Why is there a catch to everything that is listed as free?

Whenever there is an advertisement that lists free stuff, there is always some sort of a catch that requires money to be spent. What's the point of listing something as free if you have to spend money??

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  • 2 weeks ago

    I also agree with @Nuff Sed

  • 4 weeks ago

    There generally is NOT a "catch". You simply misunderstood the offer. In the USA there are federal regulations that prohibit using the word "free" in advertising if there are other non-optional obligations not mentioned in the initial offer.  For instance, "Free*" where * refers to "subject to other conditions or restrictions, etc". 

    One of the "reasons" marketing people use this tactic is because they assume the average consumer (with an IQ of 100) is too lazy or ignorant to "read the fine print".

    There are, in fact, many places that willingly give out "free stuff", such as food pantries, soup kitchens, church philanthropies, etc.

  • 4 weeks ago

    Getting something for free might make you urge to reciprocate.

    Reciprocity is a very, very strong instinct. If somebody does something for you, you really feel a rather surprisingly strong obligation to do something back for them.How strong is this reciprocity? Just ask Costco. They hand out free samples to thousands of customers and see their sales skyrocket. While there may be some causation/correlation questions here, many observers view Costco’s marketing success as reciprocity in action.Research suggests that there is a subconscious norm at play here that urges samplers to purchase, a kind of social pressure.

  • Anonymous
    4 weeks ago

    Some people lie.  They try to suck you in.  Get you interested and then they  spring it on you.  Tell them you don't appreciate their game playing and to f off.

    • Nuff Sed
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      4 weeks agoReport

      It's up to you to be an informed consumer. Some things are actually free. Other things are "free" but subject to other conditions, as described in the original offer, if you bother to actually read it.  For instance, it may be "Free to first 500 customers"(if they're over 18, with a ticket), etc

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  • 4 weeks ago

    Yeah I get that nonsense all the time congratulations you've won a $50 free Amazon gift card. Okay and then when you get your gift card it gives you a choice of some free gifts that they're willing to send to you in the mail if you give them your credit card number to pay for the postage. Yeah buddy that's a phishing scam not a free gift!

    • Nuff Sed
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      4 weeks agoReport

      That would be fraud, if the "free" offer didn't include all of those "conditions".

  • 4 weeks ago

    cause they want you to pay for shipping and thats not free

  • Judy
    Lv 7
    4 weeks ago

    Why would anyone give things away for free if they didn't expect to get something for it?

    • Nuff Sed
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      4 weeks agoReport

      Many people do on a regular basis, simply because it makes them feel good to help others, for starters.

  • Anonymous
    4 weeks ago

    Because marketers know people are attracted to the word "free"

  • Anonymous
    4 weeks ago

    Why are you such an idiot?

  • .
    Lv 7
    4 weeks ago

    There is no such thing as a free lunch.

    • Nuff Sed
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      4 weeks agoReport

      An old, but inaccurate, axiom.  I know people who will GLADLY give you a free lunch, if you need one.

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