How do I sign up for the free offers? All the offers are provided by online merchants and distributors... Just click any link that looks interesting. The merchants website will have complete information about their offer and instructions about how to sign up... just try a few and soon your mailbox will be stuffed with all kinds of goodies!
What is included in your email newsletters? The email itself is just a short plain-text email with a link to the daily newsletter, which is published online only. (we had to do that because of the size and the contents - too big and too many different links - it was often getting sent to the 'spam' folder and people were missing out.) From the email you can get to the newsletter, which is published Monday through Friday and usually has 20 or more links to free product samples, money-saving coupons & discounts on the things you probably have to buy anyway, some selected fun sweepstakes and contests and sometimes links to surveys where you can get paid or get a prize for completing... There is never any obligation to click any of the links in the online newsletter, but keep in mind that the more you order and participate in, the more goodies you'll get and the more you'll save.
What if I want to cancel or change my email address? There is a link at the bottom of every email that you can use to unsubscribe or change your subscriber options. The mailing list is managed by AWeber, and their software makes the change immediately.
How long does it take to get the free stuff? - OR - How come my freebie hasn't arrived yet? Well, that depends: I've gotten stuff as fast as one week, as long as two months. It really depends on the company sending it. For the most part, stuff usually seems to arrive within 3 - 4 weeks. Look on the website giving stuff away for their shipping policy. Some will even allow us to track the shipments from their member pages. If you order something and it never arrives don't feel too bad - I've ordered a lot of free samples and then gotten nothing. Sometimes I get an e-mail that tells me that they ran out. It happens, nothing to do about it. On the other hand, if you have spent a couple bucks on shipping & handling then you should have gotten an e-mail or other confirmation from the sender with the approximate delivery date, a tracking number and a contact name for any questions. Note that I have never been stiffed by a sender that charged for S&H, and I've been ordering stuff like this for over four years. (Once, I did get a refund instead of the CD, but they apologized and included a couple coupons.)
I've seen sites that want a SASE - what is that? Self - Addressed, Stamped Envelope. You may also see "LSASE" - which is a Large SASE. Just take an envelope and address it to yourself, put the required postage on it and put it into a bigger envelope. Send the whole thing to the address from the website and they use the SASE to send your free stuff back. You may sometimes be asked to send a "Padded LSASE". Get them from a department store or the post office.
I saw a freebie I wanted but when I tried to get it, they were all gone. Companies that give away free samples usually have a limited supply, given away on a first come, first serve basis, so you have to be quick to get them. I may list a freebie in the Digest in the morning and it might be gone before lunch. It really depends on how popular it is. I suggest you read the Digest or visit the "New Freebies" page on the site as early as possible.
Yesterday I saw a good freebie but didn't have time to order it, today I can't find it, what happened? Well, one of three things: A) The promotion ended and I had to remove the link, or B) The promotion turned out to be some sort of rip-off and I had to remove it, or C) The vendor making the offer requested that I remove the link.
I saw a good freebie in the newsletter, but why I can't find it now? Well, some of the freebies that get listed in the newsletter just don't last long enough for me to bother with putting them on the website - I'd just have to (try to) remember to remove them in a day or two to avoid having (another) link that goes nowhere.
I signed up for your newsletter, but I'm not getting it, why? Well, first, thanks for singing up! As to why you are not getting it... either your mail filtering program is rejecting it, your mailbox is full or you did not respond to the confirmation email that was sent to you to verify that it was, indeed, you who signed up. If it's being rejected by your ISP it's due to the increased spam filtering they're doing, they don't care if you signed up for it - if it scores too high on the "Spam Index" then you will never see it. (According to a report issued by Return Path, the Top Internet service providers blocked 17 percent of legitimate permission-based e-mail in the first half of the year!
Read the whole article here) If your mailbox is full the newsletter gets bounced back to my mailing list provider and the policy is to remove any name that gets bounced twice... just empty your mailbox regularly, (Sometimes it's just the 'trash' or 'sent mail' folders that are full) or get an address with a bigger mailbox limit. If the double-opt-in process was not completed then the sign-up process has to be started over again. Sorry about the extra steps in the double-opt-in system, but that is just a necessary safety feature for me, because even one spam complaint can cause big problems and the 'single' opt-in process is too vulnerable to abuse. If you think that none of those are causing the problem, send me an e-mail at the address above and tell me when and where you signed up, and I'll fix it if I can. Update: - In November '03 our newsletter became 'online-only' and the mail sent to subscribers is only a short note with a link to the current issue. This short email rarely gets shunted to the spam folder or bounced. and subscribers still get the new stuff before it gets published in the website.
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Your ISP may designate our mail to be sent to a "junk mail" or "bulk mail" folder, or simply block us altogether. Again, please contact your ISP and let them know the mail from abbys-good-stuff.com is something that you have requested.
