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Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Review: Free Stuff Everyday

Free Stuff Everyday by Mike EssexToday I'm reviewing a print book I know well, as I copy edited it on behalf of the publisher :-)

Free Stuff Everyday by Mike Essex (aka 'Freebieman') reveals how anyone can get free products or services from companies. Don't worry, though, it's all legit and above board!

The approach Mike advocates doesn't involve trying to trick or defraud businesses, but rather seeking out mutually beneficial ways you can work with them. In exchange for giving you a free product or service, for example, a company might receive free publicity and/or valuable consumer feedback.

You don't need to be especially pushy, either. Mike sets out a wide range of possible approaches, and most don't require 'the gift of the gab' or even any particular self-confidence (one such possibility, which Mike himself has done, is creating a product-review blog).

I did, however, like the idea of creating a more extravert 'persona' for some of the more outward-facing methods, a technique Mike discusses in Chapter 7.

There are plenty of examples throughout the book, based on Mike's personal experiences. He talks about the different 'unique offers' you can make, the different types of organization you can approach, and the different methods you can use to contact them. There truly is something here for everyone.

The book concludes with a 30-Day Challenge, which is pretty much guaranteed to bring you a steady stream of freebies in whatever niche you favor.

Overall, I was very impressed with Free Stuff Everyday. It's a concise (128 page), practical guide, which contains all the advice and guidance you need to begin a lucrative and enjoyable freebie-seeking sideline.

It would, incidentally, also make eye-opening reading for businesses and PR agencies, by showing the many benefits they can accrue through partnering with selected individuals in this way.

Free Stuff Everyday would be especially relevant to someone with an expensive hobby or interest, who might welcome some help in kind to defray their costs (as well as gaining access to all the latest kit, perhaps even before it is officially released). Anyone, however, could benefit from applying the techniques in the book (most of which would, by the way, work anywhere in the world).

Any criticisms? Not really. This is a no-fluff guide, so you won't find many illustrations, and just a single diagram. This is a straightforward, practical manual, that sticks to telling you what you need to know as directly and concisely as possible.

In my view, at its low Amazon price, Free Stuff Everyday is a bargain. You would only need to 'blag' a single item using any of the (many) approaches Mike suggests to be well in profit. Highly recommended for anyone looking to make their paycheck last a little longer every month!

Want to win a free copy of Free Stuff Everyday? Just enter a comment below. The winner will be drawn at random from all comments received by 9 am BST (British Summer Time) on Monday, October 24. And yes, this contest is open to anyone in the world!
And the winner (chosen via is James, who posted, 'I would love to get free stuff everyday Nick - and the book? ;-).'

Congratulations to James, and commiserations to those who didn't win this time. Thank you all for entering, and you can of course still buy Free Stuff Everyday from Amazon UK at its very reasonable asking price.

I will be writing separately to James to arrange to send him his prize.

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Anonymous James said...

I would love to get free stuff everyday Nick - and the book? ;-)

4:36 PM  
Blogger Pat said...

I would like the opportunity to win this book. Thanks Pat

5:43 PM  
Blogger Blog Author said...

I am a bit of an obsessive freebie hunter, so would like this book to feed my awful freebie addiction!

5:45 PM  
Anonymous Mel said...

This books sounds interesting. What types of freebies are mentioned?

7:49 PM  
Anonymous Constance said...

Freebie, Freebie....yaaaaaaaaaaaa

9:54 PM  
Blogger Colleen Chen said...

Free! Free! Freeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!!!!

5:04 AM  
Blogger Nick said...

Thanks to everyone who has posted so far. You will all be entered in the draw on Monday!

Could I just remind anyone posting here to leave at least their first name, and preferably their full name. This is especially important for people posting anonymously, so that I can identify you if you win.

Re. Mel's question, the methods set out in the book could be used to obtain almost any type of freebie, from books and CDs to sports equipment and vacations. Obviously, no company is about to give away a sports car or a yacht, but anything up to a few hundred pounds/dollars in value is perfectly possible using the techniques set out in the book.

7:27 PM  
Anonymous Kate Boardman said...

Free is definately my favourite price tag. What a great resource to have, especially in todays financial climate. Would love to enter the draw. Thanks for the opportunity and good luck to everyone. :-)

12:05 PM  
Blogger Kelly S. Bishop said...

Free is definitely my price range. ;)

3:13 AM  
Anonymous Jason Darrell said...

Mike has created an instantly-desirable product through the concept and title, alone.
So wish I'd thought of it! Kudos to you, sir!
And thanks, Nick, for bringing it to us.
My only query would be, as there is so, so much information of an astounding nature on Mike's blog for free, would a customer go the extra mile and pay for those concepts being explored in the book?
There's a lot of excellent guidance therein, which I'm ploughing through, now.
May be the extras are all explained in the book...
@Zebedeerox/Jason Darrell/G+ Aaron Alluring

2:49 PM  
Anonymous James said...

Hi Nick, good point on the names - I'm James (at the top)

fingers crossed!

3:54 PM  
Blogger melala said...

I want your book! so glad i found your site, full of information. ox so excited. fingers xross!

8:18 AM  
Anonymous James said...

Brilliant! Thank you Nick.

1:54 PM  

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