Sponsored Post: Granting a Wish with Sears

KEEP IN MIND THAT THIS CONTEST ENDS AT 11:59 PM ON DECEMBER 23, 2009. ALL PARTICIPATION AFTER THE FACT WILL NOT BE COUNTED. HAPPY HOLIDAYS!

This post is a sponsored post on behalf of Sears via Izea. The opinions are mine.

The economy is tough right now, and in my personal life, things are as challenging to me as they might be for you. So when offered an opportunity to work with IZEA on a Sears Grant a Wish program, it piqued my interest.

Sears is not typically my store of choice to shop. Christina likes to accuse me of being a metrosexual – that is, I like to look good and am willing to put out money to make sure it happens. I don’t think that makes me metro, but who knows.

The program that Sears and IZEA are partnering on provided a $500 gift card for me to use in my Christmas shopping at any Sears store. The point was to grant a wish, as the Sears program name suggests. As an uncle of three boys on my side of the family (Ages 3, 2 and 6 months) and a girl (14 months old), there were plenty of wishes to be granted.

I went over to the Sears in Alexandria at the Landmark Mall and began by strolling the store. I checked out the electronics department (for me), the clothing department for kids, tools, toys… I even walked through the bedding section.

I was impressed that there were actual brands, mostly at discounted prices (50% off, 40% off, etc).

Without giving away the house (as folks read this blog, believe it or not), all the cousins were taken care of (my sister and her family and my brother and his family are really strapped right now, so this is a huge bonus for them, and it gives me an opportunity to Grant a Wish not only to the kids, but to my siblings who could benefit from the reinforcements). In addition, various other members of the family will be treated to “electronic gear” including a much needed digital camera. I was also taken care of in a small way to pick up some warmer winter clothes that I’m going to need here, especially with frequent trips to Boulder, CO for work.

Of course, 5 gifts were purchased to Grant a Wish to Toys for Tots as seems appropriate.

I want to be clear. This is not a business and technology post. This is not a how-to, or advocacy for smart social media presence in the web space. However, Sears is obviously positioning themselves to be smart social media citizens through their partnership with IZEA and bloggers (some of whom are Red Carpet bloggers). This is not a SEO post that is paid placement, for all intents and purposes. This is doing good for others with the knowledge that doing good for others will do good for them, and they are merely using folks like myself to do that good. I’m really blessed to have been given this opportunity.

I don’t know how often I will shop at Sears. I hate shopping anyway. But this was a great experience that helped me accomplish most of my Christmas shopping quickly (I don’t have a lot of time this month with travel) and allowed me to give where there was real need. I truly appreciate that most of all.

Obviously, larger principles apply here to business and life. It is what many have called The Golden Rule: Do to others, what you would have them do to you. Businesses can give if they don’t limit themselves to a bottom line, but engage in a culture of positive returns.

But wait, there’s actually more…

As part of this program, Sears has given me the opportunity to give away a Holiday gift package to one of you, my readers. That means I can Grant a Wish to you as well. :)

First the gift packs (Winner can choose one gift pack):

The iPod Pack

The Playstation 3 Pack

The “Electronics for Your Car” Pack

How to Play

Official rules are here. You can enter to win up to three times per person:

  • Use Twitter and tweet out “RT @technosailor please grant my wish to win the #Sears [package name] – tweet to win your own wish http://urlbrief.com/1c5ba9″
  • Leave a comment on this post with the Sears Item #s of products you would buy (up to $500). You can go to http://www.sears.com to look for item numbers.
  • Create a blog post about the contest and leave a link to it in the comments of this post.

Aaron Brazell

Aaron Brazell is a Baltimore, MD-based WordPress developer, a co-founder at WP Engine, WordPress core contributor and author. He wrote the book WordPress Bible and has been publishing on the web since 2000. You can follow him on Twitter, on his personal blog and view his photography at The Aperture Filter.

