What is Comping? 10 Top Tips for Beginners
What is Comping?: Definition and Meaning
Comping is all about entering online competitions. It’s a UK term that describes people - known as ‘compers’ - who enter competitions as a hobby. It’s not unusual for compers to earn thousands of pounds worth of goods every year.
By entering a lot of contests, the idea is that compers become more likely, statistically speaking, to be successful. As a result, they win holidays, cars, luxury goods - and even cash. They enjoy the fruits of a luxury lifestyle on a small budget.
Comping can be a time-consuming hobby, and it’s important to set boundaries, so it doesn’t impact other areas of your life or lead to unhealthy habits. However, if done right, it can be a way to be in with a good chance of winning some amazing prizes.
10 Comping Tips for Beginners
Are you a beginner looking to start comping for the first time? Or are you a seasoned pro looking to brush up on your knowledge? Below you’ll find 10 top tips, so you can avoid wasting time on techniques that don’t work and make your competition entries more successful.
1. Only Enter Competitions on Trusted Websites
When entering competitions, you may be asked to give personal details like phone numbers and email addresses. This means that it’s very important you can trust the website you’re giving these details to.
You don’t want your private information being used for purposes you didn’t agree to. Even worse, you don’t want to end up being scammed or be sent spam emails.
Here are a few things to look out for:
Do they have active social media accounts?
Does their website look reputable?
Do they have contact details if you need to speak to them?
Has there been any negative press about the brand in the news recently?
Do they have any bad reviews on websites like Trustpilot?
At Raffolux, we have a 4.7 Trustpilot score based on over 2000 reviews. Read them here.
2. Join Online Communities
Online communities on social media platforms like Facebook and Reddit are a great way to pick up more tips from compers. Here, people will discuss what competitions they’re entering, plus pitfalls to avoid and ways to improve your success rate.
You’ll be able to chat with like-minded individuals who also enjoy this hobby. Comping can be quite a solitary activity, so this is a great way to have conversations with fellow compers and even make some new friends!
3. Check the Rules
There’s nothing worse than getting excited about a prize, spending hours entering online, and then realising that the competition has already closed!
Yes, it might not be the most gripping read, but reading the terms and conditions is really important. You don’t want to enter and then find out you’re not eligible and can’t accept the prize.
It’s also a really useful way to better understand how the competition works and when the winner will be announced.
Read the Raffolux terms and conditions
to find out how our raffles work.
4. Avoid Scams
Fake giveaways are, sadly, common on social media sites like Twitter and Instagram. You may also receive spam emails promising big, lavish prizes. Always make sure to research the company first before entering these giveaways, so you can trust that they’re legitimate.
Often, scammers will ask for your card details or bank account information to secure your prize. However, you should never have to do this after paying for your tickets. It’s easy to get caught up in the excitement of winning a prize, but you don’t want to give away details like this to a brand you can’t trust.
5. Set Boundaries
Comping can be great fun. What’s more exciting than winning a free holiday or cash prize? We encourage you to enjoy the experience, but it’s also important to set boundaries. If you spend too much time doing it, comping can lead to unhealthy habits.
Make sure you have a time limit for how long you want to spend comping each day, week or month. This way, you can ensure comping is fun without it negatively impacting other areas of your life.
Here at Raffolux, we want everyone to enjoy our raffles - but we also want you to play responsibly and look after your wellbeing too. You can find more information about support services like GambleAware and Mental Health UK on our responsible play and wellbeing page
6. Set Up a Comping Email Account
If you’re wanting this to become a hobby, then it may be worth setting up a separate email address for comping. This way, you can more easily keep track of all the competitions you’ve entered. You can also respond to any emails and keep everything organised all in one place.
This should also help you set boundaries with comping, as it means everything is kept separate from your work and personal emails, giving you space to switch off from it all.
You’ll also likely be flooded with promotions and newsletters, which could be difficult to manage and keep on top of in your other inboxes. You don’t want to miss out on great opportunities for prizes, and you equally don’t want to miss any important personal emails either!
Keeping these emails separate is a sure-fire way to make comping stress-free.
7. Be Selective
It’s tempting to enter every competition you see, but you’ll have a much higher success rate if you’re more selective in your choices. For one, you get to focus more time and attention winning prizes that you actually want.
It also makes comping more manageable - and enjoyable! - if you’re taking time out of your day to get something on your wishlist.
For some online competitions, you may have to do something creative to enter, like writing a poem or making a video. Rushing these entries will make you unlikely to succeed, but if you properly take the time to craft something unique, you can stand out and make a good impression with the judges.
8. Keep Track of What You Enter
If you’re entering multiple competitions every month, it can feel overwhelming to stay on top of them all. They’ll often have different deadlines, requirements and days when the winner is announced. Without keeping track of them all, comping can become stressful and less enjoyable.
To get around this, you could use a simple spreadsheet to write down key information about each competition, such as the:
Website or Brand
9. Create a Wish List
It’s a good idea to compile a wish list of the top prizes that you want to win. Are you looking for a holiday
, some tech
or luxury items
When you win an item, you can tick it off, and see how much progress you’re making over time. It’s a great way to motivate yourself and get a better idea of the types of competitions you want to enter.
10. Donate to Charity
With Raffolux, not only are you entering great prize draws, but you’re also donating to charity at the same time, too – a percentage of our net proceeds go directly to the charities that our members vote for.
We support charities
like Alzheimer’s Society, Blue Cross and Hospice UK. In fact, we’ve raised over £500,000 so far! Buy a ticket today to start donating.
Frequently Asked Questions About Comping
How do you get into comping?
You can get into this hobby in a number of ways. Raffolux is a great place to start, and there are also community Facebook groups you can join to learn more. There are big communities of compers online, so there are plenty of people to connect with.
How can I increase my chances of winning a giveaway?
Compers increase their chances of winning a giveaway by simply entering more competitions. For some competitions like raffles, the winners are drawn randomly.
However, some competitions may require you to submit something creative like a video or article. In these cases, it's best to choose a few giveaways to enter, so you can dedicate more time to them, rather than rushing to create a large number of sub-par entries.
Can you make a living comping?
Some compers make a good amount of money every year. You can earn thousands of pounds if you’re strategic and dedicated. However, comping is usually best enjoyed as a hobby, rather than a sole source of income. Spending too much time comping can lead to unhealthy habits. Visit our responsible play and wellbeing page
if you need any support.
Enter Competitions With Raffolux
Our online raffles are quick and easy to enter. You can win cars, cash, holidays, tech and luxury items.
Tickets never cost more than £5, and 10 percent of our net proceeds are donated to charity, meaning your money is going to a good cause regardless of whether you win or lose.
Start your comping hobby today to be in with a chance of winning some great prizes.