Get Free Products by Writing to Companies

February 23, 2013

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Do you have 2 minutes to spare per day? If so, you may want to be involved in my little experiment.  I have read about people writing to companies for free products in the past. I have even tried it myself with success, I receive several free products but only tried writing to a few companies and this was a few years ago. Sometimes, companies will send you free product coupons if you send them an email or physical letter addressing a legitimate complaint or compliment concerning their brand. I want to see just how many companies will send me ‘free stuff’ over the next year! I am going to email 2 companies per day for the next year and urge you do to the same. I will share my results and let you guys know what happens and which companies send what. Most of my letters are going to be complimentary letters such as; I love your product, can you send me free coupons or sample? But, if I come across a company in which I had an issue with one of their products I will be honest and write a complaint letter.

Compliment = Smileys

Complaint =

Question = 

The first two companies we are going to contact for free products Feb 23, 2013 are:


  • Juicy Juice - Pull down the “Promotions & Special Offers” tab. 

Smileys

Their Response: They do not send coupons

Smileys

Their Response: They do not send coupons

 

Feb 24, 2013: 

 

Ellio’s responce on 2/25:

In order to receive reimbursement for your purchase, please send proof of purchase from the Ellio’s box or the store receipt to: 

McCain Consumer Affairs Group

P.O. Box 850

Brunswick, OH 44212

You can also fax it to 800-529-3785 or e-mail it to mccaincustomerresponse@imtco.com.

We will be waiting for your response to our specific questions.  Once we have all the above requested information, we can move forward with getting you a product reimbursement in the form of a coupon for free Ellio’s. 

Cordially,

McCain Consumer Response Group

 

My Response 2/25:

I apologize, I no longer have my proof of purchase as I do not hang on to store receipts. As I said, I threw out the entire box of Ellio’s because everything inside of it was frozen. It’s okay, I will just stop purchasing Ellio’s — that should prevent this from happening again! 
 
Have a nice week.

Their Response: NONE

Feb 25, 2013 

Smileys

Their Response: NONE 

Their response- I received 1 FREE Product coupon and two 75 cents off coupons in the mail.

Feb 26, 2013

Smileys

Their Response: NONE

  • McDonald’s - I scrolled to the bottom of the page and selected Marketing and Advertising; there are other options.

Their Response: NONE

Feb 27, 2013

Their Response: NONE

Smileys

Their Response: They do not send coupons

Feb 28, 2013 

Smileys

Their Response: They do not send coupons

Smileys

Their Response: They do not send coupons

March 1st

Smileys

Their Response: No coupons – but they sent a customer satisfaction survey (gee thanks!)

Their Response: NONE

March 2nd

Their Response: Explanation of what may have happened.

  • Oreo (contact us button at bottom of page)

Smileys 

Their Response: NONE

March 3rd

Smileys

Their Response: NONE

Their Response: Wanted credit card info I used to pay for order

March 4th

Smileys

Response: NONE

Response: NONE

March 5th

Response: 2 free product coupons

Smileys

Response: NONE

March 6th

Comment

Response: 50 cents off coupons

Complaint

Response: 4 – $10 off Pampers coupons

March 7th

Response: 2- $8 off Luv’s Coupons

Response: NONE

March 8th

Smileys

Response: NONE

Smileys

Response: NONE

March 9th

Smileys

Response: NONE

Response: FREE Product Coupon

March 10th

Smileys

Response: NONE

Smileys

Response: NONE

March 11th

Response: NONE

Smileys

Response: NONE

March 12th

Smileys

Response: NONE

Smileys

Response: NONE

March 14th

Smileys

Response: NONE

Smileys

Response: They sent a bunch of coupons! 

March 13th

Smileys

Response: NONE

Smileys

Response: NONE

March 15th

Smileys

Response: NONE

Smileys

Response: NONE

March 16th

Smileys

Response: NONE

Smileys

Response: NONE

March 17th

Response: NONE

Response: NONE

March 18th

Smileys

Response: NONE

Smileys

Response: NONE

March 19th 

Smileys

Response: NONE

March 20th

Smileys

Smileys
March 21st

Smileys
March 22nd 

Smileys


March 23rd 


March 24th

Smileys

March 25th

Smileys


March 26th

Smileys

Smileys
March 27th

Smileys
March 28th

Smileys

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March 30th

Smileys

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{ 63 comments… read them below or add one }

Tammy Isom February 23, 2013 at 2:19 pm

Cool .. Will have to e-mail them as well as other companies .. It doesn’t hurt to try, nor ask .. the worst they can say is “I’m sorry not at this time” lol

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Clipinista February 23, 2013 at 2:22 pm

My thoughts EXACTLY!

