I have pretty much committed myself to getting a Mac Mini soon, probably the basic model but with the 512MB RAM upgrade. I will also need to get a screen (probably a 17″ LCD), keyboard and KVM switch, which will allow me to switch between the Mac and my laptop. I haven’t yet decided when I’m going to get them – I have the money right now but I’m somewhat tempted to wait a bit.
But when I do get it, I’ve decided that I will pay for it in full, out of my own money, like I did with my iPod Mini. Like with the iPod, there’s a site offering free Mac Minis in return for signing up 10 of your friends for various offers, such as those from AOL and Blockbuster. Apart from the fact that this is for US residents only, I have a couple of ethical problems with it.
- Firstly, it’s a pyramid scheme. While they can be very advantageous to popular, early adopters, if you happen to be towards the pyramid you’re more likely to lose out. With the requirement here being 10 referrals instead of 5, that likelihood is even higher.
- I also don’t want to have to subject other people to this. Even if I was a US resident I don’t think any of the offers would interest me. Sure, I could leave after a month but it’s a lot of hassle.
If you are interested in getting a Mac Mini for free then I’m not going to stop you – in fact, why not give Luke Hutteman a helping hand and use his referral link? But for me, personally, I’d rather do it my way.
Note to commenters: Please do not spam the comments with your referral links. They’re not welcome here.