You've seen the ads, possibly even on this site: Get a Palm, a gift card, an iPod, an iBook, or an Apple Mac mini for free. The list of these "free" items is endless. Maybe you've even clicked on one of the ad links and decided it was just a scam to get your email address. The article chronicles author's one and only experience with these "gift" offers. It's intended to help you decide if offers like these are for you.