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Selina Grantt December 22, 2013 at 12:28 pm

Its hard to get a good reply from companies

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barbara banack February 23, 2013 at 2:26 pm

contacted both for oupons

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Lainey February 23, 2013 at 2:44 pm

Done, thanks for the great idea!

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Patricia Collins February 23, 2013 at 2:54 pm

Just contacted both :)

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Vicki Bonagofski February 23, 2013 at 3:13 pm

There was a commericial at Christmas time that I especially liked and I sent a compliment to them. They sent me some Coupons I was not expecting but gladly used.

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Derelys P. February 23, 2013 at 3:52 pm

Sent emails to both. So excited to see what we receive for reaching out to them. Those coupons sure will help.

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ghg February 23, 2013 at 5:18 pm

Has never worked for me

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Bev Mccreedy February 23, 2013 at 5:49 pm

When I was I was in computer class we had to write to a company, I wrote to Popeyes chicken because I collected Popeye stuff the lady was nice enough to send me samples that were in the kids meals and some other stuff. Was greatly appreciated.

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Crystal Gibson February 23, 2013 at 5:58 pm

I would suggest you note that people use LEGIT complaints… If 5000 people write companies tomorrow and complain, they will cancel this program.. I have had more success going the opposite route, telling them how satisfied I am with their product…

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Crystal Gibson February 23, 2013 at 5:59 pm

Crap, you did say legit.. Just seen that, sorry! If it helps at all, I just woke up lol

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rebecca day February 23, 2013 at 6:07 pm

i just contacted both hope we get some coupons

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Donna Samuelson February 23, 2013 at 6:10 pm

This a great way to get coupons.I have done it for huggies and got coupons back.I did it for Danon also and they sent $5.00 in coupons. I also got $5.00 in coupons from Kimberly Clark .I write the letters by hand and mail them.Got more that way they by e-mail good luck

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peggy fedison February 23, 2013 at 7:05 pm

I wrote to JIF and told them how my family loves JIF peanut butter. They sent me 2 coupons, each for a free jar!!

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suellin February 23, 2013 at 7:12 pm

wow…

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lina tekaucic February 23, 2013 at 9:58 pm

i just emailed the thank you very much

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Annessa Judd Bow February 23, 2013 at 10:27 pm

Thanks!!! I must try this ;)!!!

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Debi Booth February 23, 2013 at 10:27 pm

Sounds Great…I think its important to acknowledge good work and when you are
satisfied with aa product or service =)
Thank You =)

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ashley c February 24, 2013 at 4:31 am

good idea! I’ve wrote companies such as Crest in the past and they’ve sent me lots of free toothbrushes and toothpastes. I will try this too.

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april rigsby February 24, 2013 at 8:59 am

from my own personal experiences in the past i have complained to a few companies like banguet boneless tenders i bit into one and there was a bone they sent me an apology letter and many many free product coupons, my family loves lasagna and i use prego spaghetti sauces i got all of my ingredients that day and i fixed it my husband took the first bit like always and said it don’t taste right so i tasted it and it was the sauce it was soured i contacted them told them the cost of the meal and the reimbursed me a 25.00 check plus free product coupons also an apology letter and then i got a box of little debbie cakes the chirstmas trees and not one package in the hand been sealed they sent me a 1.50 check and an apology letter. so contacting companies does work….good luck to all doing this

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theresa February 24, 2013 at 9:28 am

i will try this too. thank you for reminding me to email some companies that rarely have coupons but i buy anyways.

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Heather Raineyfree February 24, 2013 at 1:52 pm

I love doing this. I get really good coupons every month buy emailing and calling companies. I thought I would share my favorite one.

