addons, accessories gave your entry points.

It's just like when you apply online for a job. You use big words, add lots of positive words that gets you points when the parser scans your resume.

Considering the system is subscription based, I see why they would pick someone who made it appear they would be a long time user (return on investment).

I doubt they would want to give the system to someone who just wanted you to "pick me" so to speak.

If you feel you were cheated out of a chance of winning just suck it up. Show your appreciation by just not promoting their product or buying it for that matter.

That's just the way it is!

See you guys at the next lottery winners party! :D

Congratulations on your winning the contest, I hope you enjoy it. Please let us know how you like it after you have it up and running!!!

Why didn't I think of that!!!??? What a sappy entrance! CB n Sclage should be ashamed of themselves.

I, too, revised my entry four times. I had EXACTLY fifty words... and it was hard to make my point with such a small amount of words to use.

I don't mind losing, as I am sure there were better entries with <50 than mine. But when the winner has over three times the amount of words it is quite disappointing... I really would like a schlage lock... just don't have the money right now.

Thanks for all you do hare on CB.com... the only site I visit multiple times per day. But please, next time you lay down the rules, follow them.

Congrats to the winner.

If Schlage commits to an amazing service then sell the locks for $99 with a year service contract! ** Get the locks in the homes** and make people feel better about the monthly subscription.

Personally I love the design of the locks and functionality... I hope the subscription service will grow and expand.

The price leaves a bad "taste" in the back of my head even though I can afford the locks... Schlage is forcing me to pay attention and search for information about "competitors" like MiCasaVerde (Vera) when I should be falling in love with the Schlage brand and service ...that price point could be a deadly deal breaker for countless potential brand evangelists when thy are most needed in the marketing lifecycle. I purchased a deadbolt today when i found out I didn't win... the light module (repeater) was not working. Impressed with customer service thus far. They are shipping me a new light module 2 day air. Wanted it to be a mad love affair... but instead I'm doing background checks and guarding my heart... lol. I should not have won anyway as I am a iPhone user.