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How to Get Free Manufacturer Samples by Mail With Free Shipping

I am able to live frugally on my meager earnings and my savings and still enjoy my hobbies of quilting and genealogy.

This is just a few of the many brand name manufacturer's samples we have received for free. There is laundry detergent, dish washing detergent, lotion, shampoo, and conditioner.  We recently also received tea and coffee samples.

This is just a few of the many brand name manufacturer's samples we have received for free. There is laundry detergent, dish washing detergent, lotion, shampoo, and conditioner. We recently also received tea and coffee samples.

How to Get Free Samples

Manufacturers give away samples of their products all the time. They want you to try their latest product so that you will want to buy it again and again. They want you to like their product better than their competitor's item and know that you'll only be able to compare them after trying them.

They know you don't want to waste your money trying something you may not like, and they're willing to reduce your risk. But they want to save money, too. Instead of wasting their money on sending their brand new products to everyone, manufacturers want to send them to people who are willing to try out new things and will use them.

That's where we come in. There is a special joy in getting squishy packages or boxes in the mail to break the monotony of bills and junk mail, knowing that you are getting them for free without any obligation. You feel powerful as a consumer, and you get to try high-quality, top-of-the-line products that may not fit your budget. These are usually new on the market as well, so you get to try the newest products available.

Totally Free Samples: No Shipping Costs, No Strings Attached

All of the samples we discuss here are free. You should not have to pay a single cent to get them. You don't even have to pay for the shipping or postage.

It is really easy to get this stuff: All you have to do is find an offer and ask for the sample to be mailed to you. Usually, the only information you have to provide is your name and address, but sometimes you will be asked some questions to see whether you qualify for the offer. Once you have tried the product, you can provide feedback to the manufacturer, but you are not even required to do that.

Other manufacturers besides the ones listed here offer samples and coupons for their special customers. If you have a particular preference for a brand, you may wish to go to their website to see if they have a mailing list. Alternatively, you can call the 1-800 number on the label of the product and ask to be placed on the list.

Companies That Offer Free Samples

  1. Target
  2. Walmart
  3. Costco
  4. Facebook

1. Target

Targetoffers free samples from time to time. You can go to their website directly and see what free products they have to offer. If they don't have any when you are looking, just try again later. When you find something you like, just fill in the form, and they will mail the item to you for free.

2. Walmart

Walmart also offers samples on their website. Like Target, you just visit the site from time to time, and when they have products that you want, just request them and provide your name and address. They will mail the product to you at no cost, without a shipping or handling fee.

3. Costco

Check to see if your favorite grocery or department store provides these opportunities. Costco provides samples, but some of them are only available to their card members.

4. Facebook

Many manufacturers use Facebook to give away coupons and samples. When you "like" their Facebook page, they will give you the opportunity to request a sample, or print out a coupon.

Ideas for Using Freebies

  • Indulge in the latest brand name product.
  • Tuck into gift baskets.
  • Use portable items while traveling.
  • Put in the guest room as a welcome gift.
  • Give away to friends and family.
  • Charity.
  • Stocking stuffers.
  • Easter basket goodies.
  • Donate to a food pantry or homeless shelter.
  • Buy less and save money.

Sample Aggregating Sites

While you can go directly to a manufacturer's site, it can be quite a chore to regularly visit all the sites to see when they are offering something. There are many sample sites that do the work for you and will notify you when the samples are available.

Simply go to a site that gathers all this information all in one place. Try to find one that is in your local area or is big enough to be national, because some deals are only available regionally. You can even subscribe to the RSS or blog feed, and you can get the information straight to your mailbox or blog reader. Be careful when subscribing to these sites though. You may be inundated with more mail than you can handle. Be sure to look at the frequency of posts to decide the best way to get their information.

Get Lists of Free Samples From These Sites

Important Things to Know

  • Most of these offers are limited to households in the United States.
  • It will take about four to ten weeks for the item to reach your home so be patient.
  • Most offers are limited to one for each household.
  • These products are sample-size, not full-size. You will get one to four uses out of a sample.
  • Although not required, you may want to make a list of the offers you have requested, so you don't waste your time on ones you have already requested.
  • Since these are offered in limited quantities, if you like an offer, order it right away.
  • Since quantities are limited, do not order products you will not use right away. There is no reason to stockpile them and add clutter to your house, and it isn't fair to the manufacturer and to other people who will use them.
  • Most of them give samples without any surveys, although some of them may allow you a chance to provide input about the product.
  • Manufacturers tend to compete with each other, so sometimes you will find a whole bunch of different brands of razors that you can get for free. Other times you may find lots of free photo developing offers. These are great times to try different brands and companies to find which ones you like the best.
  • Your information is only used to send the product to you, but you will generally get an option to get on their mailing list if you want.
  • I don't think I have gotten a lot of spam from asking for samples, but to be safe, you may want to create a separate email address just for offers like these.
  • Although you usually get a sample in the mail, sometimes you will receive a free coupon so you can get a full-size product at the store.
  • Oftentimes, the sample will be accompanied by a large value coupon you can use on your next purchase. If you like the item, take advantage of these, since they will generally be on sale during the big marketing effort.