If you call Florida Crystals and ask if they have any coupons and recipes, they will send you coupons for FREE Florida Crystals and a nice recipe book. Last time I called, they sent me 4 free item coupons. Last year it was just one.

These cost about $5 depending on the store you shop at. Good luck!

Florida Crystals Corporation
One North Clematis Street
Suite 200
West Palm Beach, FL 33401
Phone: 877.835.2828 | Toll Free
Phone: 561.366.5100 | Local & International Calls

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MONA POWE February 26, 2013 at 10:49 pm

TYVM!!

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Brenda Marquis February 24, 2013 at 2:59 pm

I had a scrubbing bubble tub cleaner that had broken within a couple of months. I wrote to them and also included a picture of it since I didn’t have the receipt. They sent me an apology letter with a coupon for a free one and also sent 2 more coupons for free refills! Great company!

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Aria H. December 3, 2013 at 9:16 pm

I had an Off! Can that ran out of aerosol when it was still half full. Emailed feedback on their website and within a day received an email and they sent me 2! free Off! coupons. Same company–Johnson & Johnson.

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Ui DuPont February 24, 2013 at 3:49 pm

thanks for sharing.

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desire February 25, 2013 at 9:59 am

my mom used to wrte compony and they she get teh guy to come to the house we had 7 in family and then she get loads of free stuff have you tryed to tell them u like to try the bad tuna

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Shannon Lasher February 25, 2013 at 1:15 pm

ABSOLUTELY not complaining about your posts, please don’t take it that way. But after the reaming I got for the Perdue crap needing some codes, I am in the same boat…this sucks. I am so upset because of the name calling and verbal abuse. Not your fault, Thank you so much for your posts and help…..you cannot image how much I appreciate this stuff. <3 Please email me if you can! Same name, but at gmail.com. Thank you again…you are completely amazing. <3

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Rosey February 25, 2013 at 3:54 pm

Thanks for doing this. I like this new thing your doing. I am emailing now. Keep ‘em coming!

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Tara February 25, 2013 at 4:22 pm

I did this with a juice company (forget who). I received a thank you for your compliments due to high volume we do not just send random coupons. However a few weeks letter I had received a $1 coupon. Never hurts!

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javeta acker February 25, 2013 at 4:33 pm

another company for those with babies and toddlers in diapers,is huggies. I emailed them about a legit complaint and not only did they send me a free product coupon for free huggies diapers,they sent me a couple other coupons for money off any kimberly clark purchase! I also had a issue with the huggies sensitive wipes and let them know,they thanked me and sent me a coupon for free wipes up to 400 count! they are a awesome company who takes care of their consumers,and adknowledge complaints and compliments!

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Aria H. December 3, 2013 at 9:19 pm

Kimberly Clark sent me coupons, too, when I called them about a problem with some Scott bath tissues.

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Lori Lynch February 25, 2013 at 5:18 pm

I have also tried this in the past and only a few companies actually sent me coupons & samples. Forget about getting from p&g they say you have to buy the paper to get their coupons.

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Ashley February 26, 2013 at 9:49 am

Ha, yeah, I agree. I tried emailing downy asking for samples/coupons and they told me to get them in the sunday paper.

But you can get samples/coupons from http://www.pgtryit.com/pgtry-it/home =)

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Michala February 27, 2013 at 12:32 pm

p & g is unbelievable . i had a legit complaint with a gillette razor i bought that came in an 8 pack of cartridges and 2 of them had no blades in them. They basically told me that there was nothing they could do about it since i didnt have my receipt. i never though to check each individual cartridge when i bought them.

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Ashley M. February 25, 2013 at 5:44 pm

I just contacted Herbal Essences and Science Diet, so hopefully I’ll have some luck! Thank you for the idea, CouponClipinista! :)

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Shannon Lasher February 27, 2013 at 9:07 am

I got this one from Juicy Juice:

“February 25, 2013

Dear Ms. Lasher,

Thank you for contacting Nestlé Juicy Juice® regarding your request coupons. We welcome questions and comments from our consumers.

Unfortunately, we do not have a mailing program for complimentary coupons or product samples. Occasionally we may include a coupon in a newspaper or magazine advertisement, in a package, or on a label. Please watch for these promotions.

