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    Taking Free Trials With GiftCards
    What do you think on the idea of taking Free Trials with gift cards and instead of providing your home-phone-# where people can bother you you provide a fax number or your pre-paid cellphone # which you don't use at all?

    Is that considered to be a bad quality or some sort of "cheating"?

    Thanks for your opinions,

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    Quote Originally Posted by arie1985
    Is that considered to be a bad quality or some sort of "cheating"?
    Yes. How would you feel if you were the one offering that promotion (not as an affiliate, but as the advertiser)?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Snowman
    Yes. How would you feel if you were the one offering that promotion (not as an affiliate, but as the advertiser)?
    I don't feel ok when my users complain they get so many phone calls etc after taking a free trial or sometimes they find their CC was charged because of tiny letters hidden somewhere on the form of completing a trial

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    But you feel ok with fraud? People don't give away free stuff for nothing, they wan't your email addy or tele # to market to you some more or your CC as part of a subscription package etc. That's why I've stayed away from all that junk.

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    Trust hits it on the head here Arie. The reason - in fact, the SOLE reason merchants offer "freebies" is to generate new clientele and long term revenues. That is why freebies are offered. If you want something "free" and you accept the freebie in exchange for providing information upon which the freebie is conditioned, then the information you provide should be real. It's called fair play.
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    Quote Originally Posted by arie1985
    I don't feel ok when my users complain they get so many phone calls etc after taking a free trial or sometimes they find their CC was charged because of tiny letters hidden somewhere on the form of completing a trial
    Then don't promote freebie offers...

    Most of those offers are there solely to build marketing lists. Free condoms, win free pizza for a year, free ringtones, whatever - know that anyone accepting the offer is going to get flooded with calls, spam, etc, and likely have their contact info sold a dozen times over.

    That sucks, but to suggest using fake info to claim the offers is to suggest stealing from the merchant who pays your commission checks. From their perspective, that's not cool at all.

    If you really want to protect your users, promote something other than freebie programs. There is just no ethical way around your users getting harassed when they accept something for nothing online.
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