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Companies That Send Free Stuff When You Write Them a Compliment Letter

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Amy has been an online writer for several years. Her goal as a writer is to spread as much knowledge as she can about saving money.


My Story

One day a lightbulb went on in my head. I realized that over the years I have literally spent hundreds of thousands of dollars on my favorite brands of shampoo, food, clothing, and many more things I use in my everyday life. Isn't it time that these multi-billion dollar companies give me something back for my customer loyalty?

I decided to write letters to several companies explaining all of the things I like about their products. In my letters, I asked them if they were willing to give me a free sample in exchange for me spreading the good word about their merchandise. Some companies never wrote back but that was not surprising. On the other hand, after about one week of completing and sending my letters a huge box came in the mail filled to the brim of free full-size products from one of the companies I selected.

I can explain how you can do this too.


The Secret

Were you aware that companies will send you free products and free products coupons just for writing them a letter with your honest feedback? I have received tons of free things from companies with no strings attached by simply writing them a letter or e-mail of praise. In return, I have gotten free stuff worth hundreds of dollars. On-line surveys and free sample websites are totally unnecessary and a waste of time. The best way to get free stuff from companies is by simply writing them a letter on your own. Many companies have so many products to give away that you will be overjoyed that you asked. Some companies don't respond at all but several of them do. Some things I have received are:

  • clothing
  • cosmetics
  • free products coupons
  • gourmet food
  • cleaning supplies
  • amusement park tickets

In this article, you will discover my special way of receiving free stuff that has blessed my family and me with a very lucrative amount of valuable merchandise, free meals, and free entertainment.

1. Make a List

First and foremost you will need to make a list of the companies that you would like to write to. Check out the names of companies on products in your pantry, laundry room, and closets. Below are my favorites that I have had luck with. Chances are you may have luck with them as well.

  • Food: Sorrento Cheese, Heinz, Lipton, Lays Chips, and Barilla Pasta. I received either free products, coupons, or money off coupons from these companies.
  • Cleaning Supplies: Tilex, Brawny, 3M, and Bon Ami
  • Personal Care: Burts Bees, Tressume, Dove Soap, Loreal, and St. Ives. I received some great samples from these brands.
  • Misc.: Hefty Trash Bags, Milos Dog Biscuits, and Pirates Adventure Mini Golf.

2. Find Contact Information

Now that you have your list of companies you will need to find their contact information. You may do this either by locating the information on the actual package or by going on the companies web-site under their "contact us" tab. Sometimes it can be a little tricky to find their contact information. If this happens, I would simply move on to the next company.

A Letter or an E-mail?

I prefer to e-mail companies in order to save time and money on postage. Nevertheless, the success rate is better when writing a handwritten letter is that it is more special and personal.

Now you are ready to start writing!

Sample Address

Burts Bees Inc.

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Attn: Consumer Care

P.O. Box 24305

Oakland, CA 94623

3. It's Time to Start Writing

Now it's time to write your company a letter. Tell them the specific reasons why you have used their brands over the years and how their products have impacted your everyday life in a positive way. Add a personal experience and don't forget to include that you would love to receive some samples or coupons. Below us an outline I use:

  1. How much you love their product line. Tell the company why you adore their products so much. For example "Your lunch meat is so wholesome and fresh I couldn't picture my kids growing up without it!" "It has saved my family money and made us healthier over the years." I would devote a solid paragraph to this and include two or three of their products.
  2. Tell them that you have faith in them. "The reason why I buy your brand is because I know you deliver a stellar product every time" or "Your brand has never let me down, I have used some comparison brands and they have not even come close in quality."
  3. Include a personal story: "When I started using your facial scrub I immediately starting receiving compliments on how much more youthful my skin looked."
  4. Tell them how much you would love to try some other products they make: "Your facial scrub has had such a positive impact on my appearance that I would love to try some of your other products." "Would you be willing to send me some samples?" "I would be so excited and would love to spread more positive feedback both on and to my friends and family!"

Make sure you keep the following things in mind when writing your letter.

  • Be sure not to write to them just to get free things. Whomever is reading your letter will notice and will not send you anything. Be truthful with what you are telling them, you really do admire their products so be sure to tell them that.
  • State what your favorite products are and the exact reasons why.
  • Share a personal story or experience.
  • Don't exaggerate or go over the top. Be clear and to the point.

First Letter

This letter is to a mini golf course.

Dear Old Pro Mini Golf,

The reason why I am writing this letter is that my family and I love your golf course and think it's a blast! We frequently visit your location when the weather starts getting nice. Most of the time we bring our extended family and make it an afternoon outing.

Your mini golf facility is refreshing with its beautiful waterfalls and beachy theme. The main reason why we love Old Pro Golf is that it is fun for all ages. I plan to remain a faithful customer for many years to come.

Now that Spring has arrived I already have two outings planned at Old Pro Golf and we will be visiting your diner as well.

