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The $39 Experiment: Asking Random Companies for Free Stuff

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Will 39 dollars in stamps return profitable swag? That's The $39 Experiment.

Will 39 dollars in stamps return profitable swag? That's The $39 Experiment.

© Tom Locke
The Funny Site of the Day, March 8, 2006

An "average guy" applied a $39 roll of postage stamps to an experiment. He wanted to see if -- and how much -- 100 blind schmooze and beg letters to corporations would bring him in swag in return.

The mail ran Feb. 24, and the responses to queries, like the one below, are arriving.

    Dear Sir or Madam:
    I love Biore [nose strips]! I never squeeze pimples or blackheads anymore. I even get blackheads on my back and shoulders, and I just slap a Biore strip onto them. No more picking, no more popping, no more red battle scars from obsessive squeezing. What do you have in the way of free samples? I am a free sample addict, and I will take whatever you can send me. I love trying out new products!
    Thanks well in advance,
    Tom Locke, cosmetic enthusiast
They stiffed him.

Tom's outgoing correspondence is the highlight, but it's fascinating to watch his project unfold in the updates on The $39 Experiment, as the Skintimate shaving gel and Burt's Bees and Carmex lip balms come rolling in, abso-hoot-ly FREE! Batteries not included.

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