Well I live in Perth, Australia at the moment and have a car, some houses, a storage unit in New Zealand. I have a UK and NZ passport and file tax returns in Australia and NZ - not really sure where I reside! I can't work you why they can't extend the contest to anyone -with the understanding that we'd have to pay for the extra postage - I know Jason blamed the lawyers - but what's the difference where you live?
Erm, as someone who has had to get permits for contests in Australia I can attest that governments surely do screw them up.
You need a lotteries permit in NSW, Vic and the Northern Territory. You don't need a permit in Queensland, but the prize can't be in cash, it has to be in gold bars.
You can't require South Australians to attach proof of purchase if you are doing a trade promotion, you must allow them to enter with a hand-drawn facsimile of the product packaging or bar code if they choose to do so.
When you go international, you start to run into problems with taxes, too. At least the income tax rules are consistent in Australia - winnings aren't taxed, unless the ATO decides you are making a career out of winning competitions.
But in the US I know that lottery winnings are taxed as income, and God knows what other legal minefields there are.
I can understand not wanting to do the work involved in having an international contestant win a competition.
I'm getting curious as to what % of all a) all hubbers and b) hubbers with a score >90 are resident in the USA! And yes I agree Mark - they are happy to pay me cash for Flagship hubs so what's the difference - IF I was making a living on the internet I would have to declare those earnings and pay NZ tax on them - potentially much more complex than awarding a prize in goods I would have thought? I know they can give me the prize in cash paid to my paypal a/c in lieu :-)
The reason that the HubLove contest is restricted to US residents only is completely due to legal reasons.
Jenny/inspirepub's post illustrates the legal quagmire you run into by trying to comply with each and every country/state/municipality's rules regarding contests.
Flagship Hubs are for pay; the rules are not the same as they are for contests/sweepstakes. They are very obviously far simpler. This is an issue you'll have to take up with the idiot lawmakers around the world that set up the labyrinthine rules regarding contest winner determination, prize awarding, etc.
We truly wish we could extend this to a worldwide audience, but we can't. The legal hurdles are too large, and we're a tiny company with limited resources.
We hope you can support the spirit of the contest nonetheless, and possibly get new referrals for yourself now with the opportunity.
As far as I can tell - and I will be providing research - If it is clearly stated in the competition rules that the US' rules apply - those are the rules that apply. No other country has a say in the matter.
Also, this competition costs no money to enter and many of the rules that would apply do not because of this.
I am speaking here out of disappointment at being excluded rather than having any axe to grind
I understand and agree with your reasoning but that's not the way that it works. We've been over this with a lawyer who specializes in contests and she was the one that told us about complying with all the jurisdictions' laws. If you are a winner in country X, then you must comply with country X's laws regarding contests, not the host country's.
Believe me, I am disappointed, too. There is no reason we would want to exclude anyone from this. We are not a bunch of flag-waving nationalists.
I think this is a great promotion that will benefit all of us in the long run and a terrific idea. Boost traffic,attract new hubbers, increase pageviews and $$$$--what's not to like? I'm planning on participating since I live in the USA--but( and here's the kicker)
Hubpages is a global community and I feel bad that so many of the best and most committed hubbers won't be able to participate. Since the problem is with awarding prizes to non USA residents, how about having a special parallel contest at the same time -- same contest, same rules, but no prizes. It would be open only to non USA residents with the understanding that the only prize would be an announcement of the winner on Hubpages? Would that be possible? For me the fun is as much in the participation as in the prizes. I don't expect to win--just would like to play and I bet many non-US based hubbers feel the same way.
Wow!!! My hubs are completely substandard compared to people like Mark Knowles, and many other commenters on this board. But since it seems like I am the only U.S. resident here I will forward my shipping address for the prize.
Hubpages, you need to find a loophole, because many of the greatest hubbers are excluded from this competition, Its like the olympic boycott, sure there was a winner but was the competition what it should have been. I mean, cmon Jimmy the Jock is not in this?
I will boycott this competition!!!!! (I guess if I had a chance, that would be significant. HA!) good luck to all!!!! mort
Well, I know I'm super excited about this contest, to be honest. There are an incredible amount of great hubbers, even though most of the ones I would be rooting for in this contest are from outside the U.S., there's nothing wrong with taking advantage of this huge contest to get content up which we all know is going to be seen by thousands of people!
That's a great idea to have a contest without a material prize, although the prize is often what gets the publicity and press coverage.
If HubLove is a success, we can do a no-prize competition afterwards which would allow us to open it up to everyone.
BTW, JimmytheJock will be a judge this coming Sunday. And relache will be judging on Saturday... If you want to be a judge, please see this post. A couple of other Hubbers have expressed interest and we will be scheduling them in, as well.
Although only open to Us Residents, I urge you all to take part, in the hub writing part of the competition, I did with Hubpages first comp and didn't need the prize because the topics chosen to write about attracted alot of readers and clicks it can still be worth while to enter even if not elligable. To all of the Us Hub Authors, i wish you the best of luck in the contest, and remember you don't have to win the prize to be a winner, the hubs you write will help your adsense grow.....jimmy
Yes, absolutely. You're a judge for only day, and you earn 5 points (since you can't select one of your own Hubs as the winner). That's equivalent to the bonus given to the best-quality Hub of the day for days 1-20 of the contest.
Days 21-30, the best-quality Hub earns 15 points, so we can understand if contenders at that point want to opt out of judging and shoot for winning the 15 point jackpot for best Hub.
Whether you are just curious about the contest, and especially if you are excitedly waiting for it to start, I whole-heartedly suggest you read EVERYTHING on the contest page. The blue box at the bottom spells out all the rules and conditions quite clearly.