Harvard students cash in on free iPod deal

“You sign on to a website and agree to a free trial offer from a company. You find five friends to do the same. As soon as the fifth friend keys in, your free iPod is on its way to you in the mail. Sounds too good to be true, but it’s not,” Illeana Ojeda reports for The Harvard Crimson.

“Since June, Harvard students have been among the 200,000 people visiting freeipods.com every day, on their way to getting one of the $300 digital music players for free. According to Peter Martin, co-founder of the company that started freeipods.com, Gratis Internet, the company has sent out over 6,500 ipods. In the 02138 zip code alone, Martin estimated that several thousand customers have signed up,” Ojeda reports.

“At the website, you can choose among a free iPod, iPod mini or $250 iTunes gift certificate. In return, all you have to do is sign up for one of several marketing offers from companies like Blockbuster or Citigroup credit cards,” Ojeda reports. “Yet even some students who have received their free iPods view the offer as some sort of a scam.”

Full article here.


  1. Faht on Hahvahd!

    A Harvard and a Yale student are both in the men’s room. As the Yale student leaves, the Harvard student says, “At Harvard, they teach us to wash our hands after we urinate.” The Yale student replies, “At Yale, they teach us not to piss on our hands.”

    (The follow-up: From one of the stalls, a guy calls out: “It wouldn’t matter anyway. The guy from Dartmouth was just here and pissed in the sink!”)

  2. Or there’s the other joke:

    A Yale student is in Harvard Yard, and he pulls over a Harvard Student. He asks him, “Do you know where the nearest library’s at?”

    The Harvard student responds, “Here at Harvard, we don’t end our sentences in prepositions.”

    The Yale student thinks, then asks again. “Ok, do you know where the nearest library’s at, asshole?”

  3. I won’t be a moron and put up a link, but I will say I got my iPod this way and listening to it right now. Interesting concept… was shocked it actually came. But best of all, Gratis is buying the iPods directly from Apple, so it’s helping Apple’s bottom line just a tiny tiny bit. 😀

  4. “Peter, so you don’t wash your hands after you piss […]”

    Nah. I’m the guy who pissed in the sink.

    Actually, that’s an old joke used for various groups. I first heard it as Harvard and Yale, but I’ve also heard it as Navy and Marines, USC and UCLA, etc.

    That said…

    Two Aggies wanted to make a trip to Los Angeles. As they were driving, they saw a sign which read “LOS ANGELES: LEFT”. So they turned around and went home. On their way home, the encountered another sign: “CLEAN BATHROOMS, NEXT FIVE MILES”. So they did.

    Actually, the Navy/Marine joke reminded me of another one I heard at a joint service academy function years ago: A civilian presenter is finishing up his presentation and says, “So we’ll break now for lunch and meet back here in an hour-and-a-half. For those of you in the Army, that’s 1300 hours. For those of you in the Navy, that’s 3 Bells (or whatever the number is–I don’t know). For those of you in the Air Force, that’s 1:00PM. And for the Marines, Mickey’s big hand will be on the…”

    Thank you! I’ll be here all week. Try the veal!

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