questionsdo you sign up for all free samples, even if you…

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No, I have enough useless crap taking up space at my house already.

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Yeah, sometimes. But only if I'll use it or if it's particularly cool. Like that Firefly Vodka Mason Jar deal a while back. I signed up for that. Will I ever have any need for a Mason jar? probably not. But it should be pretty cool nonetheless. If nothing else, it'll be a nifty change jar!

I used to grab everything I could though. I'd go to a music festival as a teenage, and fill up my bag with free stuff every day. And I do mean stuff. Like I actually split the seam on a bag from overfilling it haha

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Nope, not ones posted here. The last "free" thing here I signed up for was a thing for lung cancer awareness. Not only did I not receive the free wristband or whatever it was (I've never received any of the 3 D.W. samples I signed up for), they spam me almost every day from multiple sites and email addresses that do not seem legitimate. (edit: I mean it was for lung cancer, I didn't feel the need to use a secondary email address. Lesson learned.)

I wish the free sample crap would disappear.

Sorry for the harshness, I just got to work....

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We are constantly bombarded with advertisements trying to trick us into buying something we otherwise wouldn't. Getting to use a product for free is a much more considerate way to get me interested in new products. There is no lying or false claims when I get to try a product for free. So, I like free products! But, some that I have signed up for have gotten me a lot of spam.

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I used to be addicted to free samples, too. I was into saving as much money as I possibly could. Then I realized what I was giving up for it - far too much space in my tiny apartment, time searching for or redeeming "free" deals, and the time and effort to throw away all the crap I had accumulated.

Now I am much less likely to take advantage of "free" unless it is also useful.

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@meh3884: That's pretty fair. I've signed up for a bunch through here a couple years ago, and never got any of them. Then again, I never got any sort of confirmation, so it's entirely possible that I just didnt hit the sample in time.

Then again, those were mostly, if not all, at least somewhat legit. Like from the company itself, not joinusnowfortotallyfreestuff.com/thisisntfake or something.

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@benyust2: Very good way of putting it. I'm definitely more likely to buy something if I've had the opportunity to take it for a 'test drive' first.

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@kalicat83: At some point I signed up for free samples from Proctor & Gamble. For the last 5 or 6 years I receive a box from them, quarterly, with free samples of their products. Most I toss in the garbage. Ones I can use, I either add to the current container I have of that product or tape to the side of it so it doesn't fall into the black hole that is my closets.

While I sign up for a decent # of free samples, I'm pretty good about either tossing them out when I receive them, if I realize I'm never going to use it, or putting it to use right away so it doesn't just pile up some place.

I live in a NYC apartment, so like yourself, every sq ft is at a premium, but there's something about getting that free sample in my mailbox that I still enjoy. Maybe it's because virtually no one writes me real letters anymore.....

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The SPAM issue:
The easiest answer, as some have already mentioned, is to use a 2nd email account for all possible junk mail.

The solution I have found is a combination of two things...
1) I use Google Apps as my email host. Gmail has such a great anti-spam solution built-in that even after having the same email address for 15 years, I rarely receive more than 1 piece of spam in my inbox per day, and often only 1 in a week.
2) Gmail allows you to create different addresses out of your username. You can then use filter(s). For example, you can stick a period (.) anywhere in your username. You can also plus '+' anything onto the end of your username. Some examples that would all be the same account:
username@gmail.com
user.name@gmail.com
u.s.e.r.n.a.m.e@gmail.com
username+junk@gmail.com
u.sername+xyz@gmail.com

The same rules apply for gApps accounts, you just replace gmail.com with your domain name.

Along with filters, using variations is a great way to sort/manage email.

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My Astroglide free sample is on the way!!

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I get free samples of anything i could ever use, or anything anyone I know would use, like for instance, I dont have a cat, but i sign up for free catfood samples to give to my friends who have cats

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No. I'm an anti-hoarder, so I don't go for things I won't use (even if they're free).

Plus, most free offers ask for your address. I don't want to receive junk mail for the rest of my days in exchange for another toilet brush.

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Apparently so. I'm 19, and received a free sample of laxatives in the mail a couple weeks ago. That's.. Useful?

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not only do i sign up for almost everything that shows up as a freebee, i sign up others for same free stuff. i have no pets of any kind, but i have cat food coming for me and mom so i can give her my cat food. then i have dog food coming to me and her so i can deliver to dad.

plus anything i don't have a use for i can donate to one of the local homeless shelters or charities.

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@mschauber: mailinator.com is what I use for spam email. There's no sign up process and messages only stay on the system for 24 hours.

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I sign up for just about any freebie I can find.
Most of the product samples I use. The personal care products are great for travel. Small boxes of cereal are great for snacks at work, etc.

Everything else goes into a big box which becomes my white elephant gift exchange present at a Christmas party I go to every year. There are people who will try to figure out which box (or boxes, sometimes I split it up in case someone doesn't bring a gift they can still play) I brought and will steal it from other people.