I know there are hundreds and thousands of you out there who are eagerly anticipating the birth of the Apple iPhone 5. Heck I bet some of you have even booked time off work so you can stand in line with the rest of the hopefuls awaiting to be one of the first to get a iPhone 5 in their hands. Now, some of you may think these people are mad, but wait until you hear about the fellow who’s already started queueing. Bonkers right? You’re wrong.
Now this story has come from Metro who have been doing the scoop on this guy. Rob Shoesmith, who has apparently quit his day job has been living off free goods and handouts and to date, has blagged over $40,000 worth of stuff. Amazing, huh!?
Shoesmith is 29 years-old and has managed to get all sorts of wonderful and wacky giveaways. They range from small bottles of aftershave and scented candles to the more extraordinary luxury items such as use of a £20,000 Chevrolet car and hundreds of pounds worth in outdoor gear and food from the best restaurants around.
Of course, I bet you are wondering how this former bin-man turned marketing executive manages to get so much gear? Well, we can tell you that it is all part of a cleverly thought up advertising campaign. Get it? camp-aign? Rob, you got a coat for us? Thanks.
As you can guess, Rob works for a company that endorses all the free items he gets. He is after all, a marketing executive, and works for Medl Mobile. He then uses his popular blog to promote the companies who have donated him the products that he can use to help him survive his iPhone 5 camping experience.
He told Metro.co.uk of his relationship with his postman at the moment, and say’s jokingly “The postman doesn’t like me right now, something’s coming through every day at the moment.”
The stunt, which by now is all over the internet has attracted so much attention that we are sure he will double his $40,000’s worth of free gear, and generate lots of new contracts with companies who he has contacted for the use of free goods so far.
When he is done with this experience, Rob intends to donate all of the stuff he has acquired to charity, as long as it is reusable though.
This is not the first time Rob Shoesmith has been in the limelight though, as in 2009, he made headlines with a design for an iPhone application that ended up being picked for a competition.
So, what do you make of this stunt? Do you believe he is being stupid and greedy, or could actually be a genius? I bet it made you think, why didn’t I think of this, didn’t it?
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