(DailyThrive.com) – “Free electronics” may sound too good to be true, but there are companies willing to give away their goods to people who are willing to test and review them. These companies don’t exactly hand out free electronics to anyone just passing by. It often takes time and research to find who’s giving them away and how to be one of the lucky recipients.
Here are a few ways to score free electronics.
Look Into Income-Based Programs
Low-income consumers can receive free cell phones through the Lifeline Assistance Program. Applicants must meet eligibility requirements. Computers With Causes offers computers for eligible applicants who are low income, enrolled in school or qualify as returning military veterans.
Consider a Trade
Amazon’s trade-in program allows electronics to be traded in for Amazon gift cards, which can be cashed out for new electronics. Consider what items you may have around the house that aren’t being used. While your old-school VCR collecting dust may not be the best fit, an old phone or video gaming system could be in high demand. Make it work for you by trading it in to get something new.
Check Out Blogger Giveaways
Engadget is just one example of a blogger that offers free electronic giveaways. By researching and following electronics bloggers, it’s possible to increase your chances of winning. Most bloggers will post on their websites as well as across social media to promote giveaways. Be sure to subscribe to their updates and follow their pages for the best chances to win.
Follow Your Favorite Electronics Companies on Social Media
Like bloggers, electronics companies often offer product giveaways. Some offer loyalty programs, but many will also host giveaways. To stay informed, turn on social media notifications and/or subscribe to their newsletters. While it may seem like a one in a million chance to win, it stands to reason that if one lucky person scores free electronics, that lucky person could just be YOU.
Check Out Facebook Marketplace
Many people offer free, older electronics just to get rid of them. This can be a great way to score free electronics even if they aren’t brand new. Fax machines, printers and even radios are often listed for those upgrading or cleaning house.
Look Into Offers for Free Electronics in Exchange for Feedback
Product testers may be able to take home free electronics. Phillips, Amazon, Microsoft and the National Consumer Panel are just a few examples of companies that offer free products in exchange for testing and reviews. Many have an application process for participants.
By applying for various consumer marketing panels, you increase your chances to be selected. All it will cost is the time and effort it takes to apply, test the product and provide feedback. For the best possible chance of being used again for free testing, be sure to leave a thorough review of any free electronics received.
It takes time to search and apply for these deals, but the rewards could be worth the effort. There are no guarantees, but numerous programs are out there to help make sure electronics are accessible to everyone who needs them. Just be sure to read the fine print to make sure there aren’t any strings attached — and follow all attached requirements to keep from slipping through any cracks. Good luck!
~Here’s to Your Success!
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