Is Latest free stuff legit… Or is this just scam to get your info?
This website is something I’m pretty familiar with. Because, I used to visit this and other sites like it, when I entered competitions online.
Although, I also remember starting to avoid it.
Because, whenever I would go to some link or other, (promising a freebie) this would lead to pages of questions with potential offers.
I could tell right away this could lead to spam and… I already had tonnes of that already! 🙂
That’s why I started up a completely separate email account for anything competition/online survey related and, I suggest you do the same if you haven’t already.
Well, since I’ve been reviewing various ways to make and save money online in recent years, I started to wonder again about these sites offering “freebies.”
Is anything really free? What are you giving them in return?
Well, in many cases, the cost is your personal information. Your email address, your home address and often your telephone number.
It’s not uncommon for websites to pass your details on to third parties and this can lead you you getting overloaded in the spam stakes, (whether by email, snail mail or…most annoyingly, telephone).
One company that I reviewed a while back provides a prime example of this – which is called My offers.
While there are ways to avoid further contact from a company or third parties, it may not always be clear and will vary from offer to offer, (so always check the T&C’s!).
So, it latest free stuff uk just a scam to get your personal details, can you really get free stuff and…. at what cost?
I checked out this website and also, took a look at what some other people online are saying about it too.
Do you have much experience with this website? please share your story below!
Money making opportunity: save money/make pocket money/freebies
What does it cost: it’s free
Verdict: Legit, but not without issues… You need to be cautious, some of the offers on this website can lead to spam.
Magic Freebies – What Is On Offer Here?
When you reach the homepage here, there are various things on offer.
- Today’s Freebies:
When you go to the “Today’s freebies” section, there are a selection of offers that they’re obviously promoting at the moment.
At the time of writing, these were the offers on the front page.
Tastecard: Well, you must have been living under a rock if you haven’t already tried tastecard. It’s where you can get discounts on various restaurants.
In any case, in order to participate in this offer, I was taken to a brief survey about rent.
It took a couple of minutes. Once I’d completed the survey, I was told I’d get a code sent to me for a 12 month membership.
I thought that was pretty decent, as I have seen paid offers for tastecard before, where you may have to pay £1 for a free trial.
If it works, this is certainly preferable. But, I will let you know and update this post when the card arrives.
Free mothers day card:
This one looked promising. Create a personalised card for your mum.
However, you do have to pay a £1.50 charge for postage… so, it’s not exactly free is it?
Still it could save you money rather than having to get out to the shops, buy the card and then send it.
This is basically an invitation to join Swagbucks.
Swagbucks is a great little rewards site and I have reviewed myself it here.
However, it’s a survey-related site that also pays you a small amount to do things such as, surf the web, buy from certain websites online, or play games.
One issue though… they say you can, “get paid up to £20 a survey.”
Hmm.. well, that’s sometimes what survey sites SAY, but it’s also far from the reality.
You will never make £20 for a single survey! You will be lucky to make £1 for a survey, that is just the way it is. So, that’s pretty misleading.
Hey, if anyone has legitimately made £20 from swagbucks for a single survey – send me the proof, because that’s just pure fantasy in my experience of survey websites.
Free classic car magazine:
They say you can get a free £5 classic car mag. I see no mention of a P&P charge for this one.
However, it looks like you will have to physically opt out by contacting them, if you do not want to be contacted via email, SMS, or phone.
This was simple – I filled out my name, email and address, (no telephone number required) and was informed that my free sample is on the way! 🙂
Let’s see if that one arrives!
Free budget cookbook:
Simple freebie, available to download. Straight forward freebie by the looks of it.
Free Amazon Giftcards:
Again, not strictly true.
This is another survey site invite – this time to Surveyyeah.
So, you will need to answer a LOT of surveys to get enough points to withdraw any amazon giftcards.
Free Thorntons chocolates:
But offer only open to O2 priority customers – boo hoo 🙁
Free Kellogs special K:
The link sent to a prizedraw on the asda website, to win one of 5,000 bars. Worth a go, just took a second to fill out the form.
Ok, so, I could go on and on with this. But further down I saw, yet more survey sign up opportunities.
Fair enough if you like that sort of thing, but the way it’s worded makes it sound like you’re getting a freebie, when you will actually have to sign up to a survey website and complete surveys.
Because paid surveys pay such a minimal amount, you will have to fill out many surveys before you have enough money to exchange for giftcards or other goodies.
That’s if you’re lucky enough to qualify for enough surveys before you get fed up and give up on it, (getting disqualified from surveys is very, very common. You may have to try a whole bunch before you get accepted on to just one).
Personally, I prefer the REAL freebies. Things like the free samples, or free cookbook… there was even an offer for a FREE BEER, (my kind of offer ;)).
There was also an offer for a sample of some free dog chews, which is useful.
So, a mixed bag here, but certainly there were some legitimate freebies there.
Personally, I would stay well clear from this. A lot of these competitions link you up to the type of competitions that really lead to Spam.
The sort of competition I recommend entering are DIRECT with companies – or sometimes with bloggers online too and the social media accounts of companies themelves.
What you don’t want, is entering via third party websites that will run you through lists of “offers,” that you have to decline before you can enter the competition.
Where competitions are concerned, you simply want one page you complete your details and – that’s it.
