This is slashdot. I claim I got a bunch of tech toys for free, and you think I'm making it up. I also mention I'm married, and that you accept?Haha, nice. So you're claiming to have gotten a PSP, a wii, and PS3 for free? I mean, I know it's slashdot, but maintain SOME credibility!!
On a slightly more serious note:
* PSP - won in an office competition. Two weeks after I bought the thing for the competition.
* PS2 - Upgraded a cellphone contract and got a R1000 gift card, which I used to buy the PS2
* WII - Bought 5 for the office competition, supplier gave me one for free
* PS3 - Got a tax refund on my birthday, my wife used it to get me a PS3 (technically still for free).
But there are many other things I've gotten for free in the past, when I was more actively involved in hardware acquisition. When you spend large amounts of money with large organisations they tend to give you "incentives". When it happens through my company I have to declare it (one of the reasons most companies have policies governing this is because it happens so often). When it happens to me personally (or through the company I own to buy computer equipment), I just accept it. Currently, the office prizes are a good source of free things. Over the past year + we've given away 2 x PSP, 1 x XBox, 5 x PS3, 5 x WII, and an assortment of LCD monitors, GPS units, you name it. We even gave away a 7 night holiday to Mauritius for 2, all expenses included, including spending money.
Jus on this note. I'm not sure about anywhere else, but in South Africa it pays to negotiate EVERYTHNG (and I would tend to believe this applies everywhere). I've gotten free samoosas from an indian curry shop (owner wouldn't drop the price on what I was buying, so I persuaded him to give me some free (inexpensive) food). I often get an additional item thrown in for free if I buy enough of something (do your monthly shopping in bulk!). Sometimes vendors will give you something for free if you just ask for it. I once had a terrible experience at a hardware vendor, which they tried hard to resolve. Afterwards the guy apologised, and I asked if he'd give me a free 40GB HDD to make up for it. I was joking, he said yes (obviously I hadn't been a screaming banshee mad customer during the problem). My brother-in-law (who's a golf pro on the Sunshine tour) has gotten:
* Satelite decoder
* 2 TVs
* 3 Lounge suites (one pretty tacky)
* Seemingly limitless free services on all his cars
* Seemingly limitless free medical and dental checkups (and one set of free braces)
* and more
So, look around and you will find many opportunities to get free stuff.