Who said, “Nothing in life is free”? Well they were wrong (for the most part). While there are scams out there, there are definitely legit ways to get things you would normally pay for and not just tiny samples; although, you can get those too (great for travel and for trying new products before you buy). I am going to go through a whole bunch of ways to get free stuff and give you tips on how to avoid scams and keep yourself organized and stress free in the process. I am also going to share with you why companies give away free stuff so that you understand why there is such a thing as “FREE”.
Whether it’s a free sample, free service, product, meal or a free education, there is sure to be something for you in this FREE STUFF Series so keep on reading!
WHY WOULD COMPANIES GIVE OUT FREE STUFF?
Companies give away free stuff for many different reasons. In many cases it’s part of their overall marketing strategy and a way for them to find new customers. Companies are trying to build a brand, so giving away a free product or service gives them good press and they can then turn around and use that good press to sell premium products and services that they offer.
Some large brands give away free samples of their products or software with the hope that you’ll like what you get and decide to buy something from them later.
Some retailers use what they call a loss leader strategy. Loss leaders are goods or services offered at steep discounts or free in some cases, which I will explain in more detail, in order to attract customers to the store. It is a popular practice that has been met with lots of success, especially by large retailers. The intent of this pricing strategy is to not only have the customer buy the loss leader item, but other products that are not discounted since most people usually buy more than a few items in a shopping trip.
Other companies, particularly service-based ones, offer free trials, limited plans or samples in the hopes to convert some of their free customers to paid customers. And then there are companies that give away free stuff because they want something in return from you, such as feedback on their product or service or for you to help them spread the word on their brand through social media and so on.
So as you can see, giving away free stuff is in the best interest of the companies that are doing it, and you will see as you go through the different freebies what type of strategy is being used by the company.
Now that you understand why companies would give out free stuff we can move to the next part in this FREE STUFF SERIES. For this series I will refer to a free Item as a “freebie.” Make sure you read the whole series and you are sure to find lots of free alternatives to what you may be currently paying for! So stay tuned for the first part of our series coming soon (be sure to bookmark our site and sign up for our newsletter to be reminded).
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