Amazon is Shutting Down Amazon Giveaways on 30 November

Amazon is Shutting Down Amazon Giveaways on 30 November Amazon Freebies

Amazon is shutting down its nearly five-year-old giveaway service in two weeks.

The retailer sent out an email today, informing authors and others who have run contests that the service is being wound down over the next couple months. The option to start a new giveaway contest will end on 10 October, and Amazon will end all current contests on 17 October.  All outstanding prizes will need to be collected by the end of next month.

Hello,

After careful consideration, Amazon Giveaway is retiring. Thank you for participating in the program. Our records show that you have credits from previous eBook giveaways. These credits can be used to create new giveaways until October 10, 2019 and customers can enter giveaways until October 17, 2019. You can also download any remaining eBook credits as Kindle claim codes from the Amazon Giveaway dashboard. Claim codes do not expire, and can be gifted through social media channels, or directly to fans, followers, friends, or family members.

Any unused credits that are not downloaded as claim codes will be refunded by November 30, 2019.

I heard about the EOL via KBoards and FB, and Amazon confirmed the news on its own site.

So tell me, have you used the service?

I never have, neither as a seller or a contestant. I've never found the offers appealing, although I do see that Amazon added Kindle ebooks as a prize option in early 2016.

What did you think of the service?

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Nate Hoffelder

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Nate Hoffelder is the founder and editor of The Digital Reader. He has been blogging about indie authors since 2010 while learning new tech skills weekly. He fixes author sites, and shares what he learns on The Digital Reader's blog. In his spare time, he fosters dogs for A Forever Home, a local rescue group.

39 Comments

  1. Crystal King28 September, 2019

    This is a huge bummer. It was the best way to get followers to your Amazon author page, so that whenever you release a new book those followers would get an email notification, boosting day one sales. I got the tip from the former head at my publisher, who had worked at Amazon. I ran a contest every month and easily added anywhere from 600-1000 new followers to my page every time I ran one. And it only cost me usually about one book to do so–way cheaper than Goodreads’ contests. I probably have about 7-8k followers on my Amazon page just from these contests, so yeah, this sucks, IMHO.

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    1. Nate Hoffelder29 September, 2019

      Wow! I didn’t realize it was that effective – no one was talking about it, as far as I know.

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  2. Fred29 September, 2019

    Hope they’ll reconsider. It was quite useful for ebook giveaways.

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  3. Hutch30 September, 2019

    Just got an email from KDP, they are also killing the Matchbook program at the end of Oct. I have no idea why they’d want to stop it as it is a win-win, unless hmm, maybe they are going to make it a new Prime perk or something like that.

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    1. Nate Hoffelder30 September, 2019

      yep – working on a post now!

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  6. Melissa Dailey1 October, 2019

    I love it!! I only use it as a customer. I find new products out this way or products I’ve never heard of and have been able to try new products from winning. I also do the Kindle books this way it’s how I found new authors so I could purchase books to read. I’m really bummed out that this is canceling. I too hope they reconsider.

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  7. Erin3 October, 2019

    Awful news. 🙁

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  8. […] The Digital Reader, author Crystal King wrote what a blow this is for […]

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  9. Roy3 October, 2019

    This is a bummer. I’ve won more than 100 books this year. When I didn’t win, sometime I bought the book or read it with Kindle Unlimited.

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  10. Kitti3 October, 2019

    A very big bummer 🙁 I’ve won so many cool things through the bouncy box giveaways. Hate to see it end.

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  11. Don Russell5 October, 2019

    Bummer! I’ve won some really good paperback and kindlebooks. Also, now I get an email anytime my favorites writes a new one. Not to mention the cool stuff I’ve won. Bye bye amazon nice while it lasted. Peace out!

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  12. Wanda5 October, 2019

    Too bad. I’ve enjoyed it a lot and won dozens of prizes plus great discounts on stuff I didn’t win. It’s changed in the last 6 months, though. 99,000th winner? 55,0000th 7,000th? I noticed last night many giveaways ended without a winner. Well, duh. But they got their advertising…

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  13. Sharon7 October, 2019

    I’m bummed out as well as others here. I only discovered the Amazon Giveaways last year. I have enjoyed winning some things & found products I didn’t know about before. I sure hope they do something similar after ending this one. I doubt that though. I would really like to know why it is ending.

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  14. Suzanne VanSickle Eastman7 October, 2019

    I am so sorry to hear that this program is ending! I have won many quality items and found new items to purchase! My shopping cart is full of items I have seen here. I would be very interested in any future giveaways that Amazon would sponsor!

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  15. Matt7 October, 2019

    I just happened to notice a clue of this ending. I’ve tried a few thousand times on many giveaways at very wide range of stuff. At all hours. Not 1 win. Not sad to see it go. At least it was free to try.

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  16. Aardvark8 October, 2019

    I never won anything and got tired of even trying. The constant “you did not win” just pointed out what a waste of time it was for me. Not going to miss it.

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  17. mbh8 October, 2019

    I am sad. I have found the giveaways as a way to relax, learn about new/different products, and (of course on rare occasions) receive a free item. There were products I would not have discovered through any other manner.