As you can see, it is very easy to find opportunities to get free samples, and all you usually have to do is request one. You will be able to try out a new, fresh-to-the-market, high-quality item without having to spend any money. It is a great way to treat yourself and save a little money.

Questions & Answers

Question: Can I get free manufacturer samples without an email and a forgotten password?

Answer: I have gotten many freebies without signing into a website. I did not need to give my email address or make a password. However, I did have to give my address so that the free product could be mailed to me. If you receive a free pattern or electronic coupon, you may need to set up an account with a password to receive. Each company chooses how to give away their samples, coupons, and other products.

Question: How can I get free boxes, no surveys and no shipping cost?

Answer: I haven't seen boxes for free as samples, although some samples do come in boxes when they are big enough. I have had success in free getting plastic file boxes using rebates from an office supply place, but that was a while ago.

Question: Some companies offer free samples, but the products never arrive. Why?

Answer: It is possible that you found a source that is not legitimate to request your sample. I have always received the samples I requested, usually by six weeks. Make sure that the sites you use are legitimate and save a copy of your request. Then, if you don't receive the sample, you can call or write to ask them why.

Question: Can I get free samples shipped to Trinidad?

Answer: Most of these offers are only available to people in the United States. You may want to see if free samples are available outside of the U.S., but I don't think these kinds of marketing strategies are used by companies in other countries as often as they are in the U.S.

© 2012 Shasta Matova


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Mary Anne Hsu on August 05, 2020:

I hope im the one of select free sample Thank you very

Bashiru Issah on July 19, 2020:

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Platform 255 on June 29, 2020:

Hi there hope your all well. My name is Linda and I'm starting a blog makeup hair and nails also opening a SPA called Your So Vain in the near future.I would like to know how to go about getting free samples from the top houses like L'Oreal Paris Vichy Cover Girl etc.Also perfume Yves Saint Laurent Gucci Versace all the nice smelling ones.I really can't do anything I get samples and go through which ones will satisfy my customers very fussy ladies.So if someone can get back to me please on the info I'm looking for.Thanking You In Advance Linda

Please take care of yourself and others and be careful.We all need each other to get through this terrible thing that has happened.Have a good one.

Veronica on February 13, 2020:

Can I get free samples in my mail in Trinidad

Shanna N Vaughn on December 31, 2019:

I am ready to try awesome free stuff

Stacy Stinson on September 27, 2019:

I like free stuff in my mailbox

Jay bolt on March 11, 2019:

I need free products to try for truckers

David card on January 01, 2019:

I need shampoo, soap, razors, shaving ceeam

Karen helms on November 08, 2018:

Can anyone send me free sample sites . i just signed up and not sure what to do

Tammy Tillery on October 13, 2018:

I would love to get free samples in my mailbox. Please explain all what I need to do to get free samples. Thank you.

lynn combs on September 14, 2018:

Sign up alot never got nothing in mail

Britney Lynn on July 31, 2018:

Loveyou I love free stuff all the time in the mail

Kim carter on June 27, 2018:

How do you figure walk mart give free sample I click and even type it in the search when it brings me to site and no free sample

Lisa Davis on June 27, 2018:

I am 60 yrs and cannot walk good so I am goin to try this site I can only hope it is good! Thanx !

Gwendora Jamison on April 14, 2018:

I would love to get some free things thank you

Elizabeth Leeper from Wichita,ks on March 28, 2018:

I do a few surveys and I like give my opinion on things

Belinda Pettigrew on March 23, 2018:

I have been doing alot of surveys n they keep saying that i need to do

Debbie hennings on January 29, 2018:

Thank you

Lisa Tawhai on January 22, 2018:

Friends and I would love to get free stuff so we can advertise them to all our friends and families

Carol on January 18, 2018:

I love to get free samples in my home mail box/

Shasta Matova (author) from USA on January 03, 2018:

Cindy, I've always received the free things I ordered. You do have to be careful that you are requesting items from legitimate companies. You may consider calling the company or sending a letter to the address you sent the request.

