There are many articles about free stuff. Free stuff and free samples are truly remarkable things. Consider it, the shopper reaches try something before spending any money and if he / she likes the product, the merchant might get a loyal and repeat customer. That is the best of both worlds. Merchants offer free stuff everywhere. Free examples of new food items, a free of charge estimate, win Jimmie’s Silverado or a new BMW. Free offers are all around us and generally, someone will win or become a good customer.
Getting free stuff online can be a frustrating and scary experience. A lot of people shy away from free samples or offers of free stuff online, even though it is possible to get a lot of nutrients online that does not cost anything.
While it is true that most if not all offers you find will give you a chance to win or get something in exchange for personal information, usually your e-mail address or zip code, you can find some good stuff. But you ought to be careful what information you give out.
If you are willing to do a little preparation and a little typing, there are literally a large number of offers to be had in trade for some information. Understand that most “free” things come with some strings attached. In many instances, you have to register and take part in some offers or surveys.
I have found that a lot of offers start by collecting a contact address or zip code. After that, you will probably be offered a number of products and/or surveys to fill out or review. It’s true that many web surfers ignore these free offerings but enough people purchase a product or service to make it profitable for an organization to continue offering free stuff online. If it was not profitable, no merchant would make free offers.
There are various worthwhile offers online. And, if you find some you wish to try for, there are several simple and easy things you can do to protect yourself when registering for the free stuff.
1. Open an e-mail address used designed for free offers. I have one which routinely gets 10 to 15 emails every day from vendors associated with free stuff. I check about once weekly and usually just empty the folder.
2. Buy a prepaid card for handful of money and use that number for the free offers. This can keep unwanted charges off your other cards.
3. Get a pre-paid cell phone and use that number when a phone number is needed. These are readily available at a lot of stores and are relatively cheap.
4. Make a spreadsheet or use a ledger and keep a listing of offers you join and expiration dates. You need to use this to keep track of expiration dates and unsubscribe from unwanted offers before a charge hits your charge card.
5. Make sure you complete all the requirements for the free offer. Sometimes, online merchants will make it so hard to qualify that most people give up or unsubscribe before they get a chance at the prize.
Check the the terms section on the website, usually, you will have a disclaimer that goes something like this “To really get your free stuff you will end up required to take part in offers from Providers. Following are requirements from past or current provider offers to provide you with and example of what things to expect.” If you go through the examples, you will discover that you have to subscribe or sign up for something to qualify (many of them make good gifts).