Q: Define a Freebie.

dealwagger
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Hello everyone,

I was wondering 1) what dealspl.us considers a freebie deal and 2) what you consider a freebie deal, also 3) are these ever mutually exclusive categories?

One dealspl.us user with more rep than me sort of scolded me for my Free Victoria's Secret Umbrella w/Purchase deal saying it was not free b/c it required a purchase. I agree--if I saw an offer for free fries when you buy a burger I would not consider it free. 

BUT when I am about to leave to buy a burger, and I see that I have a coupon for free fries when you buy a burger---yay! they are FREE!  In this spirit, I have seen many deals posted under freebies that really are free for me because I was already going to be $x in merchandise. It seems to be allowed, I'm not breaking any rules am I? Please tell me if I am! lol
dealwagger (rep: 10.2k) posted Mar 28, 2012
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erick99
For me it has to be free up front and not after a rebate nor can it require a purchase (in that case you are simply getting a discount on the combination). It could be a sample or a full-sized version as long as it is free. If it has shipping it's not free because some crafty companies charge enough shipping to make a profit on their "free" item. I
erick99 (rep: 15.9k) posted Mar 28, 2012
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jpanddanielle
I remember seeing that deal and I swear I remember it being tagged FWP...
If I were in the market for their garments, that deal might be the difference between me buying from VS or someplace else, so by all means, *I* would list it as a freebie *because* it was specifically tagged "free with purchase"
jpanddanielle (rep: 96) posted Mar 28, 2012
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dealwagger
Interesting, I get that. What about rebates that are "moneymakers?" Sometimes I do these and not only do I get my money back in a check but I get more than I even spent! I can see how you would not consider these if you forget (I never forget a rebate ;)
dealwagger (rep: 10.2k) posted Mar 28, 2012
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dealwagger
@jpanddanielle thanks, now I know at least I am not the only one that thinks this way, although I definitely understand both viewpoints!
dealwagger (rep: 10.2k) posted Mar 28, 2012
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MHT962
I don't know what the site rules are.

For me, it would depend on how good the freebie was. In your case of free umbrella with $65 purchase, (if I even thought about it), I probably would put it under Clothing, but if it was a free umbrella with "any" purchase, I would have put it under freebies. If you have to spend a lot more than the item is worth, I may tend to not consider it a freebie. But, it's probably really your call.

And, don't worry, it didn't look like you were scolded. Just soemone voicing their opinion. I've seen scolded, and that's nothing :)
MHT962 (rep: 3.22k) posted Mar 28, 2012
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MrBklynW
a Freebie to me is anything i can receive with no monetary investment,
MrBklynW (rep: 404k) posted Mar 28, 2012
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dealwagger
@MHT962, I think it was me getting intimated by that higher rep! lol I see we are kind of split between a freebie either being at absolutely no cost and then there is the trick of knowing how to categorize free w/p items. I am liking this discussion! thanks all
dealwagger (rep: 10.2k) posted Mar 28, 2012
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MHT962
I know it can get really subjective. I mean, is free popcorn at the theater really free if you have to buy the movie ticket? And, I personally consider items that are free after rebates to be considered free (after all is said and done, it's free). Plus, some full freebies seem obvious to be just spam information collectors even if you end up with a small free sample, you just gave away all your personal info. Where to draw line???
MHT962 (rep: 3.22k) posted Mar 28, 2012
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nimrodboy3
For me..free means you have to invest no money at all. This means there is no shipping price. This also means that it's not a free with rebate deal. I put those in deals, whereas things where you don't have to pay anything I put in freebies section.
nimrodboy3 (rep: 67.9k) posted Mar 28, 2012
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nimase85
There are several different opinions and no right answer so do whatever feels right to you and don't worry
nimase85 (rep: 15.4k) posted Mar 28, 2012
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shimisi
1) I'm not sure.

2) I think "Free/WP" is perfectly acceptable. I recently used that and someone took the liberty of Editing it to "Gift". A gift, as I understand, is something that is given or bestowed... freely. So I actually feel that "Gift" is less accurate. "Gift/WP" would make better sense; and that's just like saying "Free/WP" ... to me, anyway.

3) Probably. This site has not ceased to befuddle me.
shimisi (rep: 56.8k) posted Mar 28, 2012
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megglty
I LOVE FREEBIES!!!!!!!!
megglty (rep: 29) posted Mar 31, 2012
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