Cindy on January 02, 2018:

I have sent for numerous free things three months ago received nothing.

joseph ferguson on December 04, 2017:

when does it ship

Cindy Dunbar on November 25, 2017:

This is my second try to get free samples in the mail.

Janette Watson on November 13, 2017:

i have asked for free samples from some sites but have not received anything its a waste of time

kayla young on November 12, 2017:

i would love to get free stuff in mail.

gwendorajamison on November 12, 2017:

I would like to get free stuff

Lisa Gillus on November 11, 2017:

Show me the way..Hook me up,always down 4freebies.

Wilma Robertson on November 03, 2017:

I sign up for free samples all Tha time but I never received them.

Nasley Samodien on August 29, 2017:

I've never won anything nor free items I would like to join

Margaret Chandler on August 24, 2017:

I don't know to much about it,i would love to receive free stuff. For once It would be nice without having to take a survey, and still don't receive the item.

michael gregor on July 31, 2017:

i love samples

gidget maloney on July 15, 2017:

i love samples

Sherry owens on June 26, 2017:

I like the items you have

Peggy on May 11, 2017:

I have taken surveys online and have got some, I don't really know a lot of sites to go on that will offer free samples except a few, I would love to know more sites.

barbara morrison on April 21, 2017:

I have taken surveys, and never received any free samples. there is always a shipping and handling fee that you must enter your credit card information. I have never given that out,

Heather Smith on January 28, 2017:

I would love to get free samples!

Sandra Monzon on January 28, 2017:



erin murray on January 18, 2017:

gotta love free samples helps us save some money

Shelly dixon on November 19, 2016:

I am struggling for the holidays and family and I do not have a working stove or presents for my family.

Tammy on October 28, 2016:

I enjoy free samples

Glenn Stok from Long Island, NY on September 05, 2015:

When I first started my software business over 30 years ago I used to get free computers from various IBM clone manufactures. All I did was tell them that I wanted to test my software on their machines to be sure it was compatible. I guess that was the extreme of getting free merchandise.

Those days may be gone, but I didn't know that companies like Walmart and Target offered free samples from time to time. I'll have to check that out.

Congraduations of winning this year's Hubbie award.

Jacobb9205 on February 17, 2015:

Great way to get free samples, thank you! You can never get enough free samples! I actually have a box with maybe 20 freebies in it, I will order some more soon!

Shasta Matova (author) from USA on March 12, 2014:

Mathaza, that's true, if you get enough free samples, you don't have to buy that product for a while. As a bonus, they do often come with coupons that can save you money in buying them.

mathaza from Bangkok, Thailand on March 12, 2014:

Finding this free stuff can really increase your benefits if you also use discounts for all, or at least some of your shopping visits. By mixing free product examples with discounts it's not unusual for someone to save at least half off their complete buys for every month of product costs.

Shasta Matova (author) from USA on September 15, 2013:

You're welcome Christy. I'm sorry I don't know about Canadian sites, but I would imagine that manufacturers would want Canadians to sample their products as well.

Thanks Roberta for the comment and pin. I like to come back to this hub to get the links, since the sites keep updating with new samples regularly. It is so much fun to get free samples in the mail.

RTalloni on August 31, 2013:

Thanks for putting this together for us. Will periodically check back to see if you have updated it with new info, and am pinning to a new money board I just made in my Solve It category. Going to give these sites a try to see what happens! :)

Christy Birmingham from British Columbia, Canada on August 31, 2013:

Great to know, thanks for the tips on Freebies! Do you know if most of the sites you list apply for Canadians too?

Shasta Matova (author) from USA on July 12, 2013:

Tamara, I don't think you can get Facebook samples without a Facebook account. I have a Facebook account, but I tend to avoid these anyway, and stick to offers that don't go through that site.

Tamara Wilhite from Fort Worth, Texas on July 10, 2013:

How can you get free facebook samples without a Facebook account?

Shasta Matova (author) from USA on June 18, 2013:

Thank you Tamara. I hope you get some fun samples in the mail soon. I've gotten many free things, and continue to order more from time to time.

Tamara Wilhite from Fort Worth, Texas on June 15, 2013:

Excellent resource! Thank you for posting.

Shasta Matova (author) from USA on November 08, 2012:

I am so glad I Am Rosa. We get excited when we get samples in the mail, and I would be doubly excited if they were hard to find. Your efforts have paid off very well. Congratulations!

