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."
A Tootsie Pop wrapper picturing an Indian shooting an arrow at a star can be redeemed for free candy.
Presenting a rare 1943 copper cent to Ford entitled the bearer to a brand-new automobile.
Pull tabs from aluminum cans have special redemption value for time on dialysis machines.
Cigarette packs were once redeemable to help the defray the cost of purchasing seeing-eye dogs.
Send your old shoes (any brand) to Nike, and they'll mail you a free pair!
Subway is ending its long-running Sub Club promotion due to the prevalence of counterfeit stamps.
Collect plastic bottle caps to provide free chemo treatments to cancer sufferers.