Is "Free" really free?

@Drosophila (16886)
Ireland
September 22, 2016 11:49am CST
This actually came up in a discussion I was having with a colleague today. She brought a carton of juice with a higher sugar content because it was 30% free! I pointed out to her that well it's not actually free, cos she paid for it. Not only that, but she didn't like the juice. And she's now worried about the sugar content. So, this "free" thing is actually quite costly. Do you know any truly "free" stuff? That's given to you without any hidden "costs"?
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@Mike197602 (13310)
• Worcester, England
22 Sep
Oxygen and love...unless you pay for the love
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@vandana7 (55232)
• India
22 Sep
Oxygen is also expensive. Love anyway is...you either spend for it, or somebody spends on impressing you..I think unsolicited advise is the only thing free.
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@Mike197602 (13310)
• Worcester, England
22 Sep
@vandana7 well I'm breathing now and not paying
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@pgntwo (19595)
• Derry, Northern Ireland
22 Sep
@Mike197602 Not even taxes?
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@vandana7 (55232)
• India
22 Sep
Unsolicited advise...as I was mentioning in MIKE's box.
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@Drosophila (16886)
• Ireland
22 Sep
Ya you can always bank on someone to tell you off
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@vandana7 (55232)
• India
23 Sep
@Drosophila ... Sometimes it is transformed into lectures you don't want to hear.
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@Drosophila (16886)
• Ireland
23 Sep
@vandana7 absolutely! usually am the one doing the lecturing.. so if anyone tries to return the favor... :p
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@paigea (19881)
• Canada
23 Sep
Air and dreams are free?
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@Drosophila (16886)
• Ireland
23 Sep
lol reminds me of terry Pratchett's quote, only dreams are free, rest of the time we need wages
@paigea (19881)
• Canada
25 Sep
@Drosophila yes, everything costs.
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@Drosophila (16886)
• Ireland
25 Sep
@paigea indeed.. right living == costs!
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@Pass12 (1002)
24 Sep
If we talk about materialistic things then I can't remember any :p
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@Drosophila (16886)
• Ireland
24 Sep
Aye!! Agreed
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• United States
23 Sep
Those free samples at the grocery store are, unless you feel compelled to buy the stuff because the person just spent their time giving you free stuff
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@Drosophila (16886)
• Ireland
23 Sep
right..they are small and yucky, usually stuff that can't sell..
@just4him (81413)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
23 Sep
Not that I can think of.
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@Drosophila (16886)
• Ireland
23 Sep
ya same here
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@pgntwo (19595)
• Derry, Northern Ireland
22 Sep
If something is "free", you are the product... usually.
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@Drosophila (16886)
• Ireland
22 Sep
Hahhaa well said
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@DianneN (52903)
• United States
22 Sep
All I know is that the air I breathe is free, and the samples of products or even full size products I get in the mail.
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@Drosophila (16886)
• Ireland
22 Sep
I want your mail box :)
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@ms1864 (6943)
• Bangalore, India
22 Sep
Na. There is always a hidden reason for these offers...it is close to the expiry date, they need to get rid of the old batch to get in new ones, a better product is going to come up so they need to get rid of the old ones, In fast food stores it is always to finish the products bordering on getting stale.
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@Drosophila (16886)
• Ireland
22 Sep
Ya! Another reason why I don't do fast food
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@Hatley (152095)
• Garden Grove, California
22 Sep
no not off hand even farmers who give free veggies want you to buyu some more of theur Stuff so its not that free io
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@Drosophila (16886)
• Ireland
22 Sep
That is true! Am always sceptical of free stuff
@CRK109 (14413)
• United States
22 Sep
"free" is one of those words I actually try to avoid. In my email daily, I get offers for free things. but I have to pay shipping and handling. So it's not free. Gimmicks like that with the juice get to me, as well. How much was the juice before the extra amount was added? How do we know it's really free? Of course, I ordered a candle last night and with it came a free candle holder. I saw the prices of both and the shipping and it really came out that the holder was free, so I bought it. I actually wanted the candle anyway. But we have to really study everything to see if anything is ever truly free.
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@Drosophila (16886)
• Ireland
22 Sep
Absolutely! Glad you got the candle holder for free though