I got an e-mail today from a website I love that offered FREE coupons and samples, so I signed up and was taken to one of those dreaded never-ending spam offer pages. You know what I’m talking about. The ones where you have to fill out long surveys and click “Next”, “Now”, and “Skip” when it’s available… and you do it again, and again, until you either give up and leave the site or eventually get to whatever you were trying to see in the first place.
Well, I never got past the registration. Instead I was redirected to another website that wanted me to sign up for more FREE samples that I knew was a site that would launch into another round of never-ending spam offers.
This is the 3rd time this week I’ve ended up with a not-so-great deal that was more work than help. So, while I’m ranting, here’s a few warnings for you.
- ShoppyBag: This “exclusive” social shopping site won’t let you register on their website. Instead, when your friends sign up using their GMail e-mail address and password, it uses their account to send automatic invitations to everyone in their contact list stating that your friend “tagged you in a photo”. To stop these e-mails, click “unsubscribe” at the bottom of one you receive. And just so you know, there’s no photo of you on the site.
- HomeRun: While not as sneaky as ShoppyBag, HomeRun is also racking up some bad reviews! Like ShoppyBag, you sign up with your e-mail account, giving them access to your entire contact list. However, instead of just sending e-mails to your friends, they tempt you to opt in by saying you’ll get a FREE gift by sharing with your friends. Your friends will get an e-mail saying you sent them a FREE gift, but they have to sign up, give Homerun access to their contact list, and share too. From what I’ve read, their daily deal site is legitimate and you may get a FREE gift out of it. I’m just not sure it’s worth it.
I think we may all need to read this article to remind us about do’s and don’ts when online. It gave me a laugh!
So, to sum this up, if you want to spend a lot of time to get FREE coupons and samples, please let me know if you ever get past the registration to the actual page or if it’s just an endless loop of bad offers.