Can I get 50 or 100 items for (church/school/club/etc.)?
From most places, no. But - there are some places (mostly religious-related sites or huge, high-volume retailers) that will gladly send you a box of whatever they are giving away - if you email them and ask politely and explain why you want more than one.
Why do you make such a big deal about voting? Voting helps to keep Abbys on the "best sites" lists, and that helps bring in new visitors and makes it possible to keep the site open. Without new visitors, I wouldn't be able to keep it up. Since I don't charge for a membership or beg for donations, voting is a small way you can help me keep the site going, and it's easy to do and only takes a few moments. So please vote every time you come in. One more thing: Soprano lists all the popular freebie sites, you can find other good freebie sites and get more stuff. Vote here ~ It's easy! ~ Just two clicks each time you visit!
I don't want to give out my credit card number online, is there a safer way? Good question - there are a few ways around this problem: One option is to look for an "Off-line order blank". Where you print the form, fill it in and send it via snail mail. A few years ago a lady told me she had a special credit card just for using online. She had a low limit put on it and NO overdraft protection, and she said that she checked the balance at least once a week, just to be sure. Another option is to use one of the online pay services. My personal preference is PayPal - they are accepted by over 38 thousand stores online. You can find out more about the PayPal service here.
Why are you doing this? - or - How do you get paid? Well, first and foremost - this is my hobby. Some people paint, others fish, or knit. I surf for freebies, fun & interesting sites and good deals. I enjoy getting good freebies and sharing them with my friends and I want to bring to my visitors the best deals in free stuff that I can find. Also ~ because my friends couldn't keep up with me sending them e-mails with the latest freebies I'd found. Now I just tell them to 'see my site' & 'read the newsletter'. Also because I get paid for the advertising - the little buttons and links on the sidebar, ads in my newsletter, and about 20% of the links for free stuff - they all pay pennies, dimes or dollars for your clicks. (So - Thank You!) I'm not out to get rich off this website ~ I also do it for the challenge: to see if I really can build a big, complex website without spending a dime. (Also partly because a guy I know said I would never be able to make it work.) [Update june '03 ~ We left the free host and bought our own domain and got a paid host. Other than that we're not spending any money on this.] But mostly ~ just for fun! My biggest payoff is getting an e-mail from someone who has found a cool freebie and is happy enough about it to send me an email to say 'thanks', it really makes my day!
Can you tell me what companies are just going to rip me off? Not really - I mean, I'd LOVE to, but can you imagine the lawsuits? All I can really do is refuse to list any company with a shady reputation, or any company that I have had a bad experience with. There are some places that make it their business to list known scammers and rip-offs. Try these places... And if you know of a good resource like these I'd love to hear about them. SPYchecker.com - Indexing almost a thousand known spyware titles. Learn about ParasiteWare - What it is, how it affects you. No ScumWare.com - Learn about scumware & spyware DirectFraud.com - A comprehensive listing of known 'bad guys'
Can you help me if I have a problem with something I ordered? I will certainly try! Just send me an e-mail with all the details you can remember and I will do whatever I can. If you have a question about a free program you have downloaded from a link here send me the details about your computer system and exactly where you got the program from and I will try to help. Please keep in mind that I am not an expert - I'm just an ordinary person with some experience in different stuff. If I cannot help I can certainly find someone who can...
Why do so many of these links take us to the home page, not the page with the freebie? Well, two main reasons, first ~ it's just the 'polite' thing to do. If we just jump to the order page we by-pass the stuff the vendor wants us to know about the product, and his reason for making the sample available is ignored. Plus - I seem to get fewer broken links that way - believe it or not, some companies would prefer that their freebie never gets on a list like Abbys Good Stuff. So what they do is change the freebie page name regularly, resulting in a bad link. But the freebie is still there, it's just got a new address. But few companies seem to be willing to change their home page address. So I link to that, and if the link from there to the freebie is a little bit hard to find I will try to remember to give some sort of instructions, so you guys can still get the free stuff even if the actual freebie page name changes.
Affiliate Disclosure: I am grateful to be of service and bring you content free of charge. In order to do this, please note that whenever you click the links on my site and purchase items, in many (not all) cases I will receive a referral commission. Your support in purchasing through these links enables me to pay for this site and keep it going, plus (usually) a little more to help pay the bills. So - Thank you! :)
Important Notes: All information on this site is subject to change, details must be confirmed with service providers. All of the freebies and specials listed on this site and the newsletter are available to the best of my knowledge at the time of publication. Abbys-Good-Stuff.com does not have any control over how and when you actually receive an offer... that is the sole responsibility of the merchant making the offer. Abbys-Good-Stuff.com does not have any direct connection with the merchants making the offers listed, nor do we endorse or take any responsibility of any kind for the offers listed on this site.