How to Get Free Stuff from Amazon
*As of October 2016, Amazon does not allow people to review free products. But companies can still contact you to review their products which you can post on your social media channels!
Amazon is clearly the biggest E-Commerce site on the planet. Seriously, if you can’t find it on Amazon, it probably doesn’t exist! But did you know that there are several companies on Amazon that will be happy to just give you stuff for free? It’s true! In fact about 70% of the items I review on my blog is actually free stuff from Amazon. And I’m going to spill the beans here…
You need to be an Amazon customer. Obviously.
If you are not already shopping on Amazon, then it’s time to get started. And if you ever shopped on Amazon then you are already half way there! The problem with shopping online is that you can’t actually see and touch the product that you are purchasing. Sure you could look at the item on Amazon then try to find it locally at a store to see it in person, but many times Amazon sells items that you can’t get anywhere else. So if you are unable to see the item in person, reviews are your best friend. There are lots of new companies and products on Amazon that can use a little help in that department. So that is where YOU come in.
But before the freebies start rolling in, you have a little work to do. First off you need to learn how to write a great review. When I say great, I don’t mean glowing. I mean an honest, unbiased product review that provides solid information. I will discuss how to write a killer Amazon review in a separate post but here are a few tips to get you started.
Pick a product that you have purchased in the past and start writing about it.
Your review does not have to be a novel, but it should also not be too brief. Reviews that say “I like this product” or “The product sucks” are not helpful in any way, shape or form. The best product reviews discuss what the product does, how to use it, what you like about it and what you don’t like about it. Actual photos or videos of you using the product are especially helpful and get your review noticed!
Keep in mind, your product review is not the place to discuss your experience with the seller and will actually cause your review to be disqualified. The product review is intended to be focused only on the product itself and is used to help others make the decision whether to buy the item or not.
You might have noticed that (at the time of this posting) 48 of 52 people found the following review helpful. When people read your review, they can vote it as helpful or not helpful. The more helpful votes you receive on your reviews, the higher your ranking is. Yes, Amazon actually has a ranking system for their reviewers. And no matter how awesome you think your review is, there will be those who will just down-vote it either because they don’t like it or just to be a jerk. Also, very often when people see that disclaimer that states you received an item for free (which I’ll get into in a minute), they will down-vote you because they think that your post isn’t genuine. Don’t take it personally. Remember, this is still the internet and people are asses.
Set up your Amazon profile page
Once you have a few reviews of items that you have purchased under your belt, you will now have established a public profile page URL (unless you choose to keep it private, which will not help you get free stuff from Amazon). Your public profile is key and will be necessary to get free stuff from Amazon through several different mediums. You can use this public profile to provide a bio, add a photo, link your website, and you can even post your social media links as well. You can choose what information you want to have listed on there.
There is even the option to get followers and fans who can follow your reviews. It will also show the number of helpful votes that you have and your reviewer rank. The lower the number = the higher your rank (for example at the time of this posting my rank is #1799 which is considered pretty high) the more opportunities to get free stuff from Amazon will come your way!
Get your free stuff
Once you have learned how to write a quality review and have a couple of them under your belt, you can start applying to websites that connect sellers to reviewers like you! There are many free items you can get, but also there are many that offer the chance to get the item at a really deep discount. I tend to avoid the items that cost money because I’m super cheap, but if it is for a product that I really want, I may sacrifice a few dollars or even just cents to get it. Here is a small list of sites that I have personally used and can vouch for to get you started and of course they are free to join:
Here are some others that I have not used, but you can still check them out for yourself and decide if they are right for you.
To get free stuff from Amazon with any of the sites above, it is highly recommended that you be a Prime member as Prime items ship free. If you are not, you may have to pay separately for shipping and the company may not reimburse you. Plus prime usually ships in 2 days, which I think is so worth it! If you don’t already have Prime, you can try Amazon Prime free for 30-Days with a Free Trial.
Once you pick a product from the site that you like, they will look over your profile and will decide if they want you to review their product for you. I suggest that to get your feet wet, you apply for some items that are very easy to get approved for like E-books or cell phone screen protectors (which there are a million of).
Once you get approved, the seller will email you a code that will allow you to purchase the item on Amazon for free or at the discounted price you agreed to. Then after you receive the item, make sure you use the product of course, and then write your review within the deadline provided to you by the seller. Amazon also likes it if you wait at least 5 days after receiving the product to give you ample time to try it. I tend to pick 20-30 day deadlines so that I have enough time to really test the effectiveness of the product and am not in a rush to take photos or videos.
You do not have to write a 5 star review if you did not like the product. You just have to be honest. And it is very important that you mention in your written review that you disclaim “I received the product for free or at a discount in exchange for your honest review.” If you do not write this information, you could get in big trouble with the FTC!
*If a seller offers to pay you money for your review or requires that you leave a 5 star review, avoid them. They (and you) could get in big trouble for that, and your entire Amazon review account could get wiped. Amazon has been cracking down quite a bit on freebie and “coupon” reviewers recently and while nobody knows the real reason why, you don’t want that to happen to you. I also think it is important to write reviews for products that you actually bought and not just the freebies either. Also be cautious of review groups that offer to up-vote your reviews. While this seems like an ingenious idea, this is called manipulating reviews and can also get you banned.
Let them come to you.
Once you have established a decent reviewer ranking on Amazon (above 10,000), you will be amazed at how many companies will start approaching you to get products. I literally get at least 5 emails per day of companies requesting me to try out their products for free. I just pick and choose which offers I’m interested in and delete the ones I’m not.
Now that you know the secret to getting free stuff from Amazon, the rest is up to you! I’d love to hear what you got and what sites you got them from. Leave me a comment and let me know!
Disclosure: All opinions are my own. I was not compensated for writing this post, but it does contains affiliate links which means I may be compensated a small amount if you click through and purchase. Full disclosure policy here.**