Free Stuff...



  • The GamePop console is going to be a big brother. BlueStacks today unveiled the GamePop Mini, a new device that, for a $6.99 monthly subscription, allows access to more than $200 worth of games for free.

    You can now get "Free Stuff" for $7 a month... what a deal!



  • @WernerCD said:

    You can now get "Free Stuff" for $7 a month... what a deal!


    If the subscription provides other services, then yes, it is a deal. The same way you'd be quite happy if your internet service provider started a campaign to hand out free lapdances to anyone who buys the highest bandwidth residential internet package. (We all know what you're using it for)



  • @WernerCD said:

    You can now get "Free Stuff" for $7 a month... what a deal!

    Direct TV (at least in our area) is advertising a "Free DVR" that you pay $5.00 a month to rent. I fail to see how charging someone for something they don't get to keep is "free".


    Must be a new use of the word "free", much like the word "safe" in Hitchikers Guide To The Galaxy:

    “Arthur: If I asked you where the hell we were, would I regret it?


    Ford: We're safe.


    Arthur: Oh good.


    Ford: We're in a small galley cabin in one of the spaceships of the Vogon Constructor Fleet.


    Arthur: Ah, this is obviously some strange use of the word safe that I wasn't previously aware of.”



  • @Snooder said:

    @WernerCD said:

    can now get "Free Stuff" for $7 a month... what a deal!


    If the subscription provides other services, then yes, it is a deal. The same way you'd be quite happy if your internet service provider started a campaign to hand out free lapdances to anyone who buys the highest bandwidth residential internet package. (We all know what you're using it for)

    If you are paying for Super Ultra Cable Package... and happen to get a lapdance as a perk, sure... I could understand tagging a "Get this FREE! with purchase!"... a free bonus to something you are actually paying for. You pay for X and get Y for free as a bonus.

    This is a gaming console, where the whole sales pitch is get "FREE GAMES! (with subscription)". The games ARE the subscription. You aren't paying for a channel and getting free games. You are paying for free games. You pay for X and get X for free as a bonus.

    That's the way it reads, unless I'm mistaken...



  • @DrPepper said:



    Must be a new use of the word "free", much like the word "safe" in Hitchikers Guide To The Galaxy:
     

    This isn't exactly new. Advertisers have known for years that a free $10 item is cheaper than a $10 item that is not free.

    It's just like those free ringtones you get when pay a $20 premium-SMS fee to txt IMASUCKER to 1-900-Free-Ringtones.
    Or the free credit report you get with your $30/mo subscription to Free Credit Report .com



  •  On a related note, you can come into McDonald's and give me $4.99 (plus tax) and I'll give you 20 FREE chicken nuggets! It's so much cheaper than paying $4.99 (plus tax) for them.



  • @WernerCD said:

    This is a gaming console, where the whole sales pitch is get "FREE GAMES! (with subscription)". The games ARE the subscription. You aren't paying for a channel and getting free games. You are paying for free games. You pay for X and get X for free as a bonus.
    How about: you pay the subscription for the console (effectively, you rent it), and you get the games for it as a free bonus! What a deal! Sign me up!



  • @DrPepper said:

    @WernerCD said:
    You can now get "Free Stuff" for $7 a month... what a deal!

    Direct TV (at least in our area) is advertising a "Free DVR" that you pay $5.00 a month to rent. I fail to see how charging someone for something they don't get to keep is "free".


    Must be a new use of the word "free",

    Or "Unlimited" when it comes to ISPs that traffic shape and cap usage if you 'abuse' it.



  • @DrPepper said:

    @WernerCD said:
    You can now get "Free Stuff" for $7 a month... what a deal!

    Direct TV (at least in our area) is advertising a "Free DVR" that you pay $5.00 a month to rent. I fail to see how charging someone for something they don't get to keep is "free".


    Must be a new use of the word "free", much like the word "safe" in Hitchikers Guide To The Galaxy:

    “Arthur: If I asked you where the hell we were, would I regret it?


    Ford: We're safe.


    Arthur: Oh good.


    Ford: We're in a small galley cabin in one of the spaceships of the Vogon Constructor Fleet.


    Arthur: Ah, this is obviously some strange use of the word safe that I wasn't previously aware of.”

    Oh, freddled grunt-bugly...


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