Ok, so I'll be the guinea pig

NoStateofMind

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I made a thread asking if people thought getting a free iphone through various websites by referring people would be legit. I got mixed reports. Some say I was naive while others commented that they have completed them before and received their gift. Well I've taken the plunge for myself to see if its truly legit. Whats the worst that can happen? Some spam emails? Lost time? I don't worry about losing money because I am using a prepaid credit card. Even if I did use a regular credit card I wouldn't worry. Why? Cause these days credit card companies are as paranoid as you are and they are there to protect you in case of fraud.

How can they offer free iphones? Well this is what I've come to understand. They get paid by businesses to advertise their products & services. There is a catch though, you must complete all the referrals (depending on which gift you select) in order to obtain your gift. The majority of people will not sign up but at least visit the website. Another 1/3 may sign up but will not complete one offer. The remaining 1-2% actually follow through and complete an offer. Then out of those 1-2% maybe only 10% actually complete all the required referrals in order to obtain their gift. So I see why people say its a scam and that they don't ever pay out. It's damned hard to get enough people to complete an offer. So its true work, not like it will magically appear without effort. For an example, I made a youtube video that took me 4hrs to create. Will this pay off? I don't know yet, but we will see.

I've contacted a few friends and family and got two of them to sign up. I have completed an offer so that makes three. I need ten to complete. The hardest part is getting people to sign up and complete an offer.

Over the course of completing this project I will update on my progress, failures & successes so we (or I :p ) can put to rest either these are real gift claims or confirm what is a widely held view as scams. If they do or do not pay out, I will update with pics/screen shots for you believers/doubters out there. I'm not holding my breath but I am going to put forth effort so I can say it wasn't my fault. Stay tuned :)

 

Ns1

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You've basically decribed any free (insert electronic item here) webpage that's been done in the past year or so.

Most are legit, just a PITA.
 

funkymatt

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don't you have to change your avatar for these types of threads?

/ducks and hides from the banstick
 

NoStateofMind

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Originally posted by: Ns1
You've basically decribed any free (insert electronic item here) webpage that's been done in the past year or so.

Most are legit, just a PITA.

Agreed. The hardest thing is getting people to sign up. That is definitely a PITA!
 

CptCrunch

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I got a free 20gb 4th gen iPod for free from one of these sites. A bit of a pain, walked most of my people through the offers and made sure they cancelled within 3 weeks or so. iPod came very quickly, and couldn't really complain. If you know people willing to do this (or willing to buy them a 18 pack of beer for their troubles, it will work out)
 

rockyct

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I'd be willing to do it, but not the offers that take more than a couple referrers.
 

KeithTalent

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Very interesting. I'd offer to help, but I'm Canadian, which pretty much means I'm worthless to you whacky Americans. :p

KT
 

rockyct

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Originally posted by: KeithTalent
Very interesting. I'd offer to help, but I'm Canadian, which pretty much means I'm worthless to you whacky Americans. :p

KT

I think some of the free sites are open to Canucks.
 

KeithTalent

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Originally posted by: rockyct
Originally posted by: KeithTalent
Very interesting. I'd offer to help, but I'm Canadian, which pretty much means I'm worthless to you whacky Americans. :p

KT

I think some of the free sites are open to Canucks.

Aye, OP just confirmed this for me. Colour me surprised.

KT