Nick Lyustiger, Is That Free Stuff Like An iPod Or Desktop Computer Really

Have you seen the web site, Or have you been turned on to
Or maybe some friend sent you an email suggesting you log on to one of these
sites and take advantage of one of its numerous "free offers."

Well, before you start the process of getting that "free" iPod, I'll take
you through what's required. Then, you can decide for yourself how free it
really is.

After you log on, the first thing you will be required to do is register,
which means providing your name, address, email address, etc. Sounds easy so

Next, you will be required to sign up for one of the site's free offers. For
example, you could sign up for a credit card or buy low-cost printer inks.
Gosh, imagine, all you have to do is sign up for a credit card and you get
this nice iPod absolutely free.

Not so fast there, friend.

Choosing an offer is only part of the deal. Because, after you sign up for
that free credit card (or whatever), you will be required to supply five
email addresses of friends or relatives. Hmm, even that doesn't sound too
bad. Heck, so maybe five of your friends get some emails from They're probably getting a lot of junk mail already so
what's the big deal?

That it's, right? Your free iPod should be in the mail. Hold on a second. wants to check the offer you chose was legit, You'll be told
this process could take a few days and that you should check back

You log on two days later and Eureka! The system found that you did buy
those printer inks or did sign up for that credit card. Now, your iPod is on
the way, right?


Next, you will be required to contact those five friends or relatives to
make sure they take advantage of one of those wonderful offers. That sound
like a good idea to you? How about, "Dear Aunt Ivy. Will you please register
on and sign up for a credit card so I can get a free iPod?"

Here's another thing to think about. Suppose only four of those five friends
sign up for free offers. Does this mean that's sponsors got
four new customers and you got nada?

This just didn't seem like a good thing to me. I didn't want to harass five
of my friends to sign up for a credit card or whatever. Instead, I just gave
up on getting a "free" iPod. I'm not even sure that if everybody had signed
up for an offer that I would have gotten the "free" iPod. Maybe there would
have been even more hoops for me to jump through before that "free" iPod was
sent to me.

I have been told that if you go through the entire process (whatever that
is), you will receive the free iPod.

But there is that old saying, "If it seems too good to true, it probably
is." And for me, getting an iPod free falls into that category. It might
seem free to you but just understand that this "free" comes with a definite

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