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How to get sent genuinely free products


My original post, where I revealed the truth behind ProductTesting.uk.com, has become one of the most read articles on my site and has garnered a huge amount of feedback. What’s certainly true is that the only people with something positive to say are those who’ve actually received a product to review. I always knew that they would actually be giving out products – what is clear is the methods use to confuse people into thinking they’re guaranteed to get one in exchange for signing up to a lot of spam email. Spam email, it should be noted, that is difficult to stop.

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Lots of people are interested in the idea of receiving free products (who wouldn’t?) and as someone who has genuinely received free products in the past, without the need to sign up for anything, I thought I’d write a little more what this company is doing – what their business model is – and how you can therefore spot the genuine from the, well, dodgy.

First, let’s be clear, if you’re serious about wanting to test products for companies this is not the way to do it. Most companies do this kind of thing internally, or rather use marketing companies. These marketing companies will NOT expect you to sign up for anything – the most they’ll ever want is basic contact details. However, they will need to know more about you – such product testing is always targeted to ensure they right people are doing it. Make sure the company are legitimate, though, before giving over personal details. This kind of product testing will normally involve you visiting the companies involved, in groups, and discussing the products. You may not get to keep them, but will rather be paid for your time instead. In some cases you may not even be given the product and may simply be invited to visit offices where you will get to try it there. This is product TESTING – ensuring the product is correct before launch.

Product REVIEWS are a different beast entirely. Sometimes such reviews are written by marketing companies and they pay bloggers to publish them. In other cases they send their products to bloggers and websites who’ll write a review, but this could be negative as the marketing companies have less control over the result.

If you wish to get involved in reviews, the easiest (?) solution is to set yourself up as a blogger. Write about the subject matter, become popular and you’ll find that companies will be interested in sending you products. Even this, though, isn’t a way to get free things as often companies insist on you sending them back again after you’re reviewed them.

If you’re trying to get things for free then you may be disappointed.

Back to ProductTesting.uk.com. They reel you in with a promise to receive products, which you can keep, such as iPads. To sign up you have to go through pages and pages of offers that, by default, are ticked for you to receive. They also take email addresses and mobile numbers too, which you have to provide, and they will use them to send “offers” too you.

They make their money from this – for everyone they sign up they receive income. Then, every so often, they reward someone with a product. They are elated and want to say nice things – it’s odd that so many feel the need to spread it about Twitter and on here so vehemently 1. Anyway, they write a review which is then published on the ProductTesting.uk.com blog and on their FB page. In one case I saw a review published elsewhere, but it turned out to be the reviewers own blog (and without the acknowledgement to ProductTesting for supplying it – seems they’re not so fanatical when on the privacy of their own websites).

And that’s the crux of this. A true product testing company would be after reviews for the companies responsible, who’d be supplying the products, and they’d be distributed to the appropriate people. And it’s when they advertise iPads and iPhones that the truth is revealed – Apple do not get involved in this kind of public testing and do not supply their products in this way. If Apple are not involved with this company, what’s the purpose? It’s simply to make money from YOU for signing up to the spammy offers.

I contacted ProductTesting.uk.com and asked them about the above and whether they’d like to correct anything that I may have potentially got wrong. Although they responded, it did not correct any of the above, so my assumption is that is correct.

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  1. when I later contacted the company I asked them about this – do they specifically ask “winners” to promote their own on my site, Twitter, etc. They responded to separate queries but didn’t to this[]

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54 Comments

  1. Very good article – Thanks …. I signed up, but these products which they “are offering” (or not) are not real as you stated above… Fortunately I gave them a inactive nr and one from abroad… at the moment i just got some emails
    sometimes I don’t understand how I managed to subscribe

  2. Thanks David, for your article. This has saved me from having the temptation to sign up, to this particular website, Product Testing, as I thought it was a genuine way of getting free products. Your website has informed me to be alert and mindful of their dirty tricks. I have been spared of the endless spam I would have received, if I had signed up. Thanks you for this.

  3. Thanks glad i checked them out and found your site saves a lot of grief i hate spamers and these unsolicitated calls we all get should be made illegal

  4. Thanks just found them and nearly signed up. Glad i checked first.

  5. Wow that was close I nearly did it, then I thought I’d check it out first.
    Thanks for the information on you’re site, saved a lot of stress!!

  6. I should have read this before getting caught up. I haven’t suffered too many emails but the phone calls are relentless, thankfully I gave them my spare phone number which is always on silent.

  7. Phew!

    Indeed.. Thank you,, nearly got sucked in. I do try and always check before I sign up for anything but my friend wasn’t so lucky. Had 30 plus phone calls a day for weeks.. He had to change his number.

