Free Clorox Samples, Free Gift Cards, Free This, Free That. Every one of you probably know what I’m talking about and have all seen it before: The infamous, or in some cases famous “Internet Freebie Ads”.
I’m talking about the ad that claims you can receive a free $1000 Gift Card to blow at BestBuy or something. A free TV delivered right to your door step. Now I know what you’re thinking: “Oh no, not this rubbish”. Well hang on for a bit because I have a little story to tell.
Once upon a time there was me: I was a naive know-it-all who ran AdBlock. I thought these ads were complete rubbish. There was NO WAY someone could be giving away something of that value for free. After seeing numerous people starting to claim success stories with these ads, being Mr.Detective and everything, I had a case to make. I went to find out how these offers worked. I found some very interesting results:
This is how they work
I apply for my 50″ TV from company XY. Now company XY has to pay for this somehow, so they forward offers from other companies for me to fill out, but here’s what people don’t realize. There is a huge amount of offers that don’t cost a penny.
How can companies afford to give away free products of such value? Simple. Repeat customers, recognition, and public relations. Think of it this way; They get a lot more repeat customers from giving away $500 then they would with giving away $5000 to a television network.
So when you think of it, there’s another bonus here:
Not only did I receive my $1000 gift certificate in the mail, but I also received free samples of often very useful products. In my case Netflix: It cost me nothing and I was able to watch free movies in high definition for an entire month. Free, Zip.
The misconception is that these offers cost money. Although some do there are plenty of free ones. Payed offers CAN be canceled and you generally receive credits. Don’t write paid ones off just yet though; There are actually many useful ones out there.
Here is an example of an offer sign up:
This example above would be quick and easy. Why? It asks very minimal information at the start; The less information, the better in terms of speed. Generally offers with greater rewards have more lengthy sign up sheets, so it is completely subjective to the offer. I personally like short ones because I can rapidly test offers to find which ones work.
But we still face one problem. There are bad offers, and there are good offers. How do I spot the difference? How do I know if they will pay? How long will it take?
Well, there really isn’t a way to know for sure other than signing up. Many years have passed with minimal sign ups due to this reason, but I have very good news:
In the past 6 months there has been an explosion of organizations dedicated to finding the best coupon offers. Which ones work, which ones don’t, how much they cost, how long they take. Although these resources aren’t widely known they certainly exist.