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  18. LuAnn Berg8 October, 2019

    Sorry to hear this! After months of trying I finally just won some toothbrushes!

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  19. Teresa R10 October, 2019

    I really hate to see it go. I have been playing it for almost 2 years and I have won 33 times. It’s an everyday addiction LOL. I will miss it for sure.

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  20. krysteel10 October, 2019

    For a time they had the giveaways random also so they were easier to win and I won a few items. They had fixed as well which I don’t care for which is all they have now. Ex every 20,000th person would win. These giveaways aren’t even worth playing unless they are hosted by Amazon and are just a way for the giveaway to end without paying out and the host to collect followers. I don’t know why they got rid of the random but that ruined for me. I don’t mind seeing it go away since I quit winning.

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  21. Sheryn Campbell11 October, 2019

    I’m really sad to see giveaways go. It’s an awesome idea and unique to Amazon so I’m curious to see what it will be replaced with. Hopefully it will be replaced. I have won several times and it is a great way to see items that otherwise you would never have an opportunity to see. I’m sad to see it go ????

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  22. gma11 October, 2019

    I am very sad to see this go. I wonder why? I have won quite a few cool things with these giveaways,

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  23. Anthony L.12 October, 2019

    I won about 5 different items over the last two years on Amazon Giveaways and I have also hosted giveaways for my book. This makes no sense to why they are ending it. I see no reason for their decision anywhere. From a marketing standpoint, I don’t see an advantage to “retiring” giveaways.

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  24. Patty12 October, 2019

    This really sucks through those giveaways you get to try so many new things you would never know of without the giveaway. I dont understand why they want to do away with something so many people love that im sure actually gets them more business. It really really sucks.

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  25. Mark Jones13 October, 2019

    I hope Amazon will reconsider. I have bought so many products, just because I didn’t win them on bouncy boxes and didn’t know that I needed them until I saw them in that contest. Don’t let this win win go.

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  26. Ann p d13 October, 2019

    I hate to see it go , won many cool prizes . Amazon Giveaways were cool till they wanted my tax info

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  27. Carol Jenkins13 October, 2019

    I’m sad to see it go. Won a few nominal things but enjothe chance to win and exploring products.

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  28. Patricia14 October, 2019

    I really enjoy Amazon Giveaways. When I found out they are retiring it I was sad. I won a lot of books and kindle books playing Amazon Giveaways the last few years. I have won other prizes that I use. I also won items I used as gifts to family and friends. One thing I enjoyed about the giveaways is if you didn’t win, you could buy the item at a discounted price. I did this sometimes if I really needed it. And as far as Amazon getting my tax information that didn’t bother me at all. It never affected my income tax return. I am really going to miss it. For people that liked to win books you can try Goodreads.com. They have book giveaways everyday.

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  29. Robin Weidner14 October, 2019

    It was my daily thing. I won many Items over the year many I gave as gifts. and Because of Giveaways I would come across products I never new about and sometimes would buy as gifts or for me. Item I with out the Giveaways would have never bought. I do not understand why they are retiring this service, It was good for sellers and buyers. and brought most people to Amazon daily which increased chance of sales. BAD MOVE for Amazon if you ask me and makes no sense at all.

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  30. Mindy15 October, 2019

    I’m so disappointed. I used it as a customer as well and I just found it a couple of weeks ago. I won 2 books and I got addicted to it. I can’t believe they are discontinuing it. I wonder why? I’m going to message them and beg them to reconsider. I think everyone should and maybe if they get enough they will keep it.

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  31. Michelle B15 October, 2019

    So upsetting Amazon. I won many items on giveaways and have bought quite a few things I didn’t using the discount. Really wish they would bring it back. As Mindy stated let’s all beg Amazon

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  32. gma16 October, 2019

    Count me into the ones VERY sad about them ending these Giveaways. I have won a lot of fun things! I’d play everyday, browse through them. YES I have won several kindle books! And added some books to my to be read list that I otherwise would not have known about. I am really sad they are ending these. I wonder why????? I came into this page trying to find an article explaining why they are ending the giveaways.

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  33. Joe17 October, 2019

    Won many items throughout the years. I made many purchases based on items I saw and liked that I didn’t win. I’m sure my purchases will decline without giveaways . I think it’s a bad move for amazon.

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  34. Paul J Price18 October, 2019

    I’m not sad, I must have entered thousands of giveaways and never won anything. Thought about writing a script so I could cheat like I believe a majority did, but decided to not waste my time.

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  35. Teresa Morgan18 October, 2019

    It sucks that the giveaways have ended I loved watching the box bounce to see if I’ve won. I’ve won more the a few times and they were great stuff, an Amazon Show, a convection oven, a lamp. I’m going to miss it?

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  36. Aggie19 October, 2019

    I too am sad the giveaways ended. Have won a few things myself! Hope they reconsider & resume!

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  37. Quizzy19 October, 2019

    This is absolutely the worst news today. I do this every day! Well, did. I won some awesome stuff and found some things I didn’t know existed.

    Helppppp. Bring it back or I’ll riot

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