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The economy is on the fritz and people are looking for ways to save. None of us want to give up the things we enjoy, so how do we keep doing the things we love without spending as much. If you're reading this article, then perhaps you are interested in free movie downloads online, or maybe you've already taken the plunge.

A quick internet search will give you plenty of suggestions on where or how to download free movies. But even if you are able to get free movie downloads online, are they really free? What is the hiddens cost? Money is not the only thing to consider.

Giving away a free product is not a very good business strategy unless you are getting something in return. Don't get me wrong, freebies are a very common business practice, but only to get something out of the customer. The same of course goes for websites that advertise free movie downloads online. So how are they making their money to cover the costs of the movies they are giving away?

Let's take a look at some possibilities:

  1. Advertisements. This is the most common way for online companies to make money off of free content. There are websites that offer full length movies online for free, but you will have to deal with a number of commercials. This is going to only cost you some time, and is probably the best way for you to watch a free movie. However, ad-supported movies are usually only available as streamed options, not as actual movie downloads.
  2. The websites are not paying for the movies. I'm pretty sure production companies aren't in the practice of giving away their movies for free, so there is only way to get these movies without paying. Whether you call it pirating or stealing, it's not legal. I'm not trying to be your conscience here, but you do need to be aware of how a website is getting its content.
  3. Viruses or malware. A third possibility for how a website might be covering their costs for free movie downloads online is through viruses or malware. This practice almost always goes hand-in-hand with number 2, so if morality does not persuade you to refrain from using these websites, this reason might. This malware could be stealing your personal information and the move will end up costing you quite a bit in the long run.

Knowing these things, it's arguable whether these free movie downloads online are really free. If ethics are no concern to you or if you are confident in your virus protection, then downloading free movies may be an option for you.

If, however, you are having second thoughts, it's good to know what options you have. As mentioned before, if you are okay with streaming movies instead of owning them, then there are sites available that offer ad-supported movie viewing. Other options may be available if you are looking to download movies to own.

The thing to keep in mind when deciding how to enjoy your movies is that nothing is free, even the so-called free movie downloads online. It's up to you to determine what costs you can afford and what costs are worth it to you.


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