Saturday, February 28, 2009

In Which I Try To Get Something for (Almost) Nothing

Anyone who has been on the Internet for at least 15 minutes has seen advertisements for "free" high-priced electronics. You know the type. The annoying, brightly colored and often epilepsy-inducing flashing graphics, yelling at you to CLICK HERE to claim your "Free Plasma Television!" or "Free XBox 360!". These ads are often ignored by a lot of people, including myself... until today.

While doing a Google search, I saw an advertisement on the right side of the page that caught my eye. It said, in not so many words, that I could get my very own iPod Touch for only $20.00. 

Intrigued, I clicked on it.

I got directed to this website where it carefully explained how to get an 8GB iPod Touch for $20. I read through the easily explained how-to page, and it seems very simple, and if it works, it's an amazingly cheap way to get a pretty cool iPod.

Call me delusional, but I want to put this program to the test. I want to see if it actually works. I've always wondered if these "Free" ads actually work, so I figured if all I'd be risking is $20, why not go for it?

I'm all set to try it out, but I need help doing it. According to the website I linked to above, after completing one promotional offer (where you'd spend the $20) you have to get five friends to do the same. Once all five friends complete the promotional offer, the advertising company sends out the iPod. 

Would anyone else be willing to wager $20 bucks to see if this program works? I know that not everyone has $20 to just throw away if this doesn't work, but I'm willing to make your $20 investment risk-free. 

How? 

If you agree to help me out with this, you of course have the option to refer five friends to do the same for you to get your free iPod. If you don't want to, though, and just want to help me get mine, I'll send you a matted 5x7 print from my photography collection (I'll let you pick between a few different prints), which is valued at $20.00. 

This may be all for naught, but I'm willing to put some of my money (and my inventory) on the line to see once and for all if these "Free" ads truly work. 

This may be crazy, and I may live to regret it, but I think I'm going to go for it. 

So... How about it?

EDIT: I'm going to be away from my computer until Tuesday, so if you're interested, please wait for me to get back to you before you do anything. 

7 Comments:

Lola said...

Well, you know I'm a skeptic, and I don't understand the deal. Basically, they're getting $100, and you may or may not get the thing?

Kat said...

I am going to pretend I didn't see this and back away slowly.

Moonspun said...

oh hmmm....I don't think so...but hmmm...yea no. I've got an iPod already and so does everyone else I know...still it's tempting.

Heather said...

Badass, I lurve you dearly, but this is a great big fat scam. I used to belong to a forum for people who tried to earn money on the internet through a variety of things, and believe me, they DID try EVERYTHING. And this is a scam.

Badass Geek said...

To All: Consider this a momentary lapse in judgment.

Heather said...

Eh, it's hard when you don't have a lot of money because of other expenses like medical bills, and you want a little something to make you feel better about life in general. It would be nice to find a way to afford a few luxuries. I really would like a Kindle, but for that money I could instead replace my dryer, or get my toilet fixed, or put new tires on my van, or a dozen other things. It would be nice to not think about those things once in awhile and if I could find a way to get one for $20 I'd be tempted too.

Mystern said...

Well Badass, I'll tell you this:

A couple of years ago when these types of ads first started getting popular a few of the companies got sued for not actually providing a single person with the prize. That's why in the current market you have to complete some pretty extensive offers (i.e. qualifying for a house loan) to actually get anything. I'm inclined to believe that you actually *would* get something for one simple reason:
The company you complete this offer with gets far more than the 120 dollars (20 from you and 100 from your friends). They get much more from selling your information to someone else. So if you have no issues with your address and name being sold to lots of people, I'd say go for it. I'd be willing to throw my 20 bucks into the ring

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