It’s Roll Up the Rim To Win time – Tim Hortons’ annual contest where you roll up the rim of specialled marked red and yellow cups.
This year’s (2011) prizes include:
- 2011 Toyota Matrix
- Panasonic 3D TV Package
- Mountain Bike
And donuts. Lots of donuts.
This year they have an online game where you can win free coffee for a year.
I tend to buy more of their coffee when the contest is around. Do you?
It’s Roll Up The Rim To Win time again at Tim Hortons.
Their sales sky-rocket during this promotion, where customers have to roll up the rim of their beverage cup to reveal if they won anything, which includes a car, donuts, muffins, coffees, and for the first time: a boat!
I don’t drink as much of their coffee as I used to; I won’t be keeping track of my wins and losses.
My wife works at Tim Hortons now, so officially, I’m not allowed to play. If I win a boat I’ll have to trust a friend to claim the prize for me.
This product makes it easy to check for prize statements hidden under the rims of paper coffee cups in various contests… it slices the cup rim twice when pushed down, and an internal lip unrolls the paper edge when it’s pulled up.
$2.50 at Lee Valley Tools for something you may use for two months of the year, if you drink Tim Hortons‘ coffee, which I rarely do now; however, it may save some frustration when trying to bend over the edge of those cups. I wonder if it will sell.
– Roll Up the Rim To Win (But Probably Lose)
– Roll Up the Rim
Most portable hot drink cups have a pre-made hole in its cover or one you have to make by bending a flap. Tim Hortons‘ lids have the second type, which fail 50% of the time for me.
Two main problems with Tim Hortons’ cup lids:
- Ripping the perforated plastic to the indicated line results in the rip going crooked or pass the line, making it impossible to fold down correctly.
- The cleavage on the ripped portion fails to fit in the receptacle on the main portion of the lid, so it doesn’t fasten down.
In either case you have these options:
- Rip the whole portion off, else it will remain unfastened and claw at your nose with every sip; however, ripping more off it often results in a drinking hole that ends up too big and slops the beverage over your face.
- Manipulate the plastic, trying to make it fit where’s it supposed to go, which can involve using your thumb to force the folded portion into its fastener. This often results in thrusting your finger through the lid into the scolding coffee or spilling it altogether. Option 1 above is often the next step.
- Remove the whole cover. This isn’t a practical option while you’re in an automobile or on the move.
- Go back to the store and ask for a new lid, so you can try again. I’ve never done this.
What are your experiences with coffee cup lids?
As EVERY Canadian knows, Roll Up The Rim To Win is Tim Hortons’ annual contest that features their red and yellow cups labeled with prizes you can win. You peel back the rim to see if you have “WIN DONUT” or if you have to “PLEASE PLAY AGAIN / RÉSSAYEZ S.V.P. ©”
I’m going to try to keep track of my losing. I usually buy two cups of coffee a day. It’ll probably be three now.
Jody’s Roll Up The Rim To Win Statistics (Updated Mar. 13, 2007)
- Number of wins: 2
- Numbers of loses: 21
- Total: 23
Percentage of wins: 9%
What I won
- Donut: 1
- Coffee: 1
- $1000 cash: 0
- iPod nano: 0
- 42″ Plasma TV: 0
- Toyota Camry Hybrid: 0
Total amount spent: $33.81
Value of amount won: $2.94
I’ve posted about the contest before, which was so popular (i.e. the post) that it received so many stupid comments that I had to shut that function off.
Update (March 13, 2007): I stopped buying Tim Hortons’ coffee. Money’s a bit tight around the house now, so I’m drinking the sludge provided for free at work instead. No more irregular updates to this post, if any at all.