Finding free samples isn’t just fun, sometimes it can be a good way to save a little money. Personally, I love to get free samples of shampoo, body wash, etc. because I’m not super picky about my shower products. But it can be hard to tell the difference between real free samples and scam sites that are just trying to get your money or information.
Real Free Sample Sites
I would say one of the easiest ways to figure out if a site is just a rip off is to consider what the free sample actually is. Unfortunately, if it seems too good to be true, it probably is. Most free samples given out by companies are tiny or something a lot of people probably aren’t really interested in. A site that says you can get some kind of really popular product (especially at full size) or an expensive product is probably trying to scam you.
How much information are they trying to get from you? Generally, all a company should need from you is your name and address so they know where to send the free sample. Sometimes they’ll ask extra stuff, like “How old are you?” or “Have you bought this item before?” and that’s okay. Companies ask people questions like that to try to understand their target customers better.
If a site is asking for your credit card information or asking you to sign up for a subscription I would proceed with caution. Most free samples are tiny enough that you shouldn’t even need to pay for shipping costs. Most of the time there is no reason why a site would need your card information.
Here is a list of sites where you can find real free samples.
PinchMe is a site that sends out samples every month. They have a particular time and date each month when you have to log in and choose which free items to add to your cart. The only downside to this is that sometimes there is too much traffic on the site and you can’t grab the samples quick enough. So you miss out. But most of the time (when I actually remember to log in) I have no trouble getting my samples. I’ve received 10 boxes from them so far and each one is filled with 3-4 items.
Just Free Stuff
This site has been around since 1997 and posts lots of new free samples every day. This site doesn’t provide the samples but they post links to where you can get them. I’ve found a lot of cool samples by using this site. Just Free Stuff also posts contests and free Kindle books too.
This site is focused on “word of mouth” marketing. Once you sign up you can fill out your profile and take surveys to let them know what kind of interests you have. Then based on your information BzzAgent will invite you to a company’s campaign. This is one of the few sites that actually does send out full-sized samples. And sometimes you can get popular or expensive products. I’ve been a member since 2004 and I’ve gotten free shampoo, makeup, food products, books, and more. I think they even sent me a bra once. I’ve gotten so much stuff from them I can’t remember all of it.
Influenster is geared a little more towards bloggers and social influencers, but anyone can sign up. I’ve gotten a few things from them (like BzzAgent, they usually send full-size products). I don’t have a ton of experience with this site but so far I think it’s a pretty good site.
This site is similar to BzzAgent. You get invited to campaigns based on your interests and likes. I’ve gotten a few things from this site.
This site sends samples out about 4 times a year. They don’t promote them or anything so you need to sign up for an account so you can be notified when new free samples are going to be sent out.
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