433 thoughts on “Sponsored Post: Granting a Wish with Sears

  1. Great giveaway! I would love the “Electronics for Your Car” Pack. Thanks for having the contest and Happy Holidays to all!

  2. I would love to win the I Pod Pack. I would buy a Craftsman 179cc 4 cycle Single Stage Snow Thrower with Electric Start for my poor husband who has to shovel the driveway. this year we have had a lot of snow. he would love this.
    Happy Holidays to all.

  3. Our microwave just stopped working so I would probably choose the White GE Appliances 1.8 cu. ft. Countertop Microwave Oven, Sears item# 02073572000.
    I would also love to have the Sony eBook Digital Book Reader, Sears item# 00372493000. Thanks!

  4. Sears item #04616542000, as our old freezer is about 25 years old, and has seen better days.

    Prize-wise, I’d love the iPod pack for my husband. He commutes and, in the summer, CDs left in the car warp. This leaves him at the mercy of the radio stations. This iPod pack would be great for him!

  5. The iPod Pack
    00890090000 & 04233647000
    Picked one thing for my wife and one for me. Would be like a little dream come true, it’s said dreams come true but we’ll see and many thanks.
    retirenaval(at)yahoo.com

  6. I’d so love to win the Playstation pack for my son. He’s wanted a ps3 since before last Christmas and was so disappointed not to get it.

  7. With all the bad weather we have had lately, I think a generator… Sears item #07132806000 is what I want! (Along with that iPod pack…)

  8. I would really love to win the iPod Pack! I’d like to buy Sears item #00338457000 or Sears item #00623719000. Thank you.

  9. I would buy Wii Games for my kids, a coffee maker for my husband and the French Coach on DS game for myself – to brush up on my French.

    Sears item #05892940000: Nintendo Wii Fit Entertainment Pack $139.98, Sears item #05892384000: Wii,Guitar Hero Aerosmith Bundle $89.99, Sears item #05892537000: Wii,Lego Batman $49.99, Sears item #05892346000: Wii,Mario Kart & Wii Wheel $49.99, Sears item# 00818314000 : Cuisinart 10 cup Automatic Coffee Maker, Grind & Brew Thermalâ„¢, Stainless Steel & Black $144.99 & Sears item #05895763000: My French Coach $29.99

  10. I’d get the Apple 16GB iPod® Touch Digital Media Player – Black( Sears item #05791319000) and the Nikon Coolpix camera(Sears item# 00394934000 )

  11. Thanks for the contest;
    I would shop at Sears for these fine gifts :
    Sears item# 01493021000 Dockers 5 Piece Stone Harbor II Luggage Set – Khaki
    Sears item# 00915310000 Craftsman 3 gal. Air Compressor, 1 hp, Horizontal Tank

    and a Sears Gift Card for the remainer of the 500.00$.

  12. Singer Confidence Sewing Machine
    Sears item# 02094077000 Mfr. model# 7470.CL
    K’s Kids
    K’s Kids Musical Activity Ryan
    Sears item# 04990087000 Mfr. model# 91005

  13. The Playstation 3 pack would be wonderful for my disabled friend.
    If I had $500 to go to sears I would buy the following:
    Sears item #05797843000 – Samsung 19 in. (Diagonal) HDTV

  14. Thank you for this great giveaway! I would buy Sears item #05771033000 Samsung 32 in. (Diagonal) Class LCD Integrated HDTV (720p).

  15. I would get:
    Graco SnugRide® Infant Car Seat – High Street
    Sears item# 04988076000
    Shermag Glider Rocker/Ottoman Combo – Chestnut with Galaxy Camel Fabric Cushion
    Sears item# 04988164000
    Graco Baby Monitor, imonitorâ„¢ Digital With Dual Handsets
    Sears item# 04923789088
    Sealy Ultra Rest Crib Mattress
    Sears item# 04988522000

    (I’d choose the iPod pack from the ones listed, because baby needs an iPod!)

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