free stuff

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 could easily get a loyal and repeat customer. This is the best of both worlds. Merchants offer free stuff everywhere. Free samples of new food items, a free estimate, win Jimmie’s Silverado or a new BMW. Free offers are all around us and in most cases, someone will win or turn into 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 obtain a lot of good stuff online that does not cost anything.

While it is true that most if not all offers you find will give you to be able to win or get something in trade for personal information, usually your e-mail address or zip code, you can get some good stuff. But you ought to be careful what information you hand 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 exchange for some information. Take into account that most “free” things include some strings attached. Generally, you must register and participate in some offers or surveys.

I have found that most offers start by collecting a contact address or zip code. From then on, you will probably be offered a series of products and/or surveys to complete or review. It is a fact that many web surfers ignore these free offerings but enough people buy a product or service to make it profitable for an organization to keep offering free stuff online. If it was not profitable, no merchant would make free offers.

There are plenty of worthwhile offers online. And, if you discover some you need to try for, there are a few simple and easy things you can do to safeguard 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 your 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. They are readily available at a lot of stores and are relatively cheap.

4. Make a spreadsheet or work with a ledger and keep a listing of offers you join and expiration dates. You should use this to keep track of expiration dates and unsubscribe from unwanted offers before a charge hits your credit card.

5. Make sure you complete all of the requirements for the free offer. Sometimes, online merchants will make it so difficult to qualify that most people give up or unsubscribe before they get a chance at the prize.

Check the the terms section on the site, usually, there will be a disclaimer that goes something similar to this “To get your free stuff you may be required to take part in offers from Providers. Following are requirements from past or current provider offers to give you and example of what things to expect.” If you go through the examples, you will discover that you need to subscribe or join something to qualify (a lot of them make good gifts).