Is free really free?

@lokisdad (4267)
United States
November 15, 2015 10:52pm CST
Is free really free? I spend a good amount of time online especially when I don't have written to do outside of home. When I have time I look for anything that is being given away for free with nothing more than a shipping and handling fee or even better if it's free for doing a survey our anything like that really. Is free really free though. If you pay for shipping and handling it's free but not completely and if you have to spend money for a membership it is really not free. These days our time is more valuable than ever before do if you have to give them a bunch of your time and time is money is it still really free? What's your thoughts on this ? I'd there anything free anymore what does free really mean toast.
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@Drosophila (16711)
• Ireland
16 Nov 15
Of course there are free things in life.. Here's 2 free things I picked up whilst in London, actually the latter one I refused: 1) Free newspaper at the train station - Metro! Read it to stop staring at that weird bloke across the isle. 2) Free sample chocolate bar outside the train station. Handed out by eager marketeers trying to make you buy more. I refused it. He blinked and said incredulously, "but its free!" .. I countered, "I don't like chocolates!". Just because it's free, it doesn't mean it's needed, or wanted..
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@lokisdad (4267)
• United States
16 Nov 15
That is true those were free but it was while you were traveling lol I haven't found free there has always been some kind of string attached
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@Drosophila (16711)
• Ireland
17 Nov 15
@lokisdad the free news paper I can get it in Dublin too, just go by a different name. It's absolutely free. We also have free taster they give out in supermarket those are free too.
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@lokisdad (4267)
• United States
18 Nov 15
@Drosophila that's cool we have a few free papers that you can get from the street paper containers. They are usually the onion and the car and home magazines but there not everywhere and most times if you see one they are empty
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@cahaya1983 (10053)
• Malaysia
17 Nov 15
Very few are really free, I think. Especially when it comes to companies selling this and that product or service, there's always a catch. But if you manage to find something that's really free, why not take advantage of that opportunity.
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@lokisdad (4267)
• United States
17 Nov 15
Yes and with the economy being bad and inflation rising we need all the free possible that we can get to help us get through these hard times. It! like the Great Depression all over again.
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@Lucky15 (33382)
• Philippines
16 Nov 15
Is is great to have free stuff but most of the time there ia a catch on it
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@lokisdad (4267)
• United States
16 Nov 15
lol yes the strings attached which sometimes tangle you up without you even realizing it until it is too late.
@salonga (28020)
• Philippines
16 Nov 15
Something is really free when you paid nothing, but if you pay some amount no matter how small it is, it is still not free.
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@lokisdad (4267)
• United States
16 Nov 15
true but sometimes the amount of time it takes you to be able to get the item free doing the survey or whatever they asked of you almost feels as if you worked for it which makes it feel not free. For me Free is you hand it to me and then i can go no questions no nothing just give it to the people and let them go.
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@salonga (28020)
• Philippines
16 Nov 15
@lokisdad You are very right in that sense. You actually worked for it so it is not really free.
@lokisdad (4267)
• United States
16 Nov 15
@salonga it should say free with free labor so that you don't get excited about getting something that really isn't free. Then again we all have heard at one time or another that nothing in life is free and its proving to be very true these days.
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@jstory07 (67239)
• Roseburg, Oregon
16 Nov 15
It is only free if it is send to you without any charge.
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@poehere (17700)
• French Polynesia
16 Nov 15
Have to agree with you on that one.
@lokisdad (4267)
• United States
16 Nov 15
@poehere i remember when people would say free and that is exactly what they meant. Now you have to read the fine print.
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@lokisdad (4267)
• United States
16 Nov 15
I know that is how it should be but they usually always find a way to make you pay for something one way or another. Hard to find anything with free shipping anymore.
@Bella128 (2480)
• United States
18 Nov 15
"There's no such thing as a free lunch" was something I learned in school. The idea is that nothing is free because someone somewhere has to pay for it in one way or another. So it might be free to you but not free to someone else.
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@lokisdad (4267)
• United States
19 Nov 15
that could not have been any truer which is funny because I haven't heard it in a long time.
• Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
17 Nov 15
I dont think anything is free, their is always a catch lol
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@lokisdad (4267)
• United States
18 Nov 15
yes and if it says free on paper you have to pull out a magnifying glass to read the tiny fine print on the bottom almost hidden that says free only if you buy or spend on haha we got you we tricked you into spending by telling you free.