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How to Get Free Products to Test Without Being a Blogger

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May 5, 2016

Although this post is sponsored, I’ve used PINCHme for years, and all opinions are my own!

Free stuff. Everyone loves it. There’s just something about a product being free that makes items you may not have ever given a second glance suddenly seem appealing. Well, it definitely has to do with the fact that there’s nothing to lose if you don’t like them, right?
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Luckily, as a blogger, I get to try out many products for free— but obviously that’s a luxury not everyone has. That’s where PINCHme comes in! It’s a membership site that’s totally free to join, and sends you product completely free (including shipping!) in exchange for your feedback. It’s basically the perks of being a blogger, without the stress of actually maintaining a blog (yes, it can be stressful).

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I signed up for PINCHme when I first started blogging as a way to get product before I knew how to connect with brands. However, you don’t have to be a blogger, social influencer, or have any type of following to sign up and grab products. In exchange for the free products, they give you a survey after you’ve had a chance to try them so the brands can get a feel for how you like them or don’t like them.

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I’ve received full and sample sizes of products from categories across the board: grocery, bath and body, baby, home, health, and of course BEAUTY! Heck… I’ve even gotten samples of cat food for Sir Pounce to try out! But the beauty samples are always my favorite, as I’ve gotten moisturizers, mascaras, brushes, and bar soaps. Recently I got a gorgeous SinfulColors nail polish in the shade Too Cool for Pool from PINCHme, which is a beautiful blue with iridescent glitter, and it’s easily one of my favorite samples so far.

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PINCHme releases new products from popular brands every month for users to claim, but you have to move fast— there are already two million users on the site and the community is growing! You can usually choose 3-5 samples to add to your free box, and the more often you fill out the surveys at the end of the testing period, the more samples will be available for you. The next “Sample Tuesday” is on May 10th at 12 Noon EST, so be sure to sign up ahead of time and complete your member profile to receive the alerts when products are up for grabs.

Here are the samples that will be available on May 10th:

  • V8 Veggie Blends and V8 +Energy
  • SheaMoisture Peace Rose Oil Complex Sensitive Skin Mud Mask
  • Eucerin In-Shower Moisturizer Body Lotion
  • ZzzQuil™ Sleep Aid
  • Purina Dog Chow
  • Purina One Cat Tender Selects Blend
  • Tide Pods
  • Raid Bed Bug Detector Kit
  • Hidden Valley Greek Yogurt Dressing

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With most of the samples, there are also usually coupons attached that you can use to repurchase the products you like. The whole service is a great way to play the field and introduce new products into your daily routine without spending any money at all!

What types of products would you want to test most for free?

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39 Responses

  1. Amanda
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    They are now rating reviews. i’m not going to recieve anything because of my poor writing skills.

  2. Rebecca Higden
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    I can never sample enough beauty samples! Easily my favorite!

  3. Lina bolivar
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    I love pinchme for everthing

  4. Carole Moore
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    I got a notice email today, after already being a PinchMe member, indicating I was eligible for free samples now. Immediately after receiving email I logged in only to find I am not eligible. What?

    • Not sure– they only give out samples on Tuesdays. But I don’t work for the brand, so I would contact support 🙂

  5. Rowena
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    i love pinch me even when they are not doinging my area cause later they will its great getting a chance to try out new products and if you get beauty fantastic that not easy to get sometimes

  6. Eunice
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    I received my first box this month. However they were just one time use sample packets. The problem is idk if I really like a face, for example, with just one use. I think you only get the bigger size when you are a blogger.

  7. Helen Kruse
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    It only allows me to choose 3 samples when I am eligible. I have a face and skin yet I never get picked for those products. I have cats too. I have heard of people getting a box full of samples, yet I am allowed only 3. Why? How do I get more. I used to be a secret shopper and I worked for a marketing research company. I went door to door giving full sized samples and then doing a follow up survey. So I think I know what they are looking for,yet only 3 samples of things I can’t use. Like gummie vitamins,and they give you two and you are to answer how those worked. You cannot get anything except to sample to taste, texture, etc. on two vitamins, or two gummie bears for your hair and nails. Two will not make any difference. With all the money these corporations make, you would think they could do better especially when we are to give feedback and our opinions on a product.

    • I do believe the way they run things is as you build up your reviews and successful surveys, you get picked more often for bigger samples.

  8. WAYNE
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    I received the V8 veggie blend and the V8 energy
    Pinch me but idk where to submit my review of the products. My e-mail is wayne_french@aol.com,
    would you please direct me what to do to review it.
    I don’t want to get penalized and lose my boxes.
    They both were very good but the veggie blend was kind of bland. Orange pineapple energy drink what’s good and it helped me get through the morning. Thank you.

    • I would contact their customer service, though they do allow ample test time before sending the surveys out via email!

  9. bootswon
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    I joined Pinchme! Now, how do I get the free samples? connie danielson

  10. Maxine Vannasdall Crawford
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    I love getting #PINCHme boxes in the mail…like a kid on Christmas morning!!!

  11. Patty Grybko
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    I love PINCHme, have been a member for a year now and have been able to try out a variety of products, love getting my PINCHme boxes in the mail

  12. Angel Hough
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    I love #PinchMe, been a member for almost 2 years, loves my free sample boxes only reason I go to the mailbox!!

  13. Bethany Mee
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    I just joined Pinchme!

  14. Kiss & Make-up
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    Oh that’s really cool! 🙂

  15. Sarah Halstead
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    Ohh! That looks like such a great box.

  16. Deb Clem-Buckert
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    My teen found this and loves it!

  17. Kelley Crowe
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    Love boxes like this so I can try a variety without wasting a ton of money!

  18. Ashley
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    What an awesome way to get new products! I love boxes like this where you can try a ton of things without a huge investment

  19. jamie lynn prata
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    This is fantastic! Thanks for sharing this Miranda – I’ll definitely be signing up! Also, Sir Pounce! <3 What a great kitty name!!! 🙂

    • Of course! It’s something I still use to discover new stuff 🙂 And yep, that was ALL Adam’s naming skills lol

  20. The Pink Caboodle
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    Yes!!! Definitely signing up!

  21. Rachel Runyan
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    I’d never heard of them. I signed up. Thanks!

  22. Jessica H.
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    I’ve received so much through PINCHme! Thanks for the inside look into what samples will be available next!

  23. Singerinkitchen
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    Nice. I got tired of Influenster.

  24. Bekah @ re•solve
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    This sounds a lot like influenster?

    • It’s quite different, you don’t need to post on social media about it at all… they just give you a survey at the end of the testing period about the products. Also, you get to choose which samples you want instead of it being a surprise 🙂

      • Bekah @ re•solve
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        Oh…that’s MUCH better!

      • WAYNE
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        I never received the survey for my box that I got last month. Can someone please tell me what I should do?
        Thank you very much

  25. DJ Murphy
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    This is so neat! I know so many people who would love to sign up for this, totally spreading the word!

  26. This is a fabulous service and getting free things if you’re not a blogger is a question I get quite a bit!

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