ThinkGeek Embraces Accidental Giveaway, Lets People Keep Freebies

ThinkGeek Embraces Accidental Giveaway, Lets People Keep Freebies

What do you do when your server suddenly contracts swine flu and starts giving away free merchandise? If you’re ThinkGeek, nothing! The geek toy store celebrated a server glitch by announcing that anyone who picked up free schwag would get to keep it, no questions asked. Why? Read on for the awesome explanation…

Sorry, This Wendy's Coupon Is Not Redeemable For Anything

Sorry, This Wendy's Coupon Is Not Redeemable For Anything

This coupon here, the one promising a free cheeseburger and drink? It’s fake. It didn’t come from Wendy’s, and it certainly isn’t a special offer for Allstate customers. If you try to redeem it, you will either leave hungry or short a few dollars.

Free Wifi For All At Barnes & Noble Stores

Free Wifi For All At Barnes & Noble Stores

The new ebook offering from Barnes & Noble may not be that compelling–it’s all the DRM badness of Amazon, but not always the lower prices–and yet something awesome has come out of it. Starting immediately, all customers can access free Wi-Fi in any B&N store.

Download The 2009 Consumer Action Handbook

Download The 2009 Consumer Action Handbook

Here’s a free handbook that’s full of the sort of stuff we spend all of our time discussing on Consumerist. Sections include how to be a savvy consumer, how to file complaints, and a directory of organizations and agencies to contact when you have a problem. You can view the contents online or download a PDF copy, and you can also request a print version for your doesn’t-go-online relative (although you’ll have to wait for a reprinting).

https://consumerist.com/2009/07/21/today-until-10-am-1030/

Today until 10 am 10:30 am, Starbucks is giving away free pastries with the purchase of any beverage. You have to present this “invitation” to receive the food. Sorry Moneycat, oatmeal isn’t included. (Thanks to

Read Chris Anderson's Book 'Free' For Free

Read Chris Anderson's Book 'Free' For Free

Chris Anderson, editor in chief of Wired and author of The Long Tail, has published a new book that looks at something of interest to Consumerist: the trend of content and services to slide toward free, especially in the digital world. It’s pretty light reading and an interesting look at economics in the digital marketplace in particular—and for now, at least, it’s available in multiple formats for free.

https://consumerist.com/2009/07/10/tomorrow-6000-participating-7-eleven-stores/

Tomorrow, 6,000 participating 7-Eleven stores will be giving away free tiny Slurpees. [7-Eleven] (Thanks to Henry!)

https://consumerist.com/2009/07/07/barnes-nobles-new-iphone/

Barnes & Noble’s new iPhone app comes with a virtual coupon–there’s a one-time-only code you show the in-store barista to receive a free cup of coffee. [MocoNews.net]

https://consumerist.com/2009/06/11/the-malware-search-terms-reminded/

The malware search terms reminded me of a highly useful (and now free) iPhone app for sudoku fans. It lets you take photos of printed sudoku puzzles and converts them into digital versions you can take with you and play on your phone. [SudokuGrab]

This Burger King Must Look Awesome To The Corporate Office

This Burger King Must Look Awesome To The Corporate Office

If we worked in fast food, we’d want to work at this Burger King, because you don’t have to provide good service to score a perfect survey. You just have to give away food! Now take your free Whopper and get the hell out of here!

Wachovia Sends Out Its Own "Free Credit Report!" Offer To Customers

Wachovia Sends Out Its Own "Free Credit Report!" Offer To Customers

Tom just received a great offer from his bank. He can receive a free credit report just by peeling off this sticker and affixing it to another part of the same page. That’s right, a free motherloving credit report! Who doesn’t want one of those? Free, you say? Sign me up!

Fast Food Restaurants: Stop With The "Free" Promotions Already

Fast Food Restaurants: Stop With The "Free" Promotions Already

Dear Quiznos, KFC, Arby’s, and any other food chain that wants to offer freebies without first securing full buy-in from your franchisees: please stop it. Either the coupons are honored or they’re not; there is no try.

https://consumerist.com/2009/05/08/mars-didnt-really-think-through/

Mars didn’t really think through their “free chocolate” offer and the server stampede it would inevitably cause. If you had rotten luck this morning but still insist on getting a free candy bar coupon via snail mail in six weeks, try the site now; I just did and was able to get a coupon without any delay (less than 2 minutes total time on the site). [realchocolate.com]

El Pollo Loco Says It Will Honor Your Broken KFC Coupons On Mother's Day

El Pollo Loco Says It Will Honor Your Broken KFC Coupons On Mother's Day

Bill just emailed us with a link to this tweet from the El Pollo Loco rep on Twitter. Might be worth a shot if you were turned away by your local KFC yesterday and you think a free chicken meal is the perfect way to say “I love you” in motherese.

https://consumerist.com/2009/04/28/today-only-participating-el-pollo/

Today only, participating El Pollo Loco restaurants are giving away free 2-piece chicken meals, one per customer, dine in or carry out only. [El Pollo Loco]

KFC's Grilled Chicken Giveaway Used Very Small Chickens

KFC's Grilled Chicken Giveaway Used Very Small Chickens

We sort of figured today’s grilled chicken giveaway at participating KFC’s would be approximately meal-sized—if you could stand the crowd and make it to the counter before they ran out, you’d have a free lunch in your belly. Apparently we were wrong. Here, for your freebie-craving pleasure, is a virtual KFC chicken piece just like what reader BlazerUnit received earlier today.

Unexpected Starbucks Apology Overflows Your Rewards Card With Delicious Credits

Unexpected Starbucks Apology Overflows Your Rewards Card With Delicious Credits

The Starbucks at the Joyce Kilmer rest stop along the Jersey Turnpike refused to honor Jason’s 10% Starbucks gold card discount because they are a franchise location and not a corporate-owned store. Jason asked to cancel his drink order, but Starbucks had already brewed his drink and refused to refund his $6. Defeated, Jason called Starbucks corporate to share his disappointment. Their response provided a flavor shot of surprise.

Ride For Free On Jet Blue (If You Can Get Yourself "Trapped" In The Cargo Hold)

Ride For Free On Jet Blue (If You Can Get Yourself "Trapped" In The Cargo Hold)

A Jet Blue employee hitched a free flight from JFK Airport in NYC to Logan Airport in Boston this past weekend, after getting trapped in the cargo hold before takeoff. Police aren’t charging him with a crime, but they told the Boston Globe that, “Even after talking to him, we were a little uncertain as to how it happened.” He apparently called the company from the cargo hold once the plane was in the air—which is exactly what we would do to deflect suspicion in a scheme like this. Tokyo, here we come via new part-time job as a baggage handler!