  8. Cheers for that, nearly signed up myself. I read your first article too, the business model you suggest sounds very plausible. I guess there really is no such thing as a free lunch. The most annoying thing is that I found this site through an advert on googlemail, I can’t belive that such a dodgy company could be allowed to operate in broad daylight like this.

  9. thanks for this information .. i too received this through google mail … which i find shameful on the part of google.. i will be contacting them.

  10. Did you ever manage to delete your account? I signed up for them by accident and am now very worried.

  11. I signed up then felt a bit suspicious & my search led here. I discovered that you can access your account & change all of your details to I changed my number to my old one, used my old postcode & changed my name to John Smith with matching e-mail address ☺

  12. How do you find a company that will allow you to try and keep the iPad phone etc for free as interestesd in doing this Kazzy234@hotmail.co.uk

  13. Useful info somewat … I agree fully …thier tactics ae dubious to say the least

  14. Oh dear with I would have done my homework on Product testing.uk.com first, had sighed up & gave them all my Info, DOB..ect, Stupidly & now am paying the price 🙁 sick of spam emails, tired to Register on the Product testing website & they said I’m already signed up & I don’t remember having a password, So said I,d forgot password & they statted they have sent a link to my email address to Re-set password, when I clicked onto the email a message from my email provider came up & said be carful as this email hasn’t passed our fraud detection test, So I didn’t click on the link they provided! but sick of spam emails from entering these so called Competitions and end up with having to complete loads of endless surveys to no Avail, Like most of you who have commented on here have done the same thing as I have, well a hard lesson learned, there is nothing for “Free”, there is always a catch, So glad I’ve never gave over bank details..ect, Only because I don’t have a bank account..Lol..But thank you Dave, very Useful Info, Wish I would have come across this Blog before 🙁 how do you get rid of all these companies bombarding you with emails & phone calls?? So fed up with them all..But my own fault I suppose! I hope others will come across this blog before they are dragged into these scams/spams.

    • David Artiss

      18th April 2015 — 6:16 pm

      To prevent things like this I’d recommend buying your own domain – as I have with artiss.co.uk. It’s cheap and easy these days. Then you can create any number of email addresses and have them forwarded to wherever you want. In my case, I have a Gmail address. I never give this out, but instead just have any emails sent to @artiss.co.uk directed to it. If I sign up for anywhere that may be dodgy I can create an email, such as productuk@artiss.co.uk. If I then get spam, it will be to that email and I can use Gmail to direct anything sent to that email to the bin (after marking it as spam, of course). It’s all automatic and a lot less hassle.

  15. I have tested Viakal, Flash Liquid Gel, Lenor Unstoppables & Vidal Sassoon Home Hair Dye for a company called Supersavvyme over the last year & a half. I have received no junk mail or spam since registering with them. They have very good privacy policy & are one of the better sites to register for product testing & most genuine. Their products are more Home / Beauty based.

    Really good to read this article as i was wanting to test items based on today’s technology which Product Testing UK claims to offer. I have registered with them but have not received any spam mail as yet, if i do i shall just block the mailer.

  16. Very good to know, thanks

  17. How can you delete your account on Producttesting.uk.com? I can’t find it anywhere :/

  18. How can you deleta an account on Producttesting.uk.com?

  19. Cheers for the info David, I researched it and found your site and read your article too, I guess there really is no such thing as a free lunch. I too can’t belive that such an iffy company could be allowed to operate in full view like this.

  20. Are there any genuine product testing websites ??

  21. ProducttestingUK.com is a big con and I believe they are being looked into.

    Read their terms and conditions and basically you’ll realise they earn their money by passing on and selling the details of people they sign up to a solicitor firm (this certainly used to be the case) that then cold call them to try and get them involved in bad debt/bankruptcy claims etc.

  22. I’ve read you’re other article and this one and I don’t fully understand what you’re trying to say, one minute its all ‘it’s a big con’ etc then its all ‘yeah you get free stuff if you can deal with cold callers and spam emails’ etc. I would really love to understand the entire point of your two articles as people do indeed receive free things, but in any product testing job its going to be a slim chance of getting it as there are limited amounts. Another point is that other sites such as ‘save the student’ claim it to be genuine so how would you explain that?

    • *your (sorry for my shitty autocorrect) I also wanted to add that yes I will admit I only signed up today but I haven’t received a single email, text or call

    • David Artiss

      25th August 2015 — 9:56 pm

      Hi Lydia. The “con” part of it is when they’re emailing people to say they WILL receive a product (examples of this are in the article) when the reality is that all they do is sent them out to SOME people. It’s basically a lottery with these products as prizes to the occasional few. Are they genuine? Yes. In that they do send these products out.

      I’m in the process of looking at their practice again and since my original article they have cleaned up their act, to an extent. Click the right buttons on the sign-up screen and they don’t appear to send any spam now. Having said, it’s clear in their T&Cs that, whatever you tick, by signing up to them they will pass your details onto third parties.

