Get a $5 Amazon MP3 credit for free

Well, "free" in this case means in exchange for a bit of personal info and a few minutes of your time. Worth it?

Who says you can't get something for nothing? Scott Products will give you a $5 Amazon MP3 credit in exchange for a few bits of personal info.
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What price freedom -- I mean, freebie?

Suppose, for example, I told you you get could five bucks' worth of music free of charge, but you'd have to fork over a bit of time and personal info. Sound like a fair trade?

Here's the deal: Scott Products (makers of Scott paper towels, toilet paper, and whatnot) is offering a $5 Amazon MP3 credit when you sign up for Scott Shared Values, which is basically the company's coupon/reward service.

As these things go, it's actually pretty innocuous. Just supply your name, date of birth, gender, ZIP code, and e-mail address. You can opt out of Scott Brand mailings and third-party offers, so the resulting spam should be minimal.

After completing and submitting the signup form, you'll see a page offering a coupon for some Scott product or another. Look near the bottom and you'll see this link: "No thanks. Take me to the Amazon page."

Next, there's a quick questionnaire (with yet another annoying Captcha -- why oh why don't companies switch to this?). Then, at last, you get your redemption code.

Copy it to the clipboard, click through to Amazon, then click Enter Your Code and paste it in. There, that wasn't too painful, was it?

Unlike a lot of the Amazon MP3 freebies I've seen lately, this one doesn't expire in, like, a week -- you've got until the end of January 2013, to use the credit.

And you can use it for whatever you want: individual songs, a complete or partial album, and so on. (Check out Amazon's latest batch of $5 MP3 albums, one of which might be the perfect match for a $5 credit.)

So, what do you think? Is this deal worth a little bit of time and information? Personally, I think it's a no-brainer. I get marketed to all the time; I might as well get something out of it.

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