Half Price Books #BannedBook Review Giveaway Official Rules


SPONSOR: Half Price Books, Records, Magazines, Incorporated (“Half Price Books”), headquartered at 5803 E. Northwest Hwy., Dallas, TX 75231.

ELIGIBILITY: The Half Price Books #BannedBook Review Giveaway (the “Giveaway”) is open only to legal residents of the United States who are 18 years of age or older at the time of entry. Employees of Half Price Books and their respective parent companies, affiliates, promotion and other vendor agencies involved in this Giveaway, as well as the immediate family members (spouse, parents, siblings and children) and household members of each such employee, are not eligible to enter. Void where prohibited or restricted by law. Giveaway is subject to all applicable federal, state, and local laws and regulations.

TIMING: The Giveaway Period begins Sunday, September 27, 2020 at 12:00:01 AM CT and ends Saturday, October 3, 2020 at 11:59:59 PM CT (the “Giveaway Period”) with seven (7) separate Entry Periods as defined in the chart below (“Entry Periods”). Entries must be received according to the chart below to be eligible for that Entry Period drawing. Non-winning entries will not roll over to subsequent Entry Periods.

Entry Period Entry Period Start Date:
12:00:01 AM CT on
Entry Period End Date:
11:59:59 PM CT on
1 9/27/2020 9/27/2020
2 9/28/2020 9/28/2020
3 9/29/2020 9/29/2020
4 9/30/2020 9/30/2020
5 10/1/2020 10/1/2020
6 10/2/2020 10/2/2020
7 10/3/2020 10/3/2020

DESCRIPTION OF GIVEAWAY: Each day, entries will be eligible for one of seven (7) total drawings to win a Half Price Books Gift Card worth $50 USD. Potential giveaway winners will be randomly selected before end of business the next business day after the Giveaway Period. Potential winners will be contacted within 72 hours after selection.

HOW TO ENTER: There are two (2) ways to enter:

Online Method of Entry: During the Giveaway Period, visit https://hpb.com, find a product and submit a review that is at least 50 characters long, includes the hashtag #BannedBook, contains no flagged content and isn’t comprised of repeated words or phrases. Submission of a product review allows the author to receive one (1) entry into the Giveaway (the “Online Entry”) for that Entry Period. Entries that contain no information or reference to a product; information that is deemed to be lewd or profane; contain material that violates or infringes on another’s rights, including privacy, publicity, or intellectual property; material that is hateful or defamatory; material that promotes bigotry, racism, or harm against another group or individual or promotes discrimination; or material that is unlawful or in violation of or contrary to the laws or regulations in any state, will be disqualified as determined solely by Sponsor. All entries will be reviewed for content and to ensure they include the relevant hashtag. Entries containing such prohibited content and/or otherwise deemed by Sponsor, in its sole discretion, to be inappropriate, will be disqualified. Sponsor makes the final determination as to what entries are eligible to take part in the Giveaway.

Mail-In / Alternative Method of Entry: To enter the Giveaway without providing a review, you may submit a mail-in entry. To enter via this method, handwrite your first and last name, street address, phone number, and e-mail address on a piece of paper, insert the paper into a #10 envelope and mail your entry via first-class mail to: HPB #BannedBook Review Giveaway, 5803 E. Northwest Hwy., Dallas, TX 75231. Each mail-in entry must be mailed separately. Sponsor is not responsible for late, lost, damaged, illegible, or postage-due mail. To be eligible for a given random drawing, your mail-in entry(ies) received by HPB between 12:00:01 a.m. on the Entry Period Start Date and 11:59:59 p.m. on the Entry Period End Date of the relevant Entry Period.

All entries must be received between Sunday, September 27, 2020 at 12:00:01 AM CT and Saturday, October 3, 2020 at 11:59:59 PM CT. Online entrants are subject to all notices posted online including but not limited to the Sponsor’s Privacy Policy, which can be found at https://www.hpb.com/privacy-policy. Limit one (1) entry per email address per Entry Period. Any attempt by any participant to obtain more than the stated number of entries by using multiple identities, email addresses, registrations and logins, or any other methods will void that participant’s entries and that participant may be disqualified at Half Price Books’ sole discretion. Use of any automated system to participate is prohibited and will result in disqualification. Sponsor is not responsible for lost, late, incomplete, invalid, unintelligible or misdirected registrations, which will be disqualified. All entries become the sole and exclusive property of Sponsor and will not be returned.  NO PURCHASE NECESSARY.