I have recommended your mini golf course to several of the parents in my son's baseball league. It seems like they have tried your place and adore it as well. Every time an out of town friend comes in for a visit I always plan a day at your mini golf in order to entertain the kiddos as well as the adults.

Old Pro Golf is a sure thing for cherished family memories. I would love it if you could send me some discount coupons or vouchers so that I can save some money at your place in the future. I would be so thankful, keep up the great work!


Second Letter

Below is a sample letter to a made-up candle company called "Home Sweet Scents." I made-up this company, any resemblance to another company is a coincidence.

Dear Home Sweet Scents Candle Company,

The reason why I am writing this letter to your company is that I absolutely love your candles. Home Sweet Scents is the most stellar candle company on the market. Your candles have transformed my home into an even more beautiful place. Your candles have added such a great ambiance to my home over the years and have made it a happier place to be.

My favorite candle of your is your Pumpkin Spice candle which is perfect during the Fall. It has a crisp and festive pumpkin scent. I admire the way it's triple wicks make the scent even stronger. I also love the fact that is a soy candle that gives it a cleaner burn.

Most of the candles I have come across over the years have a weak scent while being burned and leave a soot-like substance on my curtains. Your candle line does not and I feel that you have done an amazing job.

I am a strong believer that there is no place like home and Home Sweet Scents candles make my home an even cozier and comforting place to be. I am a huge fan of Home Sweet Scents and always take time to show my house guests your candles and let them smell how delicious their scent is. I have also left some positive reviews on and Many of my friends have also tried your candles and love them.

Being such a big fan, I would be overjoyed if I could try some of your candles from your Christmas Scent line. Would you be able to spare any samples and send them to me? I would be forever thankful and would be sure to leave some new reviews for them on-line as a token of my appreciation! Thank you.

Great Things to Include in Your Letter

Below are some sentences that will help out a lot when included in your compliment letter.

  • Your products are the best on the market.
  • Over the years I have come to trust your company and you have never let me down.
  • Your . . . is marvelous! Every time I use it I feel like I am taking a mini-vacation.
  • Thank you for making a product that has changed my life.
  • My kids are very picky eaters and they devour your . . . every time.
  • Your . . . are so well made that they seem like somebody made them by hand.
  • I admire the way your . . . is organic and natural. There are many companies out there that make their . . . with too many preservatives.
  • I use your . . . both at home and when I am out and about.
  • My friends have also switched to your brand and now we are all huge fans.
  • You have changed the world with your incredible . . .
  • I would be overjoyed to try some of your other products. Would you be able to send me some samples? Thank you!

Most of the sentences I use do get repeated which makes writing letters get a lot easier over time.

My List


The Gift Wrap Company


Sent me a large box of gift bags, tissue paper, and cupcake holders

Chicken Viola Meals


They mailed me $1 off coupons

Mrs. Myers Cleaning Products


"Due to many requests, it is not our policy to send out free samples"

American Crew Hair Care Products

No Response

Did not hear back from them

Kimberly Clark Diapers


Mailed me one free voucher for a box of diapers

Cheeburger Cheeburger Restaurant


Mailed me discount vouchers for two meals



They do not send samples at this time

X-tra Laundry Detergent

No Response

Have not heard back from them yet

Montebello Organic Pasta


Only send samples out to bloggers

Jane Cosmetics


Sent me both a sample of mascara and lipstick


An Unfinished Project

My experiment with writing letters to companies is still in progress. I am always writing letters in hopes to get some more awesome stuff in the mail.

Please feel free to reach out to me if you would like to hear any more responses I may receive!

Great News

"I read your article and decided to give it a try. Stefano Foods is sending me two free products coupons for their Stromboli, Crayola sent me a full-size box of crayons, molding clay, and a few of their glitter markers. Nailene is using me as one of their product reviewers for their marketing research, in exchange they sent me a box of nail care products to review. Last but not least, Arby's sent me vouchers for four free lunches! Thank you for your article, Jessica M."


Marge Borelli on July 28, 2020:

I am a big crafter and I love to cook. I would love to receive free products from these companies. I also, love, love makeup.

Thanks so much.

Marilee Mueller on June 13, 2020:

Your last sentence was: Please fee free to reach out to me if you would like to hear any more responses I may receive. How do we reach you? I emailed Breathe Right about you can't get a coupon for their products after 26 days when you don't have anymore. They wrote me back and said that they would add me to their list of people that are interested in coupons when they are available. Well I wasn't happy with that answer. These Breathe Rights are $13 every 26 days.

DR.RAMESH BISWAS on June 13, 2020:

I will love to get free stuff to.try out

Jamie short on May 07, 2020:

I’ve never done this before but would like to receive free stuff in the mail.

Wisleidy on April 27, 2020:

I am in colombia do they send to colombia?

