A savvy student has worked out a way of getting gadgets on Amazon for FREE – saving himself £1,300 in just six weeks.
Adam Murray, 20, was browsing through Facebook when he saw an advert looking for someone to test a mobile phone case.
It explained that he would have to purchase the item and publish a review online – after which he could apply for a refund.
The money would then be deposited in his account a few days later – which is exactly what happened.
Adam has since bought around £1,300 worth of products during lockdown including wireless headphones, ski goggles and a cordless vacuum.
He said: “The first ad offered a phone case. You had to be a product tester – and would get the product completely free.
“I thought: ‘If I can get a phone case for free I’m not gonna say no’. I clicked on it and then the ad sent an automatic message to the store saying I was interested.
“Then I got a message asking if I had an Amazon and PayPal account. So I said: ‘Yes’.
“I was then sent some more automated replies and, after a few more messages, was sent a link to the product.
“You then send them a screenshot of the receipt of the order and wait for it to come.
“After that you review it on Amazon, wait a couple days for the review to go live then send proof of the review – and receive a refund from PayPal.”
Adam, who is studying business at the Cardiff University, Wales, started off on May 14 buying items worth no more than £10.
But as he realised the scheme was working he increased his purchases – reaching £40 at one point.
He said: “I was sceptical because all I’d been spending was £10. £40 seemed like quite a bit – although they sent me the money before I even bought it on this one.
“I said I was going to buy it I hadn’t even got the item when they sent me the money via PayPal.”
Adam, from Taunton, Somerset, then decided to start spending time looking for as many things as he could over Facebook – as long as he found them useful.
He said: “It’s not like you have to go through any dodgy websites. It’s just Amazon. One of the comments I saw a lot was that it must be a scam – when it isn’t!
“I see why people would think that but I wanna get it out there that its such a good way to get products.”
Adam said he did some research and claims to have discovered that Amazon has an algorithm which places the best reviewed products at the top.
He said this is then why companies sell their items for free – so that they can get a five-star review and make it to the top.