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FREE Laptop Offers? Really?

Updated on April 18, 2012

Why All the Hype?

You may have noticed that in the past few months, there has been an explosion of ads for 'FREE' merchandise, like laptops or iPod Touches or even iPhones. The list goes on, but I am going to use the 'Free Laptop' as an example here.

You see the ads in your email inbox, all over the internet, on the radio and even on the television at late hours. They're everywhere. Normally, in a visual ad, you are presented with a picture of a top of the line product, like a MacBook Air. Underneath the picture it will say something along the lines of; "Congratulations!! You've been selected to receive this FREE MacBook Air!" You may have also noticed below that text that there is another line of text, quite a lot smaller than the Congratulations line. It says "Participation Required"

Is this a scam? Well, it all depends on how you look at the whole situation. There really could be a laptop in your future, but going this route, it will definitely not be free by any means. The only difference is whom you are giving your money to. This is where the "Participation Required" part comes into play.

What exactly does "Participation Required" mean? Well, if you have ever clicked on any of these ads, you are asked to fill out a simple form to designate where your new 'FREE' laptop will be shipped to and your email address. Easy enough right? After submitting that form, you are asked to take five minutes to fill out a survey. Various offers will be displayed. While none of them are mandatory, the more you skip, the more will be displayed. I skipped through ten offers before reaching the 'Last Steps' page.

At this point the page says 'Complete any two offers below to clain your gift!' These offers range from online movie rentals to Free Government Grant scams. Mostly useless junk, however, you are required to make purchases from this page. The average recurring monthly cost at this point is $12.00. Once you have completed these offers, and click on to the next page, you will once again see 'Complete any two offers below to claim your gift!'. These are much the same as the previous offers and even some duplicates. Again, roughly a $12.00 monthly recurring cost. After completing the offers on this page and moving on, the next page says 'Complete any four offers below to claim your gift!'. On this page, there are only four offers. One of them was the requirement to apply for, get approved and activate a credit card. Another offer was the requirement to sign up for Dish Network. The third offer, you needed to sign up for a poster subscription. And lastly you had to sign up for a free credit report, which actually bills you $14.95 per month.

Ok, looks like you're done, right? Not quite. The next page askes you to complete one more offer so that you can claim a *Free bonus $1000 Visa Gift Card. The offers listed on this page are some of the same ones that were on the first two offer pages. So you are looking at an additional $8.00 roughly per month.

After clicking the final continue button, you are taken back to the very first page that you started on in the first place. No confirmation, and no closure whatsoever $6. There is no verification that you will actually receive the 'Free' laptop that you just worked so hard to get.

So let's review our costs:

First offer page......... $12.00 / mo

Second offer page.... $12.00 / mo

Third offer page........ $44.99 / mo + Credit card approval and activation.

Bonus offer page......$12.00 / mo

Total .........................$80.99 / mo

So if you had already planned on purchasing any of these products or services, then this might not be a big lose for you even if you don't get the laptop. But if you were really looking for a freebie here. This is not the solution.

There are a few problems here.

1.) You don't know what the final offers are until you reach that page.

2.) If you already have Dish Network, you can't re-subscribe

3.) If you are declined for the credit card, you are no longer eligible

4.) Your monthly charges now out-pay the laptop.

5.) You just spent a bunch of money on something that you have no verification that you will get.

6.) Time constraints in completing the offers are very stringent and must be verified by written letter to the offer supplier, otherwise you are not eligible.

In my opinion, this is all just an elaborate scam targeted at impulse shoppers and has no actual value to the consumer. The only ones that really make out in this deal are the advertisers who supply the 'Offers', and the 'Affiliate' who brought these 'Wonderful Offers' to you.

So, in closing.....NO FREE LAPTOP.

Thanks for reading!

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      Jim 5 years ago

      Great article Eric! Thank you for being so thorough.

      ...but you didn't say how to get a free laptop!

