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What are some good ways to get free samples?

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Good ways to get free samples include using social media, signing up for manufacturers’ newsletters and contacting companies directly. Common free samples include food, clothing, magazines, books, deodorant and mouthwash.

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Following retailers, companies or brands on social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter is a great way to get free samples. Many of these companies require people to perform an action on their social media pages to get free products. A good way to find all free samples regardless of the retailer or brand is to search social media sites using keywords such as "deals," "giveaways" and "free samples."

Some manufactures give away full-sized products and samples on a first-come, first-served basis. These giveaways are typically reserved for people who sign up to their e-mail newsletters. Checking the retailers’ or companies’ online sample pages and signing up to newsletters can provide exclusive access to samples, deals, promotions and coupons. It is a good idea to use a different e-mail address specifically for newsletters to keep track of emails and sample opportunities, and avoid flooding work or personal e-mail.

Lastly, contacting the companies directly can be a good way to get free samples. Letters typically get better responses than phone calls and emails. Writing letters expressing interest in trying new products or praising products may get the desired results.

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