To avoid tons of spam, get a free email account. A few to choose from are gmail, yahoo or hotmail just for your freebies and use that one only for freebie sign-ups. This will help protect your personal email from getting hacked and save you a ton of headaches.
Use Autofill programs to make filling out those free sample forms quick and easy. Personally, I use Google Chrome & it has a great auto-fill feature. I’ve also heard nothing but good things about the Google toolbar & it’s autofill feature.
Use a FREE voice message program. I would recommend using one like K7.net. It assigns you a phone number and you can get voice mail there. I like it because you can check your messages online. That way, you don’t have to be hassled at home by solicitors. Click here for K7
Read the fine print before signing up for anything. Also remember, the samples from the smaller companies don’t always pan out. Sometimes they get overwhelmed with requests and are inable to send out all their samples.
Don’t EVER give anyone your SSN for sign-ups. Personally, I don’t like the “participation” offers where you have to sign up for stuff with your credit card in order to get rewards like gift cards. I have heard of success stories withe these, but I remain skeptical.
The Facebook factor. More and more people are turning to Facebook to find out about free samples. It’s a fantastic tool that I use myself. However, if you’re asked to do anything out of the normal realms to sign up for a free offer or giveaway, it may be better to just skip it. I witnessed a blogger once, saying that she would give away a Nintendo Wii if enough people signed up for an affiliate ad she had posted. Most legitimate affiliates frown upon incentives to get people to click a link. Any ethical blogger would never do this.
Keep your eye on any site that offers memberships. You may think a membership is free but in some cases (not all), your credit card could be charged a fee for this so called “exclusive membership” after you make a purchase. If you see a site that mentions a membership, read their terms of service. I stay away from those and won’t post them. They’re hard to cancel and keep charging your credit card.YIKES!
Be aware of the blogs you follow. Just because a blogger posted it doesn’t make it legit. With the large amount of bloggers popping up everyday, there are a some that only do it for the residual compensation and could care less about their readers or any drawbacks that lie in wait for them. Having said that, there are terrific bloggers that are ethical and want to share fantastic freebies . My best advise is get to know the blogger and watch the things they post. You’ll be able to tell pretty quick which ones to follow and which ones to send on their merry way.
There are many manufacturers that give out free samples in order for consumers to try before they buy. They are completely legit and worth while. However as with all things, a few bad apples don’t have to spoil the whole bunch if you know what to look out for. If you’re still not convinced, do a simple Google search for that web site and reviews. If anyone had a bad experience, you’ll probably be able to find it and read about it.