Posts Tagged ‘free stuff’
Most people think of Facebook as merely a social/anti-social network full of Friends you never see. But for some people, Facebook is also a shopping site- more recently Facebook has become awash with local selling sites, as people realised they could avoid the crippling costs of both eBay/Paypal and Royal Mail, by selling their crap to someone who lived down the road.
However, as the economic squeeze has tightened, and persisted, there are a growing number of ‘free’ ‘thrift’ and ‘recycle’ pages springing up around the country. Again, these are mostly locally based, and the idea behind them is that, just because you don’t want something, someone else might be able to put it to good use, either as is, or they might upcycle (paint) it.
Sounds good in theory. Why not save serviceable items from landfill and help out a neighbour on the way?
Unfortunately, it seems is less simple in practice. Taking just a small sample of sites available, they are full of rules, arguments and (if admins are to be believed) threats of physical violence, all in pursuit of someone’s old toaster. The main issues can be split into the following categories:
First commenter. Some sites stipulate that the first person to comment should get the item. However, this invariably means that some slug somewhere with no job and nothing better to do than troll Facebook free sites ends up getting everything. All day.
Greed. See above. Some sites have bans on people getting more than a certain number of items per day. These are (we can only hope) only children who never learned to share.
Sob stories. The only alternative to the First Commenter to determine who gets the free item seems to be Worst Lifestory method. Here, would-be owners of whatever item compete to tell the most heart-wrenching stories in order to earn the favour of the person donating. Clearly it doesn’t matter if said stories are actually true.
Car booters. Free sites are full of disgruntled donators who have found their clock/shoes/tv stand for sale at a local car boot. It is irrelevant that they were going to chuck the item, and have given it away (ie relinquished any rights of ownership) over the item. If anyone’s making a profit on the item, they should be. Particularly if the enterprising car booter is also an inventive sob-story writer.
Wanted ads. Yes, I’d like a new 42” HD TV too, but I don’t expect someone to give me one for nothing. The requests on these sites can be increasingly bizarre, from equipment to start a plumbing business, a new coat, to a rug to cover the stain on the floor before the midwife comes. Still, if you don’t ask…
Many of these sites get hundreds of posts a day, allowing you to trawl through photos of other people’s crap to your heart’s content- just so long as you are also prepared to put up with the swearing, insults, threats, shocking spelling and whingeing that goes along with it*.
So do you use these sites? Are they worth the effort or is it just another excuse for people to moan at each other and do the charity shop out of a few bob?
* come to think of it, sounds a bit like our comments section
FREE POPCORN: Available from Cineworld picture houses. You might not even need to pay to see a film in order to qualify!
FREE BIRTHDAY STUFF: A round-up of some of the marvellous stuff you can cop for, and all for nothing if it’s your special day.
FREE STAR WARS PINBALL: Available for nowt right now on your iOS devices – what could be greater than a combo of Star Wars and pinball? The answer, of course, is ‘nothing’.
FREE WINDOWS GAMES: 20 of them to be precise, all of them indie games (so quality may vary) but all of them gratis.
FREE JOKES: 2,700 of them, in a Kindle edition, but all for kids (so quality may vary).
FREE DICTIONARY: An actual hard copy (none of your Kindle nonsense) – all the words, helpfully arranged in alphabetical order for you.
(freebies found by avid HotUKDeals members boyaloud, m.ad, LaterrMaterr, fluidz, gerrymig and gautamvt)
If you’re skint but still love the acquisition of stuff, you’ve come to the right place – here’s the best of the current crop in the Freebies section over at HotUKDeals. If you love reggae and knitting, it’s your lucky day!
FREE FOOTBALL FIXTURES: Your team’s 2013-14 matches, pumped right into your phone. Such luxury and convenience!
FREE MUG: A Richer Sounds mug, to be precise. WARNING: you’ll need to leave the house and visit an actual Richer Sounds store for this one.
FREE KNITTING PATTERNS: Knitting patterns. Free ones.
FREE MUSIC: A previously-unreleased Manic Street Preachers track – a live version of The Masses Against The Classes.
MORE FREE MUSIC: A 57-minute Trojan Roots Reggae mix tape, free to download. Makes the Manics one look a bit crappy, actually.
FREE GAME: From the makers of Angry Birds, Bad Piggies is now free for iOS devices. Truth be told, it’s not as good as its predecessor but, you know, FREE.
(freebies found by HUKD members davidmaiden18183, hanif39, holly100, WetPussy, Boz, AppStar)
FREE APPS: It’s the 5th birthday of the AppStore and your iOS devices can be jammed up with loads of free stuff as a celebration.
