Free Giveaway Offers

by Big Al 4 replies
Hi Guys

I'm on a few lists (aren't we all) and I love it!

Just curious about the freebie giveaway offers that I often get. For example there might be several to a few hundred ebooks on various subjects (usually IM) that you can download for free.

The beauty is that the author gets you on their list and often there is a OTO offer. Is this the general 'benefit' and reason to get involved? Or is it the hope that someone like me passes it on to my list and you have a 'downline'?

What do you guys think and what are your thoughts? I don't often end up downloading much of the material (I'm one of those stupid ppl that probably thinks its junk when it's free which isn't the case).

The ones I do download are usually those of some of the Warriors here (I won't name names but Hamsters are involved).

Thanks

Al
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  • Profile picture of the author J. Barry Mandel
    Just be careful.

    I recently read that there are some viruses that are worked into those big give-a-ways so if you don't know how to keep your computer safe it might be advisable not to do it.

    On the positive side it's a great way to get a ton of great stuff for free.

    Actually while there might be a OTO listed one of the big things is that everyone who contributes to such a give-a-way gets the right to email you so you end up (somehow) on lots of lists.
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    • Profile picture of the author Chris Lockwood
      Originally Posted by Justin Mandel View Post

      Just be careful.

      I recently read that there are some viruses that are worked into those big give-a-ways so if you don't know how to keep your computer safe it might be advisable not to do it.

      On the positive side it's a great way to get a ton of great stuff for free.

      Actually while there might be a OTO listed one of the big things is that everyone who contributes to such a give-a-way gets the right to email you so you end up (somehow) on lots of lists.
      Wow, so much misinformation in a short post!

      Justin, unless you have some proof, you're doing people a great disservice by posting that.

      Do you even know how giveaways work? You almost always download the gifts from the individual list owners' sites.

      I've participated in many giveaways. Why in the world would I want to give people a file with a virus? Most of the gifts I've seen are PDFs, and I'm not aware of any viruses being passed by a PDF- are you?

      If someone wants to spread a virus, they just need to get people to download it, so how is a giveaway any different from any other way people distribute files?

      It's like saying I bought a crappy product from a guy named Joe, so I will no longer buy anything from anyone named Joe.

      Your last sentence is just plain FALSE- the only lists you wind up on are the ones you sign up for, not every person's list who is in the giveaway.

      You obviously have never contributed to one since you're posting so much misinformation here.
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      • Profile picture of the author Kym Robinson
        OUCH!

        Ok...Im thinking that Big Al was asking about all the normal freebies we all get access to via email lists etc, and not about the big giveaway promotions????
        If that's right - my answer is it is definately worth while giving up your email addy for some of these freebies! (dont forget alot are crap but you have to check them out to know!)

        The advantage of ebooks that you can pass to others, is either - the person who gave it to you now has his advertising going viral - or if its a rebrandable book, you put your info/links in and then re-distribute it in which case your promo is now going viral!

        Dont ever think of Free stuff as being crap!
        One of my best ever reads was from Yaro and although Free was dynamite stuff that I would have paid good money for! (get that report from my blog - its wicked!)

        So - if you sign up, get the freebie and dont like it - dont use it! and if you dont like the emails you are getting - unsubscribe!
        Thats just my humble opinion anyway!
        Kym
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      • Profile picture of the author J. Barry Mandel
        Hi Chris,


        You're right, I have never participated in one and have only done the research on it and as a result have chosen not to do so as of yet.

        As far as why someone would want to put a virus into something, I'm not sure. I am not involved with things like that and have not given it much thought whatsoever. But, surely there must be someway for the creator of the virus to benefit in some way like for example take over a computer. I would imagine if that was done someone *might* benefit heavily in some way?

        There was a post on the old forum with 2 people being adversely affected by viruses from the downloads they did. So you'd have to ask them. Their point was that the person who operated the give-a-way never checked into what exactly was being distributed which ended up doing a job on their computer. So you would have to ask them (plural) as to what exactly happened and how they were adversely affected.

        I don't have proof, but they (obviously) did. I think if they had to hire someone to help them get their computer back online the receipt from the computer repair guy might be proof enough?

        So clearly there is not merely as much information being presented as you are making it out to be.

        Who knows? Maybe those 2 warrors might pop in and shine some light on the situation...

        What's the saying - Buyer Beware?


        Originally Posted by Chris Lockwood View Post

        Wow, so much misinformation in a short post!

        Justin, unless you have some proof, you're doing people a great disservice by posting that.

        Do you even know how giveaways work? You almost always download the gifts from the individual list owners' sites.

        I've participated in many giveaways. Why in the world would I want to give people a file with a virus? Most of the gifts I've seen are PDFs, and I'm not aware of any viruses being passed by a PDF- are you?

        If someone wants to spread a virus, they just need to get people to download it, so how is a giveaway any different from any other way people distribute files?

        It's like saying I bought a crappy product from a guy named Joe, so I will no longer buy anything from anyone named Joe.

        Your last sentence is just plain FALSE- the only lists you wind up on are the ones you sign up for, not every person's list who is in the giveaway.

        You obviously have never contributed to one since you're posting so much misinformation here.
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