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There are billions of products out there but how many do we really try? Some are too expensive and some we are simply too unsure about to even look twice at. That’s not to mention those that are poorly marketed or even a little frightening.
For those that have even wondered ‘what if?’ this book teaches the
basics of How to Get Products for Free so you can attempt to get some of these unusual
products for yourselves. You’ll gain a valuable insight in to the 'blagging' process, as well as hearing about some of the odd products I
encountered on my travels.
This guide is also designed to highlight dangers you may face along
the way, by giving an indepth insight in to my own personal journey.
Chapter 1: Live for free? That’s me
For those new to the world of ‘blagging’ allow me to give you a
quick crash course. First coined as a term to describe the way celebrities can
get anything from a new pair of Gucci shoes right down to a necklace for
their dog Fru-Fru it means getting something for nothing. Naturally this
comes easy for our celebrity-status friends as any product they’re given for
free usually ends up on the pages of Heat or Dog Owners weekly, meaning
instant exposure for the brand.
Although this doesn’t always work, as HP
found out when they gave P Diddy a diamond encrusted Apple iPod. Whilst
the diamonds spelt out HP it was ultimately Apple who went on to benefit
and HP’s own brand MP3 player is just a forgotten memory in some
Diamond encrusted iPods are just one example of the over-the-top
products that have made their way into the hands of celebrities. At the latest
Oscars each attendee was given a goodie bag worth an estimated $100,000,
including: A Portable DVD Player, silk dress, espresso machine, a trip to
Hawaii (worth $25,000), and even a Diamond Encrusted Digital Camera.
Gotta love the diamonds.
As for me, the first thing I ever got for free was a video game which
was sent to me for an old gaming website. At the time I thought it was
fantastic, a £40 game right on my doorstep and all I’d have to do was write
1000 words to keep it. Brilliant! Whilst I’m sure the review was only read by
about 12 people, the PR company seemed to love it and over the years I
managed to accumulate a fair share of games from other companies too.
This got me thinking, what if I could get more than just games for
free? If I set up a food website would I ever have to pay to eat again? Would
a toiletries website mean even toilet paper would be something I could get for
free? And what about everything else, what if there were no limits, what if I
could find a way to get absolutely anything for free?
But lets take a step back for a second for a quick reality check, I’m no
celebrity, I’m just your average Joe student with no celebrity status or
journalistic experience. What possible reason could companies have for
giving me products for free? I’m not going to make their products world
famous overnight and I’m certainly not going to be appearing on the front
cover of Heat any time soon so why would they even bother? Why possibly
give perfectly good products to a complete stranger when you have absolutely
nothing to gain in return?
It’s something I pondered about for a while, in fact I pondered about it
so much it would have given even Pinky and the Brain a serious headache if
they even attempted this level of pondering. The more I thought about it the
more I just kept coming back to the same point, if I can’t become a celebrity
overnight then I’d simply make one. Surely it wouldn’t take more than a few
words to invent one, a new caped consumerist, someone citizens could look
to for information on anything from reviews of toiletries to toys, food to
fashion… someone called Freebie-Man. And on that faithful day Freebie-
Man donned his suit for the first time, an average Joe on the scrounge for free
stuff. Little did I know the evil, greed and obsession I would face along the
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