There are many articles about free stuff. Free stuff and free samples are truly remarkable things. Think about it, the shopper reaches try something before spending any money and if they 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 estimate, win Jimmie’s Silverado or a new BMW. Free offers are all around us and generally, someone will win or turn into a good customer.
Getting free stuff online can be quite a frustrating and scary experience. A lot of people shy away from free samples or offers of free stuff online, though it is possible to get a lot of nutrients online that does not cost anything.
While it is true that a lot of if not all gives you find will give you to be able 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 need to be careful what information you give out.
If you are ready 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. Keep in mind that most “free” things include some strings attached. Generally, you should register and take part in some offers or surveys.
I have found that a lot of offers start by collecting an email address or zip code. After that, you will probably be offered a series of products and/or surveys to fill out or review. It’s true that many web surfers ignore these free offerings but enough people buy a product or service to make it profitable for a company to continue offering free stuff online. If it had been not profitable, no merchant would make free offers.
There are various worthwhile offers online. And, if you find some you need to try for, there are a few simple and easy actions you can take to protect yourself when registering for the free stuff.
1. Open an e-mail address used specifically for free offers. I have one which routinely gets 10 to 15 emails each day from vendors connected with free stuff. I check about once weekly and usually just empty the folder.
2. Buy a prepaid card for a small amount 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. These are readily available at a lot of stores and are relatively cheap.
4. Make a spreadsheet or use a ledger and keep a list of offers you sign up for and expiration dates. You can utilize 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 can make it so difficult to qualify that most people quit or unsubscribe before they get a chance at the prize.
Check the the terms section on the website, usually, there will be a disclaimer that goes something like this “To get your free stuff you will be required to participate 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 find that you will need to subscribe or sign up for something to qualify (a lot of them make good gifts).