December 22, 2010 at 12:39 pm , by Ladies' Lounge
You’ve probably seen emails or wacky links that promise all kinds of free stuff—the web is full of them. But how do you distinguish the real offers from the ones that are total rip-offs? The classic rule of thumb definitely applies here: If it seems too good to be true, it probably is. You’re really not likely to score an iPad for answering 3 questions about Lady Gaga. If you provide your name, email, and address to the scammy site, you are likely to get spammed (or worse, your identity stolen). Check out About.com’s guide to avoiding freebie scams for more tips.
But there are awesome freebies to be found out there! So I compiled a cheat sheet of my favorite (totally scam-free) online scores—because what’s better than 100 percent free?
FREE ebooks: Amazon.com’s Kindle Store. As easy as the Kindle has made it to shop for a book from the comfort of your own couch, now you can do it for free. There are over 16,000 titles that will cost you absolutely nothing, including classics like “A Tale of Two Cities” and “Little Women.”
FREE products: Heyitsfree.net. From t-shirts and mugs to coupons and calendars, this website is devoted to finding the best freebies on the web. After perusing available deals by category, click on the desired link. You’ll be taken to that company’s website where you enter your mailing address and send your free loot on its way to your front door.
FREE services: U-exchange.com. U-exchange is a swap site that specializes in any type of trade. You can write a post asking for anything that you need (a handyman, an ipod, a couch, babysitting) in exchange for something you have to offer, whether it’s an object or a skill.
FREE stuff: Freecycle.org. Freecycle is a non-profit network that has over 7 million members in almost 5,000 groups around the world. The aim is to keep good and useful stuff out of landfills. After joining the free group, you can peruse the available items in your area. Whether you’re looking for a piece of furniture or something smaller like a book, you are sure to find it here—for FREE—if you’re patient in the hunt.
FREE designer clothes: Swapstyle.com. Swapstyle is a fashion website where members can swap (rather than buy) an unlimited amount of designer duds with each other. With the exception of any shipping costs, female fashionistas can shop for free, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. It doesn’t get any better than that!
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