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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  • 9 months ago

    I also agree with @Nuff Sed

  • 9 months 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.

  • 9 months 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
    9 months 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.

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  • Anonymous
    9 months 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!

  • 9 months ago

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

  • Judy
    Lv 7
    9 months ago

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

  • Anonymous
    9 months ago

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

  • Anonymous
    9 months ago

    Why are you such an idiot?

  • Anonymous
    9 months ago

    There is no such thing as a free lunch.

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