Things advertised as "Free"

@worldwise1 (14887)
United States
May 21, 2007 3:24am CST
It really bothers me whenh I get e-mail or go on certain sites and they are always pitching these "Free" offers. Invariably, they end up wanting you to spend money. Why do they have to be so underhanded about it? I have also found this to be true in the business world.
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@twils2 (1812)
• United States
21 May 07
Well, they use the word free because it works. Some people actualy think they're getting something free. It bugs me because you get to their site and put in your email address and then they tell you what you have to sign up for and none of it is free. Its just like those infomercials on tv at night. They'll sell you this but give you that, but wait, theres more. And then they put a ridiculoussly high value on some cheap piece of plastic something or other and what there selling isnt worth one monthly payment much less three or four. Okay rant over. Take care, Terry
@msjigga (866)
• United States
21 May 07
I hate when companies use the word free as a marketing tool. Big businesses know that people are going to react if they think something is free or if people they will get a gift free with purchase. I hate when you have to give a credit card number to access so call free sites or free trials.
@ellie26 (4128)
• Malaysia
21 May 07
Well most of the time we sign up because we think that they are free. Nothing comes free. There is always a catch. This is what we call "killer sales letter." That how they do it. They make it look so interesting that you wont want to pass it.
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21 May 07
There is a phrase that works here hun *There is no such thing as a freebie* There will always be a catch when anything is offered free and I tend to be very sceptical these days when you are shown a "free" offer
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@cblackink (969)
• United States
26 May 07
Well, that's usually the way they make money, by giving you some small thing for free and asking you to buy something more expensive. I mean, everybody's got to make a living somehow. But since we all have free will, we don't have to buy the thing they're selling. Just take the free thing if you want it and don't buy anything else.
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• United States
26 May 07
P.S. It's not unreasonable for a company to ask you to pay for shipping and handling charges for a product. They just need to recoup their losses.
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@carolscash (9500)
• United States
21 May 07
I hate these things too. I know that there are some good reebie sites online but it is rare to find them. Someone said that Walmart offers freebies at one of there sites. I don't think that I have ever seen it though. I have gotten some items free online but most times as you said they ask for you to buy something.
@ryanphil01 (4185)
• Philippines
21 May 07
one friend of mine on the net told me of a free offer if i will go to a certain website and just sign up. the site is giving you a free ipod. i got interested on it because personally i don't have an ipod yet. but when i looked at their offer i was annoyed because you can only get their free ipod if you refer to them at least 5 individuals to sign up to their site. morever, you will be required first to purchase a certain product from them. what a deceptive method to ploy and catch our attention! the same goes with free paying sites assuring to members that they got free international offers just to find out later that they require you few cents and bucks to pay for with your credit card info.
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• United States
21 May 07
Lots of gimicks out there, on the internet and in the real world. When something is offered for 'free' and you find out you have to put out money to get it---means not free to me. I really dislike the ones that offer a 'free' sample of something and then you have to go through several screens of offers to get it, ending by finding out that you must accept at least one of the offers to 'qualify' for the sample. To me free samples shhould be free, no strings.
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@winterose (39897)
• Canada
21 May 07
It is called a hooked to get you interested in the product, I know it is wrong but they are able to say well we didn't say the program was free we said the information about how to get the program to see. I never bother reading any of them.
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@stdrst (471)
• Bulgaria
21 May 07
There is nothing "Free" in this life. People, don't believe that somebody will give you something free. It is impossible. You want it or not it is the whole truth.
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