When is Free not free?

by KimW 14 replies
11.provided without, or not subject to, a charge or payment: free parking; a free sample.
12.given without consideration of a return or reward: a free offer of legal advice.
21.not subject to special regulations, restrictions, duties, etc.: The ship was given free passage.
30.not subject to rules, set forms, etc.: The young students had an hour of free play between classes.


These are all definitions of the word free.
The word is tossed around way to much lately.
My free gift....get my free wso, etc etc.
If I have to sign up for your list,or if I have to do anything besides click on the link, you are not giving away something for free.
#main internet marketing discussion forum #free
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  • Profile picture of the author Lance K
    Well if you really want to get technical about it, there is no such thing as free.
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    • Profile picture of the author Alan Petersen
      I agree with Kim. There have been a few posts I've noticed in the main forum that were offering free reports that required optin so they do not belong in the main forum.

      If it truly is free there is a section for it anyway so it still doesn't belong in the main forum it should be posted here:

      http://www.warriorforum.com/make-money-online/

      This section is for listing free ebooks on how to make money online. If you know where a free ebook is on the net please list it here for all the members to see.
      I have no problem forking over my email addy for a good free report but they should not be advertised in the main forum since that's just spam. Cough up the $20 bucks for the WSO. It's a bargain to build your list. And don't write a post in the main forum pointing to your WSO. Just put in your sig. WF 101. :-)
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    • Profile picture of the author KimW
      Originally Posted by Lance K View Post

      Well if you really want to get technical about it, there is no such thing as free.
      No Lance, there is such a thing as free.
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      • Profile picture of the author Lance K
        Originally Posted by KimW View Post

        No Lance, there is such a thing as free.

        Somebody always pays.
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    • Profile picture of the author Tuzic
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      hi,

      thats almost the whole of the internet nothing is free these days, something has to come out of it.
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  • Profile picture of the author Gene Pimentel
    The way the word 'free' is used has to be defined when it is being used. Like the word 'love' has many meanings, the word 'free' has many meanings based on how it's being used. If you said: "free ebook with every purchase", we all understand that the offer as a whole is not free.
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    • Profile picture of the author KimW
      Originally Posted by Gene Pimentel View Post

      the word 'free' has many meanings based on how it's being used. If you said: "free ebook with every purchase", we all understand that the offer as a whole is not free.
      You are correct Gene.But in that case don't advertise it as free THEN make it conditional.
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      • Profile picture of the author Gene Pimentel
        Originally Posted by KimW View Post

        You are correct Gene.But in that case don't advertise it as free THEN make it conditional.
        Exactly. That's what I meant by saying: "The way the word 'free' is used has to be defined when it is being used."
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        • Profile picture of the author Kay King
          Realistically - in the WSO or Classified section you should expect to find something "attached" to a free product.

          Members pay to advertise in those sections - so of course they don't just give products without any strings attached - but they do use the word "free" to mean "building my list here"...

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  • Profile picture of the author Takuya Hikichi
    Perhaps the most overlooked aspect of the word FREE is when it costs someone's productive opportunity to be doing something else but value isn't more than you paid for with your opportunity.

    As an example, if someone gives 30 minute talk unprepared and he/she had 10 people listening to it, it wasn't just 30 minutes wasted, but 300 minutes of everyone's opportunity.

    So if a FREE report doesn't provide value, it could still cost people's opportunity spent time reading it.
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    • Free is free... if you don't pay money it's free.

      It really is that simplistic. If you have to opt in to a list to get something for free guess what... it's still free.

      Just because you opt into a list doesn't mean you're obligated to spend any money and once you figure out you don't want what people are offering you can always opt out.

      I just don't see the big deal.
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  • Profile picture of the author Pat Ordenes
    Free="Gotcha!" in marketing terms.
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  • Profile picture of the author DrewG
    Basic economics 101: no such thing as free.

    Even if something doesn't cost money, it will still cost time. And as we all know, time is opportunity cost - what you could have spent your time doing (making money). For example, reading this post is not free.

    I could walk around the block all day and it's free, but the time I would have given up would have costed me monetarily speaking.
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  • Profile picture of the author MichaelHiles
    Free is never free.

    When we all get hit with carbon taxes, even air will not be free.
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