So tonight, around 9:45, I get a phone call. Telemarketing. Not sure how they can call, considering I have the no call deal setup. But, it’s a marketing firm so maybe they get past all of that because of surveys.
Anyway, she said something about two free flicks, so I went through with it. And damn, it took like 25 minutes and I was getting pretty pissed.
Almost through it, I asked if this thing was almost done. The girl said yes and that nobody had completed one with her today (and I’m sure they have quotas and all), so I felt bad and continued on.
The questions were all movie/dvd/entertainment related. A lot of repitition (do you own a DVD player? How many? Do you plan on buying one in the next 12 months? Etc.) But man, it went on forever.
So we finally finished.
Then came the part for them looking for the personal info (after all, how would they send me my free DVDs, right?)
I was waiting for the catch. Had to be one, right? I was like “Before I give all this, what’s the catch? How much is this going to cost me? Will there be a bill with them?”
No. Everything, free.
Sure, they might call me in the next 6-12 months to see if I’ve changed any of my preferences and all, but no, not one catch.
So she rattles off a list of movies. I get Napoleon Dynamite. I ask her to rattle them again (she was faster with this than the survey) and I grab a solid 80s flick in Say Anything. Then she’s like “Oh, they are saying you get a third DVD.”
So I say “Is this the catch and that the third will cost me 15 bucks or something?”
She says nope and asks for a third. I didn’t know a lot of the others or didn’t like some. She rattled them again and I missed some of them (although I think, looking back, if I had answered differently for some things, I might have gotten a better selection.) So I took Fever Pitch because it’s baseball and it’s new and I haven’t seen it.
She says 4-6 weeks I’ll have my flicks and thanked me. That was it.
So, I spent 25 minutes taking a survey and I got three free flicks. Not too shabby.
Although I think they are faster. Some voices I heard in the background went through things much faster. Either way, not a bad deal for free flicks!