Greetings Black Hatters! I realize most of you probably see these posts about once a month from another newbie looking to get ahead. I've actually already read most of them that I could find, but I figured there is no harm in trying. My girl and I met at Bonnaroo in 2011 and want to spend our anniversary there. Only problem...lack of funds. So we joined a Facebook photo contest to win tickets about a month ago and pulled easily into an early lead. Put in a lot of work with vote exchange sites, contest forums, and the normal routes. Did everything legit. Shared with friends, got it on YouTube, Twitter, hell, even started a website dedicated to it. Another contestant joined and started catching up. We were still leading by about 300 votes and then, over the course of 9 hours, she jumped 500+ votes. We tracked back all the votes to empty FB accounts, tried to talk to the contest promoter about it, and got nowhere. We haven't been able to catch her since. A lot of the other contestants dropped out, so it's pretty much a one horse race at this point. That's about the time we discovered buying votes and the lightbulb came on as to what happened. I was completely new to this until about a month ago, so I've been kinda crash coursing in ways that I could catch up. Tried making my own accounts to do vote exchange with, but they all wound up locked due to piss poor planning on my part and the lack of knowledge that I needed to use multiple proxies in order not to run into the verification problem. I'm kinda at my wits end. I'm by no mean computer or net illiterate. Quite the opposite actually, though I have been out of the loop for quite some time. All of my searches eventually lead me here. I'm looking for any kind of help or advice you can provide. I have the time on my hands to do the work myself, but don't really have the resources to put massive amounts of money into a complete system. Is my best bet to try and work around the FB blockages so I can vote exchange with others in massive amounts in order to catch up? I feel I've exhausted all my other option outside of buying votes. Any ideas?