We appreciate your interest in our products and hope you’ll visit our website often for the latest information on Nestlé products and promotions.

Sincerely,

Beverly Watson
Consumer Response Representative”

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melissa walker February 28, 2013 at 10:04 pm

I had a can of Starkist Tuna that had a piece of plastic in it. I emailed them and they asked me to send them the piece of plastic. They sent me coupons for free product as well as 1.00 off two. :)
My Kindle malfunctioned. I went to Amazon and tried troubleshooting it. It didnt reset. I did their chat function and their chat person sent me a replacement Kindle the NEXT Day and instructions to return my non working Kindle back to them. I bought it at Walmart and had no hassles at all.

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rachel February 28, 2013 at 11:51 pm

guessing Ellios’ made a big mistake. how many people saw their response? And of those people, how many will run out and buy some now? just sayin’

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Clipinista March 1, 2013 at 1:51 pm

I agree, I didn’t ask for a free product. They didn’t apologize or anything — it seems like this must happen A LOT because their response is so dry and automated. Meanwhile a similar situation with TGI Friday’s frozen apps and they sent me a free product coupon and didn’t even tell me they were. I had it within 2 days!

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Kristin March 1, 2013 at 10:30 pm

I have been doing this, before I saw your post actually :) Today I got 1 free Welch’s juice, 2 free Skintimate products, 1 free Ben and Jerry’s Ice Cream and some other stuff I can’t remember right now :) Anyways, don’t get discouraged if they don’t email you back. Many of them have sent me coupons without any sort of email :)

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kris March 4, 2013 at 8:16 pm

I have tried to order from JCP.com for a dress that was on the cover of their ad last Sunday. When I tried to order it said out of stock, so I sent them a message via FB just asking if they could find one at any store and ship it to me. Well needless to say the item is out of stock and on clearance, but the CS rep is sending me 5 $10.00 coupons. the dress was only $28. So this does work for other items then just the usual grocery type things.

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veronica March 4, 2013 at 9:16 pm

we had to do this as a class project in highschool..lots of us got coupons n samples! been doing it ever since

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Tabitha Edwards March 5, 2013 at 3:58 pm

I have been doing this but due to school/college stopped but I have started back again ….

Today I sent to more then two companies my mom’s sick I have the time! I got a bunch of no’s which is cool they were all compliments except for lance I sent them a message that I hated they no have a milk alert on their crackers, and can no longer eat them anymore.

The following people sent nice messages back saying they will send coupons:

- Dial coupon booklet (you can request twice a year)
- El Monterey (they would love 2)
- Chobani (you can request monthly)
- 4C drinks (You can request additional coupons every 3 months)
- Bigelow
- Ocean Spray

Getting back with me:
- Kotex they are looking to see what they can do (since I sent a super sweet message they said)

- Wendy’s I sent because I stopped getting coupons in the mail and they are looking into that.

Still waiting to hear back from many others

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Sonya March 18, 2013 at 10:54 pm

I wrote Papa John’s because i ordered pizza and tried their chicken poppers and they were cold and didn’t have any taste at all was a waste of money but told them that when i want pizza i always order from papa john’s cause their pizza is great. Have not heard from them yet so dont know if they will write back or not, just had to let them know about that.

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Kara Leigh March 18, 2013 at 11:19 pm

I have had great luck so far! I have received from:
Smart Ones
Rimmel London (makeup, wrote a legit complaint, 2 $11 off coupons).
Rhodes Rolls
Blue Bunny (helped me find my fave ice cream!)
Johnson&Johnson
Blistex
Kotex

There are a few more emails out, but am having great luck!

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Tara Nicole March 30, 2013 at 9:52 pm

I sent a few out and have only gotten either no response or responses like “we don’t offer coupons.” Thank you Coupon Clipinista…

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Natalie September 11, 2013 at 3:32 pm

We had a bad dining experience at Olive Garden. I emailed them as soon as I got home, and no kidding 30 minutes later the Manager was calling me back. She sent me a $35 gift card that arrived 2 days later

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Aria H. December 3, 2013 at 9:04 pm

I have made complaints about products I purchased, not expecting or asking for anything, to Scott bath tissue, Off!, and International Delight and received replacement free product coupons .

