Greetings Freestuff.com Subscriber,
This newsletter we will focus on different types of FREE STUFF, and why they are made available to you. We will just focus on the major variations; else this newsletter would become an encyclopedia.
1.FREE SAMPLES: This is a sample of a consumer product that is given to the you free of cost so that you may try a product before committing to a purchase. You see this type of freebie often at your local grocery store or bakery when they offer you free taste of a new product, or a free cookie. Their objective is that these taste sample will increase their sales. On the internet, free samples are of non-perishable items. These free sample are to acquaint the consumer with a new product, and is similar to the concept of a test drive, in that a customer is able to try out a product before purchasing it. Some companies use free samples to build demand that they can leverage to get retail stores to carry their product. Some companies use free samples to get feedback from you regarding the product, so they can determine if it is ready for more conventional marketing. You rarely have to pay anything for these types of products, other than perhaps the shipping and handling fee. You may be put on a mailing list by the company offering the sample, as they want to keep in touch with those who have tried their products. It is also a way for them to communicate efficiently with you regarding where you can buy the product or when enhancements have been made.
2.FREE TRIALS: This is a temporary free or discounted offer, to encourage you to purchase a product or service. In other words, try before you buy. You see this type offer most frequently with subscription type on services such as cable TV service, phone service, internet services. On the product side, you see it frequently with magazine, vitamins, and weight loss products. Some free trial offers may sound very similar to free sample offers, and in fact the terms are sometimes used to mean the same thing. However, you should pay very close attention to free trial offers because sometimes they ask for your credit card information so that when your trial period ends, you start getting billed for the product or service. If you like the product or service, then great! If you do not, it is incumbent on you to cancel the subscription before the billing starts. Be sure to read the details on free trials and keep a copy of the terms on your computer. You can do this by copy and paste the terms into a Word document on your computer, or into an email that you send to yourself.
3.FREE STUFF: Ok this last group is somewhat of a catch all for freebies that do not meet the definition of a free sample, or a free trial. So why then would anyone want to give away free stuff? Well, the reasons are many. They do this for marketing purposes to increase awareness about their brand or mission. Examples would be a company that offers a free hat or shirt or stickers or something with their logo on it. You see this a lot from political groups, lobbyist, non-profits, small and large businesses. These giveaways may not always be useful, but they can be cool and have no strings attached other than perhaps getting on their newsletter list.
Some offers include really cool free stuff such as FREE GAS FOR A YEAR, or FREE VACATION or FREE iPHONE. These big ticket items are usual the sweetness that attracts our attention, so that we participate in surveys, enter a sweepstakes, or agree to try a product or service. These type offers usually do not guarantee that you will get the items in their headline, but that you must enter for a chance to WIN. These offers are too cool to totally dismiss and we all want to win them. I would suggest that you handle these with the same caution as you would free trials. If you are asked for payment info, then pay very close attention to the details so you know what you are signing up for. If all they want you to do is participate in a survey and for that you have a chance to win something big, then that is great. Many of those surveys are gold to marketing companies, so they will really make these offers enticing to get the participation they need.
Many major brands now offer free samples, free trials, and special deals directly from their website or social media pages. If you have particular brands that you like, then like their Facebook page, follow them on Twitter, and subscribe to their newsletter.
Finding products and services from new companies or companies that don’t offer regular samples and promotions, is very time consuming. The Internet is big and there is no shortage of risk from those who would want to take advantage of you. Be careful out there! You must use due diligence in verifying that the offer is from the true brand holder and not a look alike website designed to scam you. While you can certainly do these searches for freebies yourself, this is where FreeStuff.com provides you such value. We take the time to find these freebies on a daily basis and we organize them for you for easy identification. This saves you time, saves you money, and lowers your risk. Check in with us frequently for new offers, because again – they are added daily. If you have access to Twitter, please follow us. Every post we make is also tweeted on our Twitter site.
Recent Offers on FreeStuff.com
Here are three offers from each type of freebie offer discussed in this newsletter. There are hundreds of other offers besides these, so understand that this is just some recent highlighted offers.
- Barbara Campbell NYC Sugar Scrub Green Tea Skin Care
- re:iimmune Illness Recovery Formula
- Purina Tender Selects Blend Cat Food
- Brainer IQ Test – Free Trial
- GameFly Free Trial
- NaturaCel – Trial
- Win three months of free groceries
- Free Harley-Davidson Roll Your Own sticker
- Consumer Expressions – $3500 Best Vacation Sweepstakes
Spreading the good word
If you know of someone who would benefit from some of the offers we share, please spread the love and direct them to FreeStuff.com. If you want to comment on a product offer we posted, or make suggestions – please do! We are motivated by your comments and appreciate your suggestions. As it says on the footer of our website, we are “Powered by Passion and Free Stuff”.