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 hardly any money and if he / she likes the merchandise, the merchant might get a loyal and repeat customer. That is the best of both worlds. Merchants offer free stuff everywhere. Free samples of new food items, a free of charge estimate, win Jimmie’s Silverado or perhaps a new BMW. Free offers are all around us and in most cases, 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, though it is possible to obtain a lot of good stuff online that will not cost anything.
While it is true that a lot of if not all gives you find will give you a chance to win or get something in exchange for private information, usually your e-mail address or zip code, you can find some good stuff. But you ought to be careful what information you hand out.
If you are willing to do a little preparation and just a little typing, there are literally thousands of offers to be had in trade for some information. Understand that most “free” things include some strings attached. Normally, you will need to register and take part in some offers or surveys.
I have found that most offers start by collecting a contact address or zip code. After that, you will likely be offered a series of products and/or surveys to complete or review. It’s true that lots of web surfers ignore these free offerings but enough people purchase a product or service to make it profitable for a company to keep offering free stuff online. If it had been not profitable, no merchant would make free offers.
There are lots of worthwhile offers online. And, if you discover some you intend to try for, there are some simple and easy things you can do to protect yourself when registering for the free stuff.
1. Open an e-mail address used specifically for free offers. I have one that routinely gets 10 to 15 emails every day from vendors associated with free stuff. I check about once a week and usually just empty the folder.
2. Buy a prepaid credit 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 cellular phone and use that number when a phone number is needed. These are readily available at plenty of stores and so are relatively cheap.
4. Make a spreadsheet or use a ledger and keep a list of offers you join and expiration dates. You may use this to keep an eye on 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 a lot of people quit 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 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 find that you need to subscribe or join something to qualify (a lot of them make good gifts).