If “something for nothing” is the great consumer dream, exchanging something of little value for something of great value runs a close second. As dreams go, however, redemption rumors can nearly always be filed under the category of “pipe.”




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A Tootsie Pop wrapper picturing an Indian shooting an arrow at a star can be redeemed for free candy.


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Presenting a rare 1943 copper cent to Ford entitled the bearer to a brand-new automobile.


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Pull tabs from aluminum cans have special redemption value for time on dialysis machines.


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Cigarette packs were once redeemable to help the defray the cost of purchasing seeing-eye dogs.


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Send your old shoes (any brand) to Nike, and they’ll mail you a free pair!


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Subway is ending its long-running Sub Club promotion due to the prevalence of counterfeit stamps.


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Collect plastic bottle caps to provide free chemo treatments to cancer sufferers.

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