Rosa Marchisella from Canada on November 06, 2012:

Just wanted to update you: I found some that offer samples in Canada - YAY! and my first samples arrived last week. I was surprised at how excited my husband got over a sample of laundry detergent :-P LOL

Thanks again for this hub :-)

Shasta Matova (author) from USA on November 04, 2012:

Thank you Veronica. Isn't it so much fun to get free stuff from manufacturers that you can try out at your convenience. I've found so many great products that way.

Thanks Mary - free is my favorite word, but clearance is right up there. You do have to pay for clearance products, but at least they are bigger packages!

Mary Craig from New York on November 04, 2012:

Next to Clearance, Free is my favorite word! I don't have to work to find clearance but you've listed some good ideas to get free! Thanks so much.

Voted up, useful and very interesting.

Veronica Roberts from Ohio, USA on November 04, 2012:

Great information! I started ordering samples about 2 years ago. It's helped SO much. Some things get donated, but most get used!!

I've stocked up on free baby samples, too, just in case! :)

Voted up & useful, & tweeted.

Shasta Matova (author) from USA on November 02, 2012:

Thanks DDRG, I hope you start enjoying the samples right away.

Shasta Matova (author) from USA on November 02, 2012:

Thanks Annette for your visit and comment, and for introducing me to yet another free site. I haven't tried Klout yet, but will now.

Shasta Matova (author) from USA on November 02, 2012:

Thank you Alecia - we have been getting a sample in the mail all week and it has been fun to try out new products. Thanks for the visit, comment, vote, and share.

Felix J Hernandez from All over the USA on November 01, 2012:

I am definitely getting some samples following this information.

Annette R. Smith from Ocala, Florida on November 01, 2012:

Great article, Shasta. Free samples are always fun to find in the mailbox, and you've given me some great new sources. By the way, the Klout social networking site gives away free perks too.

Alecia Murphy from Wilmington, North Carolina on November 01, 2012:

I knew about some stores having samples but I didn't know about Start Sampling. I will definitely keep this information in mind and share this hub. Voted up and useful!

Shasta Matova (author) from USA on October 18, 2012:

Thanks HoneyBB - when I tried it earlier, it looked like only the link on the bottom of the page had the referral tracker, and not the Facebook link. They have changed the layout since then, but I think the Facebook link still does not have the tracker embedded in it.

Thanks ChristyWrites - I hope you get some really fun stuff in the mail without having to hunt too much for them.

Thanks ignugent17 - I like being able to look forward to the mailman coming again. It is a nice change of pace from dreading yet another bill. The bills still come, but at least now, there is some nice present to offset the pain.

ignugent17 on October 16, 2012:

Thanks for the information. It is always nice to get some free things from the mail.

Voted up and useful. :-)

Christy Birmingham from British Columbia, Canada on October 16, 2012:

Great ideas here Millionaire. I do like to send away for samples but do not have as much time to search for them online anymore. Nice to get something other than a bill in the mail! :) Vote up and sharing on Twitter.

H Lax on October 16, 2012:

I am definitely going to try some of these. Thanks for the info. I will also share this on facebook. Can I still get the referral tracker credit if I simply click the facebook like button or do I need to go to my referral tracker and copy the link?

Shasta Matova (author) from USA on September 30, 2012:

Thanks Rose, Rosa and Pearl. All such beautiful names! I had fun writing this article, and since I was looking up the sites, have asked for many more free things! I look forward to getting my mail in the next few weeks.

Shasta Matova (author) from USA on September 30, 2012:

Thanks Kitty and Paula. Everyone loves free samples. You usually have to ask for them individually, but they are so much fun to get.

Thanks Dianna, I love getting the free samples at the store as well, although my store doesn't have a lot of samples. One day though, I bought some crackers, came down the aisle, and there was a lady giving our cracker samples, with fun dips. She gave me such a great price with the coupon they gave me, I got a bunch more boxes, and took them to my next party. The fancy crackers at such a low price were a huge hit.

Connie Smith from Southern Tier New York State on September 30, 2012:

Excellent article, which I have bookmarked for future reference. Thank you for sharing all this good info! Voted Up

Shasta Matova (author) from USA on September 30, 2012:

Thanks Aurelio for the additional resource. I will have to try that one.

Thanks Gail, I really enjoy getting squishy packages and trying out all sorts of new things. I usually buy the store brand products to save money, so it is a special treat to save money with the name brand, top of the line stuff.

Thanks for your comment I Am Rosa. It would be disappointing to ask for but not receive the samples you requested. I haven't had that problem, but I've gotten really used to reading all the fine print. I had seen some sample offers for the UK, and am glad you found some for Canada. I hope you find many more for you and your baby. I would think manufacturer's would love to market to you!

