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  1. Peter Boucher at |

    There is a song by the internationally famous rock music group called RUSH. On their fourth album (entitled “2112”) there is a song called “Something For Nothing”. Read the lyrics someday and you will learn that you can get nothing for free anymore. This is a classic example of what is known as “come-ons”. If its too good to be true, than 99.9% of the time, it is. One thing that really make me go ballistic, is say you want to sign up for something. Most of the time they say register for FREE. You spend an hour of your time filing out the required information to this company. When you finish after one hour, its then that they want your credit card number along with the three digit security code located on the back of your credit card……….. Yeah Right !!! And while your at it, why don’t you give them your social security card number and your checking account number while your at it. I have studied up quite frequently on scamming for the past 3 years and it is everywhere. Scamming really took off with the fall of communism in 1990 and the Russian Mafia went bananas with it. Always read the fine print. Ever notice medicine commercials and they talk legibly about the medication and then when they tell about the side effects, they talk so rapidly that you cant understand them. I like the Viagra one as one of the side effects is having a sore back !! Well that kind of defeats the man’s purpose. I guess he would have to just lay on his back and let his partner do all of the work. Its crazy man !!!

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    1. Kris at |

      Wisdom in those words.

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      1. Peter Boucher at |

        Also here’s another one. Commercials for anti-depression medications like ABILIFY. They tell you the advantages of taking it (by a paid commercial actor or actress, of course) and then when they tell you the side effects, one of them just happens to be thoughts of SUICIDE. Doesn’t that kind of defeat the purpose of the medication ???? And one time I DID have a prescription for it as I do suffer from mild complications of depression. My health insurance did not cover it at all. The cost for 30 tablets (a one month supply) ??? $450.00 !!!! If the prescription had been for high powered oxycontin, I may have considered it. But also remember that most depression medications don’t start taking effect until about the 3rd week of taking it. My solution was simple. I am a US military veteran. I get my check ups, doctor visits and hospital stays for free. I also get my meds not only for free, but mailed to my house. They put me on celexa (anti-depression medication) at no charge at all. End of story.

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        1. Lich at |

          Man. Right on. I swear I have literally seen various drugs that are dangerous, like you mention, being marketed for a particular purpose only to experience not enough sales (!) and turn around and market the drug for another, totally different purpose.

          Lyrica was for depression, then sleep aid, then when people started to get up in the middle of night sleepwalking and drinking BLEACH, they sold it for fibromialgia. NOT EVEN A REAL THING.

          St. Johns Wort has proven very effective for me with a mild case of Bi-Polar hilarity. No side effects. Literally its an astounding effect: clarity.

          Don’t expect to hear that from our medical profession, though.

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    2. EmailListMarketeer at |

      I couldn’t agree more…. I won a “free” 5 night cruise over the summer…. that worked out for me… NOT…. oh and i signed up for this awesome service for free and after 25 minutes of filling out information i finally was a member… oh but to actually receive the service they offer you have to pay??? Its never what it seems! Its just a way to obtain your information.

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  2. nicoal at |

    Love this list. Thank you!

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    1. Buffie at |

      An inlteleignt answer – no BS – which makes a pleasant change

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  3. John Jacob at |

    Wow, I can’t believe Top Tenz is peddling these kind of scam sites. Obviously some of these are legit like Netflix and Skype, but there’s no way in heck I’d ever give my info to many of those sites. You only need to search the web for things like “mercury magazines scam” to read about the people that get scammed & charged for trying to get things for “free”.

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    1. TopTenz Master at |

      We aren’t peddling anything. We didn’t get paid to write this and aren’t being compensated in anyway from any of these sites. The writer did research to find sites that offered freebies and provided information for you to use or choose not to use. We, of course, want all of our users to be safe, so provide any information if you feel the sites listed are not honest.

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      1. Kris at |

        Then the next leap of logic is to say that the author is getting paid to peddle these sites on your website. This list is obviously disguised spam.

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        1. TopTenz Master at |

          Wrong again.

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          1. Kris at |

            So you perform background checks on everyone who turns in lists? Monitor their phones, e-mails, etc.? Is that how you’re so sure?

