There are many articles about free stuff. Free stuff and free samples are truly remarkable things. Think about it, the shopper gets to try something before spending any money and if he or she likes the merchandise, the merchant could easily 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 around us and generally, someone will win or turn into a good customer.
Getting free stuff online could 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 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 exchange for personal information, usually your e-mail address or zip code, you can find some good stuff. But you must be careful what information you hand out.
If you are ready to do a little preparation and a little typing, there are literally thousands of offers to be had in trade for some information. Keep in mind that most “free” things include some strings attached. Generally, you have to register and participate in some offers or surveys.
I have found that most offers start by collecting an email address or zip code. From then on, you will likely be offered a number of products and/or surveys to fill out 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 continue offering free stuff online. If it was not profitable, no merchant would make free offers.
There are numerous worthwhile offers online. And, if you discover some you would like to try for, there are a few 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 that 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 the free offers. This will 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 plenty 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 charge card.
5. Make sure you complete all of the requirements for the free offer. Sometimes, online merchants will make it so hard to qualify that a lot of people give up or unsubscribe before they get yourself a chance at the prize.
Check the the terms section on the website, usually, you will have a disclaimer that goes something similar to this “To really get your free stuff you will be 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 look at the examples, you will find that you will need to subscribe or sign up for something to qualify (many of them make good gifts).