I’ve blogged about numerous things in the past, including paid membership boxes, free boxes and product reviews galore. However, one must finally face facts when it comes to realizing that some things can be too good to be true.
My PINCHme experience has been just that, too good to be true. More or less, I was starting to realize that getting my hands on that elusive free sample just wasn’t worth my time and effort. Sample days came around once per month and numerous emails offering discounts for things I did not use became monotonous to delete. The cherry on top? The samples, IF any were designated for me, were few and far between. I did not receive a box overflowing with lots of free, fun samples. In my opinion, photos touting such proved to be nothing more than a lure to get you to sign up.
To play fair, perhaps other people in more desirable age brackets, targeted family dynamics or even those with various health issues received more samples? I’m just not sure what types of desirable characteristics would have allowed one to fill a box to the brim with awesome free stuff. I just know that a married, 40-something, no kids at home, with a diabetic cat, 3 dogs and 18 chickens didn’t fit PINCHme’s sample partner’s desired profile.
I played by the rules, answered every survey honestly, filled out my profile completely AND the two times I did receive samples… Well, I wrote wonderfully honest reviews of each product, as requested. There wasn’t much more I could have done.
All total, I received 2 cat food samples which my cat couldn’t eat because he’s diabetic, 2 dog food samples, a couple pieces of gum and an herbal sleep aid. When compared to the trouble taken and time invested, it really wasn’t worth it for me to continue my membership.
Now, if you’ve got nothing better to do than pine away, counting down the hours to sample Tuesday. Then, by all means, it doesn’t hurt to try. In my case, PINCHme.com didn’t prove the old adage that the best things in life are free.
UPDATE – Jan 2018 – I went in to check my PINCHme account today (not on a Tuesday mind you) and I saw things! I had 3 great sample products waiting for me to click on them and have them sent to my home. How does this happen? After a few months of time-wasting count down to samples that never appeared. How. Does. This. Happen?
Needless to say, I grabbed up my samples lickity split and tore on out of there with something other than dog or cat food. It was a Friday miracle! So, if you are patient enough, perhaps PINCHme is starting to get the hint that people tire of being let down with an empty cart on a much anticipated Sample Tuesday.
If you are willing to give it a shot – here’s a referral code for you to get started. Maybe you will get lucky too!