You know how every once in a while an advertisement will pop up in your web based e-mail or on your news website claiming that you've somehow qualified for a free
I found my vice. Since then I've signed up for *and* received a 32" Sony Wega TV, a 17" Dell flat panel monitor, an iPod nano, a $1000 BestBuy gift card, and several hundred dollars worth of miscellaneous restaurant and department store gift cards. I'm not making this up. I'm a student with no vested interest in yanking your chain.
I decided to give you this little biography since I've told a few people about it and they always have lots of questions. Turns out there are some tricks to the undertaking.
Here's the deal:
- Always read the terms and conditions before even putting in your e-mail address. There's usually a link at the bottom in tiny print
- Only use an e-mail address where you don't mind receiving hundreds of spam messages a day (literally). Yahoo mail accounts are free and they have good spam blockers, so it has worked out fine. You have to keep the address though since you can't get the gift unless you receive the certificate they e-mail you once you qualify.
- I noticed that some of the offers on the "survey" pages are exactly the same as the required offers later on. And some of the offers in one group are the same as offers in a later group (you may have to complete offers from several groups of choices, which become progressively more prohibitive in their cost and terms). So, I've found it works well not to sign up for any of the survey items or offers until I've gone through the entire process. I just right-click links to open the next page into a new window when possible and then keep lots of windows open working backwards from the hardest offers at the end (if I decide to pursue it all once all the requirements are out on the table).
I don't know if anyone will be interested in this or not, but I figured I would throw it out there for the world to see. Oh yeah, and if you want to give it a shot, try this link to help me out: (link is no longer valid)