Companies give out product samples because they hope to gain feedback, enhance brand image and earn customer loyalty. As a consumer, you owe it to yourself to try out new products in sample sizes before making a major commitment such as buying an entire retail or price club package. Some companies even give out full size samples. Free food samples provide consumers an opportunity to test new flavors and improved recipes. By preparing food in your own kitchen, you get a chance to see if the preparation required for the packaged food is suitable to your hectic lifestyle. Most prepared foods offer shortcuts for harried cooks, and you get to check the food prep recommendations to see if the recipes are still edible. Product samples will help you decide which new and improved food products will be included in your stock-up list, reducing the likelihood of wasted groceries because no one in the household liked the products.
Ordering Samples Online
Manufacturers and retailers seldom announce the availability of food samples well in advance of the promotion. In fact, the duration of the giveaway is often defined by the condition “good until supplies last” and is given out on a first-come, first served basis. For this reason, you should monitor the sites that provide links for ordering samples. If the website provides a notification service linked to your email or social media account, sign up for this service to receive alerts in a timely manner. Be wary of sites that ask for information other than basic data such as name, email and mailing address. Obviously, businesses need to know where to send your free samples. They also need a way to contact you for more information, and email is the preferred method these days.
Here are more great tips when ordering freebies online!
- Sign up for a free email address just for your sample requests to keep your business and personal inbox free of promotional messages.
- Make sure to provide a valid mailing address, and be aware that some companies may not send samples to post office boxes or addresses outside the U.S.
- Avoid sites that ask for credit card information without explaining the reasons upfront. Free samples should be free, but some companies may ask you to pick up the costs of shipping, which should be within standard mailing rates. If the shipping and handling fees are exorbitant, you are being asked to pay for the sample, and it may be more prudent to forego the sample and look for another source.
- Check out the reputation of the site by checking out online reviews. Check the review sites to see if other users have left negative or positive feedback about their experience requesting free samples. Look at each review with a critical eye to make sure that positive reviews are valid and negative reviews have some basis in fact.
- If the companies providing the free food samples ask for feedback, take the time to complete the survey as consumer feedback is usually the basis for product redesign and improvements.
- Order as many competing products as possible, and take note of differences in flavors, preparation and packaging. Write about this topic on your personal blog or mention it on feedback forms when possible.
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