3 thoughts on “Free Stuff Everyday: Just How Customers And Businesses Can Unlock The Power of Freebies

  1. Bob
    21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    Could be a victim of its own success, March 27, 2011
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    Bob (UK) –

    This review is from: Free Stuff Everyday: How Customers And Companies Can Unlock The Power of Freebies (Kindle Edition)
    I have received my copy directly from the author free for review purposes.
    As usual I comment on the Kindle formatting, it looks like a text file with no illustrations or fancy fonts but none the worse for that, it is also speech enabled so you can have the synthesised voice read it to you if you wish.
    Although there are other techniques for getting free stuff this book almost exclusively concentrates on contacting suppliers / manufacturers and asking for items to be supplied free. Well actually it does not pretend it is as simple as that and goes through a series of techniques that anyone can use to try and obtain goods for free. The book does emphasise that only the truth should be told but with some poetic licence and that the best technique is to offer a deal with the supplier for example offering to test / review a product. I would have liked to see more templated letters and the section on how to contact the correct person expanded that being the most difficult part.
    My concern is that when there are only a few people using the techniques they may be successful, I have been doing similar things for years with varying levels of success, however if firms get flooded with requests they are likely to put in a level of filtering and employee awareness which will make it much more difficult, so get in quick.
    Overall I found this an interesting book and if the techniques are followed I would expect some success.

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  2. Christina @ Northern Cheapskate
    15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
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    Interesting Take on Finding Freebies, January 22, 2012
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    This review is from: Free Stuff Everyday (Paperback)
    Free Stuff Everyday Guide outlines how to get free stuff and how to do it ethically. But unlike a lot of other “get free stuff” resources, Essex focuses his book on getting larger-scale freebies simply by contacting companies. He writes about creating a persona that will make companies want to give you their products. The book gives advice for deciding what freebies to go after, which definitely makes it a more serious endeavor than just stumbling across a free sample on Facebook.

    As a seasoned freebie hunter, I found this book a little basic for me, but I did think the slightly different angle taken in the book (developing a “persona” and making a plan to get freebies) was interesting. This would be a great read for beginners.

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  3. Barbara Hightower
    12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
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    Free advice and things, April 10, 2011
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    Barbara Hightower (Taylors, SC USA) –
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    This review is from: Free Stuff Everyday: How Customers And Companies Can Unlock The Power of Freebies (Kindle Edition)
    This is a good book for anyone wanting to get free items from various people. Mike is straight to the point on how to get things done and offers a lot of advice and examples. Some of these I have tired and still do and it does work.

    I liked the templates he also includes in the book to help people along. I would say that if companies start getting a lot of request they might start slowing down on who they do let in to receive the free items.

    Overall a great book and great ideas to help anyone.

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