Posted by William Charles on January 8, 2019
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Published on January 8th, 2019 | by William Charles

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Amazon Launches Free Sample Program

Amazon has launched a new program called ‘Product Sampling‘ (our affiliate link). The program is free of charge and the samples you receive will be based on your order and browsing history, Amazon calls it “product recommendations, but real”. It doesn’t look like there is any way to opt in to the program and it seems like it’s mostly a pilot program for now. Previously Amazon has toyed with similar ideas, such as offering sample boxes, these are not free but users do receive a credit for the price they paid to use on reordering items in the box.

Hat tip to Axios



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vince
vince

how do you know when you get a sample offer? email?

swg
swg

I can see someone getting in trouble over their selections – like when Target outed a pregnant teen to her father in 2012 by sending targeted baby product coupons based on her shopping patterns

Information Booth
Information Booth

Ouch… I had not heard of this!! I’ll definitely warn my patients about this issue… John 3:16

David
David
Ann
Ann

When I went there, I was already opted-in by default. Note that “You must also be opted into receiving “Marketing information by post” within the Communication Preferences Center in order to be eligible to receive samples through Amazon’s sampling program.” I was already opted into that too.

David
David

Yep, same here. Opted in by default.

Munchy
Munchy

My mother gets these. Basically, a little box with a sample (like a box that has marketing showing what product is inside and is Amazon Sample branded) will randomly show up. She said she just randomly gets them in the mail sometimes.

P
P

Sample boxes are not available to ship to Hawaii. I’m sure these ones won’t either.

John
John

There is also a section below wrt marketing emails. Did the folks who receive the sample boxes select particular categories for Promotional Emails?

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