I love samples. Freebies, samples, “try me’s”, … whatever you like to call them, I’m all over it. For the past year or so, I’ve been frequenting Retail Me Not’s freebies forums. There’s always a TON of stuff posted in there.
I lurve it. :D
From time to time, if I see something I think Jessie will like, I pull the mailing label off and leave it in her box telling her it came for her. ;) I had gotten a really nice set of card samples from a place in California. Liked ’em so much, I bought a set of birthday invitations for Jessie’s party last year. :)
There are several products I use now I had discovered through ‘sampling’, so I try to actually USE what I get in the mail and see if it’s something I’d want to consider purchasing. That said, companies would be wise to actually send a person enough of their product to be able to properly try it out!
Example: I received shampoo and conditioner samples of equal size from Dove, Paul Mitchell, and Pantene. When it came time to try things out, I opened one of the packets and emptied the contents into my hand. I got a dollop about the size of a quarter. :shock: Who do these people think they are kidding? Seriously, I had to combine all three samples and use a little of the brand I normally use just to get enough shampoo into my hair (and pretty much the same with the conditioners).
Nice try, guys. ;P
Dove’s smelled the nicest, but I honestly didn’t notice any difference in the feel of the product on my hair (gee, I wonder why?), so I stuck with what I already had. A tip to marketing: when offering samples, consider giving a consumer enough to actually truly TRY it next time!
That’s just my $0.02.