HERE’S HOW IT WORKS: YouriPad4Free.com is one of a series of websites by a company called Transcendent Innovations (TRAINN for short) that offer you a brand name piece of electronic equipment for “free”. There is a LOT of chatter on the web about sites like this and people are naturally distrustful of them. I decided to do some research on these type of sites, and this is the one I chose. Here’s how it works: To get your free iPad, you have to take one of two paths.
In the first path, you must sign up and complete ONE “offer” through links on their site. Many of their offers are familiar to you (NetFlix, Discover Card, BMG Music, Book of the Month Club, etc) and require you to take a trial offer of some service or club where you get something each month. In all cases you WILL have to spend something to complete the offer – you don’t get credit if you cancel immediately. Thankfully you can usually cancel all the offers after your initial trial – but you have to read the rules carefully. After completing one offer, you must then refer 12 other people to their site who also join and complete one offer. With that done you get your iPad.
The second path can be completed without having to bug your friends or spam out emails to people (that is frowned upon anyway and if you are caught doing that your account will be deactivated – so DON’T do it!). In this path, you must acquire 1350 “points” to get your iPad. You get points ONLY by completing offers. Since most of the offers are for 50 points, you really have to complete about 27 of them to earn your iPad. There are 150-200 offers to choose from, so you do have choice, but as I mention above, you will have to go through a trial and/or first month of service before cancelling in order to get credit. From reading through ALL the offers, they average about $10 each to complete the requirements – some more, some less. There are occassional “free offers” where you can get points without spending anything – but you’ve got to search for them. Anyway, as you can see, you will probably spend $200-$300 in offers in order to get the points necessary for your iPad.
Hopefully the above makes sense. This is how they can offer you the electronics for “free”. In reality, you are either bringing other customers into the system or you are getting people to sign up for offers. TRAINN gets a cut everytime someone signs up, and obviously their cut for completing 27 offers (or brining in new users) is more than the cost of the iPad – which they simply buy and send to you. In this case everyone makes something off the deal.
MY EXPERIENCE: I signed up for this program not knowing what to expect. I’ve completed one offer so far (ArrowOutlet.com) because I was curious to see what Penny Auctions were all about (I’ll have an entry on ArrowOutlet up shortly). I got credited from TRAINN within minutes of signing up for the auction site. I’m willing to continue on and see if I can get an iPad.
FINAL REVIEW: An interesting program and one I’m very interested in seeing if it works. The key to ask yourself before signing up is – are you willing to join a bunch of book clubs and free trials, spend $250 over a few months time, and deal with the hassle to remember to cancel all of them – in exchange for a $600 iPad? If so, then this might be right for you. Let me know your results and I’ll update mine in this blog. Click HERE to open a new window and go to YouriPad4free.com.