WINNER PRIZE SELECTION AND NOTIFICATION: This is a game of chance. Odds of winning are based on the number of eligible entries. The potential winner will be selected at the end of each Entry Period by drawing an entry form at random. All potential winners are subject to verification by Sponsor whose decisions are final and binding in all matters related to the Giveaway.  The potential winners will be notified via email once the Giveaway Period has ended and winners have been selected. Potential winners will be asked to provide additional verification information and required to respond to such notification within forty-eight (48) hours of the first notification attempt. Sponsor shall have no liability for any winner notification that is lost, intercepted or not received by a potential winner for any reason. If, despite reasonable efforts, a potential winner does not respond within forty-eight (48) hours of the first notification attempt, or if the prize or prize notification is returned as unclaimed or undeliverable to such potential winner, such potential winner will forfeit his or her prize. Should the winner not respond within the required timeframe, the prize may remain un-awarded.

If any potential winner is found to be ineligible, or if he or she has not complied with these Official Rules or declines a prize for any reason prior to award, such potential winner will be disqualified and an alternate winner might be selected as detailed herein, or the prize may remain un-awarded.  The prize is not transferable; no prize substitutions or cash alternatives are allowed except as may be determined by Sponsor in its sole discretion. Entrants who live outside of the United States or fail to complete all required entry fields will be disqualified. Entrants must be of age; any minors will automatically be disqualified.

PRIZE AND RETAIL VALUE: One (1) winner per Entry Period for a total of seven (7) winners will receive a Half Price Books Gift Card worth $50, valid at all Half Price Books stores, Half Price Books Outlets and online at HPB.com. Allow 4-8 weeks for delivery. Sponsor will not replace any lost, mutilated, or stolen gift cards. All federal, state, and local taxes and fees are the sole responsibility of the winner. Sponsor will comply with all income tax reporting obligations.

AGREEMENT TO OFFICIAL RULES: Participation in the Giveaway constitutes full and unconditional agreement to and acceptance of these Official Rules and the decisions of Sponsor, which are final and binding. Winning a prize is contingent on fulfilling all requirements set forth herein.  By entering, each participant agrees to: (a) comply with and be bound by these Official Rules and the decisions of the Sponsor which are binding and final in all matters relating to this Promotion; (b) release and hold harmless the Sponsor, the prize suppliers and each of their respective parent, subsidiary, and affiliated companies, and any other organizations responsible for sponsoring, fulfilling, administering, advertising or promoting the Giveaway, and all of their respective past and present officers, directors, employees, shareholders, agents and representatives (collectively, the “Released Parties”) from and against any and all claims, expenses, and liability, including but not limited to negligence and damages of any kind to persons and property, including but not limited to invasion of privacy (under appropriation, intrusion, public disclosure of private facts, false light in the public eye or other legal theory), defamation, slander, libel, violation of right of publicity, infringement of trademark, copyright or other intellectual property rights, property damage, or death or personal injury arising out of or relating to a participant’s entry, creation of an entry or submission of an entry, participation in the Giveaway, acceptance or use or misuse of prize (including any travel or activity related thereto) and/or the broadcast, exploitation or use of entry; and (c) indemnify, defend and hold harmless the Released Parties from and against any and all claims, expenses, and liabilities (including reasonable attorney’s fees) arising out of or relating to an entrant’s participation in the Giveaway and/or winner’s acceptance, use or misuse of a prize.

BY ENTERING THE SWEEPSTAKES, participants agree to these rules and release and hold harmless Sponsor, and their respective parent companies, subsidiaries, affiliates, directors, officers, employees and agents from any and all liability for any injuries, loss or damage of any kind arising from or in connection with this Giveaway or any prize won, including any injuries, loss or damage of any kind arising from or in connection with participation in the Giveaway. Sponsor is not responsible for any typographical or other error in the printing of this offer, administration of the Giveaway or in the announcement of prizes. In its sole discretion, Sponsor may abbreviate, modify, suspend, cancel, or terminate the Giveaway without further obligation. In such event, Sponsor may, in its sole discretion, award the prize from among all valid and eligible entries then received. All entries are the property of Sponsor and are not returnable.

PUBLICITY. Except where prohibited, acceptance of a prize constitutes winners’ consent to Sponsor’s and its designee’s use of winner’s name, likeness, photograph, voice, opinions and/or hometown and state for promotional purposes in any media, worldwide, without further payment or consideration. IF ENTRANT IS CHOSEN AS A PRIZE WINNER, ENTRANT’S PERSONAL IDENTIFYING INFORMATION MAY BE DISCLOSED TO THIRD PARTIES INCLUDING, WITHOUT LIMITATION, PLACING ENTRANT’S NAME ON A WINNER’S LIST AS REQUIRED BY STATE LAW.

