You may have seen various schemes both online and in various newspapers that offer people the chance to pick up free gadgets such as Apple ipods, iPads, Mobile phones, Games consoles etc etc.
We wanted to know whether these schemes were valid or part of an elaborate scam.
After searching the internet we stumbled across a website entitled ‘freebiejeebies’ that offers it’s subscribers the opportunity to pick up free gifts in exchange for completing one online offers and then referring other individuals to do the same.
These schemes are nothing new, companies such as Marks and Spencer, Sky etc have often offered their own customers the opportunity to earn vouchers based upon referring new customers to their company – so lets have a look at freebiejeebies in a little more detail.
We thought our readers would be more interested in the Apple products offered by this website so we signed up for a free iPad – what did we have to do to receive our free gift?
Well to receive the iPad we had to complete an offer online – the website that referred us promoted an offer where we took out a free trial on web design software – but to complete this offer we had to enter our credit card details so were a little dubious as to how free this offer would eventually turn out to be. So after a little discussion in the office we decided if we were going to share our Credit Card details it would be better to do it for something in return.
A little bit of logic dictated that the ‘CORAL’ betting offer was the obvious choice. Deposit £5, wage all of the amount and the offer would be completed. We did as such, placed it on what we considered to be a dead cert and as such completed our ‘FREE’ offer. Now if you were to complete this offer, you may be a little more tempted to try and gain a little more out of your wager - it depends how much of a betting man/woman you are.
OK now on to referrals and this is where things can get a little tricky. It was easy for us as we simply placed a link on our website – visitors would view and sign up for the free product if they so wished. Well what about everybody else?
Well the number of referrals is probably a deciding factor as to whether the ‘Free Gift’ can be achieved. We thought at first that businesses such as ourselves would find greater volumes of potential new referrals for the programme and it proved quite easy to send new people to the website. But what about the average internet user.
Further research into the social networking platforms used by people online revealed a staggering statistic.
Users of the Social Networking platform Face book number 500 million active users.
50% of active users log-in everyday
An average user has 180 friends
People spend over 700 billion minutes per month on face book.
It now became far more apparent that if people really want to they can utilise these schemes or offers to obtain free gifts and more desirable items such as iPads and iPhone 4′s that ask the user to refer 22 and 25 new people should be just as achievable as the offers for a free ipod touch – 10 referrals and the 2 referrals required for a new iPod shuffle should be a breeze to obtain.
So can you really get these free gifts. With a little organisation, drive and willpower – it’s certainly possible and given the social shift towards the online networking platforms used by the masses today it’s far more probable.
Here’s a little info on the company as per Channel 5′s ‘Gadget Show’ in which they confirm that freebiejeebies is a legitimate company that sends out Free Gifts.
So in our opinion if you’re prepared to put in a little effort you certainly can pick up gadgets for free and if you have broken your iPod then, after sending it in to us of course to be recycled and possibly earning a little cash for the used or broken item, it’s worth while visiting these sites to pick up something for nothing.
If you’d like to visit the FreebieJeebies site to see what Apple products they offer to users of their referral system please click here.