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Is this for real?


Wednesday, January 05, 2005

Yes, it's for real.

I didn't believe it at first either: A free iPod? No way. But then I read this article in Wired:
Unless you're extremely gullible, the promise of getting a free iPod from FreeiPods.com looks extremely dubious.

But surprisingly, the site appears to be legitimate. The program almost certainly isn't a dodgy pyramid scheme; it's a new form of online marketing supported by companies like eBay, AOL and Columbia House.

And while lots of happy customers are popping up all over the internet brandishing new iPods, analysts are skeptical of the economics.

Here's how it works: FreeiPods.com promises an iPod or a $250 gift certificate to anyone who signs up for various online promotions and persuades five other people to participate.

Subscribers are given a choice of 10 different offers, including a 45-day trial of AOL and a two-week trial of Ancestry.com's genealogy service. Typically, the offers are free and easily canceled.

Once the trials are over -- for both the main subscriber and the referrals -- the free iPod is dispatched.

Read the rest here.
So, after reading the article I thought I'd give it a try. I signed up for the free Blockbuster offer, watched some free movies for a couple of weeks, and then cancelled my account right before the free two-week trail ended. After that, I sent out some e-mails to a few friends, and put up ads on my Sonics Blog and Video Game Blog.

A few weeks later...Viola! I'm now the proud owner of a 20GB iPod. For free.

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