"You can't get something for nothing," the adage tells us. Nonetheless, people keep expecting that companies are going to serve up free lunches via the Internet. If they didn't give away free merchandise, cash, and stocks in the real world, they're not about to start doing it in a virtual one.
Krispy Kreme outlets will be giving away free doughnuts on 3 June 2005.
A message on Facebook promises to deliver a free Kroger gift card worth $200.
Long John Silver's:
Long John Silver's restaurants will be giving away free Giant Shrimp on 10 May 2004.
Marks & Spencer: Marks & Spencer are giving away free merchandise vouchers in partnership with Persimmon Homes.
McDonald's is distributing an Internet-circulated coupon redeemable for a free Premium Salad at McDonald's restaurants.
Facebook users can receive a $5,000 cash reward from Bill Gates for clicking a share link.
The Miller Brewing Company is giving away 2 million cases of free beer to celebrate the year 2000.
Sign up with Mr. Smiley and receive a free T-shirt.
Moonlite Bunny Ranch:
Brothel in Nevada offers free sex to U.S. troops returning from Iraq.
Netflix: Netflix is notifying customers of a class action lawsuit settlement via e-mail.
Olive Garden: Olive Garden restaurants are offering free $500 gift cards for fans who sign up through their Facebook site.
Panda Express: Panda Express will be celebrating its 15th anniversary by offering discounted and free food on 19 November 2008.
PayPal: PayPal customers can claim a share of a class action lawsuit settlement.
Prize Bounty is giving away free Xbox systems.
An Internet-distributed coupon can be redeemed at Red Robin restaurants for a free hamburger and sundae.
Internet users can receive free Sony PlayStation consoles for forwarding an e-mail message to their friends.
Southwest Airlines provides free air travel to those who have AIDS or herpes.
Two free tickets for travel on Southwest Airlines.
An Internet-distributed coupon can be redeemed at any participating Starbucks outlet for a free Crème Frappuccino drink. Starbucks issued 'My Favorite Way to Cool Down This Summer' coupons via e-mail.
Free Starbucks $50 or $100 gift cards.
An Internet-circulated coupon is good for a free pastry at Starbucks outlets on 23 March 2010.
The Subway chain of sandwich shops is offering free gift cards to those who participate in a market research program.
Consumers can get a coupon for a free Swiffer Wet Jet mop by calling a phone number.
Target stores with optical departments are offering free eyeglasses to children 12 and under.
Target is distributing free $500 vouchers to users who click an online link.
Texas Free Tow:
Texas driver's licenses include a toll-free number stranded motorists can call to receive free towing service.
To celebrate its birthday, Tim Hortons chain of donut shops is giving away free gift cards.
The AAA offers a free nationwide towing service during the holidays for motorists who have had too much to drink.
The TOGO's restaurant chain is giving away free sandwiches on Wednesday, June 20, 2001.
Toms Shoes: Toms Shoes is giving away free merchandise to Facebook users.
United States Postal Service:
The USPS provides free Priority Mail shipping supplies for customers sending packages to U.S. military personnel overseas.
Uggs is giving away free pairs of boots to Facebook users.
Velveeta and Reynolds Wrap:
Two Internet-circulated coupons for free Velveeta and Reynolds Wrap.
Restaurant chains are offering free meals to U.S. military personnel in conjunction with Veterans Day.
Visa, Mastercard, Diners Club: Credit card users are eligible $25 refunds from the settlement of a class action suit.