Nothing in life is free, and with Walmart’s latest iTunes gift card deal – $100 of iTunes credit for $80 – that is especially true. Sure you receive $20 of “free” turns through this deal, but it’s going to cost you – your personal information.
Tech sites everywhere are hailing this newest offer as the motherlode of free music, and there is no doubt, $80 for $100 worth of music is alluring. After purchasing the deal through Walmart, they will send the customer an email with a PIN and a unique code for the iTunes Store. With that info, shoppers can access the iTunes Store and start their little spending spree. If you are feeling particularly generous, you can even choose to have the access information sent to a friend so that you can gift them with $100 worth of music.
But alas, the fine print. The only way to purchase this dandy deal is to give Walmart your name and other contact information which, per Walmart’s company policy, will likely be shared with the brands within its corporate umbrella, as well as outside third parties. From Walmart’s website:
- We may combine all the information we collect. We may disclose your information within our corporate family of companies.
- We may disclose your personal information to third parties under the following limited circumstances:
- with service providers or suppliers that help with our business operations or joint products.
- with your consent.
- when necessary to protect the safety, property, or other rights of Walmart, customers, or associates, or when otherwise required by law.
From there you can expect a deluge of email, and possibly snail mail, offerings from Walmart, as well as other companies who paid for your information.
One other thing, that gift card is not at all refundable, which means no changing your mind after purchase. So before buying your Walmart iTunes gift card, you may want to ask yourself how important saving that $20 is, because shelling out that extra $20 for your music could just protect your and your inbox’s privacy.
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