Companies love it when you 'like' their stuff on Facebook. They love it so much that they're willing to trade you discounts and free gifts just for clicking on that little upraised thumb button. This is why a dummy Facebook account is your friend.
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Each week, Lifehacker highlights the best online discounts and freebies via our Dealhacker and Hump Day Bargains posts. Unfortunately, many of these deals require the user to 'like' a Facebook page -- which means you're spamming your Facebook wall and the walls of your friends.
If you're not a Facebook member or would prefer not to fill your page with third-party junk, the answer is simple: set up a dummy account for the sole purpose of getting free stuff. Whenever you spot a tempting Facebook promotion, simply sign in with your fake account and follow the prompts to get your discount or freebie.
For an extra giggle, use a creative commons-sourced image of an attractive model as your profile image and see how many friend requests from strangers you can amass. (Having a bunch of friends will also make your dummy account look more authentic -- and they deserve all the spam they get, the pervs.)