FREE MUSIC: Yes, it’s the Toolroom: Essentials 2013 album! Yes, and it’s FREE!
FREE AMAZON VOUCHER: A £2.00 one, to be precise. For to spend on mp3s.
FREE EYE TEST: You won’t be saying ‘should have gone to Specsavers’ after this, because that’s where you’ll have been! Ha!
FREE CHOCOLATE BAR: Some Cadburys yumminess, fired into yor gob-hole via WHSmith and O2 Priority Moments.
FREE BF3 PHYSICAL WARFARE PACK FOR PS3: Nope, no idea.
(freebies found by avid HUKD members AppStar, teaganmarieravetta, seezyf, stephen2k5, ather7851 and f2k8)
To celebrate the 5th anniversary of Apple’s app-store, a number of well regarded apps for iPhone and iPad have become free.
Now, you can get Infinity Blade II, Superbrothers: Sword and Sworcery EP, Where’s My Water?, Badland and Tiny Wings for zero pence, as well as things like Traktor DJ, Day One, and Barefoot World Atlas.
In the case of Traktor, that normally retails for $20, so if you’re a budding DJ with an iPad, it’d be well worth getting hold of.
Apple haven’t actually made any announcement on this yet, but if this is an orchestrated celebration, there could be a raft of decent freebies to get stuck into.
Keep ‘em peeled.
Want some free stuff? Here’s some. There’s also loads more in the rather wonderful freebies section of HotUKDeals. Play nicely, eh?
FREE TEKKEN REVOLUTION: Jam this in your PS3 and start playing. Simple.
FREE SKIN GLOOP: Something called the Nivea Dare To Dip Kit Giveaway. Sounds pretty sordid. We like it.
FREE WEATHER APP: From the BBC, and for Android and iOS. Now you can know the weather wherever you are without looking at the sky.
FREE ICE DRINK: If your weather app tells you that it’s hot, get to Café Nero and have one of these for free.
FREE KINDLE BOOK: Windows 8 Made Easy. Free of charge. There, that’ll make that tricky operating system all nice and simple for you won’t it?
FREE TEA: Because there’s always free tea. In this case, it’s Twinings.
FREE E45: What more could you possibly need to know. E45. Free.
(freebies found by avid HUKD users kevkool, elena17484, theGreatSkua, prk, gerrymig, aclondon and nandito39)
Cat food! A million pounds! Pet spray stuff! Just some of the things that might be available in the wonderful freebies section over at HotUKDeals right now. What are you waiting for???
FREE CAT FOOD: It’s Go Cat Crunchy & Tender and it contains NO horse meat. Probably.
FREE NO ELECTRIC SHOCK DEATHS: Check the safety of your appliances with this useful, potentially life-saving online tool.
FREE AMAZON VOUCHERS: A £2 one, to spend on mp3s. For nothing.
FREE MILLION POUNDS: Pretend money mind you, winnable in the Who Wants To Be A Millionaire app, which is currently free.
FREE HOLIDAY MONEY: A £25 credit off the price of a break through Secret Escapes. We think that’s a different girl in their new advert. We liked the other one better.
FREE PET FUR PROTECTOR AND DEODORISER: We don’t know what this is.
FREE US CALLS: With the aid of US Google Voice. You can make and receive free calls & texts to US landlines and mobiles with it – it says here….
Freebies found by HUKD members katiecraig96, MJV, seezyf, Benibaby33, AirelleCranberry and robot1000.
Creams! Gels! Peas! All that and more is here in the latest round-up of the best stuff from HotUKDeals’ freebies section. Touch it – it won’t bite you. OR WILL IT?
FREE ANTI-BLEMISH GEL: It’s called Skinetica, which would be a great name for a group or a ‘niche’ nightclub.
FREE HAND CREAM: From the geniuses at L’Occitane En Provence. Who says that ‘genius’ is an overused word, eh?
FREE PEA RECIPE BOOK: No, really. It’s ‘More Yes Peas’, the sequel to the hugely successful ‘Yes Peas’.
FREE TRAIN GAMES: Courtesy of the National Railway Museum of York – some games to download and keep.
FREE CAR INSURANCE TOOL: A tool. That could help you shave some cash off your car insurance quote. How can that not be amazing?
FREE EBOOKS AND AUDIOBOOKS: How to borrow them from your library – in an online stylee.
