Share Your Best Purchase Stories & Win $33,000 in Prizes

by Linsey Knerl on 20 October 2010 11 comments
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Have you ever been pleasantly surprised by something you purchased? 

Did you ever get unexpected ROI for an item, or manage to get more mileage out of an outdated product?

HP wants to hear your story of a surprising ROI you received for its Reimagine ROI Reboot Sweepstakes

Grand Prize (valued at $30,000) includes:

  • A five-day trip for six to Napa Valley for a five-day getaway, including travel, accommodations, gourmet meals, spa treatments, a hot-air balloon ride, and a limo tour of wine country, among other perks.
  • Four HP ProBook computers, one Palm smartphone two HP Color LaserJet CM2320fxi printers; and one HP Color LaserJet CP2025dn printer.

Second Prize: One HP ProBook 4520 and HP Color LaserJet CP2025dn printer. 

Third Prize: One HP Mini 5103; and HP Color LaserJet CP2025n printer.  

How to Enter

Simply submit your story here. No purchase necessary.  For purposes of entering the contest, just 2-3 sentence story is considered an entry.  You don't have to write an essay to win (though if you want to brag, I don't blame you).  

Entry must be made before October 31, 2010 at 11:59 p.m. ET.

Special $100 Twitter Contest

We have an additional prize for people who help us spread the word on Twitter!

Prize:  $100 gift certificate.

To enter just tweet this message:  Share your best purchase story for chance to win $33,000 in prizes! #ROI http://bit.ly/hp_roi

For all contests listed on this page: Winners are randomly selected and will be announced here the week of November 22.  Open only to US residents who are at least 18 at the time of entry. See here for full official rules. 

Disclosure: HP is an Wise Bread advertiser, and this post is sponsored by HP.

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anita bah

imnotarunner tweeted Share your best purchase story for chance to win $33,000 in prizes! #ROI http://bit.ly/hp_roi

Will Chen's picture

Thanks Anita! Have you thought about which Wise Bread writer you would take with you on this trip to Napa Valley if you win?

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Carrie

When we moved into our home, I knew I'd love the place. But what I didn't know, was how much I'd like our neighbors. A friendly, happy neighborhood is the best ROI of all.

Will Chen's picture

That's a great story Carrie. Make sure you shared that on HP's contest page!

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raene

It seems like you need a twitter account to participate. What about those who do not have a twitter account?

Will Chen's picture

There's two parts to the contest. The first part (the one with $33,000 in prizes), can be entered without Twitter! Just click on the link and click on "submit your story".

The second part of the contest does require Twitter, but the first part is already pretty cool. =)

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Michael Salinas

ROI in this context reminds me best of the pair of hiking boots I still have in my closet. Living now in the flat and muggy cement city of Houston I only have the need to use these boots occasionally. I will wear them on a unusual cold day when I need to work, walk, or situated in a field of dirt and mud.

Ordinarily this may not seem to be much of an ROI, but in fact it most certainly is, since I've had these boots 36 years and purchased when I was only 14 years old! These hiking shoes still in use today have not blemished in all these years.

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I love my Timberlands (also had them since high school). Like you, I don't get much use out of them living in Los Angeles. But whenever I wear them I feel a bit like an action hero, like I can walk through anything. Plus they make me a weeeee bit taller.

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Anne

My greatest ROI would be my $44/month gym membership. I originally joined the gym to lose a few pounds and to gain some muscle tone, but I was surprised at the unexpected benefits. I have dramatically improved my immune system, overall physical health, and mental well-being. Also, I am able to take kick-boxing classes at my gym, which has allowed me to learn some self-defense moves. As a result, my self-esteem and confidence have improved because I know that I am now physically stronger.

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Will Chen

That's great to hear Anne! Congratulations on selecting a new healthier lifestyle. When I used to go to the gym, I think the mental well-being was the biggest "ROI." I just generally felt like a better person because I know I'm taking efforts to protect my body.

Those kick boxing classes look like fun, though I'm intimidated because people in those classes usually already are in very good shape. I don't know if I'd fit in.

Don't forget to enter your comment into the contest via the link to HP above! To enter the contest you have to go to HP's site: http://bit.ly/hp_roi

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Sue

My best ROI purchase was a Foodsaver, bought at a yard sale for $5. It was an older model then(15 years ago) and the vacuum and sealer were separate machines. I never did use the sealer much, but using the vacuum portion and a few additional tools (mason jar sealers and a container that i could put reused food jars in to seal and then put on the shelf) I've saved boatloads over the years. Sadly, the vacuum recently broke, but I just bought another used one off of Craigslist.