[quote=“UncleLar, post:14, topic:1468”]There’s an interesting dynamic going on with the contest - which I’m sure that College Mansion just loves.
First of all, the two girls are virtually dead even (ten votes separated them when I started typing this). They are also pulling in tens of thousands more votes than the other semifinalists (over 45,000 between them vs 5000 for the other two). That sort of indicates the winner of this will probably win the contest which is worth $5000.
What makes it really interesting is that you can sort of buy votes. If you click the Power Vote button you are taken to a page where they are selling decks of cards. The more decks you buy the more votes your candidate gets (a portion of the money does go to the charity). $5 gets you one deck of cards and 25 votes. $20 gets you 5 decks and 150 votes. $300 gets you a case of cards (144 decks) and 500 votes (not exactly cost effective from a $$ per vote perspective - $20 is the sweet spot). Voting ends in less than an hour. With $5000 bucks on the line, it has to be mighty tempting for each of these girls to go out and buy bunch of cards. I’m betting the votes take a huge jump at the last minute and that somebody is going to be mighty disappointed with quite likely a bunch of card decks on their hands.
The good news is that the charity will get a good boost because of the closeness of the competition.
Note: Just as I typed this the other girl’s number took a big jump as “someone” most likely bought a few decks of cards.[/quote]
Dakota is not buying votes, and this other girl seems to be spending hundreds on cards. Ugh, feels like cheating, but I guess it’s not