The Idea

I find it strange that companies give away cool stuff for free at events such as t-shirts, caps and even usb’s. So I thought, “Why not ask them for free stuff? It would be interesting to see which company is generous and cares about its customers and which only wants money!” Who doesn’t want a McDonalds shirt or special Coca Cola stickers? So that’s what I’m going to do, asking companies for freebies.

My Initial Goal

My original goal was a bit different than what I did in the end. When I started this experiment, I planned to search the internet for 100 companies that sent things for free. Easy right? No. This turned out to be much harder than I expected.

First of all, you had to send a self-addressed, stamped envelope to most companies to receive ‘free’ stuff. This was not free and you also had no guarantee that your envelope would arrive.

Secondly, most companies were American and most of those American companies only sent their free stuff within the United States. So I kept looking.

My Modified Goal

Unfortunately I could not find 100 companies that, first of all, sent really free stuff, and secondly also outside the US. So I thought I shouldn’t have an exact number, but just contact as many companies as possible! And I also took random companies; fast food restaurants, clothing stores, shoe stores, car manufacturers, computer manufacturers, …

The Finished Product

About 5 hours later it was complete. I had contacted about 30 companies so far, via email and forms, and I kept going. I contacted companies that were known for their freebies and companies that had not mentioned anywhere that they give freebees. Now I just had to sit back and wait for a response (or 30?)! This page will be updated when I get a response from a company, so this project is not ready yet!!

The List

Apple Hardware & SoftwareYes! They send me stickers
Arc’teryxClothingRejected! They no longer send stickers due to the high volume of sticker requests
Burger King Fast FoodOnly some stickers!
Calabasas Coffee CompanyCoffee Producer & Seller (?)I got a few stickers!
Chicmoto Car BlogThey didn’t send anything!
Coca Cola Soft DrinksRejected! They no longer send stickers on e-mail requests
Cotopaxi ClothingRejected! They do not ship outside the US
Curiosityness Radio(?)I got some stickers
Dr. Pepper Soft DrinksRejected!
Fish Hippie ClothingRejected! They do not ship outside the US
Google Search EngineYes! They send me a Google USB (16gb)
GoPro Action Camera’sThey send me some stickers!
Intel Computer ProcessorsYes! They send me stickers
McDonald’s Fast FoodYes! They send me McFries socks and a coupon
Mercedes Benz Car ManufacturerThey send me a keychain!
Over Under Clothing ClothingRejected! They asked for a self-addressed, stamped envelope
Punisher Skateboards Skateboard ManufacturerNo answer after a full year
Sparks Radio RadioRejected! They do not ship outside the US
Sperry Top-Sider ClothingRejected! They do not ship outside the US
Stoked Ride Shop Skateboard ManufacturerSome skateboard stickers
Zoo Cookies Illustration (?)Nothing

This page is regularly updated when I receive something. This is the total of what I have received so far;

  • Apple Stickers
  • Google USB Stick (16gb)
  • Intel Stickers
  • McDonald’s Socks

And many other stickers (and coupons)!

Edit (17 June 2020): Pepsi lied to me and never send anything. When I contacted again they send me today 2 new emails. One saying Yes and one saying No. They answered after almost a year! So if you want to also ask companies for freebies avoid Pepsi as they’re just a waste of time.

Categories: freeexperiments