Do you want a new Apple iPod touch, but you don’t exactly have a couple hundred dollars burning a hole in your pocket? How about a new MacBook Pro to keep up with your dot com lifestyle? While you could certainly head out to the local Apple Store and buy either one of these products, it may be a little more appealing to get them for free.
In preparation of their upcoming launch, the team behind idooble.com ordered up this review. The site isn’t quite ready to go just yet, but there is a terrific contest to attract your interest. You can’t beat the price of free, right?
Introducing a Social Shopping Portal
Before we get to the idooble contest, perhaps it would be valuable to take a look at what the actual site will offer when it launches a little later this month. In short, idooble is a social shopping portal that is meant to combine the social networking aspects of services like Facebook and Twitter with the shopping comparison services of Shopping.com and Pronto.com.
If you go to idooble.com right now, you’ll see that they have a few screenshots set up on the main page for you to peruse. From what I can gather, idooble will give you the opportunity to look at reviews, wish lists, and price comparisons for a wide variety of products. Categories include everything from appliances and books to computers and video games.
Navigating through, you’ll have the opportunity to search for specific products, see what the going price is for that product in a number of different stores, and look at the overall ratings that idooble members have given that product thus far.
Each member will be given a “shopper’s profile” for showing their top-rated products, recent Twitter updates, friend lists, blog posts, and more. That’s where the “social” aspect of shopping through idooble comes into play.
Gain Access to the Public Beta
It’s unclear when idooble will launch officially, but you can get in early via the public beta test. From the main page, you’ll see a simple e-mail submission form.
Want to Get a Free MacBook Pro?
We all want free stuff, right? In an effort to build up its user base as quickly as possible, idooble is hosting a contest where the top prize is an Apple MacBook Pro. The version being given away has an Intel Core 2 Duo processor, 2GB RAM, and a 250GB hard drive.
There will be a total of 100 prizes being given away. The first place winner gets the MacBook Pro as mention, but other winners will be given an 8GB iPod touch, 8GB iPod nano, $15 iTunes gift card, or an idooble t-shirt.
Create an Account and Win
So, how can you win?
First, you’ll need to register for an account with idooble.com. You’ll need to enter your name, email address, and zip code, as well as fill out a short survey about your online buying habits. From there, you’ll need to refer your friends to idooble.
First-tier referrals give you ten points, second-tier referrals give you three points, and third-tier referrals give you one point. I couldn’t find the contest deadline on the site, so you’ll want to sign up and start referring as soon as possible. Last I checked, the current leader has over 5000 points already!
Thankfully, there are going to be 100 winners in all, so even if you can’t land the MacBook, you still have a solid shot at the iPod touch, iPod nano, iTunes gift card, or idooble t-shirt. Can you tell that they’re big fans of Apple?