Since when is free such a "bad" word?

United States
June 4, 2007 2:47am CST
I'm not trying to start trouble...just curious... We get, free advice, good and bad...free newspapers, free want ads, free classifieds, free websites, blogs, businesses, FREE FREE FREE so why in business is free such a bad word???? comment, and comment constructively. Be proactive instead of reactive. thanks
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@KrisNY (7609)
• United States
5 Jun 07
OK- although I'm not sure where you are going with this- It looks interesting- And I'm curious to see what kind of responses you get. I think free in business is good and bad- Just like advice- Let me explain: I love getting freebies from businesses- I sign up for all kinds of them- Free samples- free money, free trials- so for me the consumer I love businesses and freebies. From the business point of view- I'm an accountant- so I see all the daily transactions the company I work for has- We are a company trying to make a profit- we also give away samples- at times- Sometimes the samples are expensive- All I see is $$ dollar signs- of lost profit- which means less money for us- less job stability! Does it mean the prospective customer will purchase more from us in the future- sometimes- so it is good too! So yes Free is good! and Free is bad!
• United States
6 Jul 07
I was mainly talking about free affiliate programs. Those that have monthly quotas I believe are the ones ragging on free businesses. Of course, they want the business too. The problem is...the economy is not the greatest, and I make a good living as an agency nurse, when I can get the work...even for me it's rough. The problem with having vendor fairs, and doing give aways, is that sometimes people don't buy a thing, and you have to make up that money...so you are right, it is good and bad. Some freebies are good. And free businesses are good if you manage your money correctly. I guess the same could be said for the others.
• United States
9 Jun 07
Getting a freebie is something that I have always enjoyed. I am not a free loader nor do I expect to get everything for free. But, finding something that doesn't cost you anything is a good thing. Giving something to someone for free is also good.
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• United States
11 Jun 07
Hey, how are you? How's the wedding planning and everything...I agree getting something for free is a good thing. Actually...my topic wasn't anything like I had in mind in regards to responses...LOL I'll explain where I was goin in Krisny response...since she asked. I hope all is going well with you!
• United States
8 Jun 07
Well, nothing in life is really free... The business gives things away in order to get a customer's attention, information, or future sales. I think that both sides (businesses and customers) have gotten burned in that transaction. There are a lot of people who will take anything free but never otherwise will interact with a company (and their information isn't worth much because they give it away all the time, so they are already on all the lists...) I think everyone has had the experience of giving their email or physical address in order to get something (free or purchased) and then been inundated in junk mail.
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• United States
6 Jul 07
you are so right Julie. I've been in that experience many times with my businesses. And it just is not worth giving your business away sometimes. Btw, I have some info you might be interested in if you want to promote your blogs. I messaged you with it. and yes they do work! carole
@dpk262006 (54849)
• Delhi, India
10 Jul 07
I believe that nothing if 'free' in this world, it is an elusion and our disblief. I always believe that - "Everything comes for a price" (may be hidden one). Nothing is priceless...so I do not consider...that anything comes 'free'.
@sarcos (201)
• New Zealand
9 Jul 07
I feel free is a good word be it about business or papers or any such thing. Mind you I yet to find any busianesses tthis way that give anything away free except when you have acertain time at free of interest or things like that.
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@MrsAdvice (623)
• United States
10 Jul 07
It's the old adage, "You get what you pay for" So people think FREE means CHEAP but FREE does not mean CHEAP (worthless). Just like the people who start a new website get in for free because they are spreading the word . . . like me . . . and those who join later will have to pay. It's a reward, for helping to spread the word, it doesn't make it cheap, believe me, my time is valuable . . . I earned that free website/biz, and it's gonna make me very rich, and it did not cost me any money, only some time to share it with friends, family, etc . . . so in this case, free means freedom, freedom from worry, financial freedom, and there is no better word to me right now, than FREE.
@dpk262006 (54849)
• Delhi, India
10 Jul 07
I believe that nothing is 'free' in this world, it is an elusion and our disblief. I always believe that - "Everything comes for a price" (may be hidden one). Nothing is priceless...so I do not consider...that anything comes 'free'.