Interview with Leo, Owner of the Free Lunch Room Forum – Part 1

March 23, 2009

If you have been involved with Freebie Trading for a while, you are bound to know about the Free Lunch Room Forum (FLR) – The biggest Freebie Trading forum out there. As I am writing this, the Free Lunch Room has 121,039 members and is responsible for most of my income as a Freebie Trader in 2008. The owner of The Free Lunch Room Forum is Leo and in this interview, I speak with him about many aspects of FLR. It is separated into 3 parts. In part 1, we talk about:

  • His history in the Industry
  • What FLR is about
  • The Business Model of the forum

So go ahead and watch, and I hope you enjoy. Parts 2 and 3 will cover more recent topics/issues that FLR has been experiencing. Please leave your comments below πŸ™‚

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91 Comments

  • Joey Chicago says:

    Very good so far. I’m definitely looking forward to parts 2 and 3. I think it’s great that Leo took the time to have this sit-down and was very cool of Leslie to fly out to the FLR offices to do the video. Kudos all around!

    -Joey

  • Joey Chicago says:

    Very good so far. I’m definitely looking forward to parts 2 and 3. I think it’s great that Leo took the time to have this sit-down and was very cool of Leslie to fly out to the FLR offices to do the video. Kudos all around!

    -Joey

  • onna says:

    Leslie-This is great!! Love the music too!! I finally know what Leo looks like. I can’t wait to see parts 2 and 3!! I will be waiting anxiously for them!!

    onnas last blog post..Interview with Michelle Trent

  • onna says:

    Leslie-This is great!! Love the music too!! I finally know what Leo looks like. I can’t wait to see parts 2 and 3!! I will be waiting anxiously for them!!

    onnas last blog post..Interview with Michelle Trent

  • onna says:

    Leslie-This is great!! Love the music too!! I finally know what Leo looks like. I can’t wait to see parts 2 and 3!! I will be waiting anxiously for them!!

    onnas last blog post..Interview with Michelle Trent

  • Lucky777 says:

    Thanks Leslie that was good…cant wait for the next two parts! That video was full of eye candy…two sexy guys!!

  • Lucky777 says:

    Thanks Leslie that was good…cant wait for the next two parts! That video was full of eye candy…two sexy guys!!

  • Shannon says:

    Nice interview. Nice to see what Admin looks like finally.

  • Shannon says:

    Nice interview. Nice to see what Admin looks like finally.

  • Git-R-Free says:

    Appreciate your time and dedication put into this entire video/interview, it is (as many will state) nice to put a face to a name. I think you have a good movement going on here with your Blog Leslie, good job. I’ll be sure to watch the others.

  • Git-R-Free says:

    Appreciate your time and dedication put into this entire video/interview, it is (as many will state) nice to put a face to a name. I think you have a good movement going on here with your Blog Leslie, good job. I’ll be sure to watch the others.

  • Git-R-Free says:

    Appreciate your time and dedication put into this entire video/interview, it is (as many will state) nice to put a face to a name. I think you have a good movement going on here with your Blog Leslie, good job. I’ll be sure to watch the others.

  • Joey Chicago says:

    Very good so far. I’m definitely looking forward to parts 2 and 3. I think it’s great that Leo took the time to have this sit-down and was very cool of Leslie to fly out to the FLR offices to do the video. Kudos all around!

    -Joey

  • Don says:

    Thanks for doing this Leslie. This is great; I’m really looking forward to parts 2 and 3 dealing with the more current issues – but it was nice to see the history as well. Also, kudos on the look and feel of the interview; you definitely succeeded in your goal of making a very professional looking video.

    -Don

    • Thanks Don, this was my first venture like this and I’m pleased with the way it turned out. I’m quite excited about the world of online video now. It’s fun stuff (although time-consuming)

    • Thanks Don, this was my first venture like this and I’m pleased with the way it turned out. I’m quite excited about the world of online video now. It’s fun stuff (although time-consuming)

  • Don says:

    Thanks for doing this Leslie. This is great; I’m really looking forward to parts 2 and 3 dealing with the more current issues – but it was nice to see the history as well. Also, kudos on the look and feel of the interview; you definitely succeeded in your goal of making a very professional looking video.

    -Don

  • Don says:

    Thanks for doing this Leslie. This is great; I’m really looking forward to parts 2 and 3 dealing with the more current issues – but it was nice to see the history as well. Also, kudos on the look and feel of the interview; you definitely succeeded in your goal of making a very professional looking video.

    -Don

    • Leslie says:

      Thanks Don, this was my first venture like this and I’m pleased with the way it turned out. I’m quite excited about the world of online video now. It’s fun stuff (although time-consuming)

    • Linda Trempe says:

      I just clicked on to see the interview with Leo and the screen said the video is no longer available. What’s up with that?

