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Thursday, September 30, 2004

Free iPods? It sounds like a pyramid scheme. Join up at a website, sign up for an online offer with one of their affiliates, get five friends to join and sign up for an offer, and then just wait for your brand new iPod to arrive. Sound too good to be true? Maybe it is. But there is a good amount of evidence to suggest that maybe it isn't.

The major complaints so far have been related to spam, but I read somewhere (don't remember where) that the company has stopped its email marketing. Also, some people have complained about extended waits, but the company behind the deal says the waits are because of a backlog at Apple. As for the offers that you have to sign up for, you only have to sign up for one, and there are free offers and others where you just pay $5 for shipping and have to then cancel membership. For example, one offer only requires that you sign up with Infone, but there are no other commitments or monthly fees involved.

In the spirit of scientific advancement (?), I say that we give this a shot. By "we," I mean me and five other of you suckers. If you're concerned about spam, I have some more Gmail accounts to hand out. Interested parties, email me at (or my usual email address for those in the know), or just post a comment with your email address, and I will send you a referral link. Then we'll just wait and see what happens from there. And when a new iPod shows up in the mail, I will post the glorious pictures and help anyone else to get their own. And should this go horribly wrong, we will never speak of it again.

It can't be any worse than driving all over Tucson with a coupon booklet, just trying to get a discount on some fish tacos or Long John Silvers.

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