As an undergrad I once joined one of those programs were you fill out online surveys to get an iPod shuffle. It was clearly designed to make most people give up long before they got their iPod. You even had to get a notarized document to make them send it. Fortunately I was at a University where I could get that for free. I did get it in the end, completely free, but boy did it take some determination
Now I have an even more ambitious plan. I have been accepted as a member of the National Consumer Panel where you scan your groceries and do surveys for points. If you earn 278,000 points you get a mini iPad. This is day number 1 of Operation iPad. I wonder how long it will take?