free stuff

Free Stuff in San Diego

  • Freecycle.org:
    When you want to find a new home for something — whether it’s a chair, a fax machine, piano, or an old door — you simply send an e-mail offering it to members of the local Freecycle group. Receive email (in a controlled way) from thousands of other Freecyclers in your neighborhood offering free items to pick up.
  • Craig’s List Free Stuff Page:
    locals offer up free goodies for pickup in our local area.

Free Stuff on the Web

These links are hand-picked to provide you with the best the web has for farming free samples.

Tips Before the Harvest:

Don’t give out your “good” email address. Most companies want your demographic information in exchange for their free goodies. That means they really are not free since they will make money target-marketing you in the future. One of those pieces of information they’re going to ask for is your email address. My advice is to get a separate email address dedicated to junk mail and give that one out. Otherwise, you’re going to find yourself getting a shitload of spam very quickly.

It’s Not Always Safe Out There:
I check the links often to get my own samples and to make sure they remain scam-free. Free sampling used to be an innocent and worry-free past time. Not anymore, so make sure the site you’re requesting the sample on belongs to the company who either sells or manufactures the product. If  the site doesn’t look legit, don’t sign up. Look at the address that starts with http://.  Does it contain the actual name (or a shortened version) of the actual company making or selling it? Better safe than sorry!