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      Shasta Matova 5 years ago from USA

      It is sad - I got baited once, and you're right, the pages just go on and on, and there is no laptop in sight. I wonder if there is anyone that actually stayed long enough and accepted enough offers to actually get the laptop or whatever the big prize was. I bailed after the first few pages.

      There are legitimate sites to get free stuff, but they are samples of toiletries and stuff you would buy more of once you are done with the sample, not laptops.

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      Eric Hartman 5 years ago from Greensburg, Pennsylvania

      @niwagaba brighton - really?... Did you read the hub? I have no laptops to give. This was informational. Sorry...

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      niwagaba brighton 5 years ago

      hi,am a student of st lawrance paris palais but am really in need of a free laptop so as to use it in my studies.please help me

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      lumupeter 5 years ago

      i want towin these laptop in just four days

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      Athena 5 years ago

      Oh how nice it would be if there really were such a thing as a free laptop. Sigh. :(

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      NUMBER_X 5 years ago

      so wat web site gives out free labtops ?

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      Laptops For College Students 6 years ago

      Thanks for the great info!

      I never really looked or clicked on any of those ads.

      Thanks for educating me!

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      katy 6 years ago

      yeah i am sick and tired of these damn "freebies" its annoying and they are overflowing my inbox

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      Mohit 6 years ago

      We understand that you are just have written an article and nothing else . I keep reading about latest bollywood news.

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      Eric Hartman 6 years ago from Greensburg, Pennsylvania

      Ok people, I have as much sense of humor as the next guy, but please.... Stop ASKING FOR FREE LAPTOPS. It's just an article and I am not giving anything away. Please read the article if you are going to post please. I just deleted 12 comments from people asking for free laptops. Sheesh! LOL!

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      ivan 7 years ago

      lmao..NO FREE LAPTOP

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      Johnyboy 7 years ago

      Hmm that was pretty useful. To bad there are still idiots that support the idea of "FR.EE". I also believe there are no free stuff (even online) because otherwise you'll have to ask why would someone do something for you?

      On the other hand, I was advertising same thing till now (with the exception that I like trials and zip submits) which may not be as FR.EE as you say. I mean for an auto insurance there is definitely money involved as well as for an adult site subscription.

      Great article, very well written. Thanks a lot.

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      writer120383 7 years ago from India

      If don't think there is anything called a free laptop. There are hidden charges everywhere

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      Great Notebook Hub 8 years ago

      Great heads up with all those "freebie" offers out there, thanks!

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      Free Annual Credit Report 8 years ago

      I'm with you Eric, what company out there could survive giving away free "anything" let alone laptops without there being someway of not only re couping those costs but to also turn a profit... As you say in some cases it works great but in most you pay either way...

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      Eric Hartman 8 years ago from Greensburg, Pennsylvania

      Ok Havingabadhairday, I checked out your link above, and guess what....more hoops. You still have to complete 'OFFERS' and still have to shell out cash.

      Sorry, but there really is NO such thing as a Free Lunch!

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      havingabadhairday 8 years ago

      What side of the bed did you get up on this morning? Did you really do any research on the incentive industry at all before you wrote this fear, doom and scam nonsense?

      Sorry Eric hate to break the news to you man. But there really are 4free-sites that do not make you jump through loops as you mentioned above. Check out http://120.rocketbills.com/?referral=13580 for example.

      Yes I to have been on such sites as yours and unfortunately they give legit sites such as wish4free.http://platinum.wish4free.com?referral=22971 a bad name.

      Another reason I support this industry is that they police themselves against such scam artists by ranking sites that provide free gifts and cash payout. Members are warned to stay away from the fly-by night sites and/or traders. This info is posted in the community forum such as www.anything4free.com

      So Eric do yourself a favor and walk towards the light, click on the above links to find out for yourself if in deed they are real or not before you continue down this path of speaking ill against an industry you obviously know little about.

      Again, sorry but I'm havingabadhairday

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      joseph amoako 8 years ago

      hi