(freebies found by HUKD members iheartpingu28, bryan2411, justmatt, dbhoy, craigwhitlow and CJ.UK)
Fish! Kent! Fish! Just some of the things that can be had for free this week over at HotUKDeals. Here’s the best bits…
FREE MASH-UP TRACKS: David Guetta v The Proclaimers and many many more, all mashed up together and that.
FREE KENT: 17,000 tickets for over 100 tourist attractions in lovely Kent over a weekend in March.
FREE BT TALK: The new app from BT that allows you to use your home phone package on the move.
FREE FISH: Sainsbury’s are giving away free fish on Friday. We’re not sure how this works.
FREE MONEY SOFTWARE: It’s Microsoft Money and maybe it’ll help you budget better. Maybe Bill Gates uses it himself.
FREE ANTI-VIRUS SOFTWARE: Namely Trend Micro Titanium Antivirus+ 2013. Say goodbye to pesky viruses forever.
FREE WORKOUT DVD: It’s Davina! And her Ultimate Target DVD. Yours for nothing if you’re an O2 Priority Moments user. And stretch, 2, 3, 4…
FREE CLOUD SPACE: 50GB of free cloud storage from Mega, the new site launched by Kim Dotcom. You know, the bloke who had Megaupload, which the feds shut down, meaning that everyone lost their data. Hmmm…
(freebies found by HUKD members lelb72, TravelSaver, hero9989, Crown, ukkit, freebiehunter, masha and kimbongo)
Recipes! Juice! Games! The night sky! All that and more can be yours for zero pennies thanks to the freebies section over at HotUKDeals. Here’s the best of the bunch right now…
FREE ADOBE CREATIVE SUITE: It’s Creative Suite 2, a bit of an oldie, but more than satisfactory for free.
FREE GIF-MAKING SOFTWARE: Normally $30, you can get this thing for free and make videos into GIFs. You ARE all into that, aren’t you?
FREE RECIPES: Specifically for your Kindle, a bunch of recipe books that won’t cost a penny. There’s a few kids’ books linked there too.
FREE JUICE: To be more specific, it’s Welch’s chilled grape juice. There’s a litre of the stuff with your name on it if you get your skates on.
FREE STAR GUIDE: Sir Patrick Moore might be dead now but you can still keep abreast of the celestial goings-on with this nifty star guide from the Open University.
FREE LEGO GAME: One for the kids and it involves putting out pretend fires on your iOS device. Doesn’t work when your iOS device actually catches fire though.
FREE SKYPE CALLS: Chat to pals across the globe via the universally-popular Skype service for one entire month. Cancel the recurring payment before the month’s up though.
FREE BREAKFAST: In Ikea, if you’re a Family Card holder. Lovely jubbly.
(freebies found by HUKD members adiem, debiii, malakmum, ct89, kerri_ann3, marko4ever24 and jmcateer)
Games! Santa-tracking software! Chocolate orange! All that and more is free for you if that’s what you’re into, courtesy of the good people at HotUKDeals. Call it our Christmas gift to YOU. Get stuck in!
FREE GAME: It’s Metro 2033, you can bung it into your PC and it’s yours for nothing (although some Facebookery is required).
FREE VTECH CHRISTMAS DOWNLOADS: We don’t know what this is.
FREE SANTA-TRACKING APP: It’s from NORAD, and is the, erm, official Santa-tracking app.
FREE WHATSAPP: The hugely-popular communication app is free for a short while. Go on, save yourselves 69p or whatever it normally is.
MORE FREE GAMES: All the best iOS games that have been reduced to ZERO PENCE for the festive season…
FREE TERRY’S CHOCOLATE ORANGE: Oh yes. OH YES.
FREE EBAY: Insertion fees scrapped from Boxing Day until New Year’s Day. Quick – flog off all the unwanted tat you get on Tuesday.
FREE 0800, 0845, 0870 MOBILE CALLS: Yours with the help of the neat WEQ4U service. They’ll stay on hold for you so that you don’t have to. And as you’ll use an 0333 number, it’s free.
FREE WI-FI: Get up the Asda and get some free wi-fi while you’re there.
(freebies found by HUKD members soxxy008, donna0284, teddy2paws, adrd, silverchriz, danboi63, deb8z, steveh2009 and Mashhh)
A go on the Coke bus! Butter! Games! What a line-up of freebies we’ve got for you from HotUKDeals. Don’t forget that you’ll regularly get some great cinema preview ticket freebies there too, so keep checking the site…
FREE MARIO ADD-ONS: Six extra levels for owners of New Super Mario Bros 2 on the 3DS. Downloadable for you for nothing.
