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Deals That Are Nifty by Sister Thrifty: How to identify a phony freebie site

Deals That Are Nifty by Sister Thrifty

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Friday, July 02, 2010

How to identify a phony freebie site

 love freebies, but how do you differentiate between a free sample from a legitimate company that's trying to solicit new customers from a data harvester that will lead to lots of spam and never send you any freebie? Here are a few questions to ask about a site before you give them any of your information:
 1) Who runs the site? If there is no contact information or just a free email address, be suspicious - most places WANT customers to be able to contact them & order things, and real businesses don't conduct transactions via hotmail.   P.O. Boxes are also a red flag...most "real" businesses have an actual street address.

2) Does the site look shoddy?  Even small companies want to maintain a professional appearance. If a site has spelling mistakes or just an overall amateur appearance, be skeptical - it may have been thrown together that same week using a template & free stock images.  Grammatical errors are a red flag that the site creators are out of the country, looking for suckers.  Spam sites appear out of nowhere, collect as much data as possible in a short time, and then vanish before the authorities catch them. If a site is full of Google or popup ads, another warning bell should be ringing. If you were promoting something, would you have advertisements for a competitor on your site?

3) Why are they giving away things for free? A retailer or wholesaler may give something free as an incentive to get customers to buy more. A manufacturer may give something away for free to promote brand awareness & attract new markets. If a site isn't selling any products, it doesn't produce any products & it isn't an advertiser for a company that makes those products, how would it earn money by spending thousands on merchandise & shipping? Why would you buy 50,000 coffee cups then mail them to people all over the world that you were never going to hear from again? Here are a couple of sites where companies can be checked:http://www.whois.net

And now for some legitimate freebies!   

Recipes for a Healthier Life cookbook filled with diabetes-friendly recipes is offered for free by American Heart Association. At this time, the cookbook can only be mailed to U.S. addresses.

Check out the NEW coupon for a FREE 32oz fountain beverage of your choice!
Limit one per customer. Offer valid at any Pilot Travel Center location.
Coupon Valid June 28,2010 - August 31, 2010
Visit Pilot Travel Centers facebook fan page and click on the "Coupon" tab to print your coupon.

Erik Prautsch's HAIRTRIGGERED is proud to announce that, for a limited time, users may sign up to receive a free sample of their newest products, SMOOTHSMOOTH Shampoo and Conditioner!
Please allow 6-8 weeks for shipping. Maximum one per household, available to residents of the United States exclusively.

America's Number One sportsman's magazine, featuring in-depth articles on hunting, fishing, outdoor adventure, and conservation news. First-class fiction, and more. Field & Stream, editorial excellence for over 100 years. ~
Visit this offer to see if you qualify for a free digital subscription.

Have a favorite character call your home with a personalized message - they can even greet your child by name!
The call is free of charge. The only requirement is that you be a registered member of Disney Online.
There is a limit to 3 calls per phone number per week
Open to residents of the United States only. Currently, calls are not available to residents of ID, WA, GA, KY, MS, NE, TN and LA
*You must be 18 years of age or older to schedule a call

Have a great week!
Sister Thrifty

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