As an affiliate of many networks, I get to see all the zip code and email address offers being push all over the place. I decided to finally try one of them and see if they are scams, or if you actually get what they are promising. I came across a nice offer from www.MyPremiumRewards.com for a free 42inch plasma TV. To get this free TV all you would need to do is go through their long signup process (loaded with coregs and opt-in offers) and then complete a bunch of offers on the last page of the signup.
I wasn’t able to find the exact landing page that I signed up to initially, as the offer or TV might be out of date now, but if you go towww.MyPremiumRewards.com you will see that they have a lot to offer from their main page. You basically pick the item you are looking for on the main page, then go through the signup process.
Before signing up, I already knew that this was going to be a tricky task to make sure I did everything right and not miss any of their
terms and conditions, as they probably hope you will do. So what I did was make a new email address strictly for this promotion. This way I would have all emails and documentation on my signups and verification emails. (Sites like Free Samples Without Surveys have many of these types of offers available)
Surprisingly enough, MyPremiumRewards.com was very good with their customer support forms and usually got back to me within 1-3 days. I eventually went on to complete all my necessary offers and kept in contact with MyPremiumRewards.com often to make sure everything was credited and that I was in compliance. MyPremiumRewards.com had sent an email that I needed to print out and get notarized from a bank, basically saying I agree to their terms and accept the TV. After sending back the notarized letter, I got my new free tv within a couple weeks! This was an amazing test and it actually worked, I then told two other friends about the offer and they soon had their own free TVs from MyPremiumRewards.com as well.
I got a call a few days before delivery and a huge freight truck dropped off the Panasonic TV.
While the majority of offers listed on these sites are not premium deals the average person would subscribe to (especially since you now need to complete 24 offers to get your prize from MyPremiumRewards.com), you may find that you actually will like a few. Since signing up for the offers I am still a member of the Blockbuster DVD Rental Service, and have fulfilled my membership commitment with Columbia House (was able to order some nice
DVDs), and I tried out GameFly.com for a month (then cancelled after trial was up). Everything else has been fully cancelled.
Some important things to remember:
- Make sure you keep all emails and signup information from all offers you need to complete. You will need these when canceling your free trials and subscription based offers.
- While it was essentially a “free TV”, it did end up costing me around $250 in trial fees and shipping costs.
- If you do not want to get billed, make sure you cancel all of your trial offers and subscriptions as soon as possible. For some offers you will need to send products back (ie: book clubs, postage hardware etc). Some of these companies will try and get you to stay by offering a free month or a better deal, unless you want the service, it’s usually in your best interest to just cancel.
- The site hosting the offer usually has nothing to do the with processing of the trial offers and subscriptions that you need to sign up to. You will need to contact the company and the offer site, should you have any problems.
- Lastly, a few of these companies will make it very tricky for you to cancel your subscriptions. It will be very easy for you to get burned and have to pay if you do not follow all instructions carefully. You will need to return items with special RAN (Return Authorization Number), that you will need to call the company first to receive, then place on the package before sending back.
Just last month I received a tax form from MyPremiumRewards.com saying the TV was valued at $1699. This means I will also have to pay taxes on the TV, as it was a prize/income to me. I still have the TV and it works great! I know these offers have a horrible reputation for not sending out their promised prizes and I’m sure some of them don’t. However, my experience with MyPremiumRewards.com was pleasant and worked out. I have not tried any other sites, but I wanted to share my experience with MPR and maybe let a few of my readers take advantage and get a Sony laptop or Apple iPod a little cheaper than buying it in the store.