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Whoever said nothing in life is free hasn’t taken advantage of what you can get in the mail without paying a penny. In some instances you have to be a brand ambassador; in other cases you’re required to provide personal information, fill out lengthy surveys and/or test products. But if you’re willing to give up some of your time and privacy, freebies by mail abound.
With that in mind, here’s how to snag them and what you’ll have to give up in return.
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There are several ways consumers can get razors and/or blades for free. The easiest is to sign up for email alerts and promotions from your favorite razor manufacturers. Philips, Gillette, Bic and Schick run promotions from time to time that include free razors and blades, which you won’t know about unless you’re a registered customer. You can also track your favorite brands on social media to learn about freebies that will come in the mail.
The razor companies aim to please and seek feedback from consumers when developing new products and services. They run focus groups and conduct surveys online, in person and over the phone. Through these programs you not only test products but get to keep them. To take part you sign up online and complete a survey, and the company will mail you products to test that fit your profile. With Philips’ product tester program you have to provide feedback and submit a review to keep the product.
If you’re loyal to one brand and sign up for a subscription, you’ll often receive a free razor and blades. With Gillette’s program you get a free razor kit. All you’re on tap for is $4 in shipping.
What you give up: Most of the time you’re giving up your name, address and email. If you become a product tester, the company may ask you more in-depth questions about your likes and dislikes and shopping habits.