Everyone loves a freebie, yet most people do not realize quite how easy it is to get free samples and have never thought to seek them out. If you are one of these people, here is everything you need to know about finding the best free stuff.
What Are Free Samples?
Typically, the free product will be a smaller version of a full sized item. However, companies will also sometimes give away items which are identical to those which are available in stores. This is not entirely altruistic.
Sometimes, people will be required to answer a short survey about the product they have received. This is an easy way for the company to conduct market research, so that they can make their products more appealing to consumers. This approach often works out to be more cost effective than hiring a third party to conduct consumer research on their behalf.
Another common motivator behind freebies is to secure future customers. If a person loves the sample, there is a very good chance that they will go out and purchase replacements out of their own pocket.
Getting Free Samples Through The Mail
Most product samples are sent through the mail. There are many websites, forums and mailing lists which list current giveaways and provide a link. You will need to provide the company offering the samples with some basic information, such as your name and address. Sometimes you will also need to answer a few simple questions.
Never give out personal information if it makes you uncomfortable. You need to feel confident that the offer is legitimate, and that the company will not share your personal data with third parties without your permission. Be aware that if a sample is listed as “free”, it generally means that you are not liable for postage costs either. However, some companies will charge a nominal amount to mail the sample and you will need to decide if you feel the cost is justified.
Once you have requested a sample, be patient. In most instances, freebies take several weeks to arrive. In some cases this period may be even longer – it is not unusual for free samples to take many months to be mailed. Most product giveaways will give an indicator of the waiting period in the small print.
Free samples can save you money, and it can be great fun to receive something which you didn’t need to pay for. There are plenty of companies which offer fantastic freebies.