ok, i know i'm a complete son of a bitch for doing this, but i've got freeipods.com on the mind, the free and the ipod part, specifically. if you haven't heard of it yet, read my post, then poke around the internet some.
how does the scam work?
well, it works just like how rebate offer works. sure that stuff at best buy is cheap after rebates, but will you really send that rebate in? i'm sure you will, aaron, but i don't know if everyone else has your buying power. freeipods works the same. the freeipods people make a certain amount of loot every time they get someone to act as a referrer and sign up for AOL or rhapsody or columbia house or whatever, and in doing so they make money. sure, it's easy enough to sign up for and cancel a free offer after you've got credit for it, but how easy it is to convince five of your friends to run on into this oh-boy-it-looks-like-a-scam? if you don't get the five required, freeipods never has to give you that free ipod, so they end up making money on the referrals. in the rare event that you can con enough of your friends, then they lose some.
so, uh, what's up?
so, hey, a little experimentation never hurt anyone. i am, yes, going to do this deal. in fact, i already signed up for over a thousand free hours of AOL. what the hell am i going to do with aol while i'm at school? i'm gonna suck it dry for ipods is what i'm going to do. or rather, just sign on once and then wait until freeipods.com tells me the purchase was verified, then cancel it. i've got 50 days!
[just to let you know, my referrer link is http://www.freeiPods.com/default.aspx?referer=8394284, and the email address i used to sign up was firstname.lastname@example.org (if you need that)]
although most of my pressuring-people-to-sign-up will be done in real life, i figure the internet is a decent way to do it, too. so here's some links to guides and stuff if you'd rather trust them than me:
information/guides: gmmfan.com, some half-decent analysis of their business model, a good one
'it is real' stuff: a wired article, a new york sun article, their listing on the better business bureau, the bottom of this page has a bunch of 'proof' links, really good links, another
there's a lot of other sites with info on them out there, so you might as well google them and check them out.
allay my fears!
so, you're probably a little worried. let's talk about it:
i don't want to spend any money
you aren't, you just have to cancel the AOL account after freeipods tells you it's been verified.
i am giving up my credit card number to a crazy site
you aren't. you're giving it up to AOL, who have the credit card numbers of like 20% of america. they don't charge it, and you just have to make sure to cancel it before your 50 days are up.
i don't know that this works
no, you don't. but you aren't losing anything in the process.
i can't convince five friends
hey, if you do this for me, i'll give you ten bucks. that's ten bucks for like ten minutes of your time. i'd rather give you undying gratitude than ten bucks, but if it's ten bucks you want, then it's ten bucks you'll get.
you're a complete idiot. i would have expected more from you.
yeah i know. hell, we all love ipods. might as well give it a shot.
so what's your referrer link, since you've convinced me, and i'm totally going to do this?
http://www.freeiPods.com/default.aspx?referer=8394284, and the email address i used was email@example.com
oh, and as for a free email service you should use for this, don't use anything fancy like hotmail or gmail, they'll block the freeipods thing as spam. i'd recommend walla.com, it seems to've just worked for me!
p.s. i'm well aware none of you are going to do this.