FREE COKE EXPERIENCE: No, not the killer class-A but the fizzy sensation. Climb aboard the Coca Cola Christmas truck and have a look about. Get your photo taken and help yourselves to a mini can of Coke.
FREE BUTTER: It’s a 500g tub of Lurpak Spreadable Lightest but it’s a bit venue and time-specific. Victoria train station in London, TODAY!
FREE GEEKUNINSTALLER (PC): We don’t know what this is.
FREE £10 TAXI CASH: Become a new user of gettaxi.co.uk and you can have £10 added to your account.
FREE GAME: It’s Origin – Command & Conquer Tiberium Alliances and it’s BLOODY BRILLIANT.
FREE CHRISTMAS CARDS: Five of them. Got more than five friends? Don’t go showing off about it in OUR faces please. Thanks.
FREE CHRISTMAS BOOK: It’s Twas The Night Before Christmas and it’s available in the Kindle Store right now for zero pence whatsoever.
(Freebies found by HUKD members magicjay1986, mrshoppy, a3laway, stealthx, mattgarforth, Aton, RossD89 and Edgemundo)
Yoghurt! Chocolate! Poems! What more could a man/woman need for an evening’s entertainment. And it’s all here for you… FREE, courtesy of HotUKDeals…
FREE POTTY TRAINING KIT: a reward chart, some stickers and two £1 vouchers towards some pull-ups. Now you can FINALLY get yourself potty trained…
FREE YOGHURT: A 680g tub of Greek God yoghurt – you know, the one from the weird advert.
FREE CHOCOLATE: A Santa lolly or a Viennese chocolate bar for your faces, courtesy of Thorntons.
FREE LOVEFILM AND FREE MONEY: Get a 30-day trial of Lovefilm AND bag £18 in cashback into the bargain. What an offer!
FREE SPEED CAMERAS: For TomTom. We’ve got no idea what this is.
FREE PHONE UNLOCKING: For Vodafone customers. Get your Vodafone handset unlocked for free. We’re assuming this is a good thing.
FREE POEMS: Not just any old poems – these are the war poems of Siegfried Sassoon – available for your Kindle for nothing.
(freebies found by HUKD members cambourne7, wiggywig, rupagraphics, stfagos, Jonny678, iHate and Quids)
Games! Vests! Erm, straw codes! All that and more can be found over at the freebies section of HotUKDeals right now. So here’s the best bits…
FREE GAMES: Languishing in the iTunes Store and reduced for Black Friday (although some/most/all)
FREE VIDEO APP: It’s called FiLMiC Pro and they say that it beats many DSLRs at video capture. WE’LL be the judge of that.
FREE HI-VIS VEST: One for the kids, that will keep them safe and secure. Also suitable for at-risk midgets.
FREE EBAY LISTINGS: This weekend, although it’s almost halfway over already. Quick – sell ANYTHING!
FREE BUS TICKET: Let FirstBus take you for a ride – anywhere you like! As long as it’s within the T&Cs of this offer.
FREE DVD RIPPER: It’s WinX DVD Platinum and it’s yours for nothing, but it’s strictly for personal usage. No funny business.
(freebies found by HUKD members M0nk3h, jackbremer, dalipsinghno1, godfather999, miikeyblue, TallerPaul, L2011B and Boogie83e)
Games, games, games and some other stuff. Enjoy…
FREE GAME: Mirror’s Edge for WP7-running devices. Not going to beat around the bush here, we’ve got no idea what any of that means.
MORE FREE GAMES: For your PC this time – including Rayman 3, Prince Of Persis Warrior Within and Splinter Cell Double Agent.
FREE REWARD POINTS: For your Game account, when you register their app. Bit gamey this week isn’t it?
FREE AMAZON VOUCHER: Ah, a not-gamey freebie. Here’s a £2.00 voucher for you to use against some mp3 music purchases. Hallelujah!
FREE XBOX LIVE SUBSCRIPTION: Back to the gameyness again. One month of Xbox Live for you. For free.
FREE CHOCOLATE: A Santa lolly or a Viennese chocolate bar, courtesy of Thorntons. We’re now singing ‘Santa Lolly’ to the tune of ‘Santa Baby’…
ANOTHER FREE GAME: Here we go again, or should that be HERE WE GO A-GAME?? Ha! Asphalt 7, free on iTunes. We’ll shut up now.
(freebies found by HUKD members neosalad, gamestraderjames, NL1234, Acx, lambyUK, rupagraphics and kas786)