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Imagine walking into any electronics store, finding the perfect Xbox 360 or iPad 3 and saying I want that, then having the manager wrap it up handed to you and say “no charge”. While it may not happen in that manner, thousands of people nationwide are accomplishing something similar every day, meaning, they are getting their own gadgets at little or no cost.
While I would certainly expect you to be skeptical, I assure you this is 100% true, and is available to almost everyone online of legal age. All that is required is knowing a few rules of the road and a couple tricks of the trade, and that is exactly what I’m going to show you here.
Every day thousands if not millions are inundated with free e-mail offers in their inbox, many of them true, a most 100% scams, the secret is separating the wheat from the chaff, once this is understood, getting your very own iPad or iPod is almost as simple as clicking your mouse, and filling out an online form.
If you’re curious how this is possible, there are multiple websites designed for only one purpose, to unite companies with consumers (the consumer being you), and when this happens and if done correctly, you can walk away with a brand new gadget to call your very own (NOTE: many of these offers are also for a “free ipad” or “free ipad 3”. This is termed a win/win/win situation, the website gets traffic/visitors, the consumer (that’s you) gets the free gift of their choice (based on availability), and the company gains a very satisfied customer, plus a valuable market data.
Here are the facts and what you’ll find when you begin your online search. Let’s begin simply then work our way up to the Xbox 360 or iPad 3. Initially you’ll find many sites offering free samples, the secret is learning which website supplies good data, and which are simply attempting to add someone new to their marketing list. Many reputable sites, offer free samples by major companies; these companies are interested in using additional methods to reach the public. When you find a site such as this, you can be assured that your free sample will arrive safe and sound, and nothing unscrupulous is going on either with your credit card or financial information.
CAUTIONARY NOTE: Pay particular attention to the fine print on any free sample offered. While in most cases everything is above board, there are times when you may unknowingly be subscribing to a free trial. While free trials are fine, if you do not cancel your order within a predefined period, your credit card will be billed.
The second type of offer is the one we’ll focus on in this article, these are those that offer Xbox 360, PS3, iPad, and iPad 3. Ready to begin? Let’s dive in.
One of the most important things any Fortune 500 company requires is customer data (also called market research), and because of this, plus your willingness to participate in a survey, your dream of a free HDTV or Gaming PC may become a reality.
Be prepared to fill out a rather lengthy survey, with each question asking you details concerning their company, a particular product, game, or movie. When a company gathers enough data, they can refine their marketing campaign and demographic research.
After the survey is complete, most likely you be presented with a page of special offers, with the requirement to respond to (at least) three out of approximately ten or more shown on the page. These will likely be from respected brands, and if you choose carefully, many will offer a free trial, where no payment or credit card is required. While many will be skeptical, consider the fact that once you’ve completed the survey and trial offers, you can expect the arrival of your free gadget in the near future (depending on the shipping arrangements of the company in question).
REMEMBER THIS: When you sign up for any of the offers, take careful note of when the trial phase in; it will be necessary to cancel your subscription prior to the end of your trial, forgetting to do this will result in your credit card being charged.
While there are multiple hoops to jump through, our research has shown, this is not a scam but a recognized way that major corporations do business. However, it is up to you to cancel your trial prescription, before your credit card is charged.
So the above is the bad news (which actually isn’t that bad). Now for the good news, once you’ve completed the required steps and your Xbox 360 or PS3 is received, it’s 100% yours. You can use it to your heart’s content, give it to a family member or friend, or even put it on eBay for resale, with you keeping the profit, it’s all part of the game and perfectly legal.
In essence, you’re helping the company learn more about their products (consumer research), and how they interact with you are demographic. While it might not be the same as St. Nick delivering it on Christmas morning, it’s actually a very good deal.
A WORD TO THE WISE: While certain companies will ask you to enter your credit card details for shipping and handling which is perfectly normal and expected; be sure to read the fine print.
Practically every reputable company, today, has a strong and interactive presence on the Internet, Facebook, and other social media outlets, this allows them to interact with the customer, and tweak their product line.
If you use common sense when dealing with any of these companies or websites, you can offer them a valuable service, while bringing home that iPad for your very own. We all deserve a chance to win a prize, this could be your opportunity knocking.
Jerred K is a writer, tech enthusiast and a lover of free gadgets. Find out how you can get a free ipad 3 (yet to be announced) or any gadget at his FreeiPadGear.com site.