It seems as if it's impossible to sign up for a credit card or a pay-tv or broadband service - or almost anything which requires a long-term contract - without getting a free gift. Banks give stuff away if you meet certain criteria (my favourite current offer is the one gives you a free plane ticket if you invest a minimum of HK$5m. As if someone with that sort of money is desperate for an economy class ticket - yes, you heard that right - to London...).
For subscribing (or re-subscribing) to a bunch of channels on Now TV, I qualified for three glittering prizes (tickets to Camp Disney on a randomly generated day, a Discovery Channel backpack, and a 9" football-shaped mini TV).
Thanks for nothing, as it turns out, because I didn't actually end up with any of these highly desirable items.
I received a letter telling me that I needed to go to pick up the 'gift' from a redemption centre within 30 days. I went to lovely Mongkok. There was a queue stretching right out of the front door of the building. I went home again.
Even better was a gift from a large bank. Off to the redemption centre I went, piece of paper in hand.
There was a notice posted on the door of the obviously closed office, stating that they had run away to TST and hoped that I couldn't be bothered to go there and pick up my gift. OK, I made up that last part, but they had moved without any warning.