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            1. TopTenz Master at |

              With this writer I am 100% sure. She is the sister of one of my dearest friends and has written many times for us before. Perhaps you would like to read some of our conspiracy lists: http://www.toptenz.net/top-10-conspiracy-theories.php

          2. Kris at |

            Aw, that’s cute. You bring up a conspiracy theories list as a way to insult one of the people who’s calling you out, when all it does is show the kind of person you really are. How are we supposed to know that some of the people who write your lists are friends of friends or sisters or friends? You could’ve said that in the beginning and saved yourself a lot of grief. But no, you had to take the low road in an attempt to lift yourself up. Further comments ignored.

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            1. TopTenz Master at |

              No offense or insult intended. Just some playful teasing.

  4. Tanya Bennett at |

    Most of the time you just have to remember to go cancel your membership before the payments start to kick in, not too hard in exchange for getting something for free, but usually I can’t be bothered because I know I won’t get around to it… Always make sure you are dealing with a reputable company before you give them your personal/financial info of course! I think TopTenz thinks its readers are savvy enough to know that!

    FreeCycle and Skype are great ways to save money and I got a lot of free samples of baby stuff in the mail after I signed up somewhere (I can’t remember where). That Feats site seems kind of weird – you earn points for brushing your teeth? I wouldn’t really describe that as a ‘feat’- at least I hope not!

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  5. Suzanne Duvall at |

    I am the writer of this list. I am an actual person: My name is Suzanne Duvall. Here is my FB link:

    http://www.facebook.com/people/Suzanne-Duvall/100001410308092

    Each and everything on this list is something to which I subscribe, do and clearly recommend. I have not been paid for endorsements, nor would the Top Tenz webmaster allow me to do such. I am a consummate bargain hunter and have no qualm in admitting so. I get some pretty sweet stuff for free and was trying to pass on the love.

    It took me 2 years to weed out the crap from legitimate internet offers. I was trepidatious about “putting my information out there” initially but was happily surprised with the cacophonous rewards. It is my sincere intention to share this valuable information with others. Not only do I sign myself up for these offers, I do so my disabled neighbor, who loves getting these samples. This is a small, free joy which I am able to enable. She sends her caregiver out with instruction based on her preferred samples.

    I AM the sister of the webmaster’s friend. I am a graduate the UVA School of Law and am grateful for the opportunity to write. Post-checking, I agree with you that mercurymagazine.com may sell your information but they do send you your periodical free-of-charge. Tweak accordingly.

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    1. brian at |

      I think you have been the victim of “trolling”. It seems that they did a good job of it too.

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  6. Heidi at |

    I subscribed to This Frugal Life. Lots of great coupons, freebies and great deals daily. I am not working for them, nor am I trying to scam anyone. It’s just a great site providing a great service. Sheesh…

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  7. JS at |

    It’s amazing how everyone is just so certain these are scams… I’ve used a majority these tips this past year: free magazines, rewards sites like Swagbucks and DailyFeats, and mailed freebies.

    As far as mailed freebies go, the large reputable companies are the ones doing them: Walmart, Target, Costco, P&G, or any major brand with a Facebook page, etc. They send these freebies because it is essentially really effective advertising. Typically, they will send only sample sized items for the least expensive shipping price possible (meaning you get your freebies in 4 – 12 weeks), making it very inexpensive for the company to do. Not only do customers appreciate that they get to try it before buying, they appreciate the act of getting something free and think positively of the company.

    There are rewards sites that are scams, and rewards sites that are just too time consuming to get any real gains from, but I have made $25 in gift cards so far from the two I mentioned before (others I like are Beezag and MyPoints). Also, I’ve never gotten a bill for any of my magazine subscriptions. Many freebie blogs will do a weekly “haul” post showing all the loot they got for free, including magazine subs; I know I’m not the only one. You really can get things for free.

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  8. Sam at |

    An alternative to freecycle that I use is called Free Treasure. It is a site that you can post an advertisement on to get rid of stuff you no longer need and someone in your community will send you a request to come pick it up. The best thing about the site is it only takes a couple of seconds to put an item up and the rest is up to the other users to come collect it for free. It can be found at http://www.freetreasure.com.au and I hope you enjoy it as much as me.

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  9. jera at |

    Artist Jera Sky (me) is giving away a free painting every single day to people who email and ask for one.
    http://jerasky.blogspot.com/p/free-art.html

    I’m covering everything – so it will be shipped to your door and you will have paid exactly $0 for an awesome Jera Sky original painting!

    My ultimate goal is to get my art all over the world and this seems like the best way to do so.

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  10. ZY at |

    I always fill in surveys to make some extra money.

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