Saturday 14 July 2018

Are You Ready to Dive into the Wonderful World of Freebies?

AD* | Who doesn't like a good freebie? People will do just about anything to get some freebies - from queueing for hours to get free doughnuts or doing the unimaginable for a lifetime supply of chicken nuggets, certain individuals will go to extremes for freebies. If you are planning on making it big in the freebie club, you have to know the rules of the game. If you have already played the game, stick around, you may learn a couple of tricks!
If it Sounds Too Good to be True...

It happens to the best of us - we hear about something so incredible being offered for free that our good sense goes out the window. There is the thought that all transactions have an upside and a downside, but when it comes to freebies, many of us can think of no downside. After all, when we hear the word 'free', it creates such a strong emotional response that we consider it much more valuable than it actually is. The truth is that many of us are guilty of forgetting our common sense when in pursuit of a good freebie. 

There are many companies that are willing to sell your firstborn in exchange for a tiny sample, so you need to have some protection in place. It is important that you make sure the freebie is truly genuine and that you have fully read the terms and conditions of the offer before you sign on the dotted line, so to speak. 

Lower Your Expectations

It is rare that you are ever going to get a full-size sample; it is always best to expect a tiny package or envelope. The company's main goal when offering a freebie is to see if you like the product enough to make a future purchase, not to help you stock up your kitchen on the cheap! 

Similarly, you should never sit there eagerly awaiting the arrival of every single freebie you sign up for. As a rough estimate, you will actually receive about 70% of all freebies you sign up for - as a generous estimate. As a reminder, it takes some time for the freebies to come rolling in, so keep applying and before long you should get some samples to arrive through your letterbox. A handy trick is to read the terms before you fill out the form. This way, you can easily see how many samples are actually being given out and ensure applying is worth your time.

Speak Up

You are never going to know if a company offers free samples if you don't ask, so don't be afraid to take the initiative and ask for samples. It is not uncommon for companies to send out a big box of samples or coupons to those who simply contact them, ask, and let them know how much they enjoy their products. Remember, sometimes it is just as important to let companies know when you don't like something. Many companies are more than willing to send out replacements with freebies and coupons if you are less than satisfied.

Avoid the Guilt

Some people feel bad for asking for freebies from their favourite companies. However, they are benefitting from sending out samples more than you may realise. In fact, with every sample that they send out, they may be making one or more customers. In the end, if you get a product you really enjoy, you will more than likely buy it in the future, as well as tell others about it.

Prepare With a New Email

As WOWFreeStuff advise, this step is perhaps one of the most important aspects of beginning your new freebie-hunting hobby. You do not want to be spammed with emails, which is why it is so important to create secondary social media accounts, emails, and possibly even a phone number which will allow you to claim freebies in peace. You will be glad you took the advice!

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