Article Posted on: July 2nd, 2011 | Filed under Free Stuff and Savings Blog
There are lots of great benefits to getting free stuff online. However, there are also some things to be aware of when you sign up for freebies. One of these things to keep in mind is that when you fill out the form to get your free product sample or coupon, you could also be signing up to receive promotional emails from that company. In this article I’m going to show you a simple way to avoid most of these unwanted emails. It’s easy to do, and just doing this one small thing will prevent 99% of the unwanted emails free stuff finders can sometimes get.
Since this freebie tip is so simple I won’t keep you in suspense. The most important thing to do when you are filling out a form to get free stuff is to pay close attention to the check boxes at the end of the form and to UNCHECK any boxes that ask if you want to receive promotional emails (if you don’t want to receive these emails). Many people are in such a rush to get free stuff that they don’t take the time to read these check box questions. The problem is if you forget to uncheck any promotional emails you don’t want to receive, and you sign up for a lot of freebies, it doesn’t take long for your inbox to start filling up.
In our articles about “why companies give away free stuff“, we explained that one of the main reasons a company gives out a freebie is to promote a new product or service. They want to capture your email address so they can contact you in the future, and many of these companies will have promotional email opt-in check boxes selected by default. Here at Free Stuff 101.com we try hard to only list freebies that don’t force you to opt-in to any emails just to sign up. However, finding promotional email check boxes that are selected by default is common in the freebie world, so it’s your job to make sure you uncheck them if you don’t want the emails. We”ll do our best to help you, and you’ll notice how we like to mention these kind of things in our freebie reviews so you at least have a heads up.
Don’t worry if you forget to uncheck these check boxes every now and again. All reputable companies will include an “opt-out” link or instructions in any promotional emails they send out. But if you know you don’t want to receive an email its easier to not opt-in in the first place.
Basically, the point of this article is if you want to avoid promotional emails when you sign up for free stuff, make sure you take a few seconds to read all the check boxes at the end of the forms. It’s easy to do and will help save you time and prevent your inbox from getting flooded with emails you don’t want. Happy free stuff hunting!