“Get Xbox 360 for free” sounds ridiculous; well it is ridiculous. If you are not convinced, keep on reading I heard this ad on my car radio boasting about how you can get a free Xbox 360 with absolutely no payments of any kind. The advertisement mentioned a website, so I decided to check it out and see if I can really get it for “free” (well the Xbox 360 sells for $299 on Amazon, so this “free” thing sounded very attractive).
Here is what I found out after trying this stuff out using fake information:
The website mentioned in the advertisement “www.freexboxzone.com” turned out to be the mother of all “get Xbox free” advertisement websites. It doesn’t have any content of it’s own and simply links to other websites. That’s a first warning bell. But the fun part has not yet begun.
So how to get get the free Xbox?
Now let’s see what typically happens when you click on one of these “free Xbox” sites from the lists.
- Typically, most sites will say something like this: “You are chosen for the following selected offers. Click YES for offers you like”. By default most offers will be already chosen for you so you need to click on NO to get rid of this crap. Be prepared to keep clicking because there will be about 50 offers on display here :).
- After that you will reach another page which says “optional offers”. It gets worse here. There is one offer on each page and about 25 offers. Each time you click NO it will take you to the next offer.
- Then you will be asked to choose 5 “lucky” friends so that they get their Xbox free. Those 5 friends will be surely very happy to get this offer !!:) Btw, sometimes you will be unlucky enough and will be asked to choose more than 5 “lucky” friends.
- Next, you will be asked to “complete 1 offer from the list below”. Most offers are for credit cards and some are for some stupid subscriptions. (Interestingly, here are clicked on a Discover card offer and was instead taken to another “free” offer for a $100 Visa cash card! What the..?! If you are lucky, your ordeal should end here. However, some sites will take you to the next page of the offers where you will see “Complete 3 offers from the list below”. Congratulations - you got more credit card offers to complete.
If you get through all this and still love your free Xbox, you got to read the following fine print before you start rejoicing:
“..registration with a valid email address and password, shipping address and phone number, completion of one sponsor offer, and referring 8 friends who have to sign up and complete one sponsor offer.”
“Our sponsors cover the cost of the Xbox 360 including shipping and handling. To claim your Xbox simply complete 3 sponsor offers and refer 3 friends to do the same. Once you complete the gift requirements you will receive your Xbox 360.”
“..we may cease offering the Program and/or the Web Site at any time and for any reason, in Our sole discretion.”
“Accounts and credit are subject to changes for returns, cancellations, and other events. We can make these changes to accounts at Our sole discretion. If You disagree with the changes made, Your sole option is to cancel Your account.”
“For this promotion, XBox 360, you must complete a total of 10 offers as follows: Page 1 - complete any 2 offers; Page 2 - complete any 2 offers; Page 3 - complete any 6 offers to get your gift.”
And more stuff like this on other websites:”
Please allow seven business days for responses to customer service inquiries.”"TESTIMONIALS. Additionally, you will be contacted by a customer service representative and must submit a photograph and provide feedback regarding your experience with InternetOpinionGroup.com.”
In my opinion, this is just too much PITA for a free Xbox. You could simply make use of a good 0% APR balance transfer offer to earn enough interest to buy an Xbox. But, apparently these guys have loads of testimonials posted on their websites. Assuming all testimonials are true, there are a ton of people for whom the Xbox is worth all the PITA.
Bottom line: “There Ain’t No Such Thing As A Free Lunch,” - Robert A Heinlein in “The Moon is a Harsh Mistress”
If you object to my calling this stuff “ridiculous” please feel free to leave a comment and argue otherwise.