Getting free Star Wars collectibles is relatively simple process for collectors willing to put in the search time for unique freebies and items discarded by people who underestimated their value. From yard sales and online giveaways to programs like Freecycle and coupon giveaways, you'll find some fun Star Wars collectibles out there just waiting to be discovered.
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Check local newspaper and online classified ads for freebie listings. From time to time, people will clean out their attics and basements and come across old Star Wars toys they want to get rid of. They may make these collectibles available for free to anyone willing to take them off their hands.
Comb through old toy boxes at yard sales -- it's a great way to find bargains. You may be lucky enough to find some "buy one get one free" items, or even boxes of old toys and collectibles that the seller will gladly let you take away for free.
Keep your eyes and ears open for fast-food toy giveaways. Whether it's a Star Wars anniversary or promotion for a new film or project, fast-food restaurants will often give away Star Wars toys and collectibles with kids' meals.
Ask at local video and comic-book stores if they have old movie posters, comics or toys that would otherwise be thrown out. You may be able to get some unique collectibles for free.
Attend sci-fi conventions to open collecting opportunities. Booksellers and developers may be on-panel or simply vending their wares and to help promote their Star Wars-themed merchandise. You may find freebies like magnets, bookmarks and posters on the convention circuit.
Browse the Internet for toy listings. Conducting an online search for free Star Wars stuff will bring up listings of online companies and opportunities that offer free toys or collectibles. Some online merchants may offer coupons that will get you a free toy or collectable when you make a purchase from their store.
Check eBay listings if you are planning to buy Star Wars merchandise. From time to time, eBay sellers will offer a free toy or comic -- sometimes older collectibles -- as a thank-you for buying from their shop or participating in their auction.
Sign up with the Freecycle Network at http://www.freecycle.org and put in request for Star Wars stuff. Freecycle is like a giant online flea market, but instead of selling their merchandise, people are willing to give it away for free. You may be able to find free Star Wars toys and collectibles that require little more than you driving to pick them up, or paying shipping and handling to have them mailed to you.
Download free Star Wars screensavers and games from online sources. For example, you can download a free-trial version of the interactive Star Wars game, Star Wars Galaxies, and interact with other Star Wars fans before you decide whether or not you want to purchase the program.
Tips and warnings
- Bargain hunting may also open you up to collectibles people are willing to give away for free.
- Make sure you check over all merchandise for authenticity.
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