Free is something that sometimes motivates me. Who doesn’t want to get something without paying for it, as long as it’s not stolen?
But few things are really free.
I subscribed to the snack service Graze for free. The snacks were OK, but were priced far more than the tastier (and less healthy) snacks I buy at the grocery store. Also, more than one‐fourth were not tasty. So I unsubscribed before the trial period ended.
An ad for Nature Box on This American Life*motivated me to visit their site. I concluded that it was too similar to Graze to make me want to hassle with unsubscribing later.
If you are a frequent reader of Shiny Bits of Life, you know that I love cars. And since car manufacturers have deep pockets, they throw the occasional free promotion at people like me. One of my favorite free things was a test drive of the latest 3‐series, when BMW was doing a national promotional tour. No sales person sat next to me while I pushed the car to its limits. A free cap was waiting at the end of the ride.
* This American Life is a podcast and radio show on National Public Radio, for people outside of the USA.