I won that 1800flowers Marvelous Moms package, that had an ARV of $7,094. I asked for a breakdown, and this is what D. Gordon gave me:
What is the breakdown of the $7,094 ARV by item? I remember it was listedPlease notice that even using the $2,200 figure for airfare, it only adds up to $6,386.00, not $7,094.00. I emailed back asking about that, but didn't get an answer. (The spa services are included in the $1300, or they should be, since the hotel itself would only be about $650.)
at the time of the contest, but I can't find it now. A 4-day/3-night trip for 2 adults to the Sheraton Wild Horse Pass Resort & Spa, located in Phoenix, AZ (ARV $1,300.00). Trip includes round trip coach class air transportation on American Airlines from a major airport nearest winner’s home (ARV $2,200.00), a 50 minute Matchut (Aji Massage) at the Aji Spa, Blue Sky Foot Therapy and a Rosemary Citron Hand Treatment, Hejel (Private Fitness Assessment and Personal Program Design), horseback riding through the ancient tribal lands of the Gila River Indian Community. Prize also includes $1,200.00 in ServiceMaster gift certificates (for one year’s worth of Merry Maids cleaning service or other services they provide) for winner (ARV $1,200.00), one year of fresh flowers (Months in Bloomsm for twelve  months) provided by 1-800-FLOWERS.COM (one for the winner and one for mother/mother figure) (ARV $493.00/each) and a 14K gold heart necklace from PALMBEACHJEWELRY.com for winner (ARV $700.00).
You will receive a 1099 based upon the ARV in the rules except for the value of the
plane tickets which we will add in after you have traveled and we have the exact amount.
So I finally booked my tickets, and the airfare was $781. That brings me to a grand total of $4,967.00. I emailed it to D. Gordon, along with the receipts...no answer. Emailed again a week later...no answer. Emailed my contact at 1800flowers a week later, and she is normally very responsive and friendly...no answer.
If I get a 1099 for $7,094.00, life for D. Gordon is going to become extremely unpleasant. And from the vague reply, I have this fear that it's actually going to be $7,875.00, the unjustified ARV PLUS the airline tickets. Because I apparently have the one account executive who flunked second grade math.
Thank goodness I have tons of proof, so I can argue it with the IRS if necessary. But I'd rather avoid that!
I'm in the middle of writing a certified letter. Does anyone know the address for Don Jagoda Associates? I found one in Riviera Beach, FL on the internet, but I'm not sure if it's the only one.