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Pepsi iTunes Music Giveaway: How to cheat and win

MacMerc has posted instructions, photos and a diagram on how to “spy” the inside of specially marked bottles of Pepsi, Diet Pepsi and Sierra Mist to make sure it has a winning code. “The secret is the angle. I’ve found it to be 25 degrees, but that’s really no use when you’re out in the field. Just tilt it until it seems about that, and look up towards it (hold it above your head). With luck, you should be able to see under the cap.”

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sneaky sneaky

Posted by Dan on February 18, 2004 at 6:11 PM (CST)


What a bunch of garbage.  If you can’t deal with 1 in 3 friggin bottles being a winner, then don’t buy them.  People that insist on cheating make me sick.  Every single bottle I’ve picked so far has been a winner, and I’m almost already at the Apple limit of 20 wins, so cheating is pretty stupid if you ask me.

Posted by Twitch on February 18, 2004 at 6:11 PM (CST)


isnt it 200 wins?

Posted by bb_dg on February 18, 2004 at 6:20 PM (CST)


Is it?  Damn, then I’m not near it yet.  I’ve gotten 15 wins since it’s started.  Could have sworn the bottle said 20.  hehehe, well then, more sweet nectar for me!

Posted by Twitch on February 18, 2004 at 6:24 PM (CST)


I’ll keep on cheating <3

Posted by Schiano on February 18, 2004 at 6:28 PM (CST)


isn’t it just cheaper to pay your 99 cents to buy a song because your obviously spending more for a bottle of soda. think about it, if your goal is to win a full album you’re spending more on the soda with a 1 in 3 chance to win, when let’s face it, you can buy the actual CD for that price or just pay $9.99 at the ITMS. just my 2 cents

Posted by joeybalinski on February 18, 2004 at 6:30 PM (CST)


but this way you get the pepsi and the music.

Posted by prth8machine in Ann Arbor, MI on February 18, 2004 at 6:37 PM (CST)


if pepsi and apple are stupid enough to have it where something like this can happen then it’s their own fault.  cheating?  screw that.  pepsi makes over 100% profit on it’s products.  it costs no more then 20 cents to make the amount of soda that goes in a 2 liter.  we’re the ones that are getting cheated.  plus, this is a free country.

Posted by brian c on February 18, 2004 at 6:41 PM (CST)


How can they make more than 100% profit, brian?
How in the world is it possible that if I spend $1.20 on a bottle, that Pepsi make a profit (so this is after operation costs, production, etc.) of $1.40? I take it maths wasn’t your strong suit at school?

If you think you’re being cheated by the price of soft drink (which is cheaper than milk or any juice!), than don’t buy it.
Or do what I do, and buy 1.25 L warm, at whichever supermarket has them on special that week (there’s always 1 supermarket chain with them on special). I only pay between 60-90c AU a bottle!

Posted by Nathan on February 18, 2004 at 6:51 PM (CST)


oh cmon ive been doing that cheat since the day the bottles came out. i just didnt want to post it and get in trouble. i use the bright light in back room of work

Posted by keebie on February 18, 2004 at 6:52 PM (CST)


This might explain why I was 4 wins out of my first 8 bottles and am now 0-4 in my last 4. avoid being screwed by cherry pickers leaving dud bottles I myself need to cherry pick.

Don’t be a jerk..reach some pepsi and take your chances. If your that obsessed with winning every time then you need help…not music.

Posted by xpodimus on February 18, 2004 at 7:06 PM (CST)


Wow, didnt think people would care so much about a stoopid bottle, just cheat and take it!

Posted by the coolest guy. on February 18, 2004 at 7:10 PM (CST)


Not to be a math geek and go -waaay- off topic, but..

Nathan, if you suppose that it costs Pepsi a total of $.25 to make a single bottle of pepsi, to get 100% profits, they would need to sell it for $.50. That is, 100% of the original cost above and beyond the original cost.

So, when brian says that Pepsi spends $.20 per bottle of pepsi, and then goes and sells it for $1.20, what that means is that they’re in fact making 500% profit. ($1.20 - $.2 = $1.00, so $1 profit per bottle, divided by the $.20 cost per bottle is 5, or 500%). So while Brian’s original proposition may have been faulty (It costs a wee bit more than $.20 per bottle of pepsi), his conclusions were accurate, that Pepsi would make profits of greater than 100%.

But, I digress..sorry =)

To make up for it, here’s a funny:

Posted by NightHawk The Sane in Rochester, NY on February 18, 2004 at 7:11 PM (CST)


cheap while you can, this will be addressed quickly, i imagine. unless there are 50 million bottles in circulation already.

Posted by bkush on February 18, 2004 at 8:01 PM (CST)


I cheated by downloading the songs off soulseek.

Posted by dave on February 18, 2004 at 8:01 PM (CST)


if you live in california… go to Ralph’s and buy a 12-pak of whatever soda you want to drink for $3.00.

then go home and buy the music you want with the money you saved by not paying $1.25 per bottle.

math wasn’t my strong point, but i think i have this right…

12 bottle sodas X $1.25 = $15.00 with the odds saying you will get 4 free songs.

$3.00 12-pak + 12 songs @ $0.99 = $14.88 with a guarantee of 12 songs.

** for all the smarty pants out there, i do realize the sodas in the 12-pak are smaller than the bottles, but who needs 20oz. at a time.

Posted by BigSid in Los Angeles on February 18, 2004 at 8:27 PM (CST)


dave - probably the wrong place to say it, but that was quite funny.

Posted by Ken on February 18, 2004 at 9:46 PM (CST)


“if pepsi and apple are stupid enough” to let this happen…

Now folks are blaming Apple for the designs of Pepsi bottles :D

PS, Since when is it OK to cheat? And to publish a how-to? There is such a thing as right and wrong, and it doesn’t come with “if I feel like it.”

Posted by Nagromme on February 18, 2004 at 10:23 PM (CST)


Yeah, I discovered this two weeks ago.  Way to be a dick and ruin it for everyone else.  What’s the saying about a good magician never revealing his trick?

Posted by Jeremy on February 18, 2004 at 11:04 PM (CST)


considering that the most likely scenario is that only a tiny handfull of the winning buggers are actually not ending up in the trash - i don’t see the problem with this.

to be honest - i’d love to see what the final tally is on how many were redeemed after a year… after two…

Posted by stevejobs on February 19, 2004 at 1:20 AM (CST)

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