So I’m hanging about on Twitter the other night, joining in the online conversation, generally sharing my views on The Apprentice on BBC1 (my favourite programme)…
…when I inadvertently got involved in a Twitter spat.
It was with this bloke (pretty sure it was a fella) called @VegasBabyUK. He’s not someone I follow, but a retweet of his competition came to my attention, offering a prize of 3 nights in Las Vegas and tickets to a show.
Las Vegas is one of the places I REALLY want to visit (as well as New York), so I couldn’t resist replying.
But I recalled I was almost duped before – Â into entering a contest to win a trip to the Maldives – but when I got to the Ts and Cs, it was spelled out that flights weren’t included, and there was a very small window of time to take up the prize.
So I asked the question…..
Companies like this frustrate me, and since he was asking me a question (maybe it was meant to be rhetorical, but nevertheless) I replied honestly – but without being nasty.
Unfortunately, Mr Vegas didn’t do the same.
So I’m a nutter for seeing through a marketing ploy to get his business all over Twitter? (Not that there’s anything wrong with that, when you’re offering a prize worth winning. Many companies do it.)
I’m a nutter for pointing out that, if he works within the tourism industry, his prize is probably costing him far far less than the flights his winners would have to fork out for?
I’m a nutter for having a mind of my own, and not being a sheep, taken in by his #VegasBaby hashtags and fancy talk?
I decided to open it up to the Twitter community.
Ah the classic technique to dig yourself out of trouble.
Insult someone, then when they stand up to you and start to win the argument, Â accuse them of not having a sense of humour, or not understanding yours.
(And thanks to the lovely Tattooed MummyÂ who was one of many bloggers who came to my aid, and said how rude this guy was. Sorry you got dragged into this mess).
I sat back as he furiously shovelled himself out of the shit.
Well he asked if I would agree his competition was wonderful. I didn’t.
So I’ll happily take a slug of vodka – if he’ll go back into anger management. I’m not the one who went on the attack in this little conversation, baby!
And as for whether I’ve given anything away, yes I have (and Tattooed Mummy has run competitions on her blog too).
Every competition on Mummy Central – except one – has involved my winner getting their prize at no personal cost.
I say except one, because in the early days we offered a weekend stay at a country guest house in the Lake District. That would have involved travel costs – but hardly anything like flights to the USA.
I wouldn’t offer prizes that my readers couldn’t or wouldn’t take.
But it seems not all of Mr Vegas’ followers agree with me.
Some of the retweeted comments by this charming fella included the following:
*falls off chair laughing*
Now this guy accuses me of not having a sense of humour?
Being insulted by a bunch of halfwits who can’t spell – or in one case string an eloquent sentence together – is actually hilarious. And I have to thank them for the entertainment.
But let’s look at the bare facts here.
The Tower King Room at the Excalibur hotel, for 3 nights at the start of November 2013, costs around Â£240. The same hotel is offering tickets for 2 shows for around Â£48 per person.
So let’s round that up to Â£340 for a room and tickets to 2 shows, for 2 people.
Lastminute.com is offering return flights with Virgin from Gatwick to Las Vegas for Â£674.17 per person – for 2 people that’s Â£1348.34
So based on my costings, that would be Â£1688.34 for 2 people.
This is a good prize for people planning a visit to Vegas in the next 12 months. And I’m sure Mr VegasBaby has many Twitter followers who are.
For them, it takes care of about a fifth of the price of their holiday.
For the rest of us, not so much. And that’s all I was saying.
As I stated in my tweet #justanopinion.Â No name-calling. No mudslinging.
Because, Mr Vegas, you showed yourself up for the big Baby you really are, spitting your dummy out when someone didn’t play along with your game.
And I for one won’t be coming to you when I’m ready to book my trip to the bright lights of Sin City.
Gambling with your moodswings is not my idea of a good time.
Disclaimer: My costings for a 3-night stay in Vegas were taken from a random search on the internet. I’m sure some elements can be sourced cheaper – but my point that flights cost 3, 4 or 5 times the worth of the hotel room and tickets are still relevant