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9th September 2004

10:53am: www.freeipods.com seems legitamate
Hey gang,

In case some of you have been interested in geting an MP3 player, but haven't wanted to shell out the $$$ for one, here's an interesting offer. There is a company that is giving away free iPods to anyone who signs up with their web site and looks at some marketing junk. The way it works is as a referral service, and so once 5 of your friends participate, then you qualify and an iPod is shipped to you.

This company does not ask for a credit card number, though it does ask for your e-mail address and home address.

I thought it was a scam until I read the Wired.com article I've included below at the bottom of this post.

FreeiPods.com (part of Gratis Internet) is a legitamite marketing company that has been in business for a number of years. Gratis Internet has operated similar programs on the internet including, FreeCDs.com, FreeDVDs.com, FreeVideoGames.com and FreeCondoms.com.

Giving away iPods is merely a new wrinkle on a proven marketing strategy. Gratis Internet collects only the minimum information from you to be able to ship your iPod when you're fully qualified. They are not in the buisness of collecting customer information, they are in the referral business of encouraging people to try various free offers through their web site.

Here's my referral link.

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