Michele Lucas on April 19, 2020:

Hi I saw your article and decided to try myself I wrote Chobani yogurt, I emailed the company to tell them how much I enjoy their product , but I didn't mention sending me anything. I think just saying something nice to them without asking for anything back helped me, they sent me four vouchers for free yogurt pretty sweet!

Coretta on October 30, 2019:

I like to try it out

Michelle Lynn Gossard Hanseno on March 20, 2019:

I will love to get free stuff to.try out

judy mccurley on February 25, 2019:

i sent Eckrich a letter along with the tiny bone I found in a package of polish sausage. I told them how I always buy the products they make and that this wouldn't change my mind. I received 2 coupons for a free products.

Abby on December 02, 2018:

I would love to get free stuff

zorica bajc on October 15, 2018:

This sound really good. Can I get some free products , my children will be happy, and me too.

Nikki on April 29, 2018:

I have had a lot of success in writing to companies!! Especially Chobani! They have sent me about $25 in coupons for free products. Another one that my kids love was the go go squeeze! The first time I wrote to them I got 2 free products and the second time they sent me some nice coupons. When it comes to writing to companies, I found that it is pure luck whether they send something or not. I have done this for 2 years now and 1 year I got from a company and the other year I did not. Good Luck!!

destiny honnoll on January 05, 2018:

i would like free coupons of anything please for a school project

Brenda Davis on December 12, 2017:

I love trying new things. Its like try it before you buy to see if you are going to like it.

Della Alfaro on November 24, 2017:

I would love to get free stuff so i can tell my friends and family

Audrianna Zeigler on October 31, 2017:

This sounds really great. I hope I get to do this amazing writing letters to company on feedback

Ladybugs777 on October 01, 2017:

Don't know if this counts, but one time I purchased a package of calcium chews that had been expired. I don't know why I wrote to the company rather than report it to the store, but I was able to get another (fresh) package from them!

Aminah on September 14, 2017:

Can i get some

Ashley on August 14, 2017:

Thank you have much for this post Amy. I found out about emailing companies from a friend and a coupon group on Facebook. I started out simple but now I'm addicted and I email just about any company and come across and I far away and have had a TON of luck with getting coupons and free samples. I would love to hear more places that you have had luck with. Thank you again.

jasmin on February 28, 2017:

what you said was pretty good.

jackie romo on January 11, 2017:

Thanks a lot . Enjoy all the samples.

Paige R. on December 12, 2016:

I got some stuff back from the Red Sox, and Coca-Cola. What did you use for Arby's address?

Stephanie on October 08, 2016:

I've always looked for samples by mail. I just love the feeling of getting a little treasure in my mail box it's like sweet Christmas all year!!! When i wake up tomorrow ill go straight to my pantry and start a list of my favorite companies!!!

Amy (author) from East Coast on August 08, 2016:

I have had huge success!

Melissa Sturgis on August 07, 2016:

I have been doing the same thing and get some of the same results as you do. I get free make up from Suited/Dress for success, here in Miami, Florida, a free ice cream cone from Wendy's, and other free product's.

Jeniffer on July 13, 2016:

Do all companies are willing to send stuff internationally? (for free)

compu-smart on July 06, 2016:

Free, that's the magic number...I like...

I used to send my old half eaten mars bars back to the company when I was a child just so they could send me free ones in the post which tasted so fresh straight from the factory.

Now, they send people vouchers to buy from a shop which do not taste as fresh.

Glenn Stok from Long Island, NY on May 13, 2016:

Back in the 80's when computer clone manufacturers were competing with IBM to make personal computers, I was able to get a couple of free computers by telling these companies about software that I was writing. They offered me a free computer in exchange for using it to test my software for compatibility.

That was my biggest experience with getting something free from manufacturers. I hadn't tried that since those days, but your hub gave me some ideas to try with a lot of useful information.

katie nichold on January 05, 2016:

I would like to try all stuff that you have to try .Thanks Katie

Kristen Howe from Northeast Ohio on June 26, 2015:

Thanks Aimee. I will let you know. I'll do more next week. I'll send you a fan mail if I hear back from the first three. I've just gotten a thank you for emailing us email letter reply.

Amy (author) from East Coast on June 26, 2015:

Yes, keep me posted. I know Kraft and Heinz are usually pretty generous with their faithful customers. E-mail me anytime you want!

Kristen Howe from Northeast Ohio on June 26, 2015:

I just started this morning with 5 companies for today. What a clever idea. Some companies have two brands and two products--so I've added the second product for that company. I'll keep you posted, if I hear back via email or mail. :-)

Amy (author) from East Coast on June 26, 2015:

Yes, it's a fun thing to do. You'd be surprised on how much free stuff you get!

Kristen Howe from Northeast Ohio on June 26, 2015:

Great hub, Aimee! I would give it a go and do it for any product, whether it's food or perfume, and get free sample. Sounds like a summer fun project to do via online and maybe snail mail. The best things in life are free, right? Voted up!

Sandeep Rathore from New Delhi on June 21, 2015:

Thanks for such an informative hub!

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