Doreen, after reading the contest rules for the Zoolabees Dollhouse Miniatures, mentioned that this contest is open to US residents only. So I contacted Heather to ask why. Here's the response I got:
Thank for contacting us with your concerns.
We certainly understand that the interest in our products is not limited by national boundaries. We know there are many customers around the world, not just in the United States and we regret not being able to allow everyone to participate in our giveaways.
In order for us to hold a giveaway or sweepstakes on our site we must comply with the legal requirements in every territory in which the contest is available (on the Web, this means virtually the entire planet).
However, it is simply beyond the scope of our group to comply with contest laws around the world. Thus, our posted rules satisfy the requirements for U.S. participants only. When Canada and other countries simplify their requirements for on-line contests, we will be able to allow our giveaways to cross international borders. Thank you again for contacting us.
So I guess that our collective governments should get on the ball & update their rules & regulations to reflect our current world situation...... and quit trying to come up with new ways to grab more tax dollars out of our already economically challenged pockets.