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Has anyone ever had any success with getting free samples?? I mean of anything?
I get emails saying free sample of febreeze for example. Just wondering if any of the members have had any joy or are freebie chasers!!
Only thing I've ever bagged was the kitchen unit thingys which were quite good for fixing base units.


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I used to go on one of the "free stuff" sites some years back. Honestly can't remember which one there are a few. Search for "Free stuff uk"
We definitely had stuff come from various places. Again, it's been a while back so I can't really remember. Pet food for sure, and washing liquid etc. samples.
So it does work.


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Well aye man!

In the electronics field you can get samples of devices that would normally cost ££'s - if you know what to do with them of course! It helps if you're a proper user/outlet for the stuff though as they do ask pertinent questions of people asking for samples.

Most people (I presume) don't abuse this form of sampling but they don't do it forever or for just anything, usually for limited quantities and for newer items.

I've had quite a few micro-controllers, digital potentiometers, VCO's etc from Motorola and others for experimental purposes but I've heard of others asking for at least one of everything that comes onto the market - you'd be surprised at how many new devices come onto the scene on a weekly basis - and they get away with it all the time!

Usually requests for components are processed by their distributors such as RS Components, Farnell etc only rarely coming direct from the manufacturers themselves.

It might be small change in the scheme of things but for those in the industry, so to speak, it's an invaluable and worthwhile service.

I've had more 'tools' through the UHM site (competitions) than I'd ever get as manufacturers freebies :lol:

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Yeah I forgot about the uhm competitions,I got quite a few free prizes as well!


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i was asked to be a trialist for the original dewalt framing gun. and almost a year down the line it conked out and they picked it up, repaired it and had it sent back to me :huray: :huray:


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there are plenty of freebie sites hduk being one

http://www.hotukdeals.com/all/freebies/hot

http://forums.moneysavingexpert.com/for ... y.php?f=37


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I've had a few freebies over the years... With the exception of UHM (and Jamie olivers forum) the amount of time and effort spent getting a freebie wasn't really worth it. A bit like those coupon collectors that claim to be able to do their weekly shop for six-pence..

But spend all day every day printing off coupons so that they can buy food that they probably wouldn't have bought otherwise.

and it's not like printer ink is cheap.......

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I get loads of free stuff for work. A few weeks ago I got a free bottle of spray stuff that supposedly makes electronics waterproof. The only problem is dealing with the tsunami of calls and emails afterwards.


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When my grandad was working as a buyer for a fairly large building firm he used to get some cracking freebies from all the builders merchants and hilti,makita etc.
He also got hundreds of bottles of whisky etc.
Every year the firm had a golf outing and all(nearly)the free stuff was given away as prizes.


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Hi,

The only freebies I used to get were at work. Most of my time was in the loading bays at Brook Motors; for many years unbeknownst to me and the guys in the loading bays our immediate office staff used to accept lots of bottles of drink at Christmas and sometimes throughout the year; they never let on keeping the bottles in the office. I was promoted so then found I had access to the complete factory and being the helpful guy I am I now started to come into more direct contact with many of the customers. I started to receive the free bottles of spirits so now the selfish office staff lost out; the office was moved up a flight of stairs out of the loading bay area isolating it from us grafters who actually got our hands dirty doing the heavy work; by the time I retired I was receiving lots of bottles of spirits but I never ever kept one of them; I'm tea total and as my team was grafting many times in driving snow during winter I was pleased to share the bottles amongst them by putting their names into a hat and asking one of them to draw the names out one at a time; as each name came out the person had the choice of bottle. Working in the loading bays was a very hard and stressful job but small kindnesses on my part like this went a huge way ensuring trust and harmony; in all my time in charge the guys never once let me down; if a guy was having personal problems needing time off work; it was normal practice for me to send a note to personnel giving permission and stating the reason; many times I would fill in the note but would then bin the note when the guy returned back to work at the agreed time; by doing this the notes were not placed on record and when the usual redundancies were announced I justified every member of my three teams knowing them to be good workers; if only more of the shop floor and management in the other departments trusted each other Brooks would have been a much better place to work at.

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There's a fine line between freebies and bribes so you need to be aware of what company policy may be before taking anything as a 'freebie' else suffer the potential of losing your job.

That said, I was ready to place an order for £100k+ of TV studio equipment and was 'given' a handheld video camera for my 'loyalty' to the supplier. It turned out I didn't have much choice in supplier so they gave me something they didn't need to and I didn't necessarily want. I reported this to my boss at the time and he just told me to keep it.

Others may have seen it as a bribe considering the amount of money the order was for.

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I worked for one particular builder on a few different jobs, mostly small blocks of flats, the boss's son was the site agent, (and fairly useless - he'd not have lasted long in the big bad world outside the family firm), when the flats were nearing completion and all the white goods fitted, the site agent would go into every flat and nick the complementary box of dishwasher/washing stuff from all the machines.

No freebies for me that I can remember, apart from one occasion when a tool rep left quite a few samples in the site canteen, mostly Jacksaws, pencils and bendy Stanley blades.

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The howdens rep doesn't even give us pencils anymore....


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it does my head in why howdens give out geet massive pencils like that. what ya gonna use them for when ya fitting kitchens or whatever. the only thing you could use it for is writing stuff in those little paper books they give ya.

be far more sensible to give away free 2h pencils of normal pencil size


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