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 she or he likes the product, the merchant could easily 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 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 could be a frustrating and scary experience. Most people shy from free samples or offers of free stuff online, though it is possible to get a lot of good stuff online that does not cost anything.
While it is true that a lot of if not all offers you find will give you a chance to win or get something in trade for private information, usually your e-mail address or zip code, you may get some good stuff. Nevertheless, you need 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. Keep in mind that most “free” things come with some strings attached. In many instances, you need to register and participate in some offers or surveys.
I have found that a lot of offers start by collecting a contact address or zip code. From then on, you will likely be offered a series of products and/or surveys to fill out or review. It is a fact that lots of web surfers ignore these free offerings but enough people buy 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 would like to try for, there are several 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 that routinely gets 10 to 15 emails every day from vendors connected with free stuff. I check about once a week and usually just empty the folder.
2. Buy a prepaid credit 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 cellular phone and use that number whenever 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 listing of offers you sign up for and expiration dates. You need to use this to keep tabs on expiration dates and unsubscribe from unwanted offers before a charge hits your credit card.
5. Make sure you complete all 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 a chance at the prize.
Check the the terms section on the website, usually, you will see a disclaimer that goes something like this “To really get your free stuff you will end up 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 discover that you need to subscribe or sign up for something to qualify (a lot of them make good gifts).