Out of all the freebie posts I wait passionately look forward to, free electronics is perhaps the best and most-participated by the freebie-loving community.
And why not?
Imagine scoring a new camera or cell phone that’s been on your wish list for months, or a portable Bluetooth speaker you’ve been dying to get since it was launched…and then you get to keep them all for free.
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How to get Free Electronics
If you think only inexpensive items were put up for grabs free, you’d love this post.
For example, many people know that they can get free cell phones if they signed up for a new postpaid contract from Verizon and other similar companies.
But not everyone knows that low-income consumers get free phone service (monthly data, unlimited texting, or free monthly minutes) from the Lifeline Assistance Program and also obtain discounted or free phone service if eligible.
I know several methods that work in getting free electronics. Make sure that you decide which product category you have on your wish list.
1. Test Out New Electronics in Exchange for Feedback
Many companies usually undergo another layer of product research right before a product launch. They pick a group of people to try out the product and ask for feedback. From there, the company decides either to improve the product first or continue with the planned launch.
If you’re looking for free electronics, trying them out is an awesome opportunity to help the brands you love and receive their products without shouldering any cost.
Sometimes, the companies use a third-party organization or website to host these surveys/opinion research.
Here are some that I know of:
- Amazon Vine
- American Consumer Opinion
- Pinecone Research
- National Consumer Panel
Some of these sites pay with rewards or cash on top of the product, some only pay in points, which you could claim as items. They have different requirements to join, and offer varying rewards as well, but most of them let you keep the electronics you receive after reviewing them.
2. Follow Brands and Manufacturers
If you’re a photography fan and would love to have a new DSLR bag, lens, or even new releases of cameras, you should follow brands like Nikon, Fujifilm, Canon, Leica, and other camera makers, or camera accessory makers like Lowerpro, Vanguard, and so on.
If you’re in love with the smartphone world, you have a ton of brands to follow from US-based Apple to China’s Huawei.
You get the point, right?
Once you’ve identified the brands and manufacturers from a specific electronics niche, here’s what you do:
- Follow them on social media (Facebook, LinkedIn, Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest, Tik-Tok)
- Check their official website and subscribe to their newsletter
- Join loyalty or rewards programs
- Read their emails and notifications, so you are up-to-date with promotions
- Join contests, testing programs, or other cool ways you can get free electronics from manufacturers
3. Join Blogger Giveaways
Bloggers attract advertisers and followers who share the same interests. A good example of this is Engadget, which features the best tech deals and electronics news from all over the world.
Of course, there are other bloggers that are far less popular than Engadget, but are still able to pull off giveaways.
You know how they do it?
- A company sees that a particular blog attracts people who love wearables (smart watch, fitness trackers, virtual reality gadgets, smart fashion, and so on).
- This same company sells wearables as well, but gives away a new product – usually 1 for the blogger to review, and another 1 (or more) of the same product to give away.
- Giveaways like these, where there is no catch to win, are flocked by hundreds or thousands of people online.
- The company who sent the giveaway already earned new customers and exposure without paying extra fees. It’s a win-win situation.
Never pay to join a giveaway.
4. Participate in Community Contests
The cool thing about the internet is that it is so vast that you can find a corner of the world wide web and be involved in a community with like-minded people.
For example, if you’re a part of the survivalism movement and have been invested in keeping your home secured and well-prepared for anything, you’d probably still need traditional electronics for navigation, portable audio, surveillance, homesteading tools and so on.
These 3 sites will send you FREE stuff in the mail and PAY YOU to hear what you think about what you receive.
And because the online communities you join are so specific, companies naturally come to them (if the audience is a perfect fit) and often hold contests.
When this happens, make sure to participate. You’ll never know if you could win solar power kits, aquaponics set-ups, First Aid packs, etc. and get them totally free.
5. Exchange Old Stuff for New Electronics
If you have a lot of old electronics that are not being used at home, you could post them on Listia and earn credits when someone buys them. These credits can then be redeemed for free items like laptops, iPhones, etc.
Join the website, or download the app (it’s available for both iOS and Android). Once you register, you earn 1,000 points.
6. Check Alibaba’s Electronics Stores
Alibaba, the biggest China-based e-commerce company, is home to many huge manufacturers. This is where you’d find factories of electronic parts, phone accessories, tablets, and so on. As such, people are known to buy here in bulk.
Many companies who list their products here offer free samples. You can get free electronics and other products to try out as long as you do not resell them anywhere else.
7. Be Good at What You Do
Bloggers, YouTubers, Twitchers, social media influencers, and other personalities online are the most effective product testers because they already have an audience (or following).
If you fall under any of these categories even before your search for free electronics, then make sure you’re good at what you do so brands naturally go your way.
Note that this method’s effectiveness depends largely on what you do. For example, if you’re famous for YouTube makeup tutorials, the free electronics that may be sent your way could be limited to ring lights, hair straighteners, face massagers, and other similar products relevant to this niche.
So, what’s the catch to free electronics?
Fortunately, all of the methods above do not have a catch. As long as you do not pay anything upfront for the free electronics, then you’re all good.
If the giveaway, testing program, or product review requires that you enter your financial information (such as credit card details) or other personal data, don’t bother. You shouldn’t have to be asked for these things if the electronics are really given out free.
And if you couldn’t get one using these methods above, you can always earn some free Target gift cards and exchange them for whatever you want!