Overlords of the Gawker empire may pay a pittance to writers, but they're willing to splurge for tips and contests. They've paid handsomely (or at least attractively) for weird celebrity hairstyle
photos, Christmas horror stories
, predictions of Conde Nast closings
, photo captions
, and more.
Now, to get a jump on competitors slavering for a peek at the much-hyped Apple tablet (which inspired passionate debate here
), a Gawker blog is offering to pay through the nose
for a pre-release glimpse: $10,000 for "bona fide pictures" all the way up to $100,000 "to let us play with one for an hour."
Given Apple's militant privacy and the size of the prize, do they really to expect to get the most-coveted leak in consumer technology, or is it--like many of the proliferating Gawker prizes--simply a stunt? Whether they expect a tip or not, the company's long, legalistic "Contest Rules"
suggest that if anyone comes through with a solid lead, Gawker will be on the hook for the prize.
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