One of my favorite little ladies, Leandrea, from Coupons Are Great did a wonderful write-up about the onslaught of Facebook Offers lately. I wanted to share this with you as well as provide my own insight. This post is a mix of her thoughts and my own so you can learn why you should avoid clicking Facebook Offers from bloggers.
I’m an honest gal. It’s something that my Dad instilled in me at a very young age. I do not lie — ever — and I teach my children the same values. Since 2008, Freebie Spot has been bringing you honest and legitimate freebies and deals. You will never find any scams or “participation required” offers here. I provide full disclosure, even when a free item requires shipping. Trust me, I hate spam deals just as much as you!
I use Facebook, just like you, to follow friends, company pages, and other bloggers. Lately, my Facebook feed is blowing up with friends claiming Facebook Offers. Why the sudden outburst of Facebook Offers? On September 21st Facebook announced that bloggers could try Facebook Offers for free one time. When a lot of bloggers see the word free, they jump on the opportunity to bring in more site traffic.
Freebie Spot will not be participating in the Facebook Offers bandwagon. Why? Most of the bloggers doing this are using deceptive tactics and false advertising methods.
Posting a Facebook Offer for a “FREE 8×10 canvas” or a “FREE photo calendar” is misleading because these items are not actually free — you must pay shipping on these items. Others are posting that you can get a “Free $10 Target/Home Depot/Barnes and Noble” gift card. Again, this is not true and is deceptive advertising. In order to receive the gift card, you will need to sign up for Ebates, make a $25 purchase within 30 days, and then you will receive your $10 gift card.
Don’t get me wrong. I like free offers just as much as you and I definitely like when you view my blog and appreciate the offers I post. But I will never trick you in to getting a “free” offer that’s not truly free. I will always flat out tell you if there are any strings attached (like shipping charges). I prefer quality readers who come back because they like what they see. I don’t want you to become a fan because you were tricked into liking my page.
And if you’re interested, you can get all of the offers mentioned in this post through the following links (which are affiliate links and are not free):
- Get a free 8×10 Photo Canvas (just pay shipping) OR 50% off + free shipping
- Free $10 Target/Barnes & Noble/Home Depot Gift Card from Ebates when you sign up and make a $25 purchase within 30 days
- Get a free Photo Calendar with up to 13 of your favorite photos (just pay shipping)
Have you clicked any “free” Facebook offers that aren’t really free? I’d love to hear about them! Just leave a comment below to share your thoughts.