  • Lucky777 says:

    Thanks Leslie that was good…cant wait for the next two parts! That video was full of eye candy…two sexy guys!!

  • BNOCJ says:

    Not to be rude but Leo is kinda boring.

  • Linda Trempe says:

    I just clicked on to see the interview with Leo and the screen said the video is no longer available. What’s up with that?

  • MacroBucks says:

    Cool interview. Glad to put a face to the name.

  • MacroBucks says:

    Cool interview. Glad to put a face to the name.

  • MacroBucks says:

    Cool interview. Glad to put a face to the name.

  • Linda says:

    Okay I don’t know what the glitch was but I did manage to get the video interview to play and I thought it was a very good interview. Can’t wait for parts 2 & 3. It is nice to see that Admin is not just a “car” lol. Anyway the interview was most interesting, thanks.

  • Well done, Leslie. Your “score” is pretty cool. Always interesting to put a face to the name, or presence, what have you.

    Your Mom’s Favorite Bloggers last blog post..What It Felt Like To Be Single And Dating

  • Well done, Leslie. Your “score” is pretty cool. Always interesting to put a face to the name, or presence, what have you.

    Your Mom’s Favorite Bloggers last blog post..What It Felt Like To Be Single And Dating

  • Well done, Leslie. Your “score” is pretty cool. Always interesting to put a face to the name, or presence, what have you.

    Your Mom’s Favorite Bloggers last blog post..What It Felt Like To Be Single And Dating

  • Penney says:

    I just watched this great video. It was nice to see that Admin. is a REAL person!! Looking forward to parts 2 & 3!!

    Leslie, you did a very nice job, and Thank you both for your time and for caring enough to do this.

    FLR is my home!!!

  • Gamermatt says:

    Nice video! πŸ™‚

  • Appie says:

    Thanks Lesley!!

  • Penney says:

    I just watched this great video. It was nice to see that Admin. is a REAL person!! Looking forward to parts 2 & 3!!

    Leslie, you did a very nice job, and Thank you both for your time and for caring enough to do this.

    FLR is my home!!!

  • Gamermatt says:

    Nice video! πŸ™‚

  • Lori (lekrtk00) says:

    Thanks Leslie and Leo! Very good interview! I am looking forward to seeing the next two!

    Blessings

    Lori

  • Larry says:

    Excellent interview. Good questions by Leslie and straightforward responses by Leo. Informative. I am looking forward to Part 2&3.

  • bituin says:

    Thanks for the nice interview Leslie, finally we come to see the owner of FLR.

  • Meka says:

    Very nice interview Leslie. I finally know what the administrator looks like now and I thought he did well too. Can’t wait to see the other 2 parts.

    Mekas last blog post..Make Money at the Free Lunch Room Forum

  • Meka says:

    Very nice interview Leslie. I finally know what the administrator looks like now and I thought he did well too. Can’t wait to see the other 2 parts.

    Mekas last blog post..Make Money at the Free Lunch Room Forum

    • Larry says:

      Excellent interview. Good questions by Leslie and straightforward responses by Leo. Informative. I am looking forward to Part 2&3.

  • bituin says:

    Thanks for the nice interview Leslie, finally we come to see the owner of FLR.

  • stefanomen says:

    I’ve been for a convention and I just watched the interview… I found it very informative. Great job Leslie!

  • stefanomen says:

    I’ve been for a convention and I just watched the interview… I found it very informative. Great job Leslie!

  • SwiftRewards says:

    Well-cut interview. Nice camera work.

    I’d love to hear Leo name the affiliate network that he supposedly owned lol. Considering that that never happened.

  • SwiftRewards says:

    Well-cut interview. Nice camera work.

    I’d love to hear Leo name the affiliate network that he supposedly owned lol. Considering that that never happened.

    • Gem Alfred says:

      Its that really Leo. I thought he looks like a geek in the tv program Beauty and the Geek. I was wrong…

  • Gem Alfred says:

    Its that really Leo. I thought he looks like a geek in the tv program Beauty and the Geek. I was wrong…

  • charmaine says:

    Thank you Leslie,
    Good interview thank you I wish FLR and staff a great future

  • charmaine says:

    Thank you Leslie,
    Good interview thank you I wish FLR and staff a great future

    • whitefeather says:

      That was very well done Lesley. You are a great interviewer. It’s also nice to finally see what admin looks like.
      On to part 2!

  • whitefeather says:

    That was very well done Lesley. You are a great interviewer. It’s also nice to finally see what admin looks like.
    On to part 2!

