Sony Playstation 3 Giveaway

August 15, 2007

Post Summary:
Be one of the first 13 people to sign up and as my referral and ‘go green’ to http://sonyps3giveaway.co.uk/ using this link:

and if I get the PS3 from them you will go into a draw to win that PS3. You therefore have a 1 in 13 chance of getting it!

Interested – Read on…
I recently found the site http://sonyps3giveaway.co.uk/ and signed up to it so that I can see what it’s about, and they state if you refer 13 people to the site, and they sign up and complete an offer, then you will receive a Playstation 3.

After my initial ‘scam’ perception my first thought was along the lines of ‘how can they stop you paying 13 friends £5 to sign up?’, and thus you would get the PS3 for £65 or so (depending on the offer you complete). I assume their fraud checks would sort this out.

Then I took a look around the web and saw several other places set up using their referral links and stating that if you sign up and recommend friends you too can get a free PS3…but that’s not as easy as it may seem. You sign up, and you then have to have several other people use your referral link to sign up – in the mean time the place where you clicked from is using your credit and you get nothing back from them. My sign up cost £5 (I did the one for Coral Bet, and then lost that £5 betting on Dundee United winning a game 2-0 – great odds, obviously). If I don’t make 13 referrals, that’s all profit. If I deposit more money with Coral, they’re even happier.


My proposal with this post is that you use my referral link to sign up for this offer and, if you do so and I am sent a free Playstation 3, I will give it away to one of the 13 people who first used my referral link and went ‘green’. You’re welcome to continue in your attempts to get a PS3 by referring people to your own link, of course, but this gives you one extra chance to be a winner and to get a Playstation 3 for next to nothing.

Why am I doing this?
I’ve always been a little skeptical about these things actually working and would like to find out one way or the other as to whether these offers are legitimate.

I already own a Playstation 3 so although I would love to get another and sell it on eBay, I doubt very much I could convince 13 friends to sign up for this service.

What do I get out of this?

Not much really, and I’ll end up making a loss. Playstation 3s are actually quite hefty machines and I have no idea how much it will cost to send by recorded delivery (I may give anyone who wins the option to send me a paypal contribution for this under an ‘honor’ system).

I’m already £5 down for signing up to one of the offers myself.

I might get a few more readers, I guess, if someone comes along and likes what they read here. Otherwise I get the satisfaction of knowing once and for all whether or not these things do work.

What’s to stop me from keeping the PS3, or stating that it never arrived in the first place?
Nothing really. You have to have some degree of trust, or gamble, for signing up to these things in the first place. I guess you should just go one step further to question whether or not you trust me. If in doubt, don’t sign up.

Onto the annoying stuff.
The http://sonyps3giveaway.co.uk/ website has terms and conditions that you have to adhere to, so of course you have to agree and stick to those. One of them is that you should be based in the UK – so that’s also one of my requirements. I know that I’m in the UK and I’ll be the one receiving the PS3 in the first instance, but I really don’t want to post it too far due to the weight and cost. Plus, you shouldn’t be signing up to their site anyway if you’re not in the UK.

You sign up and use my referral link at your own risk. I cannot guarantee that I will receive a PS3 and so cannot guarantee that I will be able to give one away. If and when I do give one away I don’t see how I can stop anyone from complaining or saying it’s fixed. My decision is final as far as who gets it, as is the method I choose to randomise the selection process. I also can’t guarantee that the person who does receive it will turn around and say that it was delivered to the wrong place – which means if I announce the winner and they state they don’t receive it, I’m not going to provide a replacement. I’m in London so you can collect it from me if you win and don’t wish to have me post it.

What happens if you sign up and I don’t get 12 others?

Then I don’t get a PS3 and I can’t send it on to anyone. Why not link to this post and encourage others to sign up?

Here’s a link to a BBC news item which looks to be a few years old and was about the free iPod deals which ran under the same system. http://news.bbc.co.uk/media/video/40101000/rm/_40101790_ipods_carver22_vi.ram

Here’s my interaction with the http://sonyps3giveaway.co.uk/ website asking if I would be able to do this:

Dear Sirs,

I have signed up for this giveaway and completed my offer, which leaves me with 13 referrals to now try and get.

I already have a playstation 3, and was wondering what your terms were for offering this giveaway as a prize?

That is, I wanted to offer readers of my blog a 1 in 13 chance of winning a playstation 3 – they would sign up to this service via my referral link and complete an offer. They would then confirm to me their details and the offer completion, and after 13 people have completed and I receive the playstation 3, I then do a prize draw to see who receives it before shipping it to them.

I am hoping you may first confirm if this is acceptable or not, and secondly (if it is acceptable) if there is a way for me to see details of my referrals so I can validate those who sign up.

Many thanks


and their response

Cherie – Support

Hi Mike,

This is fine. Although we if you could send us a link to your blog so that we can see how it goes.

As far as the referrals personal details. You will be able see their email address, User ID and whether or not they have completed an offer. Because of our Privacy Policy we wouldn’t be able to give you any other info, but you could enquire through your blog.

Just a note: keep in mind you (and your referrals) will need to stay withen the Term’s & Condition’s of our site.

New correspondence 15th August 2007:

Hi Cherie,

Thank you for such a prompt response. I have posted this in my blog – http://www.murphyzville.com/blog/sony-playstation-3-giveaway_103

Please let me know if you feel any of the post is in breech of your terms and conditions and would affect the outcome and I will amend the post as necessary.




Hi Mike,

Your blog looks great and I don’t see anything that breach’s our T&C’s at this time. I make one suggestion….

You mentioned that you would give the PS3 to one of the first 13 people that use your referral link. I would suggest that you change that to the first 13 people who go “green” (meaning they completed the offers successfully). This way if a few people do not complete the requirements correctly they are not eligible for your contest.

That was just a suggestion. Good luck with your competition!

Kind Regards, Cherie

As a result of this I have slightly edited the post to include ‘go green’ in a few places.

I’ll provide updates to the status below as and when people sign up so you know how close we are to getting one.

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PS3 Status

Enough talk – sign me up

Firstly you need to click on the link below to go to the http://sonyps3giveaway.co.uk/ website.
Follow their instructions for signing up and completing an offer. You must be one of the first 13 people to ‘go green’ by completing an offer.

Once this is done, come back and leave a comment stating that you have done this so that I can go see if you are one of my referrals.

Please use your same email address when leaving a comment as you did when completing the offer so that I can compare.

I’ll then be in touch with you via email to confirm and to open up the lines of communication with us in case you’re the one who receives the PS3 at the end of all of this.

Use the comments below, my contact page or email me at michael @ murphyz.co.uk

Final Note
I’m sending a link to this post to the guys who run the promotion as per the request from Cherie above. If I need to change any of the above information in light of their response, I will do so and announce here.


4 Responses to “Sony Playstation 3 Giveaway”

  1. Wavatar Jason on January 9th, 2008 7:14 pm

    That’s cool, will give it a try, thanks!

  2. Wavatar bryan on April 5th, 2008 10:08 pm

    hello dude, have u got any referals yet or not

  3. Wavatar murphyz on April 9th, 2008 11:55 am

    Hey there,

    I have had several people sign up – but none have gone on to complete the offers.


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