That’s the ideal scenario. The alternatives are not only time consuming, but can lead to relentless spam.
If you want to find legitimate competitions online, I suggest you check out money saving expert. That’s where I personally found all my competitions.
- Discount Vouchers
In this section, there are plenty more links to join Survey/reward sites, (again).
Which I don’t class as “discount vouchers.”
At reward sites, you can sometimes get cashback, or you will get points for completing surveys and other tasks – that you can eventually exchange for giftcards.
There was also a link in this section to a website that sold discount food… again, not “discount vouchers.”
There were some actual discounts, but not that much and certainly plenty that weren’t actual discounts at all.
- Making Money
More of the same here…. links to some of the same survey sites.
Such as Swagbucks, some other survey panels and a incentive to sign up with Ladbrokes casino, (which I think I also saw in their top offers of the week).
Other things included, how to make money with Air B&B by renting out your home, getting nectar points for letting sainsburys know when your insurence is up to renew.
There was also an offer for getting free lines on the lottery, (that’s not “making money,”)… or joining the free postcode lottery, (again, not “making money.”).
One thing I found particularly funny was this offer in the “making money,” section:
Do you class getting a free kangeroo stuffed toy in exchange for requesting an insurance quote…“making money…?”
That really is a stretch! 😉
Money saving freebies also have a blog, which include posts about making and saving money in various forms.
Some blog posts include:
- 5 ways to make money without sacrificing what you love,
- 5 ways to save on your supermarket shop.
- How to save money on your foodbill.
Their blog has plenty of useful posts that may help you to save money in various ways – so, nothing wrong with this section.
Although, their last blog post, (when I checked) was in October 2017 and there weren’t that many in any case, so I’m unsure if they’re continuing with the blog.
What Other People Say About Latest Free stuff.
Since I had put in my details to get a couple free samples, I will be interested to see whether they arrive.
Some people online claim that they’ve put their details in multiple times to get free samples and never received anything.
What’s your experience been with latest free stuff? Let me know in the comments below!
By contrast to some of these negative reviews, there are plenty of positive reviews via Facebook. Here people have said that they HAVE received their freebies.
What I like about Latest Free Stuff UK…
- There are some genuine free samples you can get
- Links to various survey sites that you could potentially earn, (although they go overboard with this, when it isn’t really relevant to what they’re offering half the time).
- Some legit discounts available, such as money off theme park tickets.
What I don’t like about Latest Free Stuff UK…
- Competitions which are on the spammy side, you need to be careful enterting some of these if you are avoiding spam.
- Lots of repetition with their offers, in different categories – even when they don’t fit the category.
- Things stuck in their “make money,” section – which do not involve really making money.
- The blog isn’t regularly updated.
- A lot of people have complained about spam & their samples not arriving.
So, is Latest Free Stuff legit, or just a scam?
I think the problem with latest free stuff, is there isn’t actually enough FREE stuff.
The free samples and so on are few and far between.
Some of the samples even involve entering a PRIZE DRAW! I mean, entering a prize draw for sample? It’s not very exciting is it.
Even so, I entered one myself. So, I now have the intense wait ahead to find out whether I have won… a cereal bar 😀
Signing up for survey sites is an OK thing to do if you want to make a little extra pocket money but you’re not getting FREE stuff, you’re filling out surveys and that takes a lot of time before you get any reward from it.
Signing up to a casino with a special offer is not exactly free either is it? You may get some free bets, but you still need to make a deposit.
If you want to make money from online betting companies – you should look into matched betting.
Matched betting provides a way to profit from bookmakers, without your money being at risk, (it’s not gambling).
Signing up to a free lottery… is that really a “freebie?”
The liklihood is you won’t get anything at all. I was part of the free postcode lottery for years and no guessing how much I won….. yep, exactly…. zilch!
Anyway, I think you see what I’m saying. For a site that is meant to be based on freebies, I don’t feel there are enough freebies to warrant it.
Ultimately, I think this is a legit site, but somewhat deceptive and I’d also say it should carry a big spam warning…. but what do you think?
I’d love to hear about your experience with Latest Free Stuff UK… so, don’t be shy! Leave me a comment below!
Beyond Freebies & Survey Sites
Everyone likes a freebie and survey sites can be OK to make a little bit – when you can actually complete them!
But what about if you want to make reasonable money online?
How do you think latest freebies makes money?
Well, one way they make money is through affiliate programs.
Many survey companies have affiliate programs you can join, which sometimes pay you for each person that signs up via your link, or you may earn a percentage of your referrals earnings for life.
Alternatively, there are CPA networks you can join, (if you have a popular blog/website) which will pay you a set amount per sign up to certain websites.
There are then unlimited other businesses that have affiliate programs and are often housed within an affiliate network.
For example; one affiliate network I’m a member of and one of the biggest in the UK – is AWIN.
But probably the most well known affiliate program online today, is the amazon affiliate program and I made my first affiliate sales with Amazon.
In any case, affiliate marketing is how I make the most from my blog at the moment – but there are many other ways you can make money from a blog or website too.
If you’d like to learn how you could profit from writing about things you’re passionate about you can get started here.
All the best,
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- How start an affiliate website in the uk.
- How to make money from a simple website.
- 14 smartphone apps that can save you money.