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Edward H. Reinholtz December 4, 2013 at 12:08 am

I have been doing microwave foods and alot of times I will have issues for the Product I had Bought and will call the 800 number and they will send me coupons to replace the product no questions asked . I also once had a problem with an air freshener and called the 800 number and told them it did not smell like it said on package and they sent me a few coupons for free products .

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becky hallock December 4, 2013 at 10:35 am

ive done this many many times, and usually have gotten coupons for free products or gift cards or replacement parts.

M&M’s had a STAPLE in them, sent back the rest of the candy with staple, got a coupon for a FREE 3lb package of candy

OREOS, some of them were put together with the outside of the cookie facing the wrong way, coupon for a FREE package

GRACO. the two front wheels on my daughters stroller snapped off, got replacement wheels

SAFETY 1ST (i think) the tray to my daughters booster seat broke off, sent me a replacement tray

NUBY, two of the cups she had, the caps came off everytime she dropped them, sent back the defective cups, got replacement cups

HUGGIES string was in the diaper which i had called a diapon (diaper/tampon) sent back the defective diaper, got coupons and a gift card in the amount of 12

STORE BRAND MAXI PADS, some had grease or mold on them, called company found out they were EXPIRED (had just bought them) sent back the gross ones, got coupons for FREE product

so this really does work, now mind you mine were all complaints

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becky hallock December 4, 2013 at 10:39 am

forgot to add one thing,

GRACO, umbrella stroller brakes broke the first time i used them, just purchased it, sent back defective stroller, got a new one

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Christine Morris December 4, 2013 at 11:20 pm

I’ve contacted shoe companies as well as for groceries. I have recieved new $180.00 clogs for work as well as new New Balance sneakers due to mfg. fault. It DOES pay to contact companies. If they want you to continue to buy their product, they will either send you coupons or free products.

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Stephen Saunders December 14, 2013 at 11:45 pm

This is pretty awesome.

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Rebecca December 15, 2013 at 12:26 am

This is great!!!! An Elderly woman that i used to take care of, used to get me to take her to the stores to do her shopping, and as i would get the items on her list she would go down the isles and see a product that she wanted to try , she would get info off the back and call all the numbers when she got home. Sometimes we would be @ the store for hours at a time so she could get through each section! Bless Her Heart She Will Be Missed!

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Candice Martin December 15, 2013 at 1:51 am

I recently contacted Mcdonalds and left a not so nice review after getting near frozen fries and bacon that was hard as a rock. The next day 2 supervisors contacted me apologizing and both sent out coupons for free meals and breakfast sandwiches. I have also sent a email to Pepsi in regards to some Sierra Mist that tasted flat and smelt musty and a compliment to Puffs -awaiting their replies.

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heather December 15, 2013 at 11:50 am

I work for Publix, a southeastern grocery store. A little known secret about us: If you are unsatisfied with a product, you can take it back there for an exchange, a return, or a store credit. If you write corporate, they will do whatever they can to make sure the issue is resolved, including sometimes sending you gift cards and coupons for free items. I have had several customers get free cakes, cookies, products, giftcards, and coupons just by writing…just an FYI!

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jill December 22, 2013 at 12:02 pm

One of the best companies to do business with is Bayer Aspririn. I had a jar that smelled funny once and wrote them. They called me personally to find out about it, sent me a postage paid bag to send back the product, sent me many coupons plus coupons for 3 free 500 count bottles of Bayer. I could only find 300 count but even they were $15.00 each. And then they emailed me later on to inform me about the finding on the product that smelled funny. I will always be their customer!

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Annette December 22, 2013 at 3:55 pm

I got some free products from different coffee creamer companies

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Melissa Campos December 23, 2013 at 4:07 am

I bought a jansport bookbag at a yardsale for 1.00 the gelpad was leaking. Sent back to jansport= replacement sent

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Cara E. Kuller December 23, 2013 at 10:50 am

I love free stuff!

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Christine J Dent-Hamilton February 18, 2014 at 1:04 pm

This is a great incentive for me to contact Glade about some broken items and praise purina about their products. I’d been holding off but now I can help so I’ll do it.

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