LIMITATION OF LIABILITY: The Released Parties are not responsible for: (1) any incorrect or inaccurate information, whether caused by entrants, printing errors or by any of the equipment or programming associated with or utilized in the Giveaway; (2) technical failures of any kind, including, but not limited to malfunctions, interruptions, or disconnections in phone lines or network hardware or software; (3) unauthorized human intervention in any part of the entry process or the Giveaway; (4) technical or human error which may occur in the administration of the Giveaway or the processing of entries; or (5) any injury or damage to persons or property which may be caused, directly or indirectly, in whole or in part, from entrant’s participation in the Giveaway or receipt or use or misuse of any prize. If for any reason an entrant’s entry is confirmed to have been erroneously deleted, lost, or otherwise destroyed or corrupted, entrant’s sole remedy is another entry in the Giveaway play, provided that if it is not possible to award another entry due to discontinuance of the Giveaway, or any part of it, for any reason, Sponsor, at its discretion, may elect to hold a random drawing from among all eligible entries received up to the date of discontinuance for any or all of the prizes offered herein. No more than the stated number of prizes will be awarded. In event that production, technical, seeding, programming or any other reasons cause more than stated number of prizes as set forth in these Official Rules to be available and/or claimed, Sponsor reserves the right to award only the stated number of prizes by a random drawing among all legitimate, un-awarded, eligible prize claims.

ONLINE REGISTRATION: This Giveaway is intended for viewing in the United States only and shall be construed and interpreted according to U.S. law. Do not enter this Giveaway if you are not a resident of the United States. Repetitive automated electronic submission of entries is specifically prohibited, and any such entries will be disqualified. Entries will be deemed made by the authorized account holder of the email address submitted at the time of entry. In the event of a dispute, the potential winner may be required to provide proof that he/she is the authorized account holder of the identified email account, and Sponsor’s decision will be final. Sponsor assumes no responsibility for any error, omission, interruption, deletion, defect, delay in operation or transmission, communications line failure, theft or destruction or unauthorized access to, or alteration of, entries, including any error that may result in an erroneous appearance of qualification for a prize. Sponsor is not responsible for any problem or technical malfunction of any computer equipment or software that results in loss of entry. WARNING: ANY ATTEMPT BY ANY PERSON TO DELIBERATELY DAMAGE ANY COMPUTERIZED SITE OR UNDERMINE THE LEGITIMATE OPERATION OF THE GIVEAWAY IS A VIOLATION OF CRIMINAL AND CIVIL LAWS AND SHOULD SUCH ATTEMPT BE MADE, SPONSOR RESERVES THE RIGHT TO SEEK DAMAGES FROM ANY SUCH PERSON TO THE FULLEST EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW.

DISPUTES: Entrant agrees that: (i) any and all disputes, claims and causes of action arising out of or connected with this Giveaway, or any Prizes awarded, other than those concerning the administration of the Giveaway or the determination of winners, shall be resolved individually, without resort to any form of class action; (ii) any and all disputes, claims and causes of action arising out of or connected with this Giveaway, or any Prizes awarded, shall be resolved exclusively in the state or federal courts of Dallas, Texas; (iii) any and all claims, judgments and awards shall be limited to actual out-of-pocket costs incurred, including costs associated with entering this Giveaway, but in no event attorneys’ fees; and (iv) under no circumstances will entrant be permitted to obtain awards for, and entrant hereby waives all rights to claim punitive, incidental and consequential damages and any other damages, other than for actual out-of-pocket expenses, and any and all rights to have damages multiplied or otherwise increased. All issues and questions concerning the construction, validity, interpretation and enforceability of these Official Rules, or the rights and obligations of the entrant and Sponsor in connection with the Giveaway, shall be governed by, and construed in accordance with, the laws of the State of Texas, without giving effect to any choice of law or conflict of law rules (whether of the State of Texas or any other jurisdiction), which would cause the application of the laws of any jurisdiction other than the State of Texas.

USE OF ENTRANT’S PERSONAL INFORMATION: By participating in the Giveaway, entrants may be sharing personal or confidential information with Sponsor. By participating in the Giveaway, entrants agree to Sponsor use of his or her personal information as described herein and in the HPB privacy policy.

WINNERS LIST: The name of the prize winners may be obtained by sending a self-addressed, stamped envelope postmarked by October 5, 2020 to: Half Price Books Corporate Office, 5803 E. Northwest Hwy. Dallas TX 75231, Attention: Half Price Books #BannedBook Review Giveaway.