Rosa Marchisella from Canada on September 29, 2012:

I checked out the sites you listed - thank you :-) Most of them are US only, however I did find some Canadian stuff. Hopefully, I'll see some samples from it!

Rose Clearfield from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on September 29, 2012:

I had no idea that Target offered free samples. Thanks for all of the great tips!

Dianna Mendez on September 29, 2012:

I used to do this when I was much younger and did receive some nice samples through mail. It was worth the effort. I do love the free samples they give out at Whole Foods and the coffee at other such places. Always nice to hit the wholesale food stores when it is sampling day! Interesting hub post, useful, very well done and voted up.

Suzie from Carson City on September 29, 2012:

Did I see the word, "FREE?"......I'm all over it! are a buddy! Thanks for this. Free, is my favorite!.........UP+++

Ann Leung from San Jose, California on September 29, 2012:

I have received free samples from time to time, especially when my kids were babies. I loved them all. I haven't signed up for Target or Walmart. Maybe I should go do it now. Thank you for sharing!

Voted up and useful!

Rosa Marchisella from Canada on September 29, 2012:

I've never actually received ANY of the free samples I've applied for - I don't know if it's because I'm in Canada or what ... Very disappointing, especially when so many of them would have come in handy with the new baby.

Gail Meyers from Johnson County, Kansas on September 29, 2012:

I knew Target had samples on their page, but most of the rest of this important is news to me. What a fun and interesting hub! Voted up and useful.

Aurelio Locsin from Orange County, CA on September 29, 2012:

What a great idea. Who doesn't want free samples? I'd also like to suggest checking out for freebies and subscribing to their free email list. I'm a subscriber and have gotten tons of goodies. Voting this Up and Useful.

Shasta Matova (author) from USA on September 29, 2012:

Thanks tipstoretireearly. These other sites are great sources of additional free samples.

Thanks Georgie, I will have to try ordering something online from Walmart, and look up Pinecone.

Georgie Lowery from North Florida on September 29, 2012:


We live in the middle of nowhere, so I order a lot. If I order shampoo or anything like that, I always get a big ziplock bag full of stuff like shaving cream and perfume. Once I got a full sized version of a special cleanser and moisturizer. If I don't order HBA's, I don't usually get samples.

For the life of me, I can't remember that other site's name. I know it had something to do with a tree, like evergreen or pine or something. You can't sign up, you have to be invited and I had a friend in the know. Pinecone? There wasn't a lot of money involved, but I did get at least $5 for every survey. Yeah, it was Pinecone.

Shasta Matova (author) from USA on September 29, 2012:

Thanks daisyjae, I was worried about this as well, but then I realized that there are some kinds of junk mail I do appreciate receiving, especially if I can try out new things and get big coupons. Getting a separate email address for these may help, although most will not send to P. O. Boxes so you will have to give them your home address.

Aloha hawaiianodysseus, and thanks. It is one of my favorite words as well, no matter the length.

Thanks kashmir56, I am glad you found it valuable. Thanks for the vote and share.

Thanks twintimes2, I have recently subscribed to All You magazine, and haven't started getting anything from them yet. I will add them to the list when I do.

Shasta Matova (author) from USA on September 29, 2012:

Thanks Georgie. I haven't bought anything from since there is one nearby. Do they automatically send the free samples when you order something, or do you have to ask for them? Which site did you use for the reviews? I can see how you may not want to try some of the things they send you.

tipstoretireearly from New York on September 28, 2012:

Free is always appreciated. Target gives good samples from time to time. I'll need to try a few of these other sites.

Karen Lackey from Ohio on September 28, 2012:

I love free! I always do the free samples from All You, Target and P&G. If I ended up not liking them when they arrive, I just donate them to our local food pantry. Great hub!

Thomas Silvia from Massachusetts on September 28, 2012:

Great and valuable information within this well written hub, and it was all free !

Vote up and more !!! SHARING !

Hawaiian Odysseus from Southeast Washington state on September 28, 2012:

FREE is my favorite four letter word that starts with F. Thank you for sharing this wonderful Hub with us!

Aloha, and blessings!

daisyjae from Canada on September 28, 2012:

I've done this a few times but i really don't like to give out too much of my info.

Georgie Lowery from North Florida on September 28, 2012:

Free samples are awesome. One of the best things about buying online from is that they do send out lots of free stuff - especially if you're buying health and beauty aids. I used to work for a site a long time ago that sent me stuff and paid me for honest reviews. That was fun, but some of the food stuff was really gross!

Great info. Thanks for sharing!