We all love free stuff, whether it comes in the mail or we actually get it for free from our local grocery or department store. But getting free stuff from manufacturers takes a bit of patience, a lot of creativity and sometimes knowing the right tricks. Here are some steps that might help you get free samples, free coupons and other great free stuff from manufacturers.
- Skill level:
- Moderately Easy
Things you need
- Computer with Internet access
- Local newspapers
Sign up for online sample and freebie lists. These can be found all over the Internet. The best way to find the sites that cater to the products and the manufacturers that you like the best is simply by looking. Using your favourite search engine, type in the words "online free samples" or "free stuff." Browse the many lists that appear. Most will ask for your e-mail address; this is where they will send you a daily, weekly or monthly list. It may be a good idea to sign up for an additional e-mail address to use for this sole purpose. You will be giving the makers of the list permission to use your e-mail address to many of their sponsors, and you may get a number of e-mails from them. After you give them your e-mail address, you may also be asked to check off your favourite brands or items that interest you most. This will help them pick out items that interest their customers.
Write to the manufacturers personally. You can find the website of most manufacturers online by typing in their name in your browser. From their website, you can find contact information such as their e-mail address and postal address. Once you have this contact information, you can begin writing them an informative letter stating why you would like to receive some of their products for free. If you happen to be a member of a non-profit organisation and their products can help your organisation succeed, this is a good reason for them to help you. If you are inquiring about their products because of financial need, they also may be inclined to help. State your case and give your reasons that you prefer their brands.
Look for coupons. Manufacturers' coupons, free coupons or buy-one-get-one-free coupons can be found in many local newspapers. Search these out weekly. Cut them out and take them to the department or grocery store with you. Read the rules printed on them and note the expiration date.
Go online to the manufacturer's site. Many manufacturers will offer free samples (even full-size samples) of their products online. All you may have to do is pay for the cost of shipping and handling. You can check to see if any of your favourite manufacturers are offering any items for free by typing in their name into your favourite search engine.
Enter contests at places ranging from the grocery store to your local automobile store. There are even online contests where manufacturers are giving away items. If the contests are free to enter, take a few minutes and fill out the entry form.
Tips and warnings
- Don't forget to browse some of the department store websites. Walmart.com, for example, has links to other sites that offer many free samples of a variety of products.
- By giving out your e-mail address, you could expose yourself to a lot of junk mail and even phone calls.
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