January 11, 2005

Cheesy Free iPod Request

Interested at all in helping me get an iPod? Read on.

There is a company offering “free” iPods. Not really free, of course. I have to bug my friends to get the thing.

I don’t usually do these free-whatever deals, but I know someone who got the iPod so I figured I’d give it a shot. I have to fulfill an “offer” and then get 5 other people to do likewise.

It turned out that one of the offers is pretty darn easy, and something I was already considering. Now I just have to get 5 other people to sign up using my affiliate link:

http://www.freeipods.com/?r=13677003

If 5 of you folks do that… well, I guess we’ll see what happens.

The offers you have to choose from are mostly the usual credit card sign-ups, a Columbia DVD club, BMG music, Wall Street Journal subscription, USA Today subscription. I noticed there was a “try 2 weeks of Blockbuster Online free” as one of the offers. I signed up for Blockbuster’s Netflix clone because I wanted to see how it was anyway and it still apparently counts if I cancel when the 2 weeks are up. So that seemed like the one for me. I’ve already gotten 3 DVDs and 2 coupons for free in-store rentals.

In any case, if you’re interested at all in helping, click the link I provided above and look into it for yourself. I only get credit if you sign up through that link. Sign up ONLY with a throwaway email address. Might I suggest Spamgourmet for creating such an address. Or, just let me know and I will send you a Gmail invite to use. Don’t use your personal email. That’s why I’m posting this to the blog rather than using their site to send out invites. If I use their form, that would give them your real address. An enormous no-no. Use an address that you will toss into the trash like a used Kleenex when you’re done with the offer.

And then, after you complete an offer… like a virus… like the Ring… you can try to sign up 5 people and get your own iPod. Of course, I will report back here on the success/failure of this endeavor, if I can get 5 signups.

Oh, and feel free to tell me cheesy offer promotion doesn’t belong on my weblog in the comments.

Posted by James at January 11, 2005 8:20 AM
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Yes my sister signed me up for one of these and gave out my work email address. I then made the mistake of following the link to the site since I was unaware the email I received wasn't really from her but from the company she signed up with using her address. I've been barraged by spam ever since. Grrr....

Posted by: B.O.B.(bob) at January 11, 2005 10:21 AM

And now she's selling soy candles. What next?

Posted by: Patti M. at January 11, 2005 10:31 AM

A year ago, someone in a chatroom I used to frequent asked for e-mail addresses regarding info about a free iPod. After giving him mine and seeing the link I immediately regretted my naivete.

Wired seemed to think it was legitimate but the pyramid scheme has been around long enough now that I doubt many people receive iPods anymore. And the spam probably isn't worth it. After all, there are only so many people in the world.

I'd post the relevant links but MT-Blacklist is telling me my message is spam.

Posted by: Mike at January 11, 2005 10:37 AM

Yeah. I looked into these before because I was curious and wanted a free iPod. I didn't know anyone who had actually gotten one and the searches I did mostly yielded people complaining about the unethical marketers not following through. But if you know an actual persom, this one may be worth a try. I'll throw a disposable address your way and see what happens.

How would a gmail invite help? Can you create disposable addresses there as well?

Posted by: briwei at January 11, 2005 11:34 AM

Of course the spam isn't worth it. I would never advocate giving one's real email addresses to these folks.

The email address they have is ipod.20.drmomentum@spamgourmet.com.

It forwards to my real email address, but as soon as I'm done with them, I go to Spamgourmet and turn off the address. Or, it automatically terminates after 20 emails. (I can extend it, if I want, and I can make it exclusive to their return address)

A throwaway gmail account is the same concept. You aren't actually getting spam if you never check that address anymore.

In any case, the person I know who has been getting stuff from these folks is recent. If you have any relevant links, send them along to me. At my real email address. ;-)

Posted by: James at January 11, 2005 11:37 AM

I use mailshell, which also allows you to make disposable addresses. You can then delete them or set them to bounce. It's gotten a bit unwieldy. I need to prune some addresses.

So, you can only get gmail if someone invites you?

Posted by: briwei at January 11, 2005 3:44 PM

I believe gmail is still working only on invites. However, there is a glut of invites out there. It's not tough to find people giving them away.

Posted by: James at January 11, 2005 4:02 PM

briwei,

I happen to have a glut of gmail invitations. Ask James how to get in touch with me if you want/need one.

Posted by: Jim at January 11, 2005 4:33 PM

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