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How to get a ton of free samples on Amazon

How to get a ton of free samples on Amazon
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Free samples are fun. You get to test out products you might not otherwise try. Maybe you find a new favorite shampoo.

Maybe you discover that floral-smelling perfume is just not right for you. You don’t have to head to a store to try out some free samples.

Amazon wants to hook you up in the comfort of your own home.

A world of samples

Amazon’s Sample Box program is an intriguing idea. You can choose from among a dozen different options, including luxury beauty items, cat food samples, dog treats, skin care, nutrition, and men’s grooming supplies. The product page for each box gives you a good idea of what will be inside, but Amazon may substitute some of the products if necessary.

How it works

Each box comes with free shipping for Prime members, but there is a catch. You pay the price for the sample box up front, but you then get a credit to your account for a future purchase that is equal to what you just paid. The sample boxes are not returnable, so be sure you’re interested in the contents before you order.

The credit is good toward select items. Amazon will send you instructions for redeeming your promotional credit a week after your box ships out. There’s a limit of one promo credit per customer, so you can’t just stock up on multiples of the same box. As long as you use the credit up, your samples work out to cost you nothing.

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What you get

Let’s take a peek at what's inside the boxes.

Daily Beauty Sample Box

This sample box will run you $7.99 and contains 10 items. The Amazon product page shows a typical box will likely come with moisturizer, teeth-whitening strips, lotion, shampoo, conditioner, floss and perfume. It covers much of what you would need for a typical beauty routine.

These small sizes are also great for travel, so consider ordering a box before your next trip. Purchase one today before you forget by clicking the link below.

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Dog Food and Treats Sample Box

This sampler is available with a focus on either wet or dry food and will run you $11.99. The wet food version typically comes with a couple cans of dog food, a selection of hard food, a dental care chewable, and small bags of treats. Thrill your four-legged friend by ordering one of these sample boxes today, simply click the link below.

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Purina Cat Food box

Cats aren’t left out of the fun. The $6.99 sample box includes a selection of wet and dry foods. The promotional credit for this one is good toward select Purina cat products. Click the button below to order your favorite kitty a sampler today.

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Beyond boxes

While the sample boxes are a great way to try a variety of products, you can also do some more focused sampling through Amazon. The retailer breaks its individual sample offerings out into categories, including personal care & household, beauty & grooming, baby, beverages & food, and sports nutrition. You will find everything from deodorant to energy bars to teas.

Again, the single samples are for Prime members only, but they work just like the boxes do. You buy a sample and then receive a credit for a future purchase of select products within a category.

For example, you can order a $2 sample of Amazon’s own brand of laundry detergent to compare with your favorite brand at home. You then get a $2 promo credit toward certain items sold in Amazon’s laundry category. Don’t wait too long, though. The credit expires 180 days after your sample ships. As with the boxes, you only get one credit per sample so you can’t just stock up on single-use products for free.

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The samples system can work well for people who rely on Amazon to stock their household supplies and kitchen pantry. Chances are good you will find a use for that promo credit and you’ll get to test out some new products as a bonus.

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