Shipped Out

When is Hawaii and Alaska not part of the 50 United States
of America? When it comes to contests at O’Reilly and
Associates. O’Reilly is running a contest to promote a new
book from former Daynoter Robert Bruce Thompson (see the
contest here). I
offer for your review what some of the rules are and
intersperse them with my comments.

From the “Official Sweepstakes Rules”:

This promotion is intended for play and
participation in the United States only and shall be
construed and evaluated according to the laws of the United
States. Please do not participate if you are not a legal
resident of the United States and located in the United
States at the time of entry…

Okay, if I read this correctly, you have to be legal
resident of the United States at the time of entering the
contest. I am a legal resident of the state of Hawai’i.
Hawai’i is part of the United States and has been so since
about 1959-60. Ipso facto, I am a legal resident of
the Unites States.


Yup, same as above. I qualify to enter.

7. Eligibility: Sweepstakes open to legal
residents of the continental United States…

Oh oh. Are residents of Hawai’i legal residents of the
United States? Yup. But Hawai’i (nor usually Alaska) is
considered to be part of the continental Unites States.

So yet another contest is closed to me because I live in
Hawai’i. I don’t want to leave the impression that it’s only
O’Reilly & Associates that do this. I’ve seen other
contests that say they are open to all US citizens but then
say they are actually only for the lower 48. I wonder why
they choose to disenfranchise millions of people and create
bad will towards their products?

Yes, I know, the two major parcel shipping companies
(FedEx and UPS) have changed their shipping rates such that
both imply they don’t want business to or from Hawai’i. But
that doesn’t mean there aren’t other shippers. There are DHL and the US Postal Service (USPS).
Personally, I like the USPS. They are just as fast, to
Hawai’i anyway, as the other shippers, but deliver on
Saturdays and charge about 50 percent less than the others. I
really don’t understand why more people don’t use the

Oh well, I guess I won’t be buying this or any more of
O’Reilly’s books.


2 responses to “Shipped Out

  1. Hmmmm. Okay, because O’Reilly thoughtlessly follows the same schtick that everyone else uses for their “US-only” contests, you’d cut off your face from the best, most dedicated technical book publisher around? Did you even send an email to ask them? After all, it’s their conflicting rules, why not ask for clarification.

    Worse than anything you mentioned, the prize includes everything BUT the CPU!!!

    Oh, and just because Bob asked to be removed from the website and I honored that request, doesn’t make him an ex-daynoter. Or were you making a point I missed.

    In other news, how are you doing? Someday, somehow, we’ll make it out your way. I’ve no excuse for not having ever been to the islands before. Maybe next year, eh? I can dream…


  2. I can see one reason why they do that. If they have a shipping contract with FedEx or UPS.
    So, in stead of boycotting you might nag them to use a different shipping company.

    Hey, maybe Hawaii could declare independence from the Empire.