  • greenworks says:

    Nice Job!! It’s nice to see what our Admin looks like, now I think it’s only fair that gladiator show his face too. πŸ™‚ j/k

    Can’t wait to see the finale.

  • SwiftRewards says:

    (3rd result — not sure of the first two)

  • greenworks says:

    Nice Job!! It’s nice to see what our Admin looks like, now I think it’s only fair that gladiator show his face too. πŸ™‚ j/k

    Can’t wait to see the finale.

  • SwiftRewards says:

    (3rd result — not sure of the first two)

  • SwiftRewards says:

    To greenworks:
    Yes, pretty sure. Gladiator’s name is Anthony btw.

    Leo and Gladiator opened Prizebook together. They were banned from other forums before FLR existed. In late 2006 they had a $50,000 contest — $1000 to 50 people. FreeIpodGuide was one of the major forums at the time, and Gladiator (known as JohnJimJones on FIPG) just happened to be one of only three or so known winners (In other words, they claim 95% of winners did not belong to a freebie forum). It was claimed that JJJ (Gladiator) did not work for Prizebook, but it was obvious to everyone that he did.
    There was supposed to be one winner per state, and then at the last moment, in just about every state, new names suddenly appeared on the leaderboard. Just as JJJ happened to “predict” a couple of days before. Prizebook claimed that the site was hacked, but then that all of the winners were legit.

    Today Leo claims that he was only the “CEO” of Prizebook at that time and wasn’t involved in it’s operations, but of course that’s also not true. It was a 2-man operation, not a big company. And Leo’s story has actually changed since late 2007 when he said that he had never owned Prizebook and actually announced on FLR that he was buying them and was the new owner…

    Funny thing about the internet — time may pass but the original forum threads, interviews, etc, don’t disappear. Just takes some googling, some searches at FreeipodGuide, maybe a trip to archive.org, etc
    I hope more people take the time to do their own research and not take the man’s word for it.

    • mark says:

      Yup, once you learn the background of FLR/Prizebook, it will change how people look at the sites now. Do your research like SwiftRewards said.

  • SwiftRewards says:

    To greenworks:
    Yes, pretty sure. Gladiator’s name is Anthony btw.

    Leo and Gladiator opened Prizebook together. They were banned from other forums before FLR existed. In late 2006 they had a $50,000 contest — $1000 to 50 people. FreeIpodGuide was one of the major forums at the time, and Gladiator (known as JohnJimJones on FIPG) just happened to be one of only three or so known winners (In other words, they claim 95% of winners did not belong to a freebie forum). It was claimed that JJJ (Gladiator) did not work for Prizebook, but it was obvious to everyone that he did.
    There was supposed to be one winner per state, and then at the last moment, in just about every state, new names suddenly appeared on the leaderboard. Just as JJJ happened to “predict” a couple of days before. Prizebook claimed that the site was hacked, but then that all of the winners were legit.

    Today Leo claims that he was only the “CEO” of Prizebook at that time and wasn’t involved in it’s operations, but of course that’s also not true. It was a 2-man operation, not a big company. And Leo’s story has actually changed since late 2007 when he said that he had never owned Prizebook and actually announced on FLR that he was buying them and was the new owner…

    Funny thing about the internet — time may pass but the original forum threads, interviews, etc, don’t disappear. Just takes some googling, some searches at FreeipodGuide, maybe a trip to archive.org, etc
    I hope more people take the time to do their own research and not take the man’s word for it.

    • mark says:

      Yup, once you learn the background of FLR/Prizebook, it will change how people look at the sites now. Do your research like SwiftRewards said.

  • Peter says:

    Free Lunch Room is not a trustworthy site. FLR’s administration has a history of lies, deception and even fraud. Hopefully others can research FLR, Prizebook and their history.

    Peters last blog post..Update on Sheridan Branch Library

  • Peter says:

    Free Lunch Room is not a trustworthy site. FLR’s administration has a history of lies, deception and even fraud. Hopefully others can research FLR, Prizebook and their history.

    Peters last blog post..Update on Sheridan Branch Library

  • Tammi says:

    I really enjoyed the video. Keep up the good work!

  • Tammi says:

    I really enjoyed the video. Keep up the good work!

  • tink1290 says:

    I have really enjoyed the first segment of the set and I can’t wait to see the next segment to this. I really enjoyed also seeing what Leo looked like finally and now we all want to see Gladiator to LOL! Thanks for doing this Les.

  • tink1290 says:

    I have really enjoyed the first segment of the set and I can’t wait to see the next segment to this. I really enjoyed also seeing what Leo looked like finally and now we all want to see Gladiator to LOL! Thanks for doing this Les.

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    Hey i just wanted to say hi to everyone.

  • Runescape_hater says:

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