      • But how can you be sure they’re doing this? Some people just read emails wrong or something and besides its not so bad, even if the chance is small there’s still a chance in winning something and personally I can deal with spam

        • David Artiss

          25th August 2015 — 10:15 pm

          I know because I’ve seen the emails. However, if you’re happy with the potential to receive spam then, well, go for it. Let me know if you get any products sent to you. But you’ll have to excuse me if I don’t hold my breath.

          • well maybe they had to do something to receive it like fill something out and they failed to do so and therefore another person was selected, there could be multiple reasons and personally i don’t think i will win anything i have never been lucky like that and a lot of people enter for it so chances are low but if i do i will leave a comment about it

        • Lydia I feel I need to assume you are extremely ignorant. Or just have such a low self esteem it is actually making me sad.

          The company is straight up lying to a customer. Yes, customer. When you agree to their terms and conditions they are receiving payments from these 3rd party companies. That is a transaction, as is them opting you in for text messages that may cause you fees.

          In so doing this it would be OK if the email they send you to sign up does not offer to send a phone/tablet product to you in exchange.

          It is not only deceptive practices that are deemed illegal but also not sending you the product as they described IF you register. That is theft in a sense.

      • Thanks David I signed up and said no to each and every offer, i started receiving weird calls from the north although I specifically said only emails! Then I thought let me google the reviews and I came across your post. When I called those those numbers they did not exist that’s when alarm bells started ringing. I unsubscribe do immediately and received a response just as fast. The weird calls have stopped as well. It’s definitely a con

  23. found this very intresting would love to test products

  24. where can I find too test product from a site for a Samsung s6 edge to test it and keep it please send info to me at weileen29@yahoo.com thank you

    • David Artiss

      31st August 2015 — 9:53 am

      You won’t. These products are already very well tested beforehand and even for the purpose of reviewing it, the reality is that nobody will give away a £600+ phone to an amateur reviewer. Your only bet is to try and win one in a traditional competition.

  25. Multiple legitimate news outlets encourage the usage of spammy offers like this, and yours, while not quite as widespread- is as far as I can tell, overcoming the stink of high-in-traffic BS. Your investigation of the offer is what I expect of a news outlet, to showcase the cons and pros, in distinct detail, so thank you

  26. It makes sense to offer genuine product testing, the public try things out when they have finished they pass on to Charity Shops etc, people like products and buy again. the scams should stop and real product testing commenced. God help anyone who tries to scam me. I signed up and will expose the truth if I find scammers. They will all come out of the woodwork.

    • But it doesn’t make sense Patricia. Reviews of products I understand but not “testing”. By the time it’s available for consumers it’s too late for testing – companies do this months, if not years, in advance with specially picked panels of testers. That’s why if you’re offered to “test”, you generally know it’s a scam.

      Reviews, though, are a different things and I’ve been send thousands of pounds of products over the last few years, to keep, for the purpose of reviewing. That’s where the genuinely free offers are but you need to work for it.

  27. I’m getting sent these “spam” emails, not sure how, probably from airport free wifi or something.And my “too good to be true” mentality is always ringing alarm bells, but I did get sent this one offer from ppc.consumer-testpanel.co.uk. It was for a Duracell portable phone charger, I love those things, the offer is still valid apparently, but I wanted your opinion on it before, IF, I sign up for it.

  28. I recently signed up to ProductTesting.uk.com and wish I had read your blog sooner. I emailed them this….

    “I partially signed up on your website, but did not continue because of the pages and pages of “offers” I had to scroll through until it became obvious that my registration would not be completed until I clicked “yes” to one of them. Most alarming was when I nearly accidentally clicked on some kind of service whereby texts would be sent to my mobile phone at an astronomical daily cost, which would continue until I replied with STOP.

    You are a scam website and have been reported as such. I am positive that no person who goes through the rigmarole of Registration is ever selected to test products.”

    Their reply ……

    “Thank you for your message.

    All of the offers displayed on our site are completely optional and you do not have to select ‘yes’ or opt-in to any if you do not want to. These are not compulsory to become a Product Tester.

    Product Testing is not a scam, you can see all of the reviews by our chosen testers here: https://producttesting.uk.com/reviews

    I then replied as follows, before I had seen your blog:

    “If what you say is true, then why when I scrolled through all of the “offers” …… which took an extremely long time ….. and accepted none of them, was there no option at the end of it to continue? The website appears to be merely a platform for the “offers” rather than a legitimate product testing enterprise. I assume you would be paid for finding people willing to test and review products, so I cannot see the need for the huge amount of offers in order to qualify even for consideration for the privilege of being able to work as a product tester …. and it is in fact work, nothing is for free.

    I have reviewed products and websites for a very long time. Out of all the companies whose products I have tested I have never had to go through the rigmarole that you ask your testers to go through, especially when it all comes to nothing if you do not actually sign up for something, which is a lot of wasted time. I will try again without accepting anything and see if I get the same result. I will then go through and accept one of the offers and see what the result is then. I will then prepare a review of your website for my blog.”

    I will be interested now to see what their response might be. I now have more information to hand, thanks to your articles! Thank you 🙂

  29. Great articles, old bean.

  30. Not directly about Producttesting.uk.com, but connected…..have been looking at freebie sites and am wondering if you are obliged to use your real name when you register. Presumably, if you want to receive samples and possibly products for testing, then you have to give your real geographical address to them, or they wouldn’t be able to send you stuff. Already have an alternative email address set up to use, to section off any spam mail (I get quite enough of that already, thanks) and I wouldn’t ever give out my phone numbers (and I try not to answer the phone unless it shows a number I know, because I get a stack of cold calls too), but what about your name? Wouldn’t legitimate sites want or need your real name? Or is it ok to use a made up name?

    Am also in UK, and interest in freebie sites piqued by Dragon’s Den last night. I already guessed they’d be selling data on to third parties, and trying to figure out ways of avoiding the hassle from this, but think that there probably isn’t a way round the physical address thing if you want them to send you products. Any advice appreciated.

    And good article, by the way, Artiss 🙂 Glad I stumbled across it. I shall avoid Producttesting.uk.com, so thankyou for letting me avoid the agg!

    A. X

  31. I love your website and will certainly avoid the producttesting.uk.com.. Can you tell me if IlovetoreviewUK is a genuine site (whether you have heard anything about it good or bad?) I can do without lots of spam and cold calls – but do love a (potentially ) free product!! 🙂

    • David Artiss

      29th January 2016 — 8:42 am

      I’ve not come across them before but am looking into them now. If you want to give me a few days I’ll get back to you and let you know!

  32. Thanks for the eye opener.

  33. Sounds suspiciously like Lydia may have a hand in the “test sites” but on the company end. No matter how clear the details in the article, Lydia, seemed to be either excusing the practice or disputing the premise of the article. You would have a better chance of winning the Powerball than getting something from a test site. They may throw a bone here & there just so they can say they do but what you are sure to get is a full inbox and voicemail. Not to mention your information being sold to who know what company in some God forsaken country. Good luck all…..

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  35. Hi thanks for the info. I sadly have fallen for the speal. I signed up. Get loads of spam I really believed what they were saying. Anyhow watch out for hello mobiles. They say they are working with Vodafone they don’t. I contacted Vodafone about this. I was promised a brand new galaxy s6 obviously I didnt get it the next day. I had to change bank details the lot don’t fall for it. They take money from bank. Don’t give them anymore.

  36. Product Testing USA like their parent company in the UK is the same spam scam. When I hit unsubscribe, nothing happens because it seems that once you have gotten into their database they’re not letting go. Although I haven’t received any more unwanted emails for days, they continue sending push notifications on the top of my cellphone. I have sent repeated requests to their info@producttesting address to stop sending them. They’re still coming. They have no phone number or street address or contact information. There’s no specific app to block their push notifications in my Android device settings. If anyone knows where these bastards planted their cookie-from-hell in storage and otherwise knows how to remove it, please post a response.

    I hope that this shady operation and the slime that runs it can be tracked down, fined and shut down.

  37. Good news from Product Testing USA, and an admission of my overreacting and frustration due to my lack understanding. I did describe the Product Testing USA and UK folks a bit harshly and retract those sentiments above if the solution I received below solved the problem. I almost cleared the spam inbox before I noticed their email and confirmation of my unsubscribing with the instructions how to stop receiving their push notifications. It’s not difficult at all, and this proves that most problems are caused by pilot error. Here’s what they sent:

    Good day,
    Thank you for your email,
    I can confirm you are already unsubscribed from our database.
    Are the emails you are receiving coming through as alerts or notifications?
    If so these are push notifications connected to your browser.
    Please click the following link and follow the steps to stop them.
    https://goroost.com/blog/unsubscribe-from-chrome-notifications

  38. Thank you at least someone out there is looking out for us.

  39. I signed up with Product TestingUSA last year and within two weeks, I received $200 to be a Mystery Shopper. I was thrilled, I got to buy whatever I wanted and kept everything! I had to do a video, in which I showed the items, write a 500 word review, and send them a picture of the receipt.
    I have signed up week after week, for dozens of products, and answered the annoying survey questions at the end of each application. By the way, if you answer “yes” to even one of the survey questions, you are taking away from the PTUSA site to a totally different site where more questions begin. So you never are really registered for the original product for we’re wanting.
    Been trying to become a member of Amazon’s Vine program, but it is by